Aug 21, 2021
I know you may be asking. "This show might be pretty bad because it's based off a video game." Yeah, we know some game adaptations are so bad they're fun to laugh at, like Captain N. Bug-tte Honey may look like another game adaptation that'll be thrown to the wayside but do you wanna know the difference between Captain N and this show? This one has heart.
The story is basically like any other fish out of water story, but the thing that makes this simple story so engaging is the adventures Bug-tte Honey, Master Higgins (Takahashi), and the rest of the cast go through. One
minor problem I have is that the first half of the show isn't really that engaging, which could make others think it'll be a 13 episode show, heck even I thought so, but once the second half kicks in, I actually started to feel engaged and even enjoying myself all to the end. Take notes DiC, this is how you do a video game based series.
It isn't just the story that makes this show worthwhile, art can also be great importance for the viewers to get hooked watching. I gotta say the art looks top notch, but not surprising since it's made by TMS and all. I mean the backgrounds look incredibly stylish, and the 8 bit recreated sequences for episodes are nice to look at, charming even. I have to give props to the crew working on the show to create such a huge world with simple drawing techniques.
Art can be effective but sound is at play here too and so far the TMS crew really didn't slack off when it comes to the soundtrack. The opening of the show is catchy and upbeat, the theme when King Dino (Kyura) and his henchmen being present is ominous and even threatening, and the toe tapping tune when action occurs keeps you at the edge of your seat. They may reuse them but it doesn't really matter, they're still fun to listen to and it's no wonder why a CD of the entire show has been made, it's that good.
Characters can make or break a story and honestly, the characters for this show made this story to me. There's not a single character at all that I actively dislike or find mediocre as every single character doesn't feel one note upon my first viewing. King Dino in my opinion is my personal favorite because of his pathetic excuse for villainy is fun to watch and his antics with Master Higgins are some of my personal favorite moments. The heroes aren't too shabby either. Dal is innocent enough, Midori and One-Up when they're on screen are just too fun to ignore, and the star, Bug-tte Honey, is such a darling and is a sweetheart to Higgins. The side characters are also fun as well and have great depth for their individual episodes but I won't spoil them for you since you have to watch yourself.
My enjoyment of the show was neutral at the beginning. I didn't find the show harmless but the first half looked like something I can watch for a few weeks and get it over with but later on as the plots started to get more wackier and funnier, that's when I knew this will be a show that I'll never forget so easily. If you love a fun adventure series with a lot of comedy, give this show a try and that's why my final rating for this show is a 9/10. Highly recommended.
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