Aug 10, 2018
Hello there, traveler! I'm sure you've come to this page after watching Evangelion, FLCL, Gunbuster and/or Gurren Lagann, and you wondered to yourself, "What else does Gainax have to offer?"
There's...THIS. I am not sure what you would call this besides bottom of the barrel trash.
The Chocolate Panic Picture Show was made after the Daicon shorts and Studio Gainax became its own beast. I think that the studio was still just three guys in a garage at the time. Obviously, they were still putzing around, still trying to come into their own.
Anyway, I can't really explain this, since there's no plot and it's just a bunch
of trippy images. You know those 30-second bumpers that Nickelodeon aired during commercial breaks back in the day? This is like that, but longer, older, less entertaining and Japanese.
So, what do we have here for characters? We have three stereotypical African children playing, and that's it. There are other people who pop up, but yeah, not important.
As for music, it was occasionally tolerable (I kind of liked the drum roll during the "climax"), but the song that played during the end credits was an assault on the ears.
The art is pretty crappy, which is unsurprising considering this is Gainax's early days.
I can't say I got any enjoyment out of this. It was surrealistic, but not the fun kind. It's dumb, but not the kind of dumb you could enjoy with your friends, or even by yourself.
In conclusion, Gainax is quite the powerhouse in anime, but this is their lowest point.
I would avoid this if I were you...unless you're a flat earther. I bet flat earthers would get a kick out of this anime's ending.
What did you think of this review?