One day, a group of aliens planning to take over the Earth invade Tokyo. Momoko, who aspires to be an idol, gets involved in the ensuing fight, albeit in an unexpected manner. Warudemon, king of the alien empire, uses various tactics to hunt down Momoko and the people around her. Momoko decides to stand up against this aggression.
Wonder Momo was originally an arcade game released in 1987. A fairly simplistic (by today's standards) side-scrolling beat 'em up game, featuring a transforming, hoop-wielding heroine.
This anime might just be the best piece of art I was ever able to witness within my whole lifetime.
The first episode immediatly starts the show by presenting its great concept. We witness our main heroine, Momoko, gaining supernatural powers. She may not understand these fully at first, but quickly, her great character development leads to her learning how to live with said powers and fight of dangerous foes, whilst finding new allies - she may not expect at first glance.
The most outstanding aspect of this wonderful experience is not its fantastic animation or its majestic, epic and boner-causing soundtrack, which easily surpass the
ones shown to us in great works like "Pupa" or "Mars of destruction" - but simply its exceptional story, characters and criticism of our society.
To give you some further insight on said criticism, not only does Momokos stupidity greatly criticise the general lack of educational possibilites in our society and the lack of appreciation these sad individuals get, but it also shows to us, that maybe our praised intellect is not the only value we should consider, as even individuals we may consider "stupid" often enlighten our petty existence through their actions. This greatly depicts the ways in which struggles can be overcome not intelligence, but simply by moral choices, a strong will and a philosophical nature
While this alone would be a simply outstanding piece of social criticism, there are examples even more euphoric. Some of these would be the lack of acceptance our younger generation has towards getting advice by those older and wiser than them. This is presented in an astounding manner, as the characters get visibly more powerful through learning from the elders. Another concept that perhaps even more interesting, it goes as far as criticising the basic capitalistic system we have established in our society through someone as simply as Oreo-cookies symbolizing the hostile points of interest.
To conclude, Wonder Momo simply is one of greatest achievments of mankind. It is thrilling, it is dark, while also containing light hearted moments to balance out the great amount of thinking it demands from the viewer. To end this review, I simply ask of you: watch this skillfully created phantasmagoria of philosophy as it is worthy a score of 10/10. Philosophy intensifies.
I can honestly say that I don't think I have laughed so hard at something so bad in a long time. The episodes are short, so watching the 5 episodes isn't the biggest waste of time.
The story was all over the place. A lot of the scenes are fan service. The characters were random. The art was all over the place - no consistency. The character outfits and weapons were terrible. This story seems like it was written by a 14 yo.
I was gently wandering in my, like, 20 first episodes of the new series freshly released this season and decided to begin with the shortest.
"Oh, cool, only 7 minutes per episodes... and there is only five of them ! Aaaand they're all out at the same time ? Holly molly, what a great dealy I mady thery !"
And I have never been so right in my entire life.
Wonder Momo "The me that only I can be"
If you didn't understand everything right from the beginning with this sentence alone, then abandon every hope of truly getting what really is this state-of-the-art piece of animation
Momo is a normal highschooler a bit clumsy but with a heart biiiig like that who dreams of becoming an idol to make people happy. Sadly and despite all her efforts, she doesn't seem to be idol material, but one gloomy afternoon will she be met by a strange stranger in a strange coat, who will entrust her with a glowing pink ball of magisciencalieny powers melting in her chest and thus giving her the power to transform into the legendary WONDER MOMO and fight the evil armies of black-full-body-thighs-bad-guys with her hoola hoop signature move.
Everything you'd expect and love is there, from the unexpected first battle in the school gymnase, the photography-geek-boy-not-really-boyfriend-material-but-kinda-who-will-help-her-through-her-identity-crysis-classmate witnessing her true identity, the best-ennemy-to-be-best-friend to shocking reverlations about her family which would put the Star Wars serie to a shame and an fully epic final battle ending in the best way possible for a maximum enjoyement.
All that in only 5 episodes of 7 minutes, not even one of them looking like the previous.
The characters all have their own personnality, goals and distinct traits, while the unexpected situations cleverly put them together to achieve a same goal, thus reinforcing their relations while developping their psychology and bringing the intensity of the plot another step forward.
All of them served by original and unforgetable soundtracks which make truly honor to the incredibly outstanding and yet powerfully colorful animation.
NAMCO is offering us one of their best work, so oustandingly good in being awfuly bad that it litteraly deserve to be call a masterpiece.
A review of Winter 2014's worst anime? Uh-oh. This can't be good. But before that, a quick anecdote.
So a while back I stumbled upon anime legend "Mars of Destruction". For those of you who don't know, Mars of Destruction is one of the finest creations of the anime industry. In fact, it was so great, that I was met with disbelief when I realized it was the worst-rated anime on MyAnimeList. The worst-rated anime on MAL, can you believe it?! I became compelled to watch all 20 minutes of it, just to see if it truly deserved all the flack it got. For such a
fine creation, it just had to have been the victim of severe underrating.
Well, I was wrong.
Mars of Destruction actually did turn out to be a pile of crud, not because it did anything to specifically anger the viewers per se, but because it did NOTHING AT ALL. That's right, watching Mars of destruction is the equivalent of staring at a blank wall with classical music playing the background. Ah yes, because apparently the producers thought that classical music could save that P.O.S. Nope, they were wrong...
So what does this have to do with our "beloved" anime Wonder Momo? It's like a repeat performance over here, baby. That's right, this time we're staring at a blank wall, except with no classical music playing in the background. The "plot" that the producers attempt to have? Yeah, random-girl-turning-into-a-superhero certainly hasn't been done before. How about the characters and sound? Nope; in fact, if there were negative numbers, this would be the first time an anime truly deserved to go into the minus zone. Momoka's voice actor was PAINFULLY bad. That was the most unfitting and misplaced voice for any character I've ever seen. It simply did not fit at all for such a bubbly and cheery high school girl. Oh well, at least the art's decent, so if you're a fan of boobs I guess you could stare at Momoka for a couple of minutes. Wait what? The animation's so choppy that those boobs end up looking like squares half the time? Yeah, sorry fanservice enthusiasts; Wonder Momo won't be pleasing you either. I'd even say it isn't worth a curious watch as Mars of Destruction was; there's nothing that should compel you to watch this.
Trust me when I say that this is 7 minutes that would truly be better spent staring a blank wall. At least you'd be getting some zen going on.
There are plenty of bad anime out there. But only a few shows are downright unwatchable. Ugly animation, nonsensical plots, and boring characters sink many anime, but only some fail in every possible way. Here are ten of the worst anime you'll wish you'd never wasted your time on.