chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Secret Santa! Ippatsu Hicchuu!! Devander

For one of my Anime-Planet Secret Santa anime choices I was given this lovely strange ova treat. I'm pretty impressed with my Santa for finding this "gem" that I haven't seen yet... Not too sure if I'm happy I saw this though...

COW ALIENS!!

Human and horse meet robot and mecha horse!

What's with the arms on that horse?! D:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Very random
  • Makes fun of mecha series
  • Onii-chan can do it dance
  • Mecha horse
  • Space cows

Oh tell me what to do lord Haro Ball!

Being scared means being naked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's wrong creepy horse?!

Negative Points

  • Very random
  • Ugly as sin character designs
  • Scary "normal" horse
  • Pulls random shit out of no where
  • Goes no where

Peddle with all your might!

AIM FOR GOLD!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are fail "winning" balls...

Why chii thinks you should watch it

This OVA was created in commemoration of Tatsunoko Productions 50th anniversary. Clearly to make fun of all the other mecha series they have done. If like me, you like strange random ova's that are short this is for you. Cow aliens coming to Earth for who knows what reason should be good enough to draw you in but I'll tell you a little more. A boy of course is the only one that can save the Earth, so says a Gundam Haro like ball with a mecha HORSE! Luck is the best way to defeat these cows and powers the horse. This of course is done by using one of those ball machines that we always see in anime where if you get a gold ball or any colour other than white you win a cruise or a trip to a hot spring or something fun! If all that wasn't WTF enough for you the boy gets to wear a power suit while he goes for the gold but he must stay positive or else the suit will disappear and he will be butt naked... It happens a lot... When a loosing ball comes out these strange little beings emerge and fight but don't do so well. They are like pawns I guess? The winning ball beings aren't much better looks wise but at least they are powerful and can defeat the cow foes! Will those pesky cows try to invade again?? Maybe we'll find out in another 50 years...

Time to regroup!

I dunno why your luck isn't working either...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN DO IT ONIICHAN!!

Oh boy those gold balls.........

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Mermaid & Memory 1964

Mermaid or in Japanese Ningyo is one of Osamu Tezuka's short experimental movies. Memory also happens to be one of his short movies that was created in the same year. Both are very different but will make you wonder and think hard about what the message was. Mermaid is about a boy who likes to daydream but others don't understand this and extreme measures are taken for his sanity. Memory is about memories!

Positive Points

  • 14 minutes to watch both
  • Will make you think
  • Arty

Negative Points

  • Arty
  • Memory is really weird

Why chii thinks you should watch it

Well seeing little pieces of moving history is always a good thing. Especially two that were done by the Godfather of Anime! More of his shorts are floating around so you should seek those out too! Mermaid has no talking which is pretty standard for shorts of the time yet it does a really good job imagery wise. It impressed me greatly with how it looks. It's actually really stunning. Memory does have talking but it is way more out there thought wise unlike Mermaid. Memory leaps from the thoughts of love, work, and war. Even extending to a time where humans might not even be on the Earth anymore. Wacky stuff awaits by the end of it. TOILETS!!

Yup toilet culture!

Further reactions to these MOVIES:

NONE AT THIS TIME

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon 1963

The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon or in Japanese Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji is one of the first fully animated coloured movies in Japan. It is about a boy named Susano, who is a God, his mother has just pass away so he is determined to go and find her. His father of course refuses to indulge in this journey. After a long tantrum Susano awakes on the beach to see his mothers spirit. After a heart to heart talk she magically gives him a necklace that will protect him from danger. Susano still wishes to go and see his mother in this very far away land called Heaven that she'll be staying at. She too tries to persuade him not to look for her but Susano of course sets off on a journey to find her after building his very own boat. Many adventures await him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Considered a classic
  • Dubbed
  • Cute story
  • Decent action
  • Feels very Disney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative Points

  • Animal sidekicks
  • Feels very Disney
  • Convenient things happen for Susano to succeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why chii thinks you should watch it

If you are a fan of movies this is a must see. It not only is one of the first coloured anime, it looks pretty darn great considering it was made in 1963. While the story and action/adventure aspect of the movie is pretty generic it still manages to keep the viewer entertained. At least I was. The music really helped with that as it is amazing. I kinda wish that the rabbit wasn't so annoying that goes with Susano on his journey but I think that was mostly the dub's fault. After all having it just be Susano going on this journey would have been pretty lame. So yeah go and check it out! It is only an hour and a half so it is no longer than an early Disney movie. It isn't the greatest thing ever but it won't be a waste of your time either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Secret Santa! Guyver: Out of Control

For my Anime-Planet Secret Santa I was given Guyver. Being the way I am I wanted to watch it all. So that includes this glorious OVA from the 80's. This is one of the "best" cult anime classics I've ever seen! (haha no not really)

Ohhh what's that?

Umm yeah what did happen to you...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • Typical 80's ova
  • Dubbed
  • Blood, guts, extreme violence, and gore
  • Tentacle action
  • Interesting concept
  • Evil corporation
  • Great for fans of the manga
  • Great taste to see if you want to get into Guyver further

Gross...

Negative Points

  • Felt rushed
  • Old
  • Stuff just happens with little explanation
  • Blood, guts, extreme violence, and gore
  • Tentacle action
  • If you aren't into typical 80's ova's stay away
  • Fans of the manga might be weirded out to see a chick Guyver
  • Fans of the manga might be disappointed because of an incomplete story

Ladies gotta watch out for those tentacles!

Guyver FIGHT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why chii thinks you should watch it

If you are a fan of terrible anime that is so bad it's good this ova is for you. Must be a fan of EXTREME violence, blood, guts, and gore! Loving cheesy as hell sci-fi is a must as well. I mean a human turns into this biogenetic alien of sorts and kicks other biogenetic aliens asses! And on top of that an evil corporation called Chronos is behind it ALL! Chronos is the most badass name for an evil company by the way. Love that! I wasn't lying when I said that this is clearly a cult classic. I know plenty of people that look back at this ova and still think it is the best thing ever... Wish I had some of what they're smoking...

How every 80's ova with monsters ends.

Further reactions to this OVA:

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chii’s Anime Snack of the Week: Secret Santa! Glass Mask

For my Reverse Thieves Secret Santa I was given Glass Mask. Being the way I am I wanted to watch it all. So that includes this OVA. I could have certainly lived without viewing this... I don't like plays, I don't care about actors and actress trying to make it big, nor the turmoil they face everyday battling against each other. *shakes her fist at her evil Secret Santa for suggesting this*

Maya has a gift for acting.

This crazy old bat sees Maya's talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Points

  • It's a good taste tester to see if you'll enjoy the series
  • If you like the entertainment business a lot it should please
  • Great if you have already seen the 1984 version and want a refresher

He's the best character in the entire series.

Negative Points

  • Brings nothing new to the table
  • Boring if you can't get into the characters
  • Feels rushed
  • If you don't care about the entertainment business the show will be boring

Mother and daughter are pretty different.

Why chii thinks you should watch it

It's good as a recap ova if you've seen the first series way back in the early 80s. Or it's good if you would like to see if you want to sit through the 51 episode remake made in 2005 if you haven't seen the old one. Otherwise I don't really have much to say about this ova. It was kinda torturesome of me to watch it right after my viewing of the 80s version. I felt like I was re-watching it only with a slightly better look. I only enjoyed one character, Masumi, because I liked his teasing of the main character Maya. If you like seeing the blood, sweat, and tears that actress go through to make it big while tearing through rivals and everything that stands in their way, this show is for you.

Mean rival is mean.

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