A quicker snapshot than usual, but I’ll make up for it by using twice as many screen caps! Here’s the new “educational” show Moegaku*5 (もえがく★5), running daily at 17:00 JST on Fuji TV.
The series is based on Learn English software, and now converted to television by director Takamoto Nobuhiro (also doing Hatenkou Yuugi) and screenwriter Watanabe Akira (Girls Bravo script). It’s a 15 minute show (12 mins without commercials) that runs every weekday, focusing on a different language every day (English, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, French). Each episode consists of two parts: 8 minutes of anime and 4 minutes of live-action studio stuff. The anime is about a magical girl called Tsukishima Moe (seriously), who runs around in Akihabara helping troubled foreign otakus buy the limited edition figurines they always wanted, while the studio part has Hirano Aya (Haruhi’s voice actress) learning how to say simple phrases in the featured language, by talking to an imported kid. Once she’s parroted the lines, a quartet of hip rope-jumpers take over and do a performance, then the phrases are repeated while everyone hops up and down.
I was sure nothing this season could be worse than Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-, but Moegaku*5 may just have it beat. The anime part is just silly garbage, and I’ve no idea why kids would be interested in Akihabara shopping, but the real gem is the studio sequence with Aya filmed in HD. Sadly her voice is in retarded kitten mode, which is pretty much as grating as it gets, and when she starts attempting to speak English it’s just too painful to stand. In fact I had to pause the video and breathe calmly every 5 seconds in order to survive the entire episode, despite its short length. Only watch this if you have a death wish, or an insanely profound love for plastic fantastic voice actresses.