Popotan

TV (12 eps)
2.625 out of 5 from 2,337 votes
Rank #7,185

Imagine a mansion with a Christmas goods shop that appears out of nowhere, housing three beautiful sisters and a robot maid, all with very different personalities and figures. These sisters are looking for information that they can only acquire from "popotan," their term for dandelion flowers. After acquiring a hint of this information, the mansion and the girls vanish. Their travels take them through many places, and they meet a varied cast of characters during their quest, but what exactly is this information they're searching for so desperately?

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galacticdude7
5

-Story- My main quarrell with the story of Popotan is that it has an extremely slow start in my book. I felt that the series didn't really get interesting until around episode 6, which is about half-way through the series. Also for a show that claims to be a comedy, I did not find it very funny. Most of the "jokes" were about the breast sizes of the various characters, and they all fell flat (no pun intended).  I was also a little upset by how there is little to no way to tell what time period the characters are currently in, which is more of a curse than a blessing in this series. I'm just glad they didn't do the polar opposite and make it completely obvious what time period they are in to the point that its just plain cheesy. As well as the slow start, the story itself wasn't the best afterwards.I found it to be clunky and slightly incoherent. On the positive side though, it did provide a look into the human condition and makes one wonder about what truely makes one happy. Also the emotions of the characters as they meet new friends and leave them seemed somewhat genuine. -Animation- I found the animation a little lacking. There were several still shots used throughout the series and I found many of the backgrounds to be bland and generic. The action scenes that were in the show seemed stiff and uninteresting. -Characters- I felt that the characters were the strongest asset of Popotan, even though there still were some flaws. I found the main characters to be slightly bland, with Ai just being soft-spoken and polite, Mai being an angsty teenager, and Mii being an overenergetic kid. What saves these characters from total damnation in the pits of bland character, is that their emotions seem genuine as they meet and leave people every time they jump to a new place and time. I also found the characters that they meet along the way to be good as well. -Overall- While I can't say that Popotan is terrible beyond redemption, I can't say it was good either. There is just too much wrong with Popotan for me to recommend it, and not enough right to fix that.

Otaku108
7.5

ZOMG Boobies.... no seriously, from the first 3-5 minutes into the first ep to the final 3-5 minutes of the last ep there's at least 1 shot of boobs per episode.Honestly I didn't really expect anything going into this, but boobs were definitely not something I was looking for, and they were quite suddenly thrust into the screen. I was like "well that's a boob" Ok so beyond the whole boob thing I guess I could say that going into the anime with almost no knowledge about it or expecting nothing from it I enjoyed it from time to time.Story:It was slow to start and gave you almost no information through out up until the very end, even then you weren't quite sure what the hell was going on, but over all you got the feeling that they had a mission, you just didn't know what it was for most of the show. It could have been better but really, I can't say I'm disappointed.Animation:I'd say the art was pretty standard stuff for it's era, nothing particularly stellar but not really bad either. It was pleasing to the eye, didn't have a lot of issues but I still don't like the whole pink/blue/green hair thing. It's not like the characters were so similar as to need to be distinguished by their hair color. Still, minor gripe, so no biggy.Sound:Sounds were almost canned, and there were a few times I was slightly annoyed with the character voices (dubbed version probably to blame here). The music was forgettable and bland but didn't interfere with the mood/scenes so it's not anything to really harp about.Characters:More than once I wanted to slap the middle and younger sister around but really it wasn't in a bad way... I swear >.> The character names were... well Ai, Mai and Mei (I, My, and Me) were... ya I thought there was some sort of running pun here but it was lost on me. Either way I did laugh from time to time when they were calling out to one another depending on the context or how it was worded. Suffice to say, Ai, the eldest sister was my favorite and I honestly say it's not because she had the biggest boobs...Overall:This one was just simple fun, it wasn't a heavy in depth story, emotional roller coaster, or a brain twister. You're definitely not going to find much substance here, plenty of boobs and pantsu shots, maybe a bit of a tear if you're highly empathic. So if you want a quick little fun anime with a bit of cute and silly mixed in, try this one out, you could waste your time on something much much worse, I know I have -.-

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