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.
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. read more
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. read more
Where to start? This right here is this generation's Garzey's Wing, Mad Bull 34, Angel Cop, etc. - sans the gore, of course. It's the perfect storm of shit, it's the epicenter of where complete and utter ridiculousness collides with joyfull incompetence in EVERY DEPARTMENT. I don't even know what people expected from this series - it's awesome chepo-toku-schlock about a highschool girl that sounds like a 45-year-old talking like a 5-year-old (because she IS actually voiced by a 40-year old woman) and fights aliens with a magical hoola-ring.
And that's it. Everything that follows this (stupid yet effective) premise is just balls-out-batshit insanity thrown at you in every damn frame. And it's glorious in every way. The most amazing thing about all that crazy stuff is the fact that the series still keeps a big-ass smile on its face whilst beating you over the head with its mediocre-at-best art design, its gleefully shitty fight choreography and its downright HORRENDOUS voice acting. Pepper it with a ton of random moments thrown in there for the sake of "story" telling (pfff...) and you get yourself an experience that is difficult to describe in words.
Is it bad? Yes, hell yes, under normal circumstances I'd even dare say it sucks ass. But the aforementioned big smile that's visible in every insane frame won me over in he end.
I love this show. I really, truely do. Please make a baby, Namco.read more
Utterly horrible. There is literally no feature of this anime that does not suck: bad art (which looks like something out of a 70s Hanna-Barbera Super Friends spin-off), bad animation (it's choppy and stilted), bad sound effects (the Boss Monster at the end is *literally* some guy going "Rawr"), bad voice acting (the allegedly teenage heroine sounds like a 35-year-old prostitute with a mouthful of gum), and a story that is not merely unoriginal, but also just plain stupid.
And I don't mean normal "unbelievable" stupid, or the kind of "silly" stupid that's actually sort of funny. I mean serious, hardcore, brain-damage-inducing STUPID -- the kind of stupid that makes you just stare at the screen blankly, wondering whether it's a joke, because you can't believe it could possibly BE so stupid.
It was SO bad that it actually made me angry. I want those seven minutes of my life back.
If you're reading this page trying to figure out whether this anime is worth watching, please heed my warning: Do NOT waste your time on this garbage. You will only regret it.read more
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.