Iwaki Tomonori is an average 15-year-old boy who likes older women. He happens to have a crush on his teacher, but soon thereafter, learns she has become engaged. He heads home brokenhearted, only to find a 12-year-old girl named Rizel at his home, who he learns the Japanese government has married him to against his will. Furthermore, he learns Rizel is no ordinary girl; she is a biochemically engineered human, and her creators (her "papa"s, as they are often referred to) promise to waive multiple bills of Iwaki's parents in exchange to be allowed to stay at their house, and thus Iwaki's life with Rizel begins.
When my friend recommended this to me I thought to myself "well, she's usually pretty good when it comes to anime, maybe I'll give Rizelmine a little shot." I'm not going to trust my friend so easily again.
Story: What story? Each episode is only 14 minutes long which came as a shock, but the entire series is 26 episodes long. Now if you convert that to 24 minute episodes it's only about 18. The story is really....annoying, and they only really try to build on it during the second half of the anime. The story seems forced and contrived, and
doesn't seem to have any point at all except to show that the writers ran out of ways for Tomonori to throw Rizel at a wall/post/house.
Art: I wasn't impressed by the art, mind you I might have just have had low quality videos. The art doesn't detract from the anime, because the anime doesn't really have anything going for it. They never really try to do anything with it either, it's the same art the entire way through, which is slightly dissapointing. There's also some scenes where they tried to give the artist some freedoms to do something really cool, but the artists don't leap at the chance. There are also explosions almost every episode, and they're incredibly pink, which is also really irritating.
Sound: Terrible. The only saving grace in the sound is the opening music. Even the opening song is terrible, but I still found myself listening to it almost every other episode.
Character: Tomonori......He likes older women, and he's incredibly abusive. Oh...and stubborn....and stupid. Those are all of his amazing character traits. Rizel is clumsy, annoying, persistant, and loves to cry. When you add them together you get comedy...right? For the first couple episodes having Rizel being flung into walls and other things seems kind of entertaining...After episode 4 it gets REALLY old incredibly quickly. And that's pretty much all the humor, they try to do some other tricks, but that's it. Even Papa A, B, and C get old and stale. There's nothing fun about these characters, They never really grow unless they're forced to, which is slightly dissapointing.
Enjoyment: I didn't like this anime at all. In the first episode I thought it was incredible, I was really enjoying it. After the fourth I was hoping they were going to switch it up a little. When they finally introduce other characters and a story I was already overwhelmingly bored with it all. Even the fact that it's 14 minutes per episode doesn't save it. A full 26 episodes long (which is supposed to be 2 seasons) still makes it way too long.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. Not even ecchi fans who can't watch anything with a story. I'm pretty sure this would bore even them. Even if you've finished an incredibly draining series I wouldn't ask anyone to watch this.
I'm mainly writing this review to balance out against the other review. I watched this all the way through and rather enjoyed it.
Story: While stereotypical, it was an amusing romp. The individual episodes go fairly quickly and keep it at a decent pace. Some of the stuff comes from left field, which makes it a bit fun. There is comedy, romance, and good hearted fun.
Art/Sound: It's drawn in a "modern" style, not 90's or large eyes. The Ecchi is fairly tame, and its not all little girl.
Character: The interaction between the characters was pretty amusing. Standouts include the main girl herself, and her Pappa/Mamma guardians
Why I would recommend watching it: You can finsh this off easily on a weekday, there aren't that many boring spots as it goes fairly quickly. It's a refreshing adventure that you can put in between other anime's.
So i'll keep my review short as I can cause if your like me you might have a short attention span. Rizelmine holds a special part of me mainly cause it introduce some of my favorite voice actors. Specifically Rie Kugimiya and Yamaguchi Kappei. If you don't recognize these names Kappei is know for voicing Ussop from One Piece and Rie pretty much holds the title of tsundere queen for her roles as Louise from Zero No Tsukaima, Taiga From Toradora, Aria From Hidan No Aria you get my point. Now the story is pretty unique even for today's standards but even so its not
something that everyone might enjoy. The characters are fairly enjoyable to watch, especially Rizel cause of how cute she is and how hard she works for her husband. Tomonori can be an annoying prick and kind of a scum bag but he's only a middle school kid who is still growing as a person and in the end I quite like how he developed as a character towards the end of the anime. Now as far as cliches go I want to point out that this anime is pretty old as it came out in 2002 so yes it has cliches but when this anime was made these cliches weren't as known and were more acceptable back then. So what do I think of this anime? Its alright, If you need something with cute romance and some light comedy then this might be something to try out. I wanna apologize for this review being a mess, writing isn't something i'm good at but I hope this review helped none the less