Twenty-five years after Éclair and Lumière, (from the flagship Kiddy Grade series), rescued the galaxy from destruction's doorstep, the GTO (Galactic Trade Organization), created after the defeat of the GOTT (Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs), act on behalf of universal peace by combating criminal activity.
Their special ES division mirrored after the GOTT's ES (Encounter of Shadow-work) force, now includes publicly acknowledged ES member candidates. The series follows two such trainees, Ascoeur and Q-feuille, as they work their way to ES membership.
Kiddy GiRL-AND. First of all Kiddy GirlAnd is not Kiddy Grade. I know that when I first picked up this series I was expected it to be more of a Kiddy Grade 2. I wanted a new great series in the same vain as Kiddy Grade that I could enjoy as much as the original. Kiddy GirlAnd did not deliver. If you're a fan of the original Kiddy Grade like I am then this series might not be for you. It just doesn't compare. If you've not seen Kiddy Grade, or if you have and you're just looking for a mildly entertaining way to kill some time then Kiddy GirlAnd may be your thing. My initial impressions of Kiddy GirlAnd was that it was a dumbed-down, moe rehashing of the Kiddy Grade universe. As the series progressed onward I realized that it was even less than that. Kiddy GirlAnd exists almost entirely to exploit the popularity of Kiddy Grade. I kept watching the series with hopes that somewhere along the line this fact would change, and I was utterly disappointed.
Kiddy GirlAnd doesn't even give an honest attempt to make it seem as thought it not meant to be a Kiddy Grade tie in. This is clear by "plot" which can basically be summarized as this: Eclair and Lumiere from Kiddy Grade have frozen a certain area of time and space to stop a large bomb from going off. Now 25 years later, the GTO must help them diffuse the bomb before it finally goes off. The several appearances Kiddy Grade heroines Eclair and Lumiere help to cement their roles in the story. The main protagonists Ascuer and Q-fuille make it blatantly obvious from the beginning of the series that they are essentially place holders for their Kiddy Grade counterparets. Ascuer and Q-fuille's personalities and special abilities are almost exact copies of Eclair's and Lumiere's. Many other carbon copy characters appear throughout the series driving home the idea that Kiddy GirlAnd is by and large a glorified fan fic. In addition to this there is almost no character development for anyone in the series save one or two characters.
A point to note in Kiddy GirlAnd is the "fan service." There's a LOT of it. It is fairly gratuitous and is not done in a clever or engaging manner. It's just thrown out there in a very blatant and inelegant manner. I have to say that personally this "fan service" did little in the way of bettering my thoughts about the series. That being said, Kiddy GiRL-AND is a relatively good series considering what it's purpose was: an extended "fan service" special tacked onto the end of Kiddy Grade.read more
I really wanted to like this series; I truly did. It has some unique and interesting jokes thrown amidst all the chaos, like the cut-to-commercial screens, the fujoshi/seiyuu cafe half-episode, and taking G-Society's point of view for a few episodes, but these miniscule innovations are undercut by the show's utter banality.
In short, this show offers nothing new, nor does it go anywhere. I'd heard that they followed this pattern for the first few eps in Kiddy Grade, but GiRL never escapes from this quagmire. At least every other episode is filler, and sometimes the "plotpoint" episodes aren't even worth watching.
For example, in episode 12 where you can tell the show is starting to go somewhere, all Ascouer and Q-Feuille do is go out to where Eclair and Lumiere are trapped and listen to a trite story from Ecliar's adopted son. If that wasn't lame enough, the next episode is a swimsuit ep, in which there is literally no plot development. I simply implore you not to watch this.read more
Ech, first i want to say, that i was hoping something good from this anime, but when it came - it came bad....
When i downloaded first episode, i was amused by it. It was funny and nice to watch. Second episode was even better, so i was really waiting for next episode (which came to be not as good, as i thought), downloaded it, and when i done watching it, i thought: 'Ok, this ep was not good, but maybe another one will be good, just stay positive'. But my thoughts came to be wrong. All episodes, starting from 3rd and going further, were total pieces of s**t... nothing good happened, nothing interesting... Oh, and one BIG problem of this anime was the actors voices... they were so bad, that i just couldn't listen to them, for example a girl who look like 16-17 year old teen, has a baby's voice.... Its so lame... ! Another factor is that anime story is boring, characters are very stupid and doesn't look good..
All in all i can say, this anime is bulls**t. I give it 5/10, just for respect for its creators.read more
I went into this thinking it was a direct sequel of Kiddy Grade with basically the same characters, main and otherwise, like many other people. Though while other people were disappointed to find out that wasn't the case, I wasn't really disappointed.
Some of Ascoeur's traits got annoying from time to time, but other than that, I liked the characters, and still think Ascoeur to be a very cute and comical character.
The story did a bit of jumping around in the last couple of episodes, but I wasn't confused at all. It didn't really have too much filler to it, and the filler it did have was entertaining, and the more meaningful episodes were nice, too.
Art and sound was fine. I think both were really nice, actually.
So, my rating is 9/10. I actually liked this series more than its predecessor.read more