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.
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.
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 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.
(WARNING: May feature some spoilers from Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil, as well as this entire anime's story)
What? Wonder Momo apparently has an anime of her own? Huh... well, at first glance looking at the anime, scores are seeming pretty low. Maybe it's an exaggeration or something. It couldn't be *as* bad as all these scores tell, right? ...Right?
Well, it is. And it's a pretty disappointing journey. Shall i tell you how this all started out?
Wonder Momo is a beat 'em up arcade game that was published and developed by Namco in 1987, released exclusively in japan. The series never got brought officially over here
to the west. Until 2012, when ShiftyLook quote-on-quote 'resurrected' the franchise with their own comic strip, Wonder Momo: Battle Idol. Which is actually set 25 years after the original game...
And that is what this anime is based on. For such a backstory, you'd expect quite some spectacle, wouldn't you? Well, let's dive right into the anime's points. Starting with...
This story is very short. But i'll talk about the length later on. So, what does this magnificent story start with?
On planet earth, somewhere in japan, Namco High, there is a girl called Momoko whose dream is to become one among the top idols, like Matsuo Akiho. Although she seems to be struggling a bit with this. After her meeting some stranger on the way to the metro who mistakes her for a girl named 'Wonder Momo', he suddenly gives him some superpowers within her without even knowing she got them. When Warudemons start to try and invade earth, Momoko accidentally gains access to her newly-gained powers and is easily able to beat them. Along the way, she meets a third-year photographer named Terashima Natsuhiko who seems a bit interested in Momoko. As well as meeting Akiho herself, who goes by the name of Amazona. Eventually even Momoko's own mother jumps into the story, revealing her to be the real Wonder Momo of 25 years ago. It's also revealed that the stranger is Glooder, who is actually an ally of Momo. After fighting a whole bunch of Warudemons, Momo, Momoko and Akiho eventually reach the base of the Warudemons through a space portal and they start to confront them head-on...
And... that's where the story ends. On a cliffhanger. Are you kidding me? At least give some kind of conclusion to it. You can't just abruptly end it like that, especially when you know that this'll never be continued.
The art and animation in this weren't nearly as bad as i thought it would be. The animation isn't just stills only like most anime, but it actually features quite a number of movement. But that's to be expected from an animation studio who partly worked on Hellsing Ultimate. So cheers to that, Graphinica.
Although... it wasn't really perfect. Something about the style just rubs me the wrong way at times. Especially when looking at Momoko's eyes.
Also, The opening and ending were pretty... bland, considering animation. Speaking of opening and ending, that brings us to the next point...
The sound is fine as it is. It seems to work like it should. (I mean, this isn't like where TOEI threw out 90% of their old japanese audio files back in the day.)
Although the music is pretty generic. "Wonder Wars" and... wait, what's the ending song called? Was it never actually said? Oh well.
What i wanted to say is... the opening and ending are just basic and in one tone. Something the complete opposite of... let's say, "THE HERO, Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero" from One Punch Man.
Also, voice acting-wise... most seem fine as it is, (judging as someone who isn't japanese,) but Momoko sounds bored out of her mind most of the time. Does she even want to be here?
Well, i can't really judge this one well, seeing as it's just so short that i couldn't even say for sure what most traits are. Most characters are just pretty basic from what i can tell. Momoko is pretty much a klutz, and Akiho is somewhat arrogant and 'different'.
To be honest, it kind of hurt to actually watch through this at times. The plot was just barren, and overall nothing really seemed all that interesting most of the time. As well as having to see the transformations be repeated about 10 or so times. They also stated that Namco High is officially canon in this story... does that mean Lolo becoming a full-on goth after Klonoa left Lunatea, is now canon too in this? Jesus, that thought alone is unbearable to think of...
But at least it's only about 35 minutes long in total. Yeah, *7 minutes per episode. And only five of them.* That's incredibly short.
An anime based on this comic alone just didn't seem like the right idea. I mean... it could've worked maybe well? There's always room for improvement. But in the end, this is the result that we got. And it's kind of saddening to me.
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.