Feb 1, 2009
“Comet-san”, aka “Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san” is an anime remake of a classic mahou shoujo live action series from the 1960s. Twelve year old Comet is a star princess who is supposed to be a candidate to become engaged to a prince from another star. But Comet would rather play in the stars than to think about growing up and getting engaged. So when the prince runs off to the Earth instead of choosing a future bride Comet is more than happy at her escape from fate.
The disappearance of the prince is unacceptable to the star worlds and someone must go to find him.
Comet could care less until she finds out that the prince is hiding on Earth, where Comet’s mother spent time when she was a girl. Comet was always enthralled at her mother’s stories of Earth and so she volunteers to go to Earth, with no intention of actually bothering to look for the prince. Another space princess, Meteor, is also sent to Earth by her ambitious mother because the princess who eventually finds the prince will become his bride.
Things don’t work out well for Comet when she first arrives on Earth. But thanks to some intercession from her mother, Comet gets to stay with a young family and take responsibility for the two young children of the family. At the same time Meteor uses her magical powers to convince an old couple that she is their granddaughter so that she can stay with them while she looks for the prince. Both girls start to learn something about growing up and about love as they learn about Earth and the people on it.
Comet-san is a sweet and funny children’s anime that can enchant kids and grownups alike. The animation is bright, the music is brisk, the voice acting is enthusiastic, and the story moves along at a steady pace. The characters learn about themselves and grow as the story progresses and there is an appropriately satisfying ending.
The series was released as a pair of R2 DVD box sets soon after its broadcast in 2001 to 2002.
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