So bad it was that good... That is my take on this little gem. Just marathoned the entire series...12 episodes at 8 mins. a pop and what a series! One either hates it or loves it! I loved it!
Who ever said life is fair? And if one is kissed by the gods since birth, who cares?
And thus begins the Drama, Parody, Shoujo anime series that is imo, way over the top melodramatic...followed by cheesy lines, overacting and way too pretty characters. I loved every minute of it and had loads of chuckles and snickers, while watching it. A battle between two beautiful
sisters ensues. A user of women and a bishounen at that, marries the least confident of the two, while a tormented bishounen seduces and beds the younger one. Then there is the mysterious fan who also, moonlights as a beauty critic for said battle...his "training" of Sara-chan had me laughing lots. Of course, what beauty contest can do without your clichéd, gay make-up artist, with a heart of gold? Amusing characters, all...and the maniacal laughter that was to be had? Well, way hilarious!
Having watched the awful, Legend of Duo...let's just say this one rivals it in the department of "deliciously bad but fun anime series."
All in all, I recommend it to those of you with a good sense of humor and who don't take their anime seriously...at least not all of them.
The story was rather other done, the whole "contest fighting" has been repeated many times before and frankly better done in other animes such as "Angelic Layer" for example. The story is also rather predictable, you can easily foresee the end it hardly keeps you in suspense but it had it's moments so thereforth it gets a 5/10.
I have to admit I'm an art snob, if it's not drawn well I typically won't pay it any mind. Art plays a big role in weather I watch an anime or not, and I have to say while the style was rather flamboyent it
was subtle and beautiful all the same. The women's chest weren't overly emphasised, their bodies slinder yet elegent. Their expressions were enough just to see the emotions behind them but not be overwhelmed by it. Though I will say the whole "blank" eye thing was rather scary at first but you sorta get use to it, I get the feeling that it was meant to portray an extreme emotion like, "jealousy" or "anger". It hit it's mark either way. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the lips, they were rather overdone, which took away from the art quality abit, but not enough to notice.
Another part of an anime that often attracts my attention and can sometimes be just as important as the art - music. The music it uses to help you get into the mood and make you feel what the characters are feeling. Music is vital to any great anime (can anyone say Princess Mononoke? Joe Hisaishi was brilliant!), either way this was SEVERELY lacking unfortunately. Even the ending was annoying and really "bubbly" to a very sickening point. There was little background music which is all find but sometimes it's necessary and where there was background music it felt like it was recycled stuff (stuff we've all heard before in animes) no originality to the BGM music and the ending was atroious.
They were just too stereotypical, nothing you can really connect with unless of course you're rich. Otherwise their just sorta bland.
I gotta say it was an easy going anime (extremely short too each eps was like 8mins long) it was easy to watch, but just not as much fun as the animes that keep you in suspense. It was mostly feel-good, if anything else and you do find yourself at times rooting for the main character even though she's a cliche wrapped in a stereotype.
I was a little generous with the overall, but I gotta admit it is not an anime I would recommend. Yet the art was beautiful, and despite it's flaws it wasn't the WORSE i've seen but it's certainly not the best, it was inbetween the two somewhere in limbo. It's definately the anime of choice if you feel like killing some time without taking a piece of your soul with it. Overall, I'd never watch it again, but if someone wanted to see it with me I probably wouldn't say no.
Hope you enjoyed this review, and I really hope it was helpful, thank you for reading it!
Bihada Ichizoku seems to mainly be a parody of 1960/1970s shōjo animanga. It is a very obscure period for most MAL members, so a lot of jokes or references can be missed.
Personally, the most recurring references I managed to spot were from Attack N°1 and Glass no Kamen : When a shady-looking coach is asking Sara to learn how to do somersaults, only people who have watched Attack N°1 will understand what's so funny about it and the irony in that situation, whereas for people who don't know Attack it will be just yet another random ridiculous thing.
And also the ending is drawn with a
typical 1960s artstyle from artists like Macoto Takahashi or Miyako Maki, which is pretty cool!
For someone like me who love that period and thus manage to get some references, that show is pretty good as a parody.
For people who don't know the period, be prepared for a succession of over the top and ridiculous random things after one another, all of that with a very distinct and flashy artstyle. A "so bad it was that good" for quoting another's review.