Humanity's battle of many years with the kaiju, giant monsters, has finally come to an end. Now that Earth has entered an age of peace, girls with the souls of kaiju have begun to appear, giving them the ability to transform into kaiju. They are known as the Kaiju Girls, and this is the powerful, transient, beautiful, and at times easygoing story of the strange fate these girls bear.
Ever wished Godzilla was a cute girl? No, neither have I, but someone clearly did...
As you'd imagine from an ONA, plot and story development are pretty light in Kaiju Girls. That's not to say there's none, but what is here is fairly shallow. Characters are generally pretty one dimensional, but that's fine. The main three girls have enough personality that each episode is interesting enough just seeing them interact with each other. Nothing's all that serious but the show is aware of that, even the climactic finale is little more than an "Oh no maybe this is a little trouble" moment, but it's cute and
that's kinda what matters in this series.
Do you like chibi? If you answered no then turn away now (though you could probably tell that by the image above). This series is very, very chibi. And I think that's actually kinda to it's detriment. One of the main points of Kaiju Girls is that each girl transforms into wearing a costume that looks like a Kaiju (most are vague references to popular Kaiju but nothing specific enough that it's obvious). My issue with this is that the characters have such small bodies in comparison to their heads, and their costumes are so detailed and intricate, that overall most of the girls seem to be wearing costumes that look way too busy and over-designed. This is a personal gripe, and obviously it's true for all chibi anime, but I found it a shame that this is the format they chose. However everything is very bright and colourful, kinda making up for some of this.
Animation is also standard. There are a few kinda neat scenes but for the most part it's what you'd expect from an average Flash animation. It's passable.
The music, for the most part, is fairly standard. There are light, twinkly tracks for the light hearted scenes and more intense tracks for the action scenes, though none really stick out. The opening theme and closing theme are both, as you'd expect, very upbeat and cute and, honestly, both were pretty catchy (the ending song Kaiju Heart in particular) though just generic enough that you'll probably forget them within a month.
The voice acting was pretty standard. No role really stood out, though Pigmon's VA did a great job of being very cute so I guess props to her.
As stated above, the whole point of this is to be cute and occasionally referential to Kaiju movies, with a hint of idol anime thrown in. The cute part it delivers in spades, the Kaiju part vaguely now and then and the idol parts is where it oddly shines. If you like seeing girls striving to be better at something and achieving it with hard work and spirit then you'll probably appreciate this anime.
Looking back on the series while writing this I realise that I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I did once I'd finished watching it. There were a couple funny moments, and a few cute ones, but to say I enjoyed it may be a little much. I liked it, but that's about it.
Overall it was an okay ONA, and at 5 minutes per episode it's not like it wasted my time or anything, but I'd be hard pressed to recommend it really. It wasn't bad by any means, but it did nothing to stand out either. For that reason I find that 6 is the right score. If you're interested I guess give the first episode a try but don't expect anything too memorable.