Hi there, this is yukipapapa, the writer.
So it has finally started – the latest original anime presented by TRIGGER, the new and upcoming animation studio that has already produced hot animes like Kill la Kill and Little Witch Academia.
So what anime is TRIGGER going to produce this time? I’ve been itching to find out! This is it!
Now, let’s look at this anime together.
Synopsis: Episode 1
“I’m a super normal junior high school girl.”
Luluco, the main female character, lives in the Galaxy’s special alien habitant district OGIKUBO, which is a strange quarter where aliens and earth people are allowed to cohabit. Luluco is born and grew up here in OGIKUBO and she goes to the local junior high school like normal earth girls would do. All she wants in her life is being “normal,” but, one day, at the breakfast table, her humble dream shutters and crumbles.
Pre-marketing material of this show is covered with short and chubby characters in soft pastel colors, completed with a catch phrase: “My first love is big bang.”
So, naturally I was picturing some girly-pop love romance story. But, no, the show opens with slapstick nonsense comedies, and I just started feeling that his is not an ordinary cookie-cutter anime.
It’s only ten-minute long, but it delivers tight content plus surreal storytelling, and no short of satisfaction.
Highlight 1: Authentic and Unique Art Style
The show, from the opening to the ending, is jam-packed with Kaneda-esque ultra-unique graphic designs, which is what Director Imaishi is best at.
I love the fire flames dancing around the OGIKUBU district director, “Over Justice.” Because, the moving flames remind me of the final transformation of Gurren Lagann.
Also worth mentioning is Luluco’s hero transformation in the classroom. Not only is she cute about it but also does it come with funny punch lines. You can totally enjoy this show like an illustrated comedy show!
Highlight 2: American Slapstick
While Luluco and her dad are enjoying their breakfast together, her dad turned into an ice cube, and in the following scene, Luluco is talking to her dad’s boss, Mr. Over Justice, who’s very, uh, dramatic. Before she knows it, she transforms in the classroom to an over-sized gun and shoots at a classmate. The scene transitions emphasize on the static and dynamic contrast. This approach has been a staple technique since Panty & Stocking with Garter belt, and Kill la Kill. The same approach works pretty well in this animation too.
This show is dense with the amount of information and quick in storytelling. There are still too many mysteries to be solved in the story line… I can’t wait to see upcoming episodes to follow Luluco and her love interest!