Nina, thinking it was a lolly, swallows an object called "Crystal Pearl". But the candy turns out to be a test for the magicians. To retrieve the crystal, a special medicine has to be made so now Zero and Ichii, the magicians, have to protect her from others while waiting for the medicine to be completed.
Mamotte! Lollipop is a fairly short 13 episode show. The main character is Nina, a 12 year old who, while eating a cake, mistakes the crystal pearl that lands on her bowl as candy and eats it, right before all the magical examinees come falling from the sky.
The first two examinees she meets are Zero and Ichi, who, upon discovering that she accidentally swallowed the pearl, drag her off to find a way to get the pearl back. Unfortunately, there is no way for them to get the pearl out at the moment, so they have to wait until Christmas, the last day of the
exam. Zero and Ichi then decide that they will protect Nina from the other examinees until they find a way to get the pearl out of her.
The plot is not completely awful, but it's not amazing either. Since the anime cut out parts from the manga, there was not a lot of character development, especially with relationships. The Nina and Zero pairing felt forced and cheesy at best, and Ichi was just left at the side. The ending was rushed and messy, which did not help.
the color choice is good, but the animation tends to be lacking. There are many occasions where the faces are proportioned poorly, and it's easy to tell that the show suffered from lazy animation techniques.
the music is very typical for a shoujo, especially the opening and the ending themes. Voice actors are okay, but I did not enjoy listening to Nina whining and complaining.
The cast is thankfully varied, with each character having different reasons for why they decided to take the magical exam. However, some of them are quite annoying, and the characterization is limited, at best.
As someone who has read the manga, I expected a little more out of this show. It was a show whose entertainment tended to vary from episode to episode, with some being especially painful to watch and others not as much.
If you are a diehard fan of shoujo, then this is probably a series you would try. Fortunately, this series is short, which means that if you don't like it but are watching it anyways, it won't take up too much of your time.
First of all, I only finished the series because I BOUGHT the DVD, because I read the first few volumes of the manga and liked it and thought the anime might be good, too. Wow. I was wrong. VERY wrong. The best thing about this anime is the opening song. Seriously. Although its only 13 episodes, it's so boring and uninteresting it seems to drag on and on and on. I had to force myself pretty hard to finish watching it - just so the money I spent wouldent go to waste.
Story: 5. It's very ordinary. Nothing I havent seen before.
Art: 3. Below-average.
Sound: 7. Like
I said - the opening was the best part.
Character: 5. Characters are very typical, cliche.
Enjoyment: 2. Booooooooooooring.
I thought it was very good most of the time. But you couldn't see anything but mistakes. The characters were a little rough and I would of liked to see a little more action.
I liked it because of the romance between the three characters and the ways of the story.
I didn't like how the story was the same every episode.
As someone already said its plain boring but it entertains you for awhile until you get bored of it. As said before its VERY short. 13 episodes or 26? I would choose 26. I mean come on. Seriously! You need more episodes
to complete the series. That's not even enough for a season.
Trust me it's good but don't waste your money on it.
I'm not going to bother telling you all what the story is about because there are two reviews before mine that already say the same things; not to mention the synopsis at the top of the page. Regardless, I'm breaking out the decent grammar for this one because usually I type like a third grader.
I read this manga a few years ago and have several fond memories of it. I liked it a lot and found the story to be, while childish, pretty decent. However, this anime adaptation was atrocious. The art is really awful, (at some points the characters look like their shorts
are pulled up to their arm pits, the characters are seen wearing the same clothes every day, attack sequences are recycled) the story is quite different from the manga, and several important characters are missing. Not to mention the fact that they completely missed the point of the manga and didn't even include the real ending, regardless of the fact that the manga was already completed at the time the anime was airing. I think the only thing I really liked about the adaptation was the dubbed version because of the choices for the voice actors. Nina was cast pretty well, even though she's seriously annoying. I think Brittany Karbowski does a great job of capturing her whiny nature. Eric Vale as Zero was a fairly good choice as well(considering that he's one of my favorites) but I thought he sounded a bit too old for the character (which is what tends to happen in English dubs). Michael Tatum as Ichi was probably my favorite, just because of how well he suited the character.
I really wish they would've included more ACTUAL romance in the anime like they did in the manga, such as kissing scenes. I'm assuming they didn't have a great budget with this anime, considering that it's definitely far from being popular(especially like 4 years ago) however even as a standalone, it isnt very good.
I got a bit of enjoyment out of the DVD when I purchased it, however now that I'm older, I find it embarrassing to watch and my enjoyment of it has lowered. I could definitely still read the manga, though. The series itself isnt terrible, its only the anime, in my opinion. I would get rid of the DVD however there isn't anyone who would buy it, and I also have it signed by the entire cast and the director, so...
Story: 4 - this is for the anime, not the manga. they excluded several important parts from the manga.
Art: 3 - the animation was really awful. characters use recycled attacks and battle sequences, wear the same clothes every episode, pants pulled up to armpits, ninas hair makes me cringe when it moves, etc.
Sound: 6 - the english voices were pretty decent (i never saw the japanese version so i cant say for that) and the opening and ending credits are very cutesy and they fit the theme of the series.
characters: 6 - this also goes for the manga. they're super cliched and lack originality. that being said, i did REALLY enjoy ichi's character for some reason. i suppose the big brother thing is endearing to me.
enjoyment: 3 - like i said, i got enjoyment out of this series when i was younger, but now that i'm 18, i find it embarrassing to watch again.
overall: 4 - not very good, in my opinion. is worth a read if you're willing to, however the anime is awful and the only reason you should watch it is if you're in the mood for a laugh.