In the northern Kanto area in Japan, there is Binan City…
At Binan High School, as per usual, the “Earth Defense Club (lol)” was a club that did nothing. The club members Kyoutarou Shuzenji, Ryouma Kirishima, Nanao Wakura, Taishi Manza, and Ichiro Dogou nonchalantly enjoyed tea while having pointless conversations that amount to nothing.
All of them have now gathered at Kurotama Bath after school. When Ryouma pulls Kyoutarou Shuzenji by his arm out of water that he claims feels too good, together with his towel comes a pretty boy in strange clothing.
These five boys are then dragged into a battle for the heir of the magical kingdom, Honila Land...
As a watcher of the original series, I initially had very high hopes for this spin-off. Seeing as the first two seasons and the special were very fun and creative, I was under the impression that this season would match, but I was disappointed in that aspect. However, stick around-- it doesn't mean it was entirely bad!
Honestly, I'm surprised by the lack of reviews. The story is by no means bad. After all, it is a parody, and it does a pretty solid job on it's own, bordering on ridiculous and funny. It's nowhere near as good of a parody as LOVE was, but
it's not terrible. A lot of the plot elements are reused from the first series (which I didn't like too much myself) but it introduces some new elements that keep it from being totally boring.
The art is beautiful as always-- honestly, it was better than it was in the first few seasons. It's a lot more colorful and prettier to look at, in my opinion. I wasn't a big fan of the skewed contrast during some of the transformation sequences (was that just me? the screen went half-darkish?). The 'magic' was also done very well and was just beautiful to look at. I really enjoyed that aspect.
The OP was alright, but the closing was really fun. I didn't really care for the other in-show songs, especially the massive group number in the last episode. I was expecting something Vepper brothers level, but I didn't really get it.
As for the characters, I felt like they were kinda cheap copies of our original boys from the first series. It was as if the main character traits and appearance traits were just set at random mix to make five 'new' characters. I still enjoyed them, but it lacked originality and made it predictable and boring at times.
Like I elaborated on earlier, this show disappoints in a lot of aspects COMPARED TO THE FIRST SERIES. If it was viewed separately (though many references might not make sense) it is still a good watch. It was fun to watch and made me laugh, though not as much as the original.
I would recommend this if you: liked the original series but are open to somewhat of a 'remix' of it, like parodies, like 'stupid' magical girl series, want something light-hearted
I would NOT recommend this if you: really really liked the original series and don't like the idea of a 'ripoff', like serious anime, want a legitimate plotline
I have watched all the seasons of Cute High Earth Defense Club
and personally this is my most favorite season.
First, since I'm a hardcore fujoshi(yaoi lover a.ka. Boys' Love
Fan), I enjoyed watching it because of the ships and this has
more fan service than the previous ones which is a good thing
for me of course.
Second ,the music. The opening and ending theme is good. I
especially liked the "Are you happy?" transformation song
because it is so catchy. I never skipped it even once. :)
Third, the animation. It is greater than the first 2 seasons. It's
more colorful and the
art style is amazing. I like their costumes
now and for me it's less cringy than the 1st one.
Fourth, the characters are still so likable cause they are have
different personalities and of course they are all bishounen so
that's a plus.
Fifth. The story is fine for me since it's a parody anime, I didn't
expect much. I just wished that they changed the plot a little
like maybe they should've added strong rivals?
What I don't like about it is they always end up in the bath. I'm
thinking, don't they have any other thing to do? But besides
that fact, I highly recommend others to watch it because it's
super enjoyable to watch. I honestly didn't get bored watching it one bit. So ENJOY!!!