An animated spin-off from the Densha Otoko (Trainman) TV drama.
In the drama, actor Itoh Atsushi plays the otaku Yamada, whose main love in life is the Mina anime, a cutesy busty heroine with floppy rabbit ears and carrots sticking out her rear.
Mina itself is a character homage which triggers back to the Daicon Animation done by GAINAX where a similar nameless bunny girl appeared. Densha Otoko futher featured an opening with scenes which were appearing back in the Daicon Animation.
OK, my second review for the day :> this time it's Getsumen To Heiki Miina.
I think this series is overlooked by many. It's actually pretty good and entertaining, and has the ability to keep your interest for the whole season because it is somewhat different to other series in the same genre as it.
And also, considering that it's a spin-off from a TV show, I think it did pretty well :>
OK, we've all seen it before: teenaged girl is generally failing at life, but through some strange circumstances she aquires superpowers and turns her life right around. Well, this series has that too, but it's
not quite as dull and drawn out as in other series like it. Firstly, it is 11 episodes long, so there are no stupid and pointless filler episodes.
Basically, because Mina, the lead female, is a news reporter and isn't a complete cry-baby (think Sailor Moon lol), Getsumen's story is nicely new and fresh, but also staying similar to what we know. Also, the girls are bunnygirls XD
Standard. Not much shading on the characters, the eyes are usually too small for the face, the backgrounds aren't really noticeable.... but the transformation sequences are top notch. All the Miinas that get a transformation have really nice ones with a lot of detail in them :> nice colours too, so we don't all get eye cancer ;3
The OP and ED aren't like most other songs used in magical girl series. I don't know how really, but they're a lot less... cutesy and j-pop, if you get what I mean :S they're really fantastic and fit in pretty well with the series, which quite a few series have failed to manage.
Mina is kind of standard really. She is hard-working and often over-works herself for the sake of her job; this kind of character is commonly seen in shoujo anime so she doesn't stand out very much really. However, that kind of character is really needed for this kind of show, so I guess it can't be helped. Plus, she's loveable <3
None of the other characters really got any development though... the other Miinas, not including Ootsuki Miina, don't get any more screen time after their inital appearence. They might pop up like, twice, throughout the series for a couple of seconds, but apart from that the only time you'll see them again is right at the end of the final episode. That's all that disappointed me.
I loved it. I patiently waited for months between each episode being subbed because I really liked the series; if it had been any other I would have given up and dropped it. You get a really lovely "feel-good" feeling when watching this, and that's just what I needed at the time ^^ I'll always accept a second season X3
"The writers must have been on drugs" is a phrase used to describe a show that's bizarre or incoherent. Of course, drugs have the potential to alter the conscious mind, and many writers have created great stories under the influence. I fear, however, that the writers of Getsumen To Heiki Mina were not taking any vision-creating drugs, but were subject to the constraints and conformity of modern-day anime. And they had no ideas.
The plot, if you can call it that, is an asinine collection of monster-of-the-week bits, where the monsters are actually space rabbits who want to interfere
with Earth sporting events.
Yeah, you read that correctly.
The only thing this show has going for it, aside from its seldom-occuring humor, is the kind-of-cool characters and their stories - mostly the main character. However, with the short length of this show, the characters appear - and reveal themselves to be part of the "good team" - in less than a whole episode. Pretty much every female supporting character becomes a rabbit warrior, sometimes by such random means as being thrown into a tomato patch and having the fruit fall into their mouth (which happens to be the catalyst for transformation). Not that we're expecting realism from this show, anyway.
The worst part of this show is that it's completely boring. The plot setups are always so farfetched and unnecessarily complicated that the audience's response will invariably be "gee, I guess the writers didn't have any good ideas."
If you're planning to watch this show because it's a Densha Otoko spinoff, prepare to be disappointed. Otherwise... well, you can see for yourself.
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