Okometsubu Fujiyama has recently transferred over to a new school, Wakame High School. His goal is to make 100 friends--until he meets the extremely weird Masaru Hananakajima. Masaru is a martial artist whose specialty is the "Sexy Commando" form of martial art. Masaru forms a club based on this art, including Fujiyama, who he nicknames Fuumin, in the club. The club becomes full of strange, yet wacky people. Aliens, mustaches, and cute fuzzy animals are encountered as the club moves along and gets steadily more popular.
Damn, this anime is different. I mean, it's really different. It really is. And crazy. Yeah, crazy. Cra-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-azy. And it will make you laugh so much, that you won't be able to speak for several days. Aliens, fighting, craziness, craziness, Meso.. *cough* *cough* *cough*
Different, but stylish. The way it should be.
But quality is poor *sob*
The way it should be. Nothing more to say.
Oh, hell. Different. Masaru is so different, that words can't describe him. Characters evolve quite fine, but in a different way, than usual. Different. And they learn Sexy Commando too. Except Susan, cause he has already learned it. Yeah, I know. Still
his name is Susan.
Err... Funny as hell and totally different. Crazy. Enjoyment beyond outstanding. 11/10
Well, I don’t know how to make this story make any sense to you. You just have to watch it, which I strongly recommend you do. There is humor in pretty much all levels whether gag, otaku reference, slap stick, puns, almost everything. It’ll keep you laughing. But if I were to compare the humor with anything, I say Freakazoid is definitely a good foundation of what to expect but times it by 100, and you get this anime. The episodes are less than 10 minutes long since it’s based on a short manga that’s as long as a Sunday strip so pacing in regards
to length isn’t a problem. There is some story development, but it takes time but I don’t think the purpose of this anime is to develop story and characters at a significant degree, which is why most people love anime, and why it can be hard to get into this one for a critical percentage of anime fans of all levels. But in due time, it will be revealed why Masaru wears those weird golden rings on his shoulders and what not. The other characters all have qualities that stand out in their own way, though archetypical and stereotypical, but yet balanced and excellently parodied, and can still come across as original.
Well, the style may be a major turn off, but I doubt the purpose of this anime is to invent state of the art animation. Considering that it’s comedy, the unorthodox designs truly reflect this, and helps form some understanding of what to expect. At times, you’ll see the art change style such as making them like cylinder figures just to symbolize the stupidity and dumfound atmosphere of the moment and to make you laugh. During action sequences, they will parody the style of 1970s anime with the sketchy outlines and the more colorful hyperspace backgrounds for more dramatic purposes and explosiveness. I’m not trying to give any kind of Emmy worthy merit for the style of this anime, I know it’s not the greatest, but you have to watch it for the purpose of the intention this anime has like I said. I think the art style perfectly compliments the nature of the anime. I can’t give it credit for style, but I will give it credit for execution.
Ueda Yuuji is dead perfect as the voice of Masaru, and he is also the voice of Jin in Marvel vs Capcom 1 and 2. Put that portrayal into a comedy role, and you perfectly get Masaru. He does great with his passion, humor, just about everything that pulls you into the character and this show. The voice acting and execution also plays a big part of the humor. A certain portion of it will be hard to understand because it relies on puns within the Japanese language, which the fansubs will explain to you. Regardless of that, I still think its humor everyone can enjoy. At times Masaru will pull off counter intuitive motivational sayings that Dan Quayle and George W. Bush are only capable of that will make you laugh to tears. The voice acting overall is just incredible in making this anime work.
The music is also pretty excellent in its use as well. The opening theme reflects the passionate comedy nature this anime has, so it really gives you an idea of what to expect and the imagery of the opening just adds more and more comedy to it. Ueda Yuuji also makes use of his unique singing talents as well with the official Sexy Commando Club song. The background music also makes use of all kinds of music whether overly dramatic or comedy just to further contribute the intentions of this anime.
This is my favorite comedy of all time. A lot of people think it’s ridiculous, which I don’t blame them for. Sadly, I personally find there is some legitimate logic behind the sexy commando’s purpose, which contributed why I was able to enjoy it. Hell, I’m willing to use it in a real fight. But not every single bit of comedic moment will have purpose in relation to the story 75% of the time at my estimate, but if it’s to make you laugh, then hey, they did something right. The way it ends, it makes you want more. Sadly, I know of no scanlations of the manga that are out, but if you know where to get the manga online, then link me up. But I say if you really love comedy from every single angle, then I strongly say check this out at your usual torrent site.
WARNING!! If you are unusually sensible, serious or a wannabee goody goody then there’s no need to read this review. Also, no criticism’s allowed! — The reviewers father
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Quick crash course: Sexy Commando Gaiden is a 1998 anime, 50 episodes long (although the episodes themselves are only 10 minutes long so it’s not as long as first glance would have you believe) and
isn’t that well known in the western world. It’s never been licensed in any way shape or form outside of Japan. It does, however, have a massive cult fanbase inside Japan itself. Now the reason it’s not popular abroad is pretty obvious. It’s very Japanese in it’s humour. This is as Japanese as you can imagine. Full of weird, non-explainable events with the classic manzai comedy style of the straight man to the funny man. But it’s only when you watch the show does the idea of why this is a cult hit make sense.
The anime’s central focus is a generic main character and his encounter with the practitioner of the Sexy Commando fighting style, Masaru. Every aspect of Masaru’s character is a gradual build up of random character traits. He wears rings on his shoulders that cause cash machines to start sprouting random phrases. If he takes them off, his hair grows shorter. Oh, and they also start spouting smoke at occasional intervals. Not that any of this particularly annoys Masaru. He has a fondness for moustaches and magical disappearing baseball throwing techniques. Oh, he also has a story about how he found those rings. One day, he was walking through the woods. He saw the rings on the ground, so he picked them up. The End.
You starting to get a picture of what this anime is like yet? While Masaru is the ultimate example of the sheer randomness of this anime, this trait features throughout the show. Characters are introduced with the most random of character traits with the most bizarre abilities with seemingly no real reason. If there was meant to be satire of some sort in this show, I never saw it. Maybe once or twice, but it would happen so infrequently that I came to dismiss it. While it’s obvious that I could miss a fair amount of the Japanese satire, I find it impossible to believe that I missed so much of it that I thought this wasn’t satire at all.
My mind sees an totally batty author, about as mad as Masaru himself, who will think up of totally random plot points and toss them in for the heck of it. He has a vague idea of what sort of story he’s trying to tell. It’s about generic main character learning that there are rather less conventional ways of making friends (oddly close to Arakawa when I put it like that, but these two are nowhere near the same level), but for the most part he just makes shit up. But, and here’s the important part, he runs with it. Anything he’s written stays in. The randomness builds up and becomes part of the story. The anemic guy has the spirit of muscly, Japanese salaryman from the muscle building ads inside him? Great, we’ll run with that throughout the story and he’ll appear whenever it makes sense for him to do so (for a given value of ‘sense’ that is).
This all builds up. The randomness becomes part of the story and part of the world. You’re always aware at how stupid all this stuff is, and yet you grow accustomed to seeing it. You’re sucked into the world of the Sexy Commando, where the headmaster calls for breaks in class by droning ‘seaweed’ over and over again on the intercom. Where girls have their fathers killed by rogue moustaches. It all becomes part of the world you’ve gotten sucked into, and it looks like so much fun you find yourself wanting to join in. Hence, I can totally see why this is a cult hit. A world where people cry WANCHU and CLEANUP PRINCESS, knowing what they mean. A world where you can all dress in the customary Sexy Commando battle gear of the white, long sleeved shirt and jeans, with your team leader sporting those fetching golden rings. Where you all come together to perform the Melancholy of Elise (the dramatic unzipping of your fly, that is the precursor to every move in the Sexy Commando handbook). That’s a cult I’d love to be part of.
Oh and by the way, the female coach is called Moe Moe. You now have another reason to watch this anime.
Oh yeah, that opening paragraph? Each episode of Sexy Commando starts with this:
"WARNING!! If you are unusually sensible, serious or a wannabee goody goody then there’s no need to watch this animation. Also, no criticism’s allowed! — The reviewers father"
Meanwhile, a women is telling us to turn up the volume because the video was recorded in stereo hi-fi while a man simultaneously tells you to turn down the volume because this is a late night anime and you don’t want to disturb the neighbours.
Sexy Commando Gaiden is an anime that purely focuses on comedy. If one were looking for a laugh or merely something light-hearted and short, this show will tick all the right boxes. Whilst each episode only lasts 10 minutes, the amount of laughs garnered during that short time simply cannot be measured!
Without a doubt, the anime’s lack of a coherent storyline is what contributes to its comedic shine. Sexy Commando Gaiden’s humour is heavily reliant on random slapstick and eccentric twists and hence, this style of comedy relays effectively off its weak (or lack of) storyline. In fact, it would come as no surprise
if one were to say that the humour defines the story (or vice versa).
For an anime that aired in 1998, the art is just what one would expect. So whilst the art and animation may be somewhat ‘choppy’, this does not detract from the anime’s overarching purpose – to make you laugh.
The voice acting manages to reflect each of the character’s personality sufficiently. The OP is upbeat and, similar to the voice acting, successfully reflects the true nature of the anime.
What really defines this particular anime is its cast of characters. If it were possible to personify comedy, the protagonist, Masaru, would perhaps be the closest result you can achieve. However, the said man is not the only conjurer of comedy in the anime. There exists a whole cast of characters that draw out the true essence of this anime; each one funnier than the last. The cast of characters range from the (somewhat) straight-man to the most peculiar student you will ever see.
As a dedicated fan of comedy, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Sexy Commando Gaiden. Its random and rapid-fire style of humour really plays to my taste – whether they are laughs generated through the witty puns or the constant ridiculousness of the situations the characters find themselves in.
Taking into the account the fact that the anime aired in 1998, I found it difficult to unearth a flaw in the show. However, it is important to understand that the anime’s style of humour may not necessarily cater to everybody’s tastes in comedy. To those looking for something more ‘intellectual’ (for lack of a better term), Sexy Commando Gaiden may not be for you. However, those merely seeking a show for a couple of light-hearted laughs are guaranteed to enjoy this anime.
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