While I may joke about how I think some anime may be bad, when I sit down and really think about it, it's really hard for me to actually criticize any form of media, especially TV shows, movies, games and such. Because with so many people involved in the making, I generally assume that no matter how bad and boring the end product is, there was at least one person working honestly and hoping that they'd be able to make an entertaining, fun product for people to enjoy. I don't believe that this is always the case, but I like to believe in it.
Crane Game Girls Galaxy, the second season of Crane Game Girls, is simply terrible even so. I tried really hard to like something about it. But it's no use. This is, simply put, the worst anime I've ever seen. And yet I watched it all.
If you watched the first season, what you saw was a rather forgettable anime. The animation was terrible, the art was ugly, the characters were bland and had no defining personalities, and it didn't have a lot of funny jokes. But it was actually tolerable, in a way. With a story about a group of young girls trying to save the planet from a meteor while playing crane games under the promise of becoming idols, it managed to somewhat parody multiple genres at once in the most ridiculous way; sci-fi anime (due to the incredible technology in its universe, and to the threat of the meteor, actually sent by some sort of alien gorilla to destroy earth), sports anime (with the girls pulling off ridiculously technical stunts on the crane games, kind of like a "special move" a character in a sports anime might use) and idol anime (because the girls wanted, above all, to become idols). The episodes were also pretty short, so it wasn't too hard to watch.
I watched the first season solely because I really wanted to see what was an anime called "Crane Game Girls" going to be like. While I obviously didn't enjoy the first season, I somewhat hoped they'd make the second season better when I heard they were making it. The episodes were longer this time, and they got in some pretty respectable seiyuu to voice the new characters. Somehow this got my hopes up.
But it was in vain. The second season of "Crane Game Girls" dropped what *almost* made it a reasonable anime in the first season: there were no more... crane games. Yep, the second season of Crane Game Girls almost completely drops any mention of crane games, instead focusing on how they're famous idols now. The alien gorilla things are back, but this time they've also got idols. And to protect the earth, the Crane Game Girls simply have to... do idol battles with them. No crane game shenaniganry anymore. In fact, I'm not exaggerating when I say there is barely any mention of crane games during most of the anime at all. Even the characters themselves joked about the lack of crane games in the series. It did not do a good job with being an idol anime. It's too normal. Watching them play crane games was such a ridiculous concept, but watching them be idols... not so much. There aren't even insert songs; the songs that they sing during the episodes are the opening/ending songs again (which aren't bad, but just standard upbeat anime opening, and slightly slower but still happy ending). The thing is, it's too cliche. If you want an idol anime there's plenty better ones, I'm betting.
If there's anything positive to add about the second season, I'd say the new characters (the rival idols) are more interesting and defined characters than the Crane Game Girls themselves. However, they're still pretty stereotypical anime characters: a very competitive girl who takes being an idol very seriously (and she's got big breasts); a girl with weird colored hair who acts like a little girl, always energetic; and a ridiculously gloomy, insecure and shy girl. I'd say that the art, especially the backgrounds, is slightly better this time. However, the animation and the art in general are still bad. The animation is the single worst I've ever seen in a real anime. The movements are robotic and unnatural, sometimes painful to look at. I've seen better animation in flash movies from 15 years ago.
The episodes are slightly longer this time. 13 minutes each. However, at the end of each episode there's also a promo for online crane game services that's totally unrelated to the anime itself (even though it features some characters). These promos are generally full of pop culture references and jokes, and sometimes they're more entertaining than the actual anime. Don't expect much, though. The art and animation is just as sloppy. Discounting these promos, the opening and ending songs, each episode probably has 7-8 minutes at max. And these were some of the longest minutes in my life.
All that's left for me is to hope that the people who worked on this overcome it and have a brilliant future making better anime. But for now, as much as it pains me to say such a thing, I regret watching this, because it was terrible in almost every way. read more