Dan JD is a boy living on the world Earthdash where the sight of the lunar surface looms overhead and Bigfoot mecha play basketball. These basketball matches are televised, but Dan – masquerading as Dunk Mask – and his friends have been causing havoc by destroying the public TVs. Dan knows though that no matter how many TVs they destroy, they won’t get rid of Bigfoot Basketball (BFB), and he’s considering doing something about an upcoming BFB League game. The reason he doesn’t like BFB is because a Bigfoot accident caused his sister Coco to be confined to a wheelchair. While thinking about this, he’s approached by a well-endowed girl who claims to work with Bigfoots. Dan gets so worked up about them that he accidentally crushes a water bottle and gets himself soaked, so the girl drags him off to her home. Along the way, they see the moon in the night sky, and Dan reveals how he believes that they can get anything if they can reach the moon, including a cure for Coco’s leg.
At the girl’s place, she puts Dan’s clothes in the wash and then throws him into the cockpit of a nearby Bigfoot. She lets him drive, but Dan tries to jump for the moon and crashes the mecha. When Dan gets home, he thinks about the tickets to the BFB League game that the girl gave him, and when the big day comes, he rushes off to the stadium. What surprises him and his friends is how boring the game is live compared to what it’s like on TV, and Dan’s friend Ganz realizes that it’s because the TV version has special effects added. Dan gets so pissed off at this that he has to be knocked out by his pet Spanky, and while he’s unconscious, he dreams about how he and a girl named Miyuki had liked each other when they were young. She had to move away but had promised that she’d be back. When Dan regains consciousness, the girl from before is standing over him, and Dan realizes that she is actually Miyuki. She had known how Dan would react to seeing this kind of basketball, and she leads him to the Bigfoot that she brought with her.
Dan thus makes a dramatic entrance with the Bigfoot as Dunk Mask and demonstrates some real basketball to the spectators. He manages to outplay all the other Bigfoots and avoid all of the police that come after him – energizing the crowd in the process – and he tries to cap it all off with a slam dunk. However, one of the Bigfoots manages to block him, and Dan’s Bigfoot crashes into the backboard and onto the ground. That leads to much damage to the stadium and ends in Dan getting arrested and locked up. He gets sentenced to one year in prison, but he doesn’t mind because he thinks that he managed to get rid of BFB in the process. One year later, Dan is released, but to his shock, he finds Bigfoots running around all over the place playing basketball. Ganz reveals that Dan has become a legend.
The ED’s nothing to call home about, either in song or animation sequence. They chose the catchiest part for the commercials, and the rest of the song isn’t that great. Maybe the OP will be better (there was no OP this first episode).
Let me say first that I think the comparisons with Macross Frontier are unavoidable given that this is a Satelight and Kawamori Shouji title with several of the same voice actors. Now this wasn’t as impressive as Macross Frontier’s special first episode, but that’s hard to beat and this was still pretty good. The concept of car-like mecha playing basketball is certainly outlandish, but the basketball action ended up being fairly fun to watch (the rest of the visuals were quite nice as well), so it didn’t really bother me. And though I think the main character is kind of an idiot, I took an immediate liking to both Miyuki and Spanky’s characters. The former had the right amount of playfulness and the latter – voiced by Endou Aya who also voiced Sheryl – was just amusing as hell. My favorite scene out of the episode was the one where Spanky ate the cutesy pet that Dan brought home for Coco and then spit out the bones right in front of them.
You could probably make a further comparison to Macross Frontier based on how there appear to be two girls – Miyuki and Sela – who are interested in the main guy, but it’s too early to tell if that’s what’ll happen. Neither of the girls are songstresses though. For that, we’ll have to rely on Ranka’s voice actress Nakajima Megumi and the two others who are voicing the idol group whose insert song moon passport was featured this episode (it was a better fit than expected for an action scene and better overall than the ED was). They’re supposedly from the moon, so I’m curious to see how they and the moon will factor into all this since it wasn’t talked about too much in this first episode. In any case, this is all to say that I found the first episode of Basquash very promising, and I’ll likely continue watching and blogging it.