Unsuspecting inhabitants of the planet Earth are going about their business, enjoying a bright and particularly beautiful sunny day, when a young Japanese boy spots a shiny object falling from the sky... Has an alien invasion finally begun?
Elsewhere in Japan, Keroro, frog sergeant and leader of the Space Invasion Army Special Tactics Platoon of the 58th Planet in the Gamma Planetary System, has discovered the perfect hideout. He infiltrates the home of the Hinata family in an attempt to establish a headquarters that he and his troops could use to prepare for world domination... but earthlings Fuyuki and Natsumi Hinata are too much for him to handle! Natsumi instinctively calls them out of hiding, leaving the hapless sergeant no option but to reveal his secret identity. The two siblings soon welcome the sergeant to their home, all thanks to Fuyuki’s generos—err... curiosity.
The Sergeant has successfully infiltrated his first target area! Or has he? Join Keroro Gunsou in his dastardly attempt to take over the world!
#01: "KERO! to MARCH" by Nobuaki Kakuda and Juri Ihata (eps 1-51) #02: "Zenkoku Musekinin Jidai" by GAGAGA SP (eps 52-78) #03: "Kimi ni JUICE wo Katte Ageru" by GROUP Tamashii (eps 79-103) #04: "Hareru Michi ~ Uchuujin (Omeera) Awaseru Kao ga nee!~" by JK (eps 104-129) #05: "You-You-You" by POLYSICS (eps 130-154) #06: "Kaettekita KERO! to MARCH" by Ichirou Zaitsu and Yuko Ogura (eps 155-183) #07: "FUNDARI- KETTARI-" by DYLAN AND CATHERINE (eps 184-205) #08: "Nante Suteki na Doyoubi" by KERORO Shoutai (eps 206-) #09: "HELLO DARWIN! ~Koukishin ON DEMAND~" by JAM Project (eps 232-256) #10: "KERO! to MARCH (Shoutai Version)" by KERORO Shoutai (eps 257-)
#01: "AFRO Gunsou (アフロ軍曹)" by DANCE MAN (eps 1-18, 27-39) #02: "PEKOPON Shinryaku Ondo (地球（ペコポン）侵略音頭)" by ONDO GIRL meets KERORO Shoutai (eps 19-26) #03: "KERORO Shoutai Kounin! Netsuretsu Kangeiteki Ekaki Uta!! (ケロロ小隊公認!熱烈歓迎的えかきうた!!)" by KERORO ALLSTARS (eps 40-51) #04: "Katte ni SHINRYAKUSHA (勝手に侵略者（シンリャクシャ）)" by Naoya Ogawa and Mayuko Iwasa (eps 52-78) #05: "KOKORO no Mondai (ココロの問題)" by toutou (eps 79-103) #06: "Shouri no Hanabira (勝利の花びら)" by Chinatouchable (eps 104-116) #07: "Cycling Recycle (サイクリング リサイクル)" by Kirin (eps 117-141) #08: "Eien ni (永遠に)" by AFROMANIA (eps 142-154) #09: "Kurutto, Mawatte, Ikkaiten (くるっと・まわって・いっかいてん)" by KIGURUMI (eps 155-168) #10: "NIKONIKO CHAMP (ニコニコチャンプ)" by NON STYLE (eps 169-192)
#11: "KERO Neko no TANGO (ケロ猫のタンゴ)" by Osamu Minagawa and the Hibari Children Chorus (eps 193-205) #12: "Omatase Chikyuu Icchou! (おまたせ地球一丁（ペコポンいっちょう）!)" by KERORO Shoutai (eps 206-218) #13: "Bokura no Aikotoba (僕らの合言葉)" by Natsumi Kiyoura (eps 219-244) #14: "KE, KE, KERORO no Daisakusen! (ケッケッケロロの大作戦♪)" by KERORO Shoutai (eps 245-256) #15: "Daijoubu SUPPONPON FRIEND (だいじょうぶスッポンポン・フレンド)" by Yoshio Kojima (eps 257-282) #16: "HaRERUYA!! (晴レルヤ!!)" by JAM Project (eps 283-307) #17: "Kuttsuke Hattsuke Wonderland (くっつけはっつけワンダーランド)" by Tamaki Matsumoto (eps 308-356, 358) #18: "KERO! to MARCH (ケロッ!とマーチ)" by Nobuaki Kakuda and Juri Ihata (ep 357)
Well before otaku-queen Konata Izumi's (LuckyStar) sitcom ever aired, there existed a little green alien named Keroro that came down to command and conquer this planet. How he will manage to pull this off even Keroro doesn't even know himself. This is where the viewer comes in. We're all there for the wild ride that is the Keroro Universe. This whole series is told in a sitcom format where almost every episode will end with little to no change to the story. If you don't know if this is a series for you just read the lyrics of the first opening credits:
"March on forward! Let's
invade Earth! Whenever I take out an umbrella, it always stays sunny. Mind your step! Grit your eyes! I forgot to cook the rice for the curry! I caught my finger in the door as it closed, and when I got on the plane, it was going the wrong way! My soldiers took a vacation at Planet Kero. Ah, it's cheaper to just buy dinner!" There are 2 more verses but you get the idea.
It sounds completely random and off the wall with light intentions to invade the earth... ergo, its a PERFECT theme song for this anime. Sunrise (dev team) are masters of pure randomness. Best known for titles such as Gintama, Yakitate!!Japan, and Inuyasha (among many others), Keroro is one of the company's flagship titles and for a good reason. It's completely filled with win. From the character types to the stories they're involved in. This is first and foremost a children's anime, and it reminds of that at the end of every episode via morals you're supposed to learn. Although, most of them are just off the wall but make for a fun episode every time. How does it manage to do this? It makes fun of EVERYTHING. From Otaku culture, to athletics, to spending habits, even obscure anime titles aren't safe (Dunbine, LoGH, Tenku Sharato, and even MIDORI no HIBI!!). They don't stop there, politics, movies, and celebrities make a common occurrence. Anything and everything will happen to Keroro and his motley crew of subordinates and his Pekopon prisoners.
Like other sitcom titles like this (LuckyStar, Gintama, Family Guy) They are only entertaining as the characters that are in it. Man are these characters fun! There (Sgt) Keroro, the squad's commanding officer who's a little stupid and Gunpla Otaku, Tamama, very obedient and borderline psychopath, and Giroro, who is... well.. a male tsundere. There are over a dozen more characters each are equally entertaining as everyone else. But of course you can't help but choose a favorite out the bunch but that is the nature of Keroro.
The art production is nothing to write home about but if i had to compare it to something, it would have to be similar to Pokemon (Cute animals and leggy humanoids) which completely works for this anime.
You can tell after watching a few episodes if this is your cup of tea or not. As for me, I absolutely love it, its content is catered towards kids but its humor is very adult and refers to many things in popculture. If Lucky Star and Gintama would have a baby, Keroro would be the result. 8/10 (Very Good anime)
I started to become a fan of Sergeant Frong (aka Keroro Gunsou) when the manga first came out here in the US. At first I though this was gonna be some manga I wouldn't like but eventually I fell in love with the crazy antics of the Alien space Frog, Keroro. I began to watch the episodes on Youtube and they were just as I expected to be. Though the show seems kiddy like, they have alot of adult themes. It also has sketches within the anime of scenes of many famous Japanese movies and Animes (Gundam the most).
The story begins with Fuyki and
Natsumi Hinata find a strange Frog like alien hidding in there home. The siblings capture the alien and scare off the alien invasion leaving behind Keroro, the alien, and his teammates behind. After that, Natsumi puts the little guy to work. Cleaning the house, washing dishes, and so forth. Soon he becomes part of the family, but still plans on taking over the world (which his alien race calls Pokopen).
Keroro soon meets up with all his crazy but interesting friends. Private Tamama, is Keroro's left hand man, always following his orders but has a strange affection for him.Tamam also has a split personallity so better not get on his bad side. Corporal Giroro is a Gun crazy loonatic, which has a crush on Natsumi, also he tries to keep Keroro in line. First Sergeant Kululu is one of Keroro's most dangerous friends. Kululu invents and creates deadly weapons made for the sole task of invading earth. Then there is Corporal Doror (aka Zeroro) which is sometimes ignored by the other group members and has dedicated his life to protecting earth. Then there is Keroro's beloved nephew Moa-Chan, the young woman who is destined to destroy earth but holds back just for her beloved uncle.
Keroro and his friends go on several adventures, and make many attempts to invade earth. They always fail or some how they make things better for humans. But as long as there Gundam models around Keroro's plans to invade earth will be very long indeed.
The story is kinda half assed but it's a good anime none the less. It has many colorful characters and episodes that will make you want to see what crazy antics will he do next. Keroro is not anime you should pass up, since he's become one of Japan's newest anime idle (Next to Gundam that is). So check it out, I'm pretty sure you'll have a laugh or two.
Keroro Gunsou is one of those Anime-series you would think is meant for a very young audience due to the art style. "Looks like Pokemon" is an usual comment for this show. You couldn't be more wrong. In the USA, this show would've received a Teen rating, nothing less. And why? Because this Anime is filled with surprises: Parodies of 70-90s Anime, Nudity and the ocassional episode with outright disturbing scenes.
The show sorrounds a group of five frogs, named "The Keroro Platoon". Their job is simply to invade the earth and control everything there. With over 300 episodes with the same plot, it becomes rather
old that everything they try fail. What makes up for it though, are great writing and use of parodies and references, which is the fuel for this show: Lupin, Evangelion, Midori no Hibi, Suzumiya Haruhi, Death Note, Shugo Chara and Tokimeki Memorial are just a few of these. Everything from Slapstick comedy to innuendo (Rubbing a Balloon shaped as wiener), this show has something for everyone to love.
The episodes are short though. One episode is divided in two parts, each with a different story. but still hilarious. There is also the ocassional double-featured episode lasting for 24 minutes, which proves to be more dramatic/serious than the shorter ones.
Even though the drawings are simple, the art-style of this Anime is excellent and really fits the "gag-comedy" genre. The animation uses a pretty high framerate and there's very few of those "Character standing completely still with only their mouth moving" moments. The background drawings suits the Anime as well, but it most be noted that the staff tend to re-use them a lot. The infamous frame of the Hinata family's house at the start of nearly every episode is one of them.
All seiyu's has a voice fitting the character they play extremely well and you'll most likely smile every time one of them speak. The BGM is okay, but re-used all the time like the backgrounds. There's about 1-2 new tracks each season (One season is around 52 episodes), so you are bound to memorize them eventually, for the better or worse.
The Openings & Endings fits the show on the dot. About every music genre is featured throughout these OPs/EDs and the lyrics are extremely random in every song, so you are bound to love them eventually. Or at the very least become used to them.
It's one of the few Anime-series that makes use of "new and fresh" characters. Everyone of them has a different and unique personality, and with the huge cast the show has, it's almost incredible how Mine Yoshizaki managed to create them! Some are suggestive, some are cute and others are pure crazyness. A summary of the main characters:
* Keroro = A lazy sergant with a huge passion for Gundam Plastic Models.
* Giroro = Weapon-phile with a fetish for violent women. (E.g. Natsumi)
* Tamama = Gay wth a cute and innocent look ...until he snaps. Usually happens when someone interacts with his love, Keroro. He's frequently using bad language in this mode, like S**t & B**ch. (Funimation subtitles)
* Kururu = An incredible smart inventor, but a extremely creepy one, having monitored cameras in girls
bathrooms/changing rooms. Basicly, he's a frogification of a creepy otaku. Also the cause for all the innuendo and yaoi in this show
*Dororo = Actually a ninja, but is often forgotten by the other frogs. Him getting depressed about it is a running gag.
We also have the 'incest' girl who wants to be her uncles' wife (Moa/Mois), the typical violent tsundere girl (Natsumi), a mother only made for fanservice reasons (Aki) and the kind hearted, but occult-crazed (Fuyuki)
I would say a 10, but after 250 episodes, it starts to get kind of old...
The morals gets really annoying after a while. Every time a character does something that would hurt/jail/kill someone if done in real-life, they include a warning message. Also, like most long-running series, there's a fair amount of clip-shows. Also, no matter what happens, the plot do not progress.
I'm at my 250th episode and I still enjoy it, but I wish the frog's would just invade the world already. Even the smartest atempts fail, it does not make sense at all.
It's an enjoyable, but risky show which serves great at showing what the japanese can do and what us foreigners can never do on Anime/cartoons meant for a younger audience. The humor is mostly mild so it's usually PG-rated, with an ocassional PG-13 episode due to nudity every 10th episode. The violence in the show are usually bloodless (Not counting Nosebleeds), but the language can get pretty strong sometimes. There's also two noteworthy episodes that would be rated TV-MA if aired in the US, yikes... *cough* *cough* DRILL VIRUS *cough* LOLICON NARRATOR *cough* *cough*
I would recommend this to all fans of Comedy/Gag-Anime.
If you still find this too "kiddy", jump over to the manga. It's an adult fanfare all the way through.
When I am watching Keroro and his antics to try and invade Pekopon, a.k.a Earth, I get many mixed emotions. I am usually laughing really hard, then I am like "Huh? What just happened?". And some episodes make me cry, but that is very few. For some reason, I like my shows to give me mixed emotions because I like to be kept entertained throughout the show, and Keroro gives me that. I also love the music. The music is very bubbly and happy. It makes you want to get up and dance. The art is not like your traditional Japanese art, but it is
still animated very well. The characters are introduced to their personalities right from when they enter into the show. You are not confused of their personalities, spending half your viewing time trying to figure the personality. So overall, Keroro is a MUST if you need a mood boost, or just want some comedy.
Anime covers practically every genre and audience. So why hasn't every TV station aired anime that could fit their style and demographic? If any network execs are reading this, consider these suggestions for anime series that could do well on American channels!
This isn't Roswell and they aren't little green men, but anime is full of aliens who have come down from the stars above. Some are benevolent while others are malicious, and all will make the human race question their role in the universe.