OP: 「今よ!ファンタジスタドール」 (Ima yo! Fantasista Doll) by Fantasista Doll Cast
「うずめうずうず 忍び寄る怪しい影？」 (Uzume Uzu Uzu Shinobiyoru Ayashii Kage?)
“Uzume Uzu Uzu – A Shadow Draws Near?”
So the premise of this show is that main character Uno Uzume (Ohashi Ayaka) is an ordinary high school girl (trope!), when suddenly a stranger (or perhaps a “stranger”) slips a card device into her bag (is this what molesters and thieves do now-a-days? Japan is weird), and now she can summon five different fantasista dolls to do stuff for her. But not chores, because that makes them angry (I don’t blame them). Pretty simple, right?
Some of the action in this episode was just so silly-amazing that I had to laugh! I mean, the explosions had lucky charms-style shapes in them, and there was even a headbutt that sparkled! Plus, Sasara (Tsuda Minami) was fighting in heels, which was probably the most unrealistic thing in the entire episode. Yes, sentient dolls were materializing out of a device that could repair shattered gym equipment in seconds, and I still say that. Heels hurt! Or so I’m told. Not that I would know. Gods know I don’t need to get any taller.
Princess of the Dolls
First of all, why is it that the show with the most naked female characters that I’ve seen all week was a shoujo one!? Because I haven’t watched the first episode of High School DxD NEW yet, granted. That aside, I liked that Uzume doesn’t have to go around collecting her five pokemo–I mean, fantasista dolls, and instead has them all from the get-go. In addition to the spunky yellow Sasara, there’s the mature purple onee-san Madeleine (Oohara Sayaka), the sassy blue loli Katya (Tokui Sora), the genki pink airhead Shimeji (Akasaki Chinatsu), and the quiet black-and-silver emotionless Akari (Hasegawa Akiko). Or as I like to think of them, Yui-chan, Oohara Sayaka being womanly, Niko, Akasaki Chinatsu in full Chiwa-mode, and some other girl. I watch way too much anime, don’t I? Seiyuu spotting is fun!
But nothing beats the entrance of Rafflesia no Kimi (Hoshi Souichirou), or as I like to call him, Tuxedo Monocle! I burst out laughing at that one. Maybe this won’t be the best written show around, and maybe it will be pretty carefree and simple, but if they keep cracking out stuff like that every week – or just let Niko–I mean, Katya crush on Tuxedo Monocle for 11 more episodes – then that’ll be fine with me.
It looks like the next episode will be focused on Sasara. There are currently no plans to continue blogging this on RandomC, and honestly I’m not sure if I’ll continue watching it. Not that it was bad – no, I enjoyed it! – but there are other things I’d like to watch more, and time is limited. Plus, this episode made it very clear that it was made for young girls, while I’m a grown-ass man. What can I say, it just didn’t for connect. But if you would like a little innocent shoujo fun – you you just like CCGs – then this might be the perfect show for you.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Tuxedo Monocle!! So many fantastic things happened in this first episode. I want Tsuda Minami to call me master ;_; #fantasistadoll
- It’s nice to see a female main character have an imouto who takes care of her as well. It’s only proper, right? And totally unrealistic in both cases, but whatever.
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ED: 「DAY by DAY」 by Fantasista Doll Cast