A bus has been hijacked by armed robbers, but not to worry—vigilante fighter Strange Juice is on the scene. With a Bam, Pow, and Crack, she sends those baddies flying right out of the bus! All except the mastermind, unfortunately. To get past him, she’ll need some help from… a panty-powered superhero!?
Yuuta Iridatsu is a pretty typical high school kid. Except for his tendency to faint every time he sees a girl’s panties, of course. After his encounter with Strange Juice, his soul gets separated from his body. But for Yuuta, this is more of a blessing than anything else, as it enables him to wander around unseen, looking up skirts and making trouble as much as he wants.
For some reason, though, every time Yuuta gets too excited and faints, an asteroid hits the Earth. What gives!? Yuuta figures he’s got no choice. He has to find out why his love of panties threatens to destroy the world. And probably stop it. Right after this one last panty shot!
I had to write a review for Punch Line because the current score (7.11 as of 6/25/15) is far underrating this surprise favorite.
Punch Line is a show that many people dropped within the first few episodes and honestly, I don't blame them. It harbors an absolutely ridiculous premise and while the first episode is action-packed, the next four episodes focused more on (admittedly) lackluster comedy. However, those that stuck around to episode five got on a train ride with no stops.
The art and sound production were one of the main draws to the show for me and for many others that initially picked up the show. It has unique character designs, bursting with personality. The soundtrack isn't extremely memorable, but it always did a good job at setting the mood and drawing me into the story. The voice actors all portrayed their characters amazingly well.
But more importantly, let's get to the story. Punch Line's premise, again, is ridiculous. What's amazing about Punch Line is that it manages to make its premise MAKE SENSE. From episode 5 onwards, almost every weird and ridiculous thing in the show is explained in a way that makes logical sense within the confines of this universe. There are a few plot threads left open at the end of the series, some of which I really wanted a conclusion to, but for the most part, everything that we see in episode one comes together by the final episode.
That is the single biggest reason to watch Punch Line, in my opinion. Watch the first episode and observe the wacky premise and wonder to yourself, "How the hell does this make any sense?" Then watch the rest of the show and be impressed at how it comes together. Punch Line, although its first half is rather weak, comes together in the second half to become an absolute must-watch for any anime fan.read more
Have you ever been at a modern art exhibit and feel like the artist just threw paint at the canvas? Many around you might say it's "original", " bold" or "expressive", while they point at the rectangle of incomprehensible shapes and sloppy paint. While they might see something praiseworthy, from where you're standing it still looks like a kindergarten arts and crafts project where the kids ate a little too much Elmer's paste.
Puncline gives me that feeling, but instead of paint being thrown randomly at a canvas we have themes and ideas instead. It feels like the creators just threw a bunch of ideas in a hat after one too many drinks and began selecting random slips of paper from it to form the finish product. Like a string of unsupported themes and improperly utilized ideas that somehow made it pass the rough draft for a final script. It's a tumultuous mess that tried to be more while not knowing how to bring it all together.
Organized chaos isn't impossible to capture, shows like Gurren Lagann and The Tatami Galaxy are prime examples of this, but with elements that do little to nothing to mesh together its hard to feel like there's any semblance of being behind Punch Line's existence. There's no coherency between any of the show's plethora of flavoring. Just a bunch of "whys" that are never properly explained.. Why cinnamon? Why cuddly bears? Why super saiyan? Why ghost cats? Why super sentai? Why panties? Why do panyshots cause the world to explode? Why body swaps? Why paradoxical timetravel? Why witch craft? Why moe robots? Why anything? It felt like a bunch of needless aspects only there to distract from the weak plot. A dribble of ideas thrown together hoping a few would stick. Of course they try to give us answers but thematically it's as conclusive as ADHD and equivalent to the writers saying "just cuz". The show brings up more questions than it answers which hinders the experience overall.
For the most part the show tries to tell a straight forward story where our protagonist Yuuta Iridatsu is traveling through time to stop the impending destruction of Earth by a meteorite strike. While it seems simple enough it's the inclusion of the aforementioned elements that makes a fairly ordinary tale into a muddled mess. With plot twists and reveals that does absolutely nothing for the show's overall story or the characters involved, these tact on tidbits ended up being questionable content instead of tasteful flavoring. Flavoring isn't bad by itself but it needs to be used in moderation, or at least add something to the overall dish. A little ranch dressing on a salad is fine and will enhance the flavor but adding too much would just make it a repulsive swampy soup.
Many of the plot points introduced during the show's run-time ended up not mattering in the long run since it was all negated by the "save the world" story-line that was introduced. It felt like a bait and switch from a over the top comedy/parody of super sentai to a angst filled 'humanity is destined to be doomed' gimmick. This was made even more jarring from the show's constant tone shifts. Serious moments were often followed up by comedic gags that not only negate the desperate situation but also downplayed it. It destroyed any tension before they had time to sink in. You could have a serious moment where a character's life was in danger, only to be saved by a flash of a girl's panties. This is not funny and it certainly isn't dramatic. It's conflicting tone shifts that butted heads with each other. It made any conflict to feel pointless since it was easily washed away. It caused a disconnect from the conflict and directly gives no reason to get invested into the show's outcome.
Perhaps the biggest misstep of Punch Line was it's use of timetravel. Timetravel is something that needs proper measure taken in order to stay relevantly coherent but the timetravel in Punch Line was beyond contrived and paradoxical. Every half-assed attempt to make sense of it only back fired. Since the theory of timetravel is riddled with paradoxes to begin with it's hard to put all the blame on the show. There are always loop holes whenever it is used in stories but there are some things that any iteration of timetravel tends to follow, like unspoken rules. May that be the "butterfly effect" commonly found with linear travel or the "grandfather" paradox that's commonly shared with most iterations. Punch Line doesn't follow any of them which causes it to make little sense when viewed as a whole. The closest thing to the type of timetravel Punch Line used would be parallel world jumping similar to what's used in TV shows like Sliders. But here's the problem, the protagonist already exist in this universe and even interacts with the other version of 'himself'. This should cause a rift in time or an anomaly to form but that never happens.... and why you may ask? Well "just cuz" since it's something the writers seem to have no explanation for as usual. This lack of sense was perfectly summed up with what I can only describe as the writer's not so subtle explanation via info dump during the show's final moments. Our protagonist try to explain and tie up the Gundam size plot holes by addressing the audience through the conversation 'he' had with the rest of the side characters. This laughable attempt to bring everything full circle only shined a light on how improperly put together it was. All the explanation did was bring up more questions that would never get resolved.
If the show had anything going for it it'll be the art and animation, it was vibrant and energetic. Similar to last season's Rolling Girls, it looked like a child's imagination brought to life. If you weren't watching this with any set standards it would be passable as visual entertainment. Being brought together by the relatively new studio MAPPA, Punch Line is yet another example of their visual prowess. The character designs were all very pleasant and felt well incorporated with the show's art choices. While not all of them were unique it did have a trademark look about it that help to differentiate it.
While for the most part it was well presented, there were times where the animation was stilted or stiff. This was more evident towards the middle portion of the show and the earlier slice of life episodes. The inconsistency from episode to episode can't be overlooked and hindered it from being better. But thankfully it made up for it by the 3/4 mark where the episodes maintained proper form and MAPPA strutted their stuff.
The OST for Punch Line is your typical J-pop/rock soundtrack with the added bonus of a few keyboard synthesizers and electronic instruments. This gave it a "Euro House" kind of auditory effect which worked in unison with the visual flare of the show. While nice for what it was most of it wasn't used to full effect and could of been incorporated better. Standout tracks were "Concentration" "Crisis" and "MUHI". It's nothing new and undoubtedly the kind of OST you would of heard many times over but still did it's job none the less. The opening theme "PUNCH LINE!" by Shokotan ♥ Denpa Gumi was very idol heavy but still a catchy tune. Like the OST it worked well with the show's visual presentation. Again nothing new but still a nice toe-tapping earworm.
Overall the presentation of Punch Line was good and helped to make the nonsensical script to be more bearable than it would of been without it.
Now what little good I could of given Punch Line credit for presentation wise the same can't be said about the characters. Like the story they're apart of, they were improperly utilized and for the most part pointless. They were a bunch of 1-dimensional personalities that can all be easily summed up with a 1 liner. With nothing memorable, each were given a quirk and little to no characterization. They're no better than the cast of children shows like The Care Bears or the Teletubbies where it seems like their color palette and character designs directly correspond to their simplistic portrayal. They're more like caricatures than actual people.
Yuuta Iridatsu being our protagonist was the only one that was somewhat easy to relate to. Notice I said "somewhat" as there was not much done to flesh out 'his' character. 'He' would most likely be remembered for a plot twist that I dear not spoil here than for 'him' as a person.
Also the ghost cat was probably the show's way of flipping the bird towards the audience. For the entire run-time he was presented as a guide for our protagonist that seemed to have an ulterior motive. There was no direct focus on the cat's actions but it always felt like it was meddling in the shadows somehow. But it just turned out that the cat was just a exposition mouth piece for giving the audience painfully obvious info dumps and a plot device for whenever the show(writers) needed to move the story along.
The antagonist for the series was also a let down since like the rest of the cast had no proper characterization or personality. They were simply bad because the show demanded it and again were another pointless plot twist that didn't matter in the end.
Also expect A LOT of troll character "death flag" scenes.
The cast as a whole were a disappointment and forgettable almost immediately after completion.
With an inviting 1st episode I thought I was getting ready to watch a fun super sentai journey with bat shit crazy action pieces and over the top presentation but what I got instead was a show that quickly lost steam, with a comedic gag that lost it's novelty and a plot that went up it's own ass. Visually it was fine but the tone shifts and misuse of concepts brought my enjoyment down.
The presentation ultimately saved this anime from being completely un-watchable. Where it could of worked as a satirical outlook on fanservice and super sentai flicks it ended up going a more serious route while not having the appropriate tone or pedigree of writing needed to back it up. It was an ambitious undertaking that fell short of the mark and squandered it's chances of being better by trying to do too much at once. An idea was there but it was poorly realized. read more
Punchline is a fascinating and ambitious, but ultimately failed experiment by Studio MAPPA to tell unique, non-chronological, wacky, plot-twist filled story much in the same vain as Haruhi Suzumiya. What went wrong? To make a long story short: incompetent writing. This anime introduces a plethora of confusing and poorly explained plot devices that turn out to be completely pointless, totally nonsensical, and/or dead ends, making the show a ridiculous comedy at best and an incomprehensible mess at worse. But let’s talk about that:
Synopsis: Whenever out protagonist, Yuuta Iradatsu, sees a girl’s underwear, the world explodes. How? I don’t know. Why? Not important apparently. Does this ever become a necessary plot point? No. Just roll with it. Anyway, Yuuta’s soul has become separated from his body, and his goal is to save the world, his friends, and himself by observing a particular series of events over and over again in spirit-form, with each iteration ending in a time reset.
Explaining exactly why a show doesn’t make any sense is not an easy thing to do to somebody who hasn’t seen it, especially without spoilers, but I’ll do my best. If I had to sum up the reason Punchline’s plot is absolutely awful in a single sentence, it would be this: Everything is pulled out of their ass. There is NO logical consistency or flow to the events of the show. Things that have no good explanations behind them just appear out of nowhere at random intervals as if the viewer is supposed to understand what is going on when nothing is being explained. I guess they were hoping that people would overlook the lack of explanation in favor of the fun factor, but that did not end up being the case because it’s TOO vague and TOO “out-there”. Most anime fans are willing to overlook minor or even major discrepancies if the rest of the show makes sense, but very few were willing to tolerate the sheer amount of incompetence that Punchline vomited onto our screens. If ever there was an example of throwing shit to the wall to see what sticks, this anime is now the quintessential case. To reiterate once more, since I can’t stress it enough, this show makes NO sense, and the very limited amount of mindless fun that it occasionally provides is not nearly enough to compensate for that.
Perhaps the main reason Puchline fails to connect with the audience is because its characters are so flat and one-dimensional. Any semblance of a backstory or motivations that a character receives are always the barest of barebones, not to mention that they don’t even make sense more often than not (have you spotted a pattern?). In fact, every time this show attempts to answer a question about one of its characters, it just raises three more. The show really banks on the fact that the viewers get attached to these basic archetypes and feel the chemistry/friendship that they have with each other, but they simply never give us a reason to. I didn’t care about these characters because I had no idea who any of them were, and that includes the protagonist, who is on screen over 90% of the time. That’s a major, MAJOR issue. Oh, and the pointless plot devices that have no reason to exist that I mentioned earlier? The characters have a ton of those. All I can guess is that they are an attempt to make the show seem more “crazy” and “fun”, when really they just serve to make it even more incomprehensible. I don’t remember any of their names; that’s how truly unmemorable and uninteresting they are. Oh, and I’m still pretty confused about who the villain was supposed to be and what his motivations were. This show is just one big giant clusterfuck of disorientation.
Being animated by Studio MAPPA, Punchline is not totally without its strong points. The art, art direction, cinematography, and animation in general are easily the highlights of the show. Actions scenes are made more fun with unique and experimental angles as well as over-the top choreography that can be pretty entertaining at times. MAPPA continues distinguish themselves with their stellar visuals. As for the use of sound, it’s pretty standard. The OP and ED themes are catchy, but I’ll forget them in a month. The OST is also pretty run of the mill and sound design was pretty hit or miss for me. To sum it up, Punchline has above average animation and average sound.
If you’re looking for an over-the-top, mindless-fun sort of show, Punchline tries too hard to have a plot. If you are looking for a complex, Suzumiya-eque, intertwining story, Punchline is too confusing and nonsensical. As a result, this anime gets caught somewhere in the middle to these two target audiences, satisfies neither of them, and fails to establish any positive identity of its own. All things considered though, I must applaud the attempt at creating an original, multifaceted show. I truly hate the fact that I have to bash this anime because I really wanted to like it, but writing was simply too awful to tolerate. I do not recommend Punchline to anyone.read more
I have lusted after a good ecchi for years. My friends at MAPPA and Uchikoshi, the author of the Zero Escape video games series collaborated together to bring us just that. Like it's spiritual predecessor Kill la Kill, which virtually allowed the market for shows like this to be created once again, it is ecchi parody. The whole concept of the show is ecchi, the gag of reflexively destroying the world when chancing on panties immediately feels too obtuse. Why the hell would anyone ever watch something so blatantly dumb? Probably because if the narrative wasn't daringly original it would have been definitively the worst show to be made in quite some time.
With that said, the ecchi portions of the show are absurdly flashy and basically so in-your-face jokes that there is no ecchi at all. Punch Line is not an arousing show. It was not created with the purpose of being arousing. It was a slice-of-life mystery from episode one. It's a riotous comedy that inverts all sorts of terribleness from the known-to-all loved-by-none (or degenerate) genre of ecchi. It has everything; a zany premise, harem situation, super powers, nose bleeds, the promise of sex jokes, robots, time travel, ninjas, mascot characters, archetypal cast, forgettable lead, low-budget setting, and the list goes on. We are given the direct dose of horrible ecchi setting, but Punch Line just wants to shake you up a little bit. What if the ecchi setting was used for something other than... vapid and lustful entertainment?
We are dealt a handful of hilariously offbeat slice-of-life episodes and then as audience, MAPPA knocks in the head a few times. Were you paying attention? If you haven't seen Punch Line yet, look out - There's no men in the main cast.
The music arrangement in Punch Line is standard issue for the most part. It's electronic and it's ambient and retains some of the doujin and sugar coated feel that the opening brings. The opening theme is really an anthem though, a real stupid, a real catchy, and really bizarre anthem. An ecchi show is all about the assets. It does everything to get your attention. Yet where ecchi shows usually begin to shy away from sexualizing after a certain point, resigning that the audience either gets it or won't watch, they throw together a sloppily and hastily made opening and ending theme. Punch Line does the opposite. Since the show itself is barely about seeing panties or having perverted moments linger, the opening does that in a 90 seconds full salvo. The ending is the opposite, an innocent and childlike fantasy. This ending theme is often at odds with the shows rather dark themes of imminent destruction and isolation.
And that's actually what Punch Line is about. It's about a group of people with actually very little in common, living in the suburbs of Japan, in small rooms all right next door to each other. What do a bullied hikkikimori, annoying land-owner, a drunk floozy, and an ordinary school girl all have in common? Is it possible to live in such proximity to people and have no connection with them? The story of Punch Line is absurd and starts and ends promising, quite literally, the destruction of the world. And we get the destruction of the world. A couple times actually. But what Punch Line is a good flex of narrative muscle, bringing together originally stereotypical characters into a community that gives them just a little more innovation than the rest of the industry can do right now. Ecchi is a whole genre built on absurdism - how far can the label be pushed until the audience doesn't want to watch anymore and how far can the program go before the government axes production clean off the air for indecency. It is a totally unconventional place to actually enjoy a cast of characters, but Punch Line does it. Punch Line ends up being a believable story of unlikely friendships.
This completely absurd show with no boundaries and just an handful of troupes that the scriptwriter wanted to toy with actually manages to make you care. That is Punch Lines charm.
When you get down and dirty with Punch Line you end up with a more riveting and somehow believable conclusion than the finale of Steins;Gate. The finesse it takes to bring such a lurid and stupid premise and breathe life into a genre devoid of any human dignity makes for a grand display, one you can't believe. I have to seriously congratulate Punch Line for managing to show that Kill la Kill wasn't just a one and done thing. It takes a lot of lace to tie together a show this buoyant. read more
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