Rei goes to an anime convention and ends up in a world created by the desires of anime fans. Rei doesn't know how to get back and the world starts to collapse because the convention is coming to a close.
"This is the era of mass produced anime, which means that the hearts of fans are fickle!" - Sylphied
What happens when an anime gets so meta that it nearly becomes self parodying in the span of one 23 minute episode? It turns into delicious, gooey cheese, and it's called Fighting Fairy Girl: Rescue Me Mave-chan!
Artwork and Animation: 6
So I guess some animators from Studio Fantasia had nothing else to do, and for a couple of weeks threw together this episode. Doesn't look terrible, but there are a lot of really flat looking, low detail/low motion sections, but hey, the no-budget is part of the cheese.
Sound and Voice Acting: 10
Did this idiot Lawlmartz misclick? Nope, the audio is just THAT good.
When you've got lines like:
"We are only able to exist because of the imagination of anime fans. If they get interested in another show and aren't focused on ours, then our existence fades!" - Sylphied
"No matter how much you resist, everyone is forgetting about you, you stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid head!"
and the opening quote... you have a recipe for laughter. Oh, and it doesn't hurt to have some enormous names voicing the characters. Johnny Yong Bosch takes the lead as Rei, Michelle Ruff appears as Sylphied, Carrie Savage as Super Sylph, and Stephanie Sheh as the titular hyperactive tyrant toddler Mave.
When you've got the cheesiest, goofiest script ever written (and it's not only the dub, I watched both- the Japanese is too) only pros like these can deliver the lines with aplomb. Such heretofore unseen conviction of meta lines... it's crazy.
Characters: 4 (1 point for each named role)
Each character is a total cardboard cutout, but in a cliche ridden goof-fest like this, who even cares?
Rei is the quintessential repressed, useless weeb. His first adventure outside of his room (complete with a Gamecube!) comes at age 17, when he attends his first con. Apparently he took WAAAY too many drugs, and goes on a /trip/ he'll never forget. Rei goes to the toilet to renally excrete the LSD/PCP combination he shotgunned with a bottle of Grey Goose, and finds himself in the middle of a desert, surrounded by flying fairy babes and chased by exploding aliens armed with AIM-120 missiles!
Rei realizes that he's tripping balls, and right about the time he gets off the ground, he's being chased by a toddler sized fairy armed with a pair of combat knives, intent on carving the pale, pale skin off his body. Luckily enough for Rei, he gets yanked off the ground by an airheaded fairy named Super Sylph and taken to safety. There, he meets the other titular Fighting Fairy Girls- Sylphied the tsundere, Mave, the violent pint sized slasher, and two small fairies known only as One-chan and Two-chan, names they really despise, but offer nothing to be called instead.
After an inspirational speech and a night in a cave with 5 women, Rei and the gals head out to do battle with the big boss, an anthropomorphing satellite who intends to send the Fairies to the Sea of Oblivion, where the forgotten anime characters of the past lie in the eternal agony of past glories and popularity. I won't ruin it, but expect hilarity.
"I gotta gotta take a trip, gotta take a trip out of this place
I gotta gotta get away, get away from the human race
I don't know what I'll see, don't even know what I'll find
I don't know what to pack, never been to a trip at the mind
Trip at the brain, trip at the brain, trip at the brain!
Do you know what I'm saying?"
I watched it in Japanese first, just to kill a little time, and when I got to the end, it had the English cast listed, with a group of BIG names on it, so naturally I had to immediately rewatch it, and boy was I glad I did - because it got way, way better.
You know what? I'll give this one a pass. It's just meta and cheesy enough to be something that's cult classic material. Despite the short run time and general nonsense of it, Fighting Fairy Girls does provide some laughs, and there are much, much worse things to blow 20 minutes on.
What was this thing...
I get references to Stratos 4 and Yukikaze and some other things (Teki wa kaizoku, for example), but there is no sense.
The main character's motivation is gone with JAM in other dimension, I swear.
So... Saying it with some classic words:
So with sadness in my heart I feel that the best thing I could do is end it all and live...
Please, dont watch this show.
..And then there's this "show".
This review is a mix between amateurish exaggeration and absurd silliness, as to reflect the OVA itself.
We're quickly introduced to a dorky looking MC who, from what we're just told, is basically incapable of social interactions and is just an overall push-over (as you do), further enforced by the fact that everyone keeps bumping into him and pushing him over just a few scenes later. He apparently won a trip to some big city, after entering a DVD-related contest. Or something. Once there, he goes through a bathroom door and he ends up in a desert. This is not a joke, by the way, he is in the middle of a desert with a green sky. And what is the first thing our brave lead says? Well, "is this the toilet, or..? ..NOT!" pointing and screaming at the missing door, or rather its frame. A blue-eyed hot amazonian sex goddess with koala ears suddenly appears into frame and I already don't know if I should laugh or scratch my head or my testicles. Jungle music plays in the backround as our protagonist is chased by this animalistic bombshell who would make any furry go bananas, because "stranger.. equals.. ENEMY!". Or so she says. Great logic, sweet cheeks. That's how I usually start my friendships. Protagonist keeps running and screaming like a little girl about to be hung by her long pink ribbons, as Baberilla - I honestly have no idea if anyone has a name in this - keeps insisting "I have to destroy you, enemy!", only for him to berescued a few moments later by a pair of big flying breasts with some girl's body and blue hair attached to them.
The action then just stops. Dialogue, dialogue, police girl cosplay, panty shot with kanji that I don't understand because I'm not japanese, dude burns his hand on her body, because that's funny, isn't it?
- You know who's to blame for all of this, right? Hideaki Anno. That's right, the man who brought us the famous NGE franchise led by the weakest, most obnoxious delta male in human history is who I blame for every disturbingly incapable MC I come across in an anime. He was trying express his inner experiences, you dimwits, not inspire you to create constant and utter dung. -
But let's break away from me adressing the unsuspecting anime industry and go back to- oh my God, are they still talking? Oh cool, her skirt is still up. Really wanted to see more of them cheeks. "I thought you were a new character", she says. And I am confused. So, what's going on, huh? Is this an RPG? If so, how? And why? And how does the bathroom door take you there, I mean, not to say that it doesn't usually take you places, but a desert? I think I found my new favorite anime. Another piece of the masterfully assembled harem appears - let's call her Violet H. McElftits - and oh my sweet Lord, they are still talking and we're already at the 5:13 minute mark. Out of 23 minutes. Dialogue, dialogue, EXPLOSION, more harem bitches! More dialogue, "product of anime fans" - oh, you mean like this animation? How meta.
Apparently, this gateway was opened because of the number of horny virgin weeaboos present at the convetion. But it only happens "ocasionally", because.
Bigtities Bodyburn continues to tell us that they were all part of a mecha show - which clearly explains why they can fly, seem to have some sort of super-powers and look exactly like fantasy / jrpg characters. Pure. From anime fans. Alright. "Though we get some impure desires too.. You're not one of them, are you?", asks Elftits. Ha ha, you're so cute and clever and also have a nice rack? I can, at this point, hear cheap porn music in the backround. Nostalgia kicks in.
More dialogue, dialogue, dialogue, dialogue, flying, more girls, giant bugs, BOOM, flying away, fade out. Even more dialogue. "We only exist because the imagination of anime fans". Funny, I'm an anime viewer, but I'd never imagine such bland cartboard cutouts with such unattractive features. Then again, I am definitely not the targe demographic for this.
Dramatic dialogue but their unavoidable incoming death, ironically happy backround music. is short. They eventually fight a giant satelite head that morphs into a giant battleship robot by spinning around and yelling "TAN NANAN NANAAA!". Oh, did I say they fight that guy? Well, they kind of make some moves between exchanging lines. And then some corpses appear, but they're censored, because I don't even know anymore. Yelling! Sound effects! Forced laughing! Trying to sound insane! Make insane faces! Big eyes! Everything stops! Out of nowhere, they're all just fading away. Why? Well. Melodrama. Dialogue. Melodrama! Sad fantasy music from a cheap 90s jprg bootleg! "Glad i met you". "Sorry I didn't stick my penis into your holes"!
Out of nowhere, everyone is seeing the action on their phones (when was this made again? 2005?) and tvs and all other available monitors, which shocks some people, while some other guy screams the protagonist's name.
Encouraging speech! Yelling! Terrible voice effects! Shouting "I believe in you all!" brings all of them back to life from their ghost-like existences. Recycling animation in a 23 minute OVA. Ridiculously cheesy villain screaming reminiscient of terribly outdated shows. Explosion. It's over. MC cries. Good riddance. Dreadful. 2.
The animation is sub-par for a 2005 anime, still frames are most definitely used to the max, the sound is about as corny as you could possibly get without becoming a redneck and the voice acting reminded me why I should never try recording myself when drunk. 3.3.3.
Characters get a 10, because that ass was sweet and I like me some sweet anime cheeks. In fact, more ass would have been wonderful. Hell, I'm going straight to rewatching Najica Blitz Tactics and get all the ass I want. Maybe I can imagine a purple haired teenage cyborg crimefighter while she's soaking in my tub and then run away with her to fight off old lesbian pedophiles. But eh, that's a story for another time.
Enjoyment gets an 8, because I did have fun laughing at this terrible excuse for an animation.
You should watch it for yourself. Then go watch Najica. Trust me, if you like that song "ass, ass, ass, ass", you'll love it. Hell, this whole review was just masked advertising to get people to watch that show. Who doesn't love them some sweet shiny crime fighting teenage android ass?read more
Just another example of animators with to much time on their hands, Rescue me Mave-chan is one of the shortest OVA's I've ever seen. The story is resolved way too quickly and character and plot development is virtually nonexistant. The only bright points is that the artwork and character designs are very well done, in fact, too well done for how short the OVA was. But if you wanna kill 20 minutes, watching this isn't such a bad way to do it. I only wish they could have made the OVA a little longer, even one or two more episodes like a lot of other OVA's.read more