Karin, a DNA operator from the future, is on a mission to change the course of History by stopping Junta Momonari from becoming the Mega-Playboy who fathered 100 children and led to the overpopulation of the world. But Junta is no playboy; in fact he is allergic to girls. But when Karin shoots him with the wrong DNA-altering bullet, he starts sporadically becoming the Mega-Playboy capable of charming any woman. Karin must try to restore the situation to normal before the change to Mega-Playboy becomes irreversible.
DNA^2 is... well, its good. Simple as that. If I had to say one thing about it from the get go, it would have to be that the art style and animation are it's strongpoints. If you want to know more, then by all means read on.
Story – To be honest, this is the reason I originally decided to watch this. It’s actually an interesting premise with the main character’s allergy to girls and his mega playboy alter ego threatening the future from overpopulation. The parts where his allergy is exploited are probably some of my favourites. Though, the whole mega-playboy thing is kind of
underplayed. That’s probably for the better, since Junta is kind of dull in that form. There are some fanservice bits here and there, but they are there to exploit Junta’s weakness towards girls. This means there will be no unnecessary fanservice you see in a lot of animes these days, just so people can get their jollies off or in hopes of boosting sales. As the story progresses it tends to rush a bit, which could have been solved if they extended the series to let’s say 14 episodes. Even 24 doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but I’m sure the budget had a lot to do with it (which happens a lot unfortunately, even today). The first half of the series is a lot better in my opinion, with a heavier dose of laughs and better pacing. I couldn’t help but feel cheated with the rushed ending though. Not even the OVAs solved this, but that’s a whole different story. All in all, DNA2 does a fair enough job at keeping things interesting.
Art/Animation – For a show that aired in ’94 it does a good job from an animation point of view. There’s still a fair amount of the typical shortcuts being used like single cel pans, repeat cycles and stills. The characters however, are fairly detailed and are even better than in the manga counterpart. I must say that I rather like Masakazu Katsura’s girl character designs a lot. Even now in ’09, the designs don’t seem all that outdated. Just goes to show you that Katsura has an appealing style that can withstand the test of time. On the background side of things, there’s nothing really worth mentioning here. They work with the characters and that’s that. Occasionally you’ll see an interesting shot that stands out, but for the most part they are average.
Sound – I really enjoyed the OP song, but the ED is forgettable. There is a distinct ’90s feel to the sound design, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It works well here. The voice work is executed nicely and Karin’s is probably my favourite out of the lot. The range of emotions she goes through is nicely played out through the voice acting of Miina Tominaga. Word of advice though - do not watch the English dub because it’s horrid.
Characters – Karin steals the show here. She’s very likeable and is the source of many of the laughs. Of course, Junta is an amusing character as well. You can’t help but feel sorry for him one minute and laugh at him the next. His mega playboy alter ego is less amusing however. He seems somewhat robotic and emotionless in his interactions with the others. Originally his actions were misleading me, as I wasn’t sure what to make of his other self. The rest of the cast, play out their supporting roles admirably, but some will make you wish they didn’t exist at all sometimes.
I liked it a lot for the first 7-8 episodes and then it got progressively less fun to watch, although it never got bad. The last arc made me shake my head and yet in the end I couldn’t help myself from liking it as a whole. Most of the reason lies in the art and Karin no doubt. Overall DNA2 wasn’t amazing, but definitely worth a watch. Now, whether this is your cup of tea or not, will likely depend on whether you grew up on old or new school anime. Keep in mind that this has very little action, even though the cover might suggest otherwise. Same goes for fanservice, if that’s what you’re looking for. The whole playboy bit of the summary might seem like it will lead to all kinds of ecchi scenes, but it keeps things on a tame level. In the end, if you don’t mind the retro feel this gives off then by all means check it out.
I enjoyed the first 10 episodes and then it turned into a Dragon Ball Z feel to it that turned me off right then and there. At first it seemed great, different kind of story, funny and full of drama. And then it did a complete 180 and kinda ruined it for me, the extra episodes (13 - 15) was more of the same DBZ style plot line.
Time for another nostalgic review! Today we look at a 1994 harem anime with an intriguing plot, but really stupid execution. Unless you are an older fan born before 1993 or so, I will place a wager you haven't heard of this series. It has been almost completely forgotten, but honestly that isn't such a tragedy. This is DNA^2.
The future is dangerously overpopulated, so scientists worked to find the mysterious cause of the population explosion that occurred in the late 20th century. It turns out it is largely the fault of 1 man-whore called the "mega playboy" who possesses genes so good that women
are hypnotized by him. This guy knocked up 100 women, who each gave birth to sons, who all went on to knock up 100 women of their own, and so on. A time cop is sent back to the past in order to shoot the "mega playboy" with a mutagen dart that will give him the DNA of a loser, so no women will want him. In the mind of the man who wrote this shitty series, women can instantly assess the DNA of any male with a quick glance and always make romantic decisions entirely based on eugenics. I'm guessing that was his excuse that he wasn't getting any when he wrote this.
The time cop finds the mega playboy, but discovers he is a complete loser and figures that she must have the wrong guy. However, she shoots him with the dart anyways and he ends up becoming the mega playboy as a result. The moment she went back in time to stop the mega playboy, she was guaranteed to create the mega playboy or else she wouldn't have had a reason to go back in the first place. This logic is based on Novikov's self consistency principle named after the theoretical astrophysicist Igor Dmitriyevich Novikov. It states that you can't go back in time and change the reason you were going back in the first place. In fact, you may even be responsible for the event happening, like the Twilight Zone episode where a time traveler kills the real infant Adolf Hitler and replaces him with an orphan lookalike, who actually grows up to become the Hitler he went back in time to kill. The show later completely undermines this, but I never said it was well executed. I just said it had a few ideas that COULD have been interesting. The rest of the show revolves around the time cop chick trying desperately to cock block the mega playboy from scoring with various hot chicks.
The character art is actually quite well done. The women looked pretty hot for 1994! At least if you were a geeky teenage male trying to fantasize about cartoon women. The animation is also fairly smooth for its time and the color pallet is very bright and jovial.
Would I highly recommend this series? Not really. However, if you are an anime historian and want to see how harem anime have changed in the early 90s vs. the current age, I would in that case check this out!
The story is a bit odd, but is pretty good and is like any harem anime, silly but good enough. This anime lacks a lot and I have to say it really does shame the manga. This anime is very rushed and most plotlines are skipped, however it does have it's moments and the anime can be just one big joke. It's funny from time to time, also wierd, but it's not to bad.
For when this was made the art is definitely top notch.
Soundtrack is good nothing special. Japanese voices
are good but english dub sucks.
Character's are good, main character is the highlight of the show and really makes it what it is. Some characters just make me want to laugh, not in a good way.
Why did I like this anime?
I'm torn on this anime, they completely messed up the anime and rushed it so fast it turned out to be borderline bad. I don't know if the production crew didn't have enough funding, or if they blew it all on the animation from Madhouse studios, but it puts the manga to shame. However it is kinda good due to the characters, they are the reason this anime is arguably good.