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.
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.
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.