Hidden Frog #12 — Law of Animated Transvestites

March 25th, 2010

 

For any male in a dress, no matter how obviously male, there will always be at least one man who falls in love with them.

Impressions:

Oh lord. I have to admit that episode was pretty hilarious. If they were going to just make a throwaway gag episode to end the show, I’m glad that they made it a funny one. That still doesn’t make up for the awful real ending last week, but at least I’ve got something positive to remember now when I think about this show. Nemuru and Mana was probably the weakest of the three segments since it was the same joke of her misunderstanding and imagining the frog-rabbit world as some kind of horrible dark place, but at least it ended with Stupidhead getting eaten by a fangy frog-rabbit. I’m also fairly sure that I won’t be able to stop laughing the next time any other show brings up… ICED COFFEE. The fact that Hiro now carries around a little spray bottle of orange juice to prevent himself from being molested is also worthy of a few unintentional chuckles.

Final thoughts at the bottom.

 

Preview:

We’ll just ignore episode 12 for the sake of the wrapup here.  

The two core problems with the show is that it never actually went anywhere and the lead character was godawful. When his big crowning moment of triumph in the story is the declaration of "I have no idea what’s going on!" there are serious problems. The story also never actually developed into anything above and beyond the first couple episodes. There are wolf/god things, they go crazy around certain people. And that’s it. They’re never explained beyond that, they’re never resolved, Nemuru is still assumably wandering the streets at night killing the ones that go out of control, except now everybody in the town knows about it? Instead, the plot veers off with a poorly explained villain with poorly explained plans who is stopped by an undeveloped character who really never even had those scars explained either.

At least the production was solid throughout and AIC did a very good job with the music. They’ve really turned it around on the technical side lately after years and years of horribly made stuff like Lovely Idol, Tokimemo, Ninomiya, and Yoichi. It’s a shame that they couldn’t fit an actual plot or story to this one. Most of the entertainment comes from the sheer ridiculousness of so many parts of what happens, especially them trying to sell the idea that Stupidhead turns people into pedophile rapists that can only be stopped by the power of oranges.

Overall though, I give it a hearty meh. It was intriguing at the start because there was the promise of a deeper mystery somewhere, but since that never actually developed, most of the enjoyment came from mocking it. Unless you’re getting a group together to drink every time that Hiro does something stupid or nearly gets raped, there’s really very little at all worth watching here.

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8 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Avisch says:

    Considering how I couldn’t get past 3 episodes of this. I find this review quite kind.

    Atleast Ninomiya had direction and moe to fawn over.

  • kenuran says:

    This anime made me feel like I was watching a prototype of Higurashi…

    …even though this came out years after Higurashi.

  • Aroduc says:

    I just meant technical production. For the things that Ninomiya et all did right, they were… not exactly the pinnacle of animation or artwork.

  • sage says:

    I got maid Kaname.

    I shouldn’t complain.

  • Kresnik says:

    Maybe the key to success is to bend Ryukishi07’s scenario and make a new story altogether..

  • Avisch says:

    Ahh ok. That is true.

  • TOP2NE1 says:

    Traps are the new black.

  • Roze says:

    What the !? … is this really last episode -.- !?