This review is actually quite hard to write; quite strange for a five-episode show that total under ten minutes.
How do you judge something that doesn't aim high? When your anime is one big shitpost, how do you judge it?
Well, I lied.
It's actually quite simple, actually. It's one big shitpost, and it doesn't aim to be anything but that. And it's a good stinkin' time.
There is no story.
The artwork is quite good flat animation paired with passable CGI. They fit the aesthetic well, and the lacking parts of the CGI are actually used to the advantage of the comedy.
The sound's passable. Not much
to say. The use of the main theme would get old after a while if this wasn't so short.
The designs are cool, in a "what the hell, man" kind of way.
Enjoyment & overall score:
Yes, this anime gets a 10 for enjoyment. Everything in this anime is stupid, and intentionally. The concept is stupid, and the producers know it. The transformation sequences are laughably bad. The transformations are abrupt as hell. This gag would get old fast -- But this entire anime is less than ten minutes. So cut down and distilled, this is a fun collection of bad jokes. It's that friend who cracks stupid puns constantly. The joke's stupid but you laugh at it, with him and at him simultaneously.
But in the end, it's just a stupid joke. It's fun as hell, and you have to admire how well it's done, but...
It aims to be a stupid little joke. And that's all it is. Is it a fun hell of a time? You bet. But is it anything higher than the low bar it aims at? Not really.
This review contains spoilers, but you should still read anyway if you're curious as to why this anime is worse than Hametsu no Mars and Pupa combined.
What is the definition of bad? Well, that's easy. A quick Google search will tell you: 'of poor quality or a low standard'. Great. This is what Hametsu no Mars would fall under. If we wanted to use a word that sounded more harsh and extreme than bad, we would use the word atrocious: 'horrifyingly wicked'. This would best describe Pupa. So what does Henkei Shoujo fall under, you might be asking? Truth be told, there wasn't one word
in the Oxford dictionary that I could find that compares to the level of this monstrous abomination. So, I'll be submitting a new word to the dictionary: Henkei Shoujo, which will be defined as: 'the worst of the worst' because this is honestly how I felt after watching those five agonizing, yet very short, episodes of Henkei Shoujo. I'll try my best to save everyone who hasn't watched this yet to not fall for the cute picture and disturbing high rating.
So where do I begin? The first episode just randomly shows a girl standing in a field by herself. There's supposedly no one around, and there's a weird looking triangular house in the background. This idiot, who will be known as girl 1, holds her hat with her palm when a breeze picks up, but for some reason doesn't clutch onto it, and her hat blows away. She then starts to look all sad. Well, you should've held onto it better next time you simpleton. Then, out of nowhere, another random girl shows up and leaps 100 meters in the air to catch her hat, okay. Also I forgot to mention but there's peaceful and calm music playing in the background as this is all happening. Anyway, she fails to grab the hat, then the peaceful music stops awkwardly, and we get this girls arm transform into a machine as well as her whole body into a plane... Wait, what? Is probably what you asked yourself if you first saw this. There's no context or logic as to why she's the Megatron of anime, and while she's transforming she's making awkward moaning noises, oh and there's a pantsu shot too including with the jaw-dropping disgusting CGI. When she catches the hat with her wing, she doesn't even return it to girl 1!!! LOL!!! What a great first episode.
But that's just the beginning, and if you thought that was messed up, you're in for a ride because the second episode is MUCH worse. A new girl, who will be called girl 2, shows up running in the distance with someone stalking her via binoculars. She jumps over a puddle and there's another pantsu short. This girl then proceeds to go to the gas station, take out the gas pump of some man's car, and freaking DRINKS IT. What the deuce? Why is Japan showing kids a little girl drinking gasoline? Oh wait, then you find out she's another one of those transformer girls that's a car. Yet another terrible CGI scene takes place as her body parts are ripped and twisted around as they magically transform into car parts. Her face is split into two at one time too!! This is what basically goes on for the remainder of the next 3 episodes. Really stupid scenarios where the magical girls go autobots mode for no reason at all. And they all make the same moaning noises.
There is no story to Henkei Shoujo. The artwork is terrible, but not a 1 rating. A 1 rating artwork would go to something like Shitcom. I'll admit that the background scenes sometimes did look good, when it wasn't interrupted by the awful CGI and shoddy magical girls turning into robots. The artwork does not justify the ""story"" of Henkei Shoujo though. This can be said about the sounds too, the first episode's background music actually didn't make me vomit. It was the transformation music that took the cake on some of the most annoying music ever. There was probably only 3 or 4 words spoken throughout it's duration, with maybe over 50 grunting and moaning noises by the girls. The characters had no personalty and anyone could've replaced them. This show is an actual joke. Hentai has a better plot-line and premise to this garbage. I can't believe MAL actually added the characters of this show into their database. It actually baffles me that people give this a rating higher than 1.
Final verdict: 7/100 | 0.7/10 (WTF)
Do yourself a favor and NEVER watch this show, even if you're looking for some shits and giggles and want to masochist yourself. Because it's not worth it, trust me. I honestly wish I could've got those 5 minutes of my life back. This is the type of stuff that gives a bad name to anime. Stay far, FAR away from this.
Ever want to turn into an airplane and fly away from the suffering that is life itself? Now with Henkei Shoujo, you can embark on a journey to do just that!
Story (10/10): The premise had a lot of potential. It took that potential and twisted it into a masterpiece. It was an exhilarating ride going from tragic losses to inspiring teamwork. It is truly a heartfelt experience that I have yet to see in any other show. The way the plot was presented was masterful. A lot was left unspoken which allowed the viewer to interpret it as they want. There are countless possibilities, and
that is the beauty of Henkai Shoujo.
Art (10/10): One word- Breathtaking.
Sound (10/10): The music was very calming at the beginning, and it perfectly fits the scene toward the end.
Enjoyment (10/10): One of the most enjoyable shows out there. It caught me off guard and gave me an unexpected and unique experience.
This show, hands down, is one of the most beautiful pieces of work I have ever encountered. From the calm atmosphere to the wild chase scene- everything was done perfectly. It showed the journey of a girl's struggle, and how her strong will prevailed at the end by demonstrating that anything is possible through hard work.
Update: Episode 2 was a treat! I never expected the show to get even better! One moment a girl is skipping down the road, the next she's stealing your precious gas! It's okay thoughw because guess what? She's a car!
Update 2: Episode 3 just dropped today, and I'm am absolutely blown away. They brought an amazing VA HanaKana! Once again, the perfect music, art, and overall atmosphere deceived me. It all came together to the best transformation yet! What ingenuity from those bra cutters!
Update 3: Boy I was shocked again by episode 4! I thought the show would just repeat the same formula over and over again, but the twist got me good!
Update 4: Wow! I didn't think any show would top Shokugeki this season! We once again find a transforming girl, but this time it's something practical!
So my old review got taken down because it wasn't serious enough, so.... challenge accepted MAL
So theres like a girl and she's a school girl and she wears a school uniform and that school girl is actually a transformer and that transformer is a plane and that plane is actually a girl and that girl is actually a school girl.....
seriously I though transformer 7 was confirmed for a second
Story: Follows the plot of several girls who have the magical ability to transform into cars and planes, whilst most people find this to be rather baffling, I think that this really encapsulates the idea that
there is something more than just girls in school uniforms, tears were really shed for this phenomenal concept 11/10
Art: The art was remarkable, clearly epitomising how anime should really be done, capturing every little detail from the vast landscape of the plains to the stripes of the road, I've never thought that a studio so obscure could surpass that of the big names like kyoani 11/10
Sound: Ever thought that the music of John Williams was amazing, or the great soundtrack of every Hans Zimmer was good, well Henkei Shoujo had me in tears, as the music resounded through every vibration, it demonstrates the beauty of the music that made this show so great, from the soundtrack to the whistle of the plane, it gave me something to remember. 10/10
Character: People would say this is moe bait, I disagree, this is the work of art, each character had their own individual personalities, and potentially, struggles, I love each character as they exhibit something more than just cute planes or cars, revealing that there is development to this show than just cute transforming girls 10/10
Enjoyment: I've never thought I would watch any show after I've finished it, but this really made me want to sit down and just watch it again, fully embracing the elegance and beauty of the show, from the story to the characters, I loved every minute of it 10/10
Overall: would watch again, this will never be forgotten, I mean who wouldn't want to see transforming girls 10/10