Luluco is a normal junior high school girl whose father is a detective at the space patrol. One day, she visits the Ogikubo branch of the space patrol to save her father who is suddenly frozen. But she happens to be assigned as a space patrol by the chief director Overjustice. Wearing a space patrol suit with strange functions, will she able to save her father and keep the peace of Ogikubo from space criminals? And will she fulfill her life as a junior high school student, including love and study?
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This is a bizarre kalidescope of rainbow mess. Normally, I love that sort of thing. However with this one, I was left overloaded and like I had just watched a bad Cartoon Network cartoon. The story and action were all over the place and way to jumpy. Even though the episodes are only 7 minutes long, I couldn’t handle them being any longer. Upon finishing the series though, the story comes together with a message.
Full review here (with spoilers, fair warning): Short version (spoiler free-ish): I really like this show, but that like unfortunately comes with a fat, pulsating asterisk. Despite being rather one dimensional the cast is a lot of fun, with Luluco herself being pretty interesting as a main character. And since I committed to not spoiling the written summary heres the vague complaint. Have fun: The halfway point marks a pretty strong shift in the focus of the show. On one hand it's fun at times, but part of me feels the show never really recovers from it since it chooses to wallow in the spoiler rather than move on, chosing to then drag the spoiler around like a dead weight. Up to the ending the show loses a bit of focus, but THEN gets it back for the climax. But then does something I still feel conflicted on even as I write this. Luluco is fun and short though. It's a great show with an interesting cast. It doesn't stay entirely focused on Luluco and cast however, and I kind of wished it didn't lose focus in the way it did. But I love the hell out of it, and I still suggest people give it a shot.
This is another anime that was recommended by my Secret Santa, cosmia, so thank you to them for sending this my way. I find it a bit difficult to talk about this anime. Not because it’s super complex or deep, but for the opposite reasons. Space Patrol Luluco is in a weird place; it’s not really a “guilty pleasure” anime, but it’s not something as profound as something like Steins;Gate or Erased, either. It’s kinda like a diet soda, if that makes any sense. Story The plot is an odd one, much like other aspects of this show. Luluco, a middle school girl, lives in Ogikuba, a city in Japan that is inhabited by humans and aliens alike, with her father who is a respected member of the Space Patrol, a kind of police force that operates across the galaxy. Luluco wishes to live as normal a life as possible with the totally abnormal world around her, but one morning her father accidentally swallows a pill from his work that instantly freezes him. Luluco heads to her father’s place of work and informs the chief, Over Justice, who tells her that she must fill in for him until he unthaws. Some other bizarre events take place that result in the main characters leaving Earth and traveling through space, even coming across settings from other IPs produced by Studio Trigger like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia, which I found to be pretty entertaining. There’s also a subplot involving Luluco falling in love with her coworker Alpha Omega Nova, another middle schooler who happens to transfer to her school just after she joins the Space Patrol. All of these were pretty cute and “bite-sized” with each episode being 8 minutes in length with 13 episodes total, but I often found myself grinning and laughing at the goofy scenarios. Animation The animation is really great. Leave it to Studio Trigger to produce a show with not only great animation, but also animation that is difficult to confuse with other shows. Animation shouldn’t really make or break your experience with an anime, but in this show’s case, I really can’t imagine a different art style. With the simple characters and plot and the shortened episode length, the chibi designs suit Luluco and her friends well. Sound Sound design is tolerable; really, the voice acting is what stands out in this category. I know some people may be turned off by many of the characters shouting all the time, but with a show like this, I feel like it only makes sense for middle schoolers traveling through space and morphing into guns to be a bit louder than most. Characters In all honesty, the characters aren’t exactly unique, but again, they fit well into the environment presented to them and get the job done. Luluco is your typical goody two-shoes, Midori is your standard “bad girl”, Luluco’s father is passionate about his work and his daughter, and Over Justice just wants to serve justice where it’s needed. Luluco and Over Justice are the two worthwhile characters from this show because you’d never expect a cloaked skeleton with a flaming skull to be in a show like this and Luluco (as mentioned by other characters) is just a naïve, lovestruck middle schooler. Conclusion Space Patrol Luluco could easily be considered a niche anime, as it does some wild things, but mostly in moderation; when ou boil it down, it’s a superficial slice of life with elements of sci-fi and police stuff. If you’re just starting out with anime or you’ve been with the medium for a long time, it may be difficult to appreciate it to its fullest extent. However, if this sounds interesting to you or you’re just looking for something new, I wouldn’t be against giving this one a try.
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