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Dragon Half

May 17, 2012

This is the adaptation of the first chapters of the homonymous slapstick/erotic comedy manga. It is meant to spur you into getting the manga, as it is left intentionally incomplete.

STORY SECTION: 5/10 (7 in the manga) [You won’t find many comedies that actually have a good and continual story like this one.]

The story takes place in a JRPG world, where everything is a weird mix of the middle ages (castles, dungeons, roaming monsters) and of the modern day world (airplanes, music concerts, televisions). Everyone is dressed in the Japanese sense of medieval fashion, with lots of leather and quite body-revealing outfits.

Mink is a sexy, scantly dressed Dragon-Half (half dragon/half human) and has a crush on a bishounen dragon slayer/pop idol. She embarks on a journey to find a magic potion that can turn her into a normal human girl, since she inherited horns, fiery breath and reptilian tail from her dragonic mother. But many want to kill her. A sleazy king who wants to seduce her mother, a princess who wants to keep the bishounen for herself, the bishounen himself because he is a dragon slayer and the minions of the supreme demon lord.

Although only two episodes long, there are many story elements and revelations that make this little series interesting. But since it ends incomplete, the story can’t get a higher mark than the base. The story in the manga continues with far more interesting story arks and revelations, giving this comical series a very good story.

ART SECTION: 5/10 [Comedy and fan service are the center of attraction and everything else around them is left intentionally amateurish.]

As a whole, the animators didn’t bother much in providing quality graphics (they are terribly simple). The characters are drawn in very simple ways and get really chibi when something funny is going on (which is like 70% of total time). When ecchi scenes come along, the body anatomy of the girls improves a lot (proving that the animators were not amateurs) and we get decent fan service. But even then, the girls simply look kawai (big eyes, innocent look) and not realistic; so don’t expect Playboy realism.

SOUND SECTION: 7/10

The tones of the voice actors vary from serious to squeaky, which is meant to be funny when a joke comes along. It is a decent attempt but nothing more.

Sound effects during the episodes are quite mediocre.

The opening song is nothing much but the ending is a comical version of a famous music composition (the 9th Symphony, I think), which is crazy enough to stick to you.

CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10 (8 in the manga) [They are all quite silly; you won’t find a serious character here.]

All characters are funny representations of JRPG stereotypes. As far as classes go, most are specialized fighters or wizards. As far as races go, we have several typical members of all the renowned races (human, dragon, elf, ooze, demon) as well as hybrids of them (half dragon, half ooze).

None has a decent backdrop story or character development in 2 episodes but the manga fleshes out several characters and adds twice as many more, making a very interesting cast. Again, for a comedy, it packs a very big and interesting cast.

But even without all this fuss, the love-struck Mink, her unfaithful womanizing father, her lesbian friend and her hard to get love interest are very funny and above average characters.

VALUE SECTION: 4/10 (6 in the manga)
Pretty low on rewatchability, as it is very small and incomplete. The manga is 10 times longer and complete and has a generally higher chance of rereading it.

ENJOYMENT SECTION: 8/10
Depending on your personal taste of humor and ecchiness, the series varies from hilarious to lukewarm. I personally loved it and enjoyed it enough to be interested for more.

VERDICT: 6/10
The accused is found … NOT GUILTY! … He is silly but very funny.

SUGGESTION LIST
The manga version, which is far longer and complete.
Slayers and Mahoujin Guru Guru. Fine RPG parodies.

5/10 story
5/10 animation
7/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

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