When she gets angry, middle schooler Naoko turns into fierce dinosaur Gauko! Thanks to friends, aliens and more, her life is full of wacky incidents.
Silly: that is the one word description for Gauko. This anime exists for silly fun, and those who can tap into its silly brand of self aware fun will have a great time. Gauko is a children's anime that has plenty to offer for adults. The stories range from okay to hilarious, with the best episodes offering surprises that made me laugh out loud. The episodes are short enough that the best made me want more, and the alright episodes went by fast. I appreciate that this studio made a fun show for silly kids and adults in an age of anime dominated by long running franchises. It is little anime like this that keep me excited for the surprises that good anime can provide.
This anime follows a pre-teen girl going through the woes of adolescence: From wearing the wrong thing on the first day and making a bad first impression to covering up acne and being a Sports klutz, Naoko tries her best. Over the course of 20 episodes she: Bonds with peers over adolescent woes. Has idiots for friends who can't stand up for themselves. Tries makeup. Becomes angry time and time again. Plots Revenge. Attempts to control her emotions. Is discriminated against. Desperatly tries to retrieve, hid, and destroy embarrassing photos. Worries about her diet. Struggles with parental expectations. Becomes concerned about her parents marriage. Abuses power. Crushes on someone who is oblivious. and Transforms into Gauko. Overall this short-episode anime is worth watching. While it doesn't take up a lot of time there are some meaningful messages and for an older audience nostalgia and even some childhood traumas that may be triggered. Naoko is a typical young girl with an atypical ability she can't control. She's ridiculed by peers, teachers and even younger kids for being who she is. She tries to be "normal" and that just causes property damage. Her "friends" really don't understand her and rather than accepting that she has mixed heritage they use her for their own gain and blame her when things get messy. A bit more incentive if you aren't already adding this to your Want to Watch list: If "Lemon! Drop! doesn't tickle you than a mother's lullaby should. And if those aren't enough the following might be: "Ninja art of being alone". Infectious duel laughing. >,< Frog chorus. *Koro* *koro* *koro* Running because you want to. -- 'Cause your young and the world is wide open.
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