Breaking Down The Magical Girl Genre – Or Going on a Nostalgia Trip

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We know all the popular magical girl titles: Sailor Moon, Card Captor, Shugo Chara, and so on. We also know the parodies: Cute High Earth Defence and Is This A Zombie. We know the darker magical girl shows that are starting to emerge: Madoka Magica and every following magical girl show. So why are magical girls so popular when essentially every one of these stories is kind of identical at its core?

Is Destroying the World Actually A Decent Motive?

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"I want to destroy the world!" Um... you mean the world you are actually standing on and live on? How does that make sense? Is destroying the world actually a decent motive? First published June 2016.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Series Review: Will They Just Let The Franchise End Now?

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How much mileage can you get out of a parody concept of magical boys who don't really want to save the world? Well, this franchise has asked that question again and again but if there is one thing Happy Kiss has taught me, it is that Cute High Earth Defense Club Whatever needs to just stop now.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 12: Another Cash Grab Ends

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If I ever get around to writing a list of most pointlessly depressing sequels and follow ups, Happy Kiss is most definitely ending up on it. From start to finish this was pretty uninspired and pointless, and this final might as well not exist. I should have realised that final episode or not, this anime … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 12: Another Cash Grab Ends

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 11: He’s That Upset Over That?

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While I'm kind of used to this show trivialising things, particularly motivations, finally finding out the cause of Ata's deep rooted resentment was even more vapid than I had suspected. Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss has one more episode and then I will fortunately say goodbye to this one. The whole season has … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 11: He’s That Upset Over That?

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 10: The Silver Lining

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Well, the one thing I consistently liked about this anime, the song they use when transforming the monsters back, was butchered this weak by the geriatric versions of the cast. I'd call it quits but I'm thinking there's only like two episodes left. There was something that could have been quite funny about this episode. … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 10: The Silver Lining

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 9: Roll the Dice

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While this isn't the worst episode of this anime, that isn't exactly a resounding recommendation as we continue to get no plot development and a formulaic approach that has already worn out its welcome. It is festival time at the school and the club have to come up with a compelling activity because... reasons. Something … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 9: Roll the Dice

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 8: Endless Summer, Endless Formula

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While we're sticking true to pattern with this episode, it at least did have a few chuckles along the way and turning the usual anime summer antics on their head was kind of entertaining even if nothing else really changed. When the most remarkable thing about episode seven was that I managed to review it … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episode 8: Endless Summer, Endless Formula

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episodes 7: The Less Said

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Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss = make one episode and relocated it 5 times. This franchise had most definitely run dry with ideas and this latest version is clearly just a cash grab rather than an inspired redeployment of creativity. Seriously, Team Rocket (aka the student council) need a new battle plan already … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episodes 7: The Less Said

Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episodes 6: Rinse and Repeat

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I get that magical girl anime are formulaic at times, but a parody needs to do more than replay over and over again. We get the joke already.   This episode served as further evidence that the less actual plot an episode provides, the more likely we are to get a full transformation sequence. In … Continue reading Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss Episodes 6: Rinse and Repeat