Hello, this is Yukipapapa the writer.
So, the fourth episode of “Space patrols Luluco.” So far in the show, story took place in the school she goes to and the town she lives in. On the contrary, in this episode, pretty much everything happens in space. With the shift from a town to the Galaxy, the scale of the story and the visual altogether exponentially expands. The intense and deep story line moved me, over and over, and over again! Now let’s move on to the review part.
After taking up the responsibility of Space Patrol Officer, Luluco gradually feels comfortable with the new situation. Luluco and the fellow officers enjoy a short break during the assignments, but, it is quickly cut short. A catastrophic fate is approaching the town of Ogikubo…!
Highlight 1: What? Luluco’s Mother?
Luluco attempts to smash the approaching meteorite. To her surprise, from inside the meteorite a woman appears with cackling laughter and explosive wind. Luluco calls this high-tension person a mother.
Then I realized. Looking back at all previous episodes, sure, we know exactly what happened to Luluco’s father, but, there was no description whatsoever about her mother. From the dialogues they exchange in this episode, they seem to have lived separately for a long time. The woman addressed as “mother” quickly notices Luluco’s Space Patrol uniform, then, she takes Luluco away!
This outrageous mom – full of confidence, spirit, and power, reminds me of some memorable characters from different shows: Kamina, and maybe Simon from “Gurren Lagann,” as well as Ryuko or Satsuki from “Kill la Kill” and the like. To me, this mom, is the finest example of power house TRIGGER’s character design skill.
But wait, just who the heck is this blazing “mom” person? The moment she appeared on the screen she completely stole the spotlight from Luluco as the leading character. Is there any previous incident between this family and the Space Patrol Organization? What is she going to do with Luluco? So many puzzles. I can’t wait for the next episode.
Highlight 2: Comical VS Realistic Animation
It felt like the gap between two stylized animations is more evident than ever, upping the cuteness of each character. Inside a compact rocket cockpit, Luluco’s facial expressions cycle through millions of emotions. On the contrast, Midori is laid-back, smirking in rich confidence, which makes her look cuter than ever. As the rocket finally launches into the space, the following explosion, jet stream, white smoke and everything looks and feels real. When all these visuals and sounds come at you, I bet you feel you are there in the scene with them. I got goose bumps.
I looked at the staff roles, and there it is, a designer by the name Toshiyuki Sato covers both original illustration and animation director. Wow. A single person pulled out this high-quality animation production, huh? All by himself? Kudos. My hat’s off to you, man. I really dig the gap between comical animation and realistic visual effects. One-two punch!
Highlight 3: Midori and Over Justice is BFF
After having sent Luluko onto a space mission, Midori and Mr/ Over Justice, the Director-General enjoy playing some kind of board game together. I mean there is a nice chemistry between them… It is a heartwarming scene of an unusual couple – the former criminal and the head of the police organization. Aww.
Script: Hiromi Wakabayashi
Storyboard: Akira Amemiya
Direction: Hiroyuki Oshima
Animation Director/Original picture: Toshiyuki Sato