Living an abnormal existence in Ogikubo, an intergalactic melting pot of humans and aliens as well as the only Space Immigration Zone on Earth, Luluco is a bubbly middle school girl who just wants to be normal. One morning, however, her father, who works at the Space Patrol, eats a volatile sleep capsule by mistake and is frozen solid! To make matters worse, Luluco accidentally breaks him, so she hurries off to his office for help. There, the chief of the Space Patrol, Over Justice, hires Luluco as a space temp worker for undercover investigations, so that the institution may crack down on crime within her school.
Made to don the Space Patrol suit and sent on her way to mete out justice, Luluco attempts to maintain the image of a normal girl who does not stand out in any way. But she soon discovers that with the automatic systems and inherently zealous judiciousness of the Space Patrol suit, continuing to be normal will be more difficult than she thought.
Made by Studio Trigger who were famously behind Kill la Kill, comes another piece of work as absurd as the former. To sum it up, Uchuu Patrol Luluco is like opening a box full of colorful chocolates which would burst open once put in the mouth.
Ogikubo is a fictional place set far in the future time where aliens and humans and come terms with each other and live together. Uchuu Patrol Luluco follows Luluco, a seemingly normal teenage human girl who seeks a normal lifestyle herself in this crazy city filled with mysterious creatures. But of course that isn't the case as Luluco is
appointed as the newest member of the Uchuu/Space Patrol Agency, an organization fighting against crimes and serving justice in the world of Ogikubo!
Uchuu Patrol Luluco specializes in slapstick over-the-top humor and comedy with its cartoon-ish animation. It's flashy all the time and oozes extravagant visuals which is eye candy.
The music is as absurd as the anime itself. Techno-like soundtracks keep interchanging during the episodes which go hand in hand with the excessive and highly exaggerated dialogues. Among these attributes, the two very opposite opening and ending themes can be added as well. "CRY MAX Do-Heijitsu" by Fujirokyu (Kari) has some of the ridiculous vocals I've heard to date. The song changes lyrics as the show progresses as well. One heck of a composing that is. Standing to the exact opposite of that is the soothing "Pipo Password" by Teddyloid ft. Bonjour Suzuki. Amazing mixture of sensual vocals and a use of ambient tunes. It also has very good visuals to add to that. It turns out as my favorite ending song of the season and it shouldn't come as a surprise to who've heard it as well.
Luluco is the main character of the series. She's cute and has feelings for Nova, another member of the Space Patrol Agency accompanying Luluco. Luluco secretly loves him. He's calm, rational knows what he is doing. Nothing is shown as such that he has feelings responding to Luluco's feelings for him. Midori is the last one of the three members of the agency, she is caught as a criminal first but inadvertently becomes a member! The one who makes her the member is the chief of Space Patrol Agency, Over-Justice. His name implies his very exact characteristics. Someone who is hell bent on giving a little too much justice! There is an assistant of Over-Justice who never speaks during the show, so little is known about her. Lastly, Luluco's father Keijo and her mother Lalaco Godspeed. Her father is a veteran member of the agency and her mother is surprisingly a Space Pirate who re-unites with Luluco under extremely abnormal (Pun intended) circumstances.
Uchuu Patrol Luluco racks up points for the sheer enjoyment and laughs it gives off, even if there is literally nothing that keeps progressing as a storyline. Heck, between one of the episodes, they even mention that the script is still incomplete and they're doing it simultaneously as it airs. There's one thing that I never understood though; there's a tagline between every three episodes which implies that this thirteen-episode series in fact is divided between four seasons with a couple or three episodes each. That was something I never understood. Oh, that might be just Trigger being themselves.
Uchuu Patrol Luluco is best enjoyed when you've watched Kill la Kill, as it uses a lot of references from that show. In fact it also uses several other characters from shows done by Trigger. All in all, Uchuu Patrol Luluco is like a family gathering of Studio Trigger. It's just a shame that this is a short worth only seven minutes, but perhaps that is where it truly shines and achieves something a show with that duration rarely ever achieves.
How does one even begin to describe Luluco? I can give it many definitions, and yet it seems as though none of them can truly define it. There have been, and will be many synonyms for the word crazy used to attempt to encompass Luluco's uninhibited originality- insane, unhinged, verrückt, loco, おかしい (okashii), rabiosus, gek, mad, bonkers, nutso- it could go on forever, and still never truly capture the idea.
One could also call Luluco perhaps the best "lore" show ever made,
transforming a disparate set of series and franchises into a single universe- a million, million worlds. (Move over, Carnival Phantasm!)
For the Hiroyuki Imaishi fans, Luluco represents yet another of his unfettered, unrestricted creative explosions, bursting at the seams with referential details and a sense of wildness that he's become known for.
Others still may think of Luluco as a breath of fresh air in the stale scape of the anime industry in the spring of 2016, bringing with it an "air" of lighthearted humor and silliness that also manages to be exquisitely captivating.
Hiroyuki Imaishi has done it again. What he can do in 7 short minutes with a seemingly nonsensical, three beers too many plot tops what a thousand other anime cannot touch in 13, 24, or 50 full episodes. Going way over the top, reaching ever higher beyond the walls of conventionalism- Luluco takes a leap for the mythical, and lands among the fantastical. If Luluco does one thing right- it's that it has a plot. It manages to weave in a tale of first, innocent love, coming of age narrative, a metric long ton of references, cameos, homage, and Great Justice into a cohesive story amid the chaotic presentation of the show. Truly impressive is the amount of content mashed into the all-too-brief runtime of Luluco- and it must be seen to be believed.
Fans of Imaishi and Trigger will find a lot to love about Space Patrol Luluco, as the show gives us fanservice in the best possible way- the original definition of fanservice. (For those who have forgotten and thinks that this is comprised entirely of vaguely underage girls exposing themselves- you're wrong. It's a practice as old as literature itself- with meta references to other works). Luluco is stuffed full of the aforementioned references and cameos from nearly Trigger's entire catalog, in addition to their penchant for making a boatload of references to other series. Trigger fans, start drooling now- because none of your favorites are excluded from this referencextravaganza, not even Sex and Violence with Machspeed.
The show itself has a rather quirky art style, rather westernized, like Panty and Stocking- though it also combines (or morphs into) the styles of the many anime that it borrows from, at will. With a pulsating, pounding soundtrack from Kenichiro Suehiro and the more well known TeddyLoid (Panty and Stocking OST), the music keeps up with the frenetic pace of the show well, and accentuates the highs as well as the lows. There is also a lot of sampling of tunes used in other Trigger shows- one of which reduced me to a screeching, blubbering moron upon hearing. (I'll not reveal which).
Once again, Trigger's casting is near perfection- with some old and new faces alike. They even drug Mayumi Shintani (Haruko, FLCL- Nonon, KLK) out of retirement!
In closing- there's a lot to love about Luluco. (Yeah, I know I've said Luluco like 12 times in this review.) Let it be said though, that if you despise Trigger and all they've created- stay far away from this one, unless you're just a masochist- but then again, there's honestly no reason for anyone who's not a fan to watch this, as it's as I stated above- fanservice in its most pure form. Anyone who's found anything to like in a production of theirs up until this point in history will find something to like here. For those wanting a lighthearted, quick witted, frenetic tempo'd, universe sized explosion of a show- you've come to the right place. Prepare to be blown away.
Space Patrol Luluco is incredibly flashy and weird (in a japanese fashion), yet somehow it feels uninteresting and average, almost boring.
From its cute and immediate presentation to the almost hip-hop montage during its peak moments, I've never felt so disarmed by an anime: everything on the screen stays for about five seconds before dying, moving, or screaming. All goes faster, then slower - because there's a character we need to introduce, so here's the camera pan from the bottom to the top and a shiny sound effect - before going crazy again. All of this in seven minutes per episode, which, at one point, becomes
It's understandable that Trigger may have went for a crazy approach with the series: "Luluco's a tame girl in a town. But there's aliens, so that changes everything, and it's funny!", filling the market with some other content, some other merchandise, something meaningless on which people will talk and thrive on about. The introduction is average, the music is average, the characters are... there. They do stuff. They look pretty. Something weird happens. They look even prettier when they move, and that's all.
Space Patrol Luluco is the fast food equivalent of anime: get a fix of quirky content, chew onto something, but not for the quality, just for sake of it.
Trigger says "style over substance", I say it's time to stop.
Space Patrol Luluco is essentially one giant fan service vehicle if you're a big fan of most of studio Trigger's works and it stands pretty well as its own thing too.
The story, like most of Trigger's works, is over the top, flashy and loud but instead, unlike Kill la Kill, this insanity is compressed into short seven minute episodes and is one of the best anime of this format I've seen in a while. The story revolves around our main character, Luluco, an ordinary girl in a not-so ordinary world filled with aliens and space travel and the such. While her father accidentally freezes himself,
Luluco takes him to the space patrol station in which Inferno Cops' sensei (I'm not making this up, this is canon) called 'Over Justice' makes Luluco part of the team to stop crime.
As part of the space patrol, she can now turn her own body into a gun thus ruining her hopes of ever having a normal life. I'd go a little more in depth but I don't want to go into spoiler territory but surprisingly, the anime does have an over arching plot, which, because of the run time doesn't contain anything smart or thought provoking but because the anime is so much fun and the story is so over the top, it doesn't matter. You get the same kind of feeling of story telling as you do with shows such as Kill la kill, but only on a much smaller scale.
There are plenty of great action sequences with great character designs and action, it's easy to be entertained. Its art style reminds me a lot of the series 'Panty and stocking with Garterbelt' since at times it resembles more so a western cartoon than anime. The sound is great and the world feels vibrant, loud and colourful.
The characters are all fun, stupid and great to watch with Midori being the best girl and no shortage of funny moments between the characters. The anime also features a whole bunch of cross overs between different shows that Trigger has made, and if, like me, you like these shows then this is a massive treat.
Overall, this show is stupid, fun and over the top. It has nothing in the way of deep symbolism or ground breaking story telling, but its very entertaining and one I would recommend watching.
(video version coming soon!)