Fubuki Sakuragasaki is a powerful gamer who, with the power of her Passion Panties, climbs up the ranks of the BAG (Best of Arcade Gamer) tournament to become the greatest Arcade Gamer in the world. However, the evil Gulasic Group is out to conquer the world through said tournament, and their gaming skills will prove to be a challenge. Fubuki must team up with the legendary Mr. Mystery to combat the four Gods of Gaming and make the world of arcade gaming safe for all.
Now I myself am a gamer, and have been one for a long time, so when I heard that there was an anime based on video games, I was so excited! Too bad it didn't turn out the way I expected.
Arcade Gamer Fubuki is probably one of the most odd anime titles out there, but not for the reasons you might be thinking. The story itself isn't weird, the characters in general aren't weird, the anime does have a story and makes sense over all. So why then do you find an anime title where a girl simply plays video games odd you may
ask? Well its the whole way it executes these concepts that is weird.
There really isn't much of a story to speak of, basically Fubuki takes on any opponent that dares challenge her in video games, and is known to be the best in town. But how she does it is just odd! Basically she has these sort of super panties (which is only used as a gimmick to give this title some unnecessary echii-ness) that gives her powers not only in gaming, but also in her physical speed, which also seems to give her elemental powers as well; like lightning and fire powers from her hands.......ummmmmmm...........yeahhhh. So in a nut shell, she activates these panties and gains gaming skills! Now I know that with comedy anime it's all based on laugh value, but seriously, what kind of time constraint were they under when they came up with THAT concept??? Not to mention we never even find out how she activates them in the first place, all we see is her closing her eyes and jumping in the air, and blamo.....she gots skills! To the stories credit though, Fubuki does get flash backs about her Dad, and does end up finding him in the end, though the scenes are pretty sparse over all. (until the last episode that is) My main problem with the story is that for a series that is suppose to be about video games and the player's skills, you would think that would be the main point to the title, seems simple enough and fresh, but no. Both of those concepts seem to take a back seat, as we only get minimal screen plays of games, and it seems that when it all comes down to it, the player with the bigger panties power up wins, and we don't actually get to see any real skills from the characters themselves. In fact, some viewers may leave with the feeling that the whole "video game" idea was just a passing thought with the creators. You could pretty much change this story to about anything and it wouldn't make any difference.
Now I have to give kudos to the awesome j-pop opening and ending, the beats are pretty darn catchy......so much so that you may want to find them for your ipod. Can't say the same for the background music though, the fact that I can't even re-call any of it is enough to convince me of hoe unmemorable it was. The character voices were pretty well matched with each character I found.
The art style for the title is actually pretty decent, while its not the most colorful or well detailed anime you'll see, it certainly does the job right. While over all you won't really see any real actual video game titles, (most are just look a likes to other video games such as: Pac-man, Dig-Dug etc) you will love the fact that you actually do get screen plays from the classic Sega game "Virtua Fighter." Along with "Fighter Maker" as well.
The characters themselves are pretty bland, they do have distinct personalities to a point, but never go beyond that. Basically the way you see them in the first episode, is the way they will act the whole way through, with no real in depth-ness to them. I do relieve that this is a short OVA series, but they could have at least given us something to care about with them. As you might have guessed at this point, the character development is non-existent. As I was watching Fubuki go through some tough challenges, she never gave me any reason to actually care about her winning because the personalties were so cookie cutter basic.
Bottom Line: 6/10
Arcade Gamer Fubuki gets high points for concept here. The comedy it has to offer (while basic, with the exception of the whole video game theme) does an ok job of keeping you entertained. Viewers like myself who are expecting a great anime title about a gamer's life will be disappointed, because it over all felt more gimmicky. Still, it is an anime based around a video game idea, so if you're a gamer like me...you may want to give it a peek.
Let me ask you this, what the hell is this show? I mean, I give it points for originality but man oh man….. This is really a messed up show. The whole premise is about a girl showing off her panties to play video games. I don’t know about her, but I wouldn’t put on a pair of underwear that some strange guy tried to give me, let alone actually take them. The show felt bland. There seemed to be no reason for this show to even exist and I have a bad feeling that Gulasic pretty much meant Classic but because of Japanese vocals,
we thought it to be Gulasic.
The animation doesn’t look like a show done in the 21st century at all. It’s more like a vintage version. I so do not get the characters at all, the guy for the first part has what look like large beaver teeth and don’t even look like they are connected to his mouth. The animation is bland and over used a lot. It pretty much feels like a panty shot hentai style artwork.
I couldn’t actually stand the Japanese voices at all, they were way too high pitched and painful. Of course English voices aren’t any good ether but at least they are better. The English at least gives it the same out of control comedy that it should have, but it felt… well, more like Excel Saga in how the voices sounded. Fubuki was really high voiced, her friend sounds like a squeaky Emi Oba from Comic Party. Even the guy that follows Fubuki around sounds off. In the first part, he says BAG in English, and it sounds a lot like Fag instead.
fubuki sakuragaski i think i spelled it right, uses the fasion panties to make her gaming and skills faster and better but to anyone who hates fanservice in anime be aware, but she soon finds out that her skirt does get blown up showing them when she uses it her saying its embarrassing therefore she soon acts like she doesnt wanna use it anymore.
anywho time to continue, i did enjoy this animw however i didnt like some parts, it kinda confused me like "what is this anime about exactly now ?" "trying to win at a game tournament ?" ya it sounds redicoulas but good
at the same time cause theres a group the Gulasic Group who want fubuki's fasion panties thinking it would give them power, i was like "whoa now thats just wierd" and i laugh abit thinking using panties as power thats just silly.
the characters are great the designs are made by the same who did SGT frog AKA keroro gunsou, the character development is good too fubuki and her friend are my fav characters, and as the masked man he is just so funny doing these wierd hero antics jumping around doing these wannnabe poses and leaps and stuff, but Chizuru eh shes Ok i mean she was such a bitch when they first met her but she began to be nice to them ya know, and honey she is cool :D i like her lol.
but overral i liked it the comedy was great too, the ending was sad though i sort of cried "sort of" hehe