Posted by psgels on 25 June 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews




I love remakes! I’m not sure what it is, but they nearly always seem to get made by big fans who really want to make something special out of them in order to do them justice. Take Casshern Sins with its amazing style and direction, or Tetsujin 28-Go which brilliantly made the context under which its original series was written into its storyline and made it a central theme. This also goes for the silly series. And damn. Dororon Enma-Kun’s new coat turned into a wonderful and outright crazy series to watch for the past season.

Let me first put up a fair warning though, because this show isn’t for everyone. I really mean it when this show is crazy. It’s also a fanservice series: the main character is a huge pervert and this show won’t shy away from any opportunity to show naked girls. It even has a character who runs out completely naked throughout the entire series. It’s filled with sexual references, and it’s completely juvenile in every single way.

In fact, when this series started I was really close to drop it. The first two episodes of this show are really bad, and they just feel like some random adventures with a lot of annoying kids and fanservice that just wasn’t entertaining at all. Only at episode 3 does this series show its real colours. From this moments, it just takes its fanservice to complete absurds. No idea is stupid enough for this series. From episode three onward, this series gets completely over the top in every single way. It’s filled with the most bizarre scenes, parodies some obscure references from the time in which the original Dororon Enma-kun was written, and the overacting reaches bizarre levels of ridiculousness.

I’d even label this over Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. It’s true that that series looks more unique and that it also have some really good ideas to base its episodes on, but Dororon Enma-kun has it completely upstages in terms of entertainment. If you can appreciate the juvenile humour, it is a ridiculously entertaining series. It takes one crazy idea and just makes it spiral out of control over and over without any sign of slowing down. Not all of the episodes are of the same level, but the really crazy episodes (there are about five of them throughout the series) are just completely awesome from start to finish and one hell of an entertaining ride.

Basically, this is the kind of series that I want to watch when I don’t feel like watching an intricate plot or deep characters: a show that really releases all brakes in order to be as entertaining as possible. This show knows how to upstage itself time and time again, and while it uses several running gags, there is so much creativity put into this thing that it never feels repetitive or dragged out. It uses its own ideas incredibly well and I had one hell of a time watching this. Pun semi-intended.

Storytelling: 9/10 – A “No idea is too crazy”-mentality. Completely over the top in every single way and uses its huge amounts of creativity to deliver a really entertaining series.
Characters: 8/10 – Obviously you shouldn’t expect any development here, and they really take time to get used to, but their antics get hilarious to watch.
Production-Values: 9/10 – Amazing soundtrack (seriously, this thing is completely awesome) and while the character designs look simple at first, there is a ton of creativity put into it.
Setting: 8/10 – Obviously it’s nothing special at first look: youkai invade the world and they need to be stopped. But it has so many ideas put into its run that it it becomes amazing.

Suggestions:
Hoshi no Umi no Amuri
Hakaba Kitarou
Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cool post. As for me, I’d actually give its setting higher marks than the rest simply because it tries so much to be true to the shouwa era of Japan. As for its production value, I’d lower it down because they obviously don’t have a very big budget with that considering the amount of stock footage and reused scenes.

  2. Watcherzero says:

    This series is so artistically like the Mazinger reboot its uncanny and impossible to believe theres no staff crossover. Staff of this must have been sat intensivley taking notes.

  3. Watcherzero says:

    This series is so artistically like the Mazinger reboot its uncanny and impossible to believe theres no staff crossover. Staff of this must have been sat intensivley taking notes.

  4. Agk says:

    The ending is one that will be so out right crazy…which at the same time makes it pretty original and so amazing…The ending will leave the biggest outburst of WTF’s which will beat all the other episodes in a heartbeat. ( From my personal opinion.)

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 11:46 AM)
    Wait, wait scratch that, that was an old article/rumour…feck…
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 11:39 AM)
    @Bam: I was quite fond of Gillian Andersons character.
    Apparently Laurence Fishburne wants to quit the show =<
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 10:44 AM)
    I really enjoyed Alana Bloom’s shadow transformation during the season two hypnotherapy sessions. I thought was visually stunning and thematically relevant. Bryan Fuller has managed to gather quite a bit of talent around himself in the recent years, but Mads is undeniably both the egg that holds this cake together as well the cherry that’s sitting on the top.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 10:37 AM)
    Word of mouth and good reception managed to raise the viewership near the tail end of the 2nd season, that and the aforementioned cosponsorship managed to pull a hallelujah and bring the show back from the verge of death. And I’m glad tha happened.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 10:32 AM)
    I also always felt that their screen chemistry was mesmerizing and am very surprised that some critics found that it was lacking in that very same department, but to each his own I guess. The budget is not all that low actually, and the reason the 3rd season was greenlit was in part due to a dedicated fanbase, as well as the fact that this is a joint effort between NBC and a European studio who undertakes portions of the expenses.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 10:08 AM)
    There is this…certain chemistry between Dancy and Mikelson in that show too.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 10:01 AM)
    *their
    As much as I love the inventiveness and creativity of the death/crime scenes I can see how someone would find them silly.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 09:54 AM)
    @Bam: I had heard there were alot of cancellation risks but that there series was cheap to make, if its true the budget is low, then they’ve worked around it effectively.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 09:27 AM)
    But everyone knows that this is Mads Mikkelsen’s show, and it’s really his magnetic charm and the series’ strong cinematography that sells the experience. I also think that the special effects are very well handled, and the whole show has a seriously disturbing edge while still managing to stay classy. Quite sophisticated if nothing else.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 28. 2015 09:22 AM)
    @Emma: I’ve been steadily enjoying Hannibal and am thrilled for the third season. A lot of people had a problem with Hugh Dancy as Graham since they believe that he doesn’t fit the novels or the earlier adaptations, but I take this show as as a whole new reimagining of the story so I don’t particularly mind him, and I do think that he’s mania is quite palpable.

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