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.read more
Shoujo is my favorite demographic.
Fantasy and Romance are my favorite genres.
But Mamotte Lollipop is one of the absolute worst series I have ever seen even though it should totally be my thing.
That's the main word that comes to mind to describe this show. It is so lazy. ZERO effort was put into this. I'll elaborate:
Story: The story is rather stupid. You already read the summary, yeah? It seems like one that can be so easily solved like "why not just do this" but it's like the characters are too dumb to suggest that. Don't get me started on the script and dialogue. I swear to God, a TEN-YEAR-OLD could do a better job. The two boys repeat the same lines over and over. That's fine for spells and speeches and things of that sort but no, the repetitive dialogue is more like something they keep saying because the writers don't care enough to think of what else they might say. It is PAINFUL.
Art: It's based on a manga that I've read which is...well, it's just okay. Mediocre, I guess. The MANGA art is not very good. The faces look so squashy and in the side profiles, the noses and eyes are hideously positioned. So....the show didn't have much to work with....but somehow it made the characters look even worse. Nina herself looks like....an alien. I don't know. The eyes are totally messed up and I LOVE big eyes! :(
That's not the most offensive thing about the art though.
IT'S CHEAP. So cheap. They reuse animation over again-DON'T even bother editing it if the characters are wearing DIFFERENT CLOTHES. That's right. That hits an all time low for me. I lost any lingering respect at that moment.
Sound: Haha.....you might hate me for this but as a lover of delightfully obnoxious high-pitched J-POP, I LIKE the opening song. Again, the lyrics are childish and dumb like "it's okay to be indecisive in love" oh really? ANIME FANS HATE THAT. But it's catchy enough. The ending theme is meh. I can't even remember how it goes.
Character: Good god....Ichi is the only likable character. Nina the heroine is a f*cking idiot who takes "idiot" to a whole new level. "All these bad people are after me so I will fight with my protectors and then RUN AWAY". Like that's all she does. And she doesn't learn. She does it over and over and over. Zero is an idiot too. The other characters....yeah, I don't even really care. The backstory of the little cousins is kinda cute...but it's not worth sitting through this crappy show just for them.
Overall, I do not enjoy this anime. Five-year-old girls might....but just because something is aimed at children doesn't excuse it to be crappy. Five-year-old girls also enjoy Sailormoon and Disney Princess movies and those are classic and loved by all because the creators RESPECT their audience.
Mamotte Lollipop does not respect you. In the slightest. I was actually offended by how bad it was. If I was Michiyo, (the manga-ka) I'd be crying to see my work turned into......whatever this is.
Now Michiyo has a few other manga that are WAY better than this; if you like shoujo, do check them out and hope to high heaven that if any more get adapted it will be done by a studio that gives a crap. read more
Mamotte Lollipop or Save Me Lollipop is the first shoujo manga or manga that I read that got me into the world of manga/anime. I guess you can call it a sort of gateway drug for the horrors soon to come, but I was a naive 12 year-old girl at the time.
By the way this is a review of the anime not the manga and trust me there's a difference.
Lollipop follows the story of 12 year-old Nina Yamada as she gets involved in the world of magic after swallowing a crystal pearl meant to be used as exam for a school of wizards to graduated to complete their schooling or else they'll fail and have to retry the exam next year. Zero and Ichii are the first two wizards to find out that Nina swallowed the pearl and promise to protect her until their exams are over fulfilling Nina's dream of meeting a prince like guy.
A pretty basic set up for a romantic comedy but alright, however, most of the plot is spent getting Nina, Zero, and Ichii into stupid romantic situations rather than the magical world. I know it's a bit unfair as the manga has more chances of development while the anime only has 13 episodes but really sometimes I forget these are even magicians until they do their Sailor Moon recycled transformation scenes. This is also a problem in the manga, usually the magical elements are only brought in ridiculous situations which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't suddenly introduce us to this vast knowledge of what the magical world is when the story is almost over. However, the story use what it's dealt in a pretty interesting way such as showing off the powers of magicians trying to kill Nina in various ways, but such moments are ruin when they go for the shoujo cliches of "I gotta save her!" or some crappy bonding scene on the beach or catching her on the stairs...there's a lot of cliches.
The art is okay, nothing spectacular, but I seen worst. I guess you can call Nina cute and Ichii..kind-looking but the art is a bit feminine. Most guys come out looking like tomboys so much that a cross dresser in the show is easy to get away with. The female characters of this show have the benefits over the male characters, which may be why the guys always have to assert their dominance by saving Nina from things. Though the art really shines in the backgrounds giving them a zany cartoon and refine feeling which is important in a romance comedy. Sometimes the characters would have big eyes and other common mistakes though the animations are excellent for comedic timing.
The magic is okay but Zero and Ichii's magic always has this empty purple background, why are the other other magicians given elaborate scenes? Is it because they only have to do it once while Zero and Ichii has to do their almost every episode? Isn't that more reason to work harder on theirs!? Lazy or cheap, call it what you will I usually skip over it anyway. You'll also want to skip a lot as the first part of EACH EPISODE is an obnoxious recap which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't reuse such things for example there are many still frames instead of actual animations to express something. We seen the Nina and Knight picture every episode you don't have to shove the metaphor in our faces we're not goldfish!
The sound is also okay, but the music usually plays up some "romantic" scene to add to the mood but it comes as chessy at time. You got the danger soundtrack to show Nina's in danger, the happy tune, and the shoujo music that plays to let you know when to swoon. There's a rather annoying piece that plays when something memorable, heartwarming, or sad is happening, you'll know it when you hear it, is comes off as generic and if you watched the show as many times as I have you'll never forget it no matter how long since you're last rewatch.
The voices are also obnoxious at times especially when the characters are spouting some shoujo line that'll make you groan of embarrassment instead of blush. The voices are okay on their own but I mostly watch the dub and the direction for most the scenes seem to come off as "BE EMOTIONAL", "BE TOUCHED", "FEELING". you get pretty used to after a while but mentally you go "oh really?" like you're watching some soap opera.
What this show does right is it's characters, or the most part. While they also have the pitfalls of being mindless cliches each character has some sort of development that gives a deeper look into their character. Zero seeks to be a better wizard to make his childhood dream come true, Ichii was the typical bad boy character until Zero came into his life, Forte and San are cousins from a strained family, etc. Nothing special but these characters play off each other very well as enemies and friends even if most of them have tried to kill Nina at one time or another. Nina on the other hand comes off as very plain just being very nice, emotional, in need of saving, or tsun to Zero. She seems more like an object at times that keeps the main cast together even if most of them have tried to kill her, just don't fall love in love with her though. Then it becomes serious.
However the anime refuses to set-up Nina with Ichii or Zero going for a ridiculous threesome ending and making all the romantic scenes come off as lackluster between them. It's kind of obvious who she ends up with (even though I hate it) but the anime indirectly makes Ichii and Zero less human and more as objects that are just there for Nina's sick prince fantasy.
Yes Ninja I know you love both of them, but you will have to chose it makes you look selfish and indecisive (plus why are Zero and Ichii okay with this?)
I personally enjoyed the manga and it's sequel but it's more of a so bad it's good feeling mixed with nostalgia glasses. The show has an interesting plot and execution but if you can get pass the cliche storm, it's a fun ride. This show is a guilty pleasure of mine as it's one of first manga I read outside Wedding Peach that made me interested in anime/manga so I can easily toss it aside without having some fond memory of it. I know at time I think the show is garbage, but it has amazing potential and if you a sucker for romantic comedies like me than it's a go-to classic.
The romance is bearable and at times make you barf, but it's not awful the anime just rather be a romantic comedy nothing more or less and if you take it too seriously you will be disappointed.
Mamotte Lollipop or Save Me Lollipop is one of those really good yet underrated anime that you wish people would give a try. I came across this series when I was at a local book store one day looking for a new Manga to read. I did some Research after I bought the Manga to see if there is also an Anime. I always look for something that looks like a very cute series. And sure enough this is what I was looking for. I definitely recommend this if you like a Shoujo Anime about a main female character who is surrounded by cute boys.
The story is something I would be interested in but because this is a very common thing in anime for the main female character to be surrounded by boys and have them protect her, I highly doubt this would be the anime for you if you get bored of the same theme over and over again.
I personally love the art style both in the anime and the Manga. Why? You ask? Well in my opinion, the art style to me looks very similar to the art styles in series like Full Moon O Sagashite, and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne. Which was created by my favorite mangaka Arina Tanemura. I know she didn't create this series but the art style looks like I could be so I am very biased about it.
I'm not a huge fan of the opening or ending. I usually skip it when I watch this anime on my DVD. I think the dubbed voice actors did a great job. Then again, I'm not a dub hater like most anime fans.
I enjoy watching the characters. I can sorta relate to Nina the MC. She is your typical fairytale loving girl who dreams of having a prince charming of her own. Out of the boys I would pick Ichi because he is nicer then the other boy Zero who is kinda a hot head. Other crazy characters include a happy go lucky lolita girl name San, I pink haired 5 year old girl who can transform into a 21 year old name Rokka, a butler name Go, a blonde haired boy named Forte, and a talking seahorse who I forgot his name.
Any Shoujo fan would like this but probably not love this. It has a lot of magic fighting scenes that you would probably see in a shounen Anime. It has SOME fan service but not much which I'm very happy with. It's got a lot of comedy, romance, magic, and occasional drama and sad scenes.
Even if your tired of seeing the same theme, I suggest at least giving it a chance. It's got something for almost everyone to enjoy.read more