NOTICE: This review covers both the series and the 3-part OVA sequel.
ART & SOUND SECTION: 6/10
This show was made with a collaboration of Madhouse and DEEN and I am just baffled with the overall result. One megaton of quality studio working along that piece of shit? So anyways, the quality of animation and sound is not that great but is surely better than most series of its time. Besides some scarce detailed movements, shadowing effects and decent voice acting, the rest feel like a mediocrity at best. All the good parts are further debunked by the silly and superficial practical usefulness they show because of the wacky story; they lose credit and believability because of the way they are presented.
STORY - CHARACTER - ENJOYMENT SECTIONS: 6/10 (spoiler alert!)
This series has a wacky story with an interesting premise that was left undeveloped. A girl is sent from the future to stop a teenage dork from becoming a super charismatic playboy and causing future overpopulation with the millions of his descendants, who also happen to share his talent. She accidentally becomes the cause of him becoming a playboy and falls in love with the guy. So, she decides to help him control his powers until a future colleague of hers arrives who has evil plans about changing the future.
Story and characters make a step forward and another backward. The OVAs continue the story from where the series left off (in quite the open way, I must say) and try to make things feel more serious by adding a world threat to the frame. It does manage to reason some of the scenario holes the series left behind but still ends in a rather blunt way. It doesn’t feel very fulfilling for the same reason as it could have developed its premise far more and end in a more thrilling way.
The cast is colorful but doesn’t develop much. The dork turned playboy and the chick from the future had something good going for awhile but after the whole “You must control your urges” came along, they just lost steam. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see him running around and sleeping around? Adding a generic villain and more cardboard chicks in it didn’t help much, although it did swift from ecchi to the action/superpower which was a nice plot twist.
As much as it felt interesting to see this twist, the internal logic of the series is still messed up to the point it becomes more ridiculous than enjoyable. I never understood how being a womanizer automatically makes you super powerful, or why there aren’t time paradoxes with all the going back and forth in time, or how do playboy genes brainwash people with some weird device. After awhile it is just mambo jumbo. Funny but still tried to eat more than it can chew.
That doesn’t mean it is free of ecchi stuff but it is definitely not overdoing it like modern shows do. It is partially about superpower fighting and partially about erotic comedy without having too much of either; something that makes it less memorable for most viewers. There is also a bit of romance and mystery in it as well but go to waste since the story is simply too silly after awhile.
As far as pacing goes, there is not much time left to waste. Those action and ecchi scenes exchange places fast and keep you interested and as long as you manage to suspend your disbelief enough, you will enjoy it for what it is.
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
There is little replay value in it and it’s not memorable if you are a veteran viewer. It could definitely be a lot more interesting if it had some actual sex in it (being hentai instead of ecchi) or if the story was far more elaborate and excused.
VERDICT: 5.5 / 10
It just scratches the surface of an idea that could be very intriguing if it was more raw and bold. But no, it remains just a silly show for the average 14 year old that is satisfied with boobs and pantsu.
Dokuro-chan. It is a much more recent series with a similarly wacky story.
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