December 10, 2006
by: Kara Dennison
Juushi~! Kara Dennison tackles what may very well be the cutest anime ever in the history of ... this season.
I've been tending towards old-school and robots lately, which can occasionally make reviewing new stuff difficult. But as I was telling a friend the other night, sometimes after a long day of work, all I want are some fluffy technicolour magical girls. There's just something nice about staring at shiny things once in awhile.
Anyway, that's my excuse for this installment, which covers a little show called Fairy Musketeer Akazukin.
I originally saw a little OVA of this back in the day, which was fairy dark towards the end, but I recalled liking the character designs. Not surprisingly from the title ('Akazukin' is the Japanese name for Red Riding Hood), it's got a fairly blatant overarching fairy tale theme -- which sometimes bugs the hell out of me, and sometimes doesn't.
Let's meet our main cast!
Souta: A cute little schoolboy who lives with his father and has vague memories of his mother telling him an unfinished fairy tale. The weirdo talks to flowers, too. As if he wasn't detached enough from the world of the normal, he also turns out to be something called 'Elde's Key,' Elde being the name that Fandavalians give our world. (I'm getting to that.) I think it's pretty obvious, even within the first episode, that (as usual) the missing parent is gonna be the most important thing about the series.
Ringo: Souta's little-kid girlfriend and voice of reason. As with pretty much any character of this type, she's currently freaking annoying, possibly because Souta now has three little female fairy-tale hangers-on to be jealous of. (I'm getting to that.) She is along for the duration of the series, and I honestly don't know why. Possibly because she makes good meat and potatoes.
Akazukin: The musketeer with the power to speak in annoyingly cute ways. A cute little magical girl from Fandavale, an alternate dimension to ours (Elde) that uses magic instead of science. (See? I got to it.) She squeaks when she walks (possibly because of the hind paws on her boots) and is your typical sweet, yet disappointingly mentally inept, magical heroine. Her weapon is the Grimm Taler, which is a giant pair of scissors that separates into two blades. At first it made me roll my eyes, but it's actually kind of cool now that I'm this far along.
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