The story centers on an "evil corps" led by Don that is planning to conquer the universe. The group sets out to invade Earth, but their spaceship disappears. They encounter an earthling boy who helps them. The aliens take up part-time jobs and continue with their plans to conquer Earth.
Dou-sama is an alien with a dream – to own his own invasion franchise & conquer the galaxy. After being seen off by his mother, he sets course for fame & fortune with new employees Papu & Chiku. First stop: Earth. But he's about to discover that conquering a planet is harder than it sounds.
Consisting mostly of fish out of water & odd-couple humour, the trio soon realise they're out of their depth & most episodes follow their day to day attempts to adjust to life in Japan; thoughts of global domination giving way to trying local food or finding enough money to pay rent.
that they were ever really cut out for conquest. Don may look like an ogre, even if kids confuse him for a hippo, but he's really a big softy & quite easily intimidated. He, Papu & Chiku form a pretty typical comedy trio, with he & Papu as the fools & Chiku as the foil. This can drag when the gags revolve around Chiku shouting at the other two, but they're fun characters & hold their own as individuals, which can't always be said of gag-anime characters.
Visually, Makeruma!! looks fairly standard for gag-anime shorts, with simpler character designs & backgrounds. The visual humour often works well, with entertaining reactions & good timing, though there is an over reliance on characters reacting to something with an exaggerated fall.
One thing that does stand out, at least within the show, is the designs of the main trio, with Chiku in particular being reminiscent of PaRappa the Rapper. It would have been nice if there was some more imaginative character designs for the support characters, even if this is supposed to be set on Earth. The final episode sees some new alien characters introduced, so if there's a continuation there's hope of more varied characters showing up.
Makeruna!! is pretty standard gag-anime stuff, but it's still good for a laugh, perhaps best summed up as a kid friendly spin on an idea seen in series like Miss Monochrome – both based on characters created by idols, now I mention it. If you've got a half-hour going spare, you could do a lot worse.