Jiyu Nanohana is an ordinary schoolgirl until she runs across a scatterbrained 300 year old samurai who tells her that she is the reincarnation of Yagyu Jubei. With the help of the "Lovely Eyepatch" she transforms into the legendary swordsman whenever she needs to use his awesome fighting ability, which she needs to do quite often as a rival clan is dead set on conquering Yagyu to satisfy an old family grudge.
I expected much more, all my friends were hyping this to the moon. They said it was great, but they were wrong. What's sad is the potential that this anime has to be great, it has such a good story line. Unfortunately where this show suffers greatly is in the pathetic writing job. It takes forever for the characters to develop, and I swear they're saying the same things every episode (example: Episode 1: "I'm not Jubei, I'm Jiyu Nanohana". Episode 2 "I'm not Jubei, I'm Jiyu Nanohana". Episode 3: You get the picture)
Not only does the show suffer from bad writing, but bad voice acting on both ends. The Japanese voices are annoying, I'm all for high and cute voices, but the female voice are so high that they pierced my eardrums (or at least I thought they did). The english voice acting is the worst that Ocean Group has ever done. Really expect better from these guys, they did great dubs: Death Note, Gundam Wing, and much more are on that list. However, we are stuck with a cast that either under acts, or doesn't act at all. This looks to me like a series full of over acting, but the voice actors show little or no skill in that department.
The only good thing this series has going for it is the fight scenes. They are sweet. Sadly, they are short, and you have to wait all episode, before you actually see a 5 minute battle.
Why is this popular in the US? My best guess is, it came out during a time when anime fans were starving for product, when the anime section at Suncoast was only a shelf as opposed to the wall it is today. Anime fans wanted what they loved so badly, they excepted almost anything. Today, you find anime at Wal-Mart, Target, Some Gas stations, your city may even have an anime shop. Those that like this, are either mostly old school fans who are nostalgic, or they like to play MST3K the home version. read more
For the most part, I was expecting it to be something else entirely.
What I got instead was a comedy that felt really refreshing for some oddly satisfying reason. Maybe it was how often Jubei said "huh" or maybe it was how they actually did not take the time to draw the unimportant characters when they appeared in a scene. But, the enjoyment level, for the most part, was pretty great.
Most of these reviews, I imagine, took it seriously. Well, this anime has both seriousness and comedy, but more heavy on the latter. And for those that took it in as the former, have a completely off perception of this anime.
Nothing about Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl is bad when it began (by the way, they messed up the title) and it slowly got better as it went on.
If you take it with a comedic attitude, you are getting a very, very solid comedy. It strives for simplicity, and unfortunately repeats a lot of things here and there. But, the way it did its comedy was not bad at all.
As I said before, everyone whom has given this a bad review has not really looked at it in the same light I have. I assume they immediately took it seriously, making sense since the first episode did kind of have her transform into that samurai and have a serious sword battle. But, finding out what all those fights led to at the end was very satisfying.
I would not say this one was bad at all, but I would not say it was too good, either. But, for SURE it is well above average; enough for me to want to buy it on DVD and I only owned one other anime on DVD until this point.
Truth be told, I might have bought it in hopes it got a lot better; and it was more on impulse. But, I still do not regret it; because in the end, I still got an adequate amount of enjoyment from it. Not what I anticipated, but not disappointing; for sure.
Do I recommend it? Only if you take it with a grain of salt and realize what it is. If you are expecting it be an extremely epic "Middle School Prodigy" kind of deal, your best to be leaving this article right now and looking for a new show to satisfy your epic samurai desires. This show only has that in a very minimal fashion of good fights.read more
This was one of those animes I thought was so bad that it was amusing... The main character is one of those cliche school girl characters, but the whole show is kind of mocking the whole "school girl gets power, saves world" idea. The quote "Get me out of this screwy anime" almost makes it worth it anyway....
Back on topic, the other main characters are much better than Jubei is-- she gets kind of annoying-- Her father is hilarious, he made me laugh out loud on several occasions as did the samurai.
The plot... Well, you people saw the description, she gets a lovely eyepatch and turns into some powerful warrior. Not at all original, but if you look at it from another perspective it's completely mocking all animes like it. It has all the cliche things I usually hate in an anime, but it's more of a parody than anything else.
Overall, don't expect much from this except a few laughs... It'll be a lot better if you don't take it seriously.read more
Laohoam- This anime started out kinda fun in the beginning, but the nonsense seemed to take over more in the end. The end game started to become more serious delving more into her past and a lot more character development, but it seemed at each crucial part they would botch it by throwing some weird scene in or just destroying the plot. Overall it was ok for a quick watch but not so sure the second season will be worth the effort.
Tadgh: This was kind of a throw away anime for me. It was ok, and I'd watch it again, but I'm not sure it really added anything to my life either. I liked the art style (the main one at least, it jumped around a bit) and it made me laugh a couple times, but it was by no means great.
Dr R Dash: This anime was very funny , cute at times and down right odd and surprising. So many things about the episodes just did not interest me , the same repeated style for episodes 1-10? yeah it was almost all the same . I probably wont re watch this one but if i do its to learn all the different symbols that are on the ruffians boss shirt. :)read more