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.
This is I believe the fourth anime I ever watched? I've seen it a few times since the initial viewing, and I swear it just gets worse and worse everytime you watch it.
First of all, the sound is meh, the animation is pretty bad, and the story is mediocre at best and has been done much better in better shows.
Honestly there isn't much to talk about other than characters.
For one, I hate Nina. I don't care that she's 12, she's whiney, annoying, stupid, and never shuts up. She also gets herself into so much trouble constantly. She's also selfish and a bad role model. All
of this is a shame, because I actually think she has a cute design...
Zero is okay. In the english dub (the one I watched) he was voiced by one of my favorite voice actors Eric Vale, and he did a really nice job for what he was working with, but it is grading on your ears after a while.
Ichi is, forgettable. He's considered by many to be the most likeable character, but I hardly remember him and his backstory.
The cousins were cute and I did really like them.
That's kinda it...
I'd suggest this if you're really little, or if you wanna show this to some smaller kids, but I don't see many full grown adults getting enjoyment out of this. Watch Fruits Basket instead.