Beginning Review: Chibi Devi

So the premise of this anime is that a sad, lonely, picked-on 14 year old girl is sad and lonely.  Then she wakes up with a baby in her bed. She is flustered and OMG-ing, but then she puts the baby in a Godzilla-esque ADORABLE costume, goes out and then he lays some vengeful smack down on the pair of bitches that were picking on her.

End ep. 1. I know, right? So it’s a comedy, kinda gag filled and silly.  You know, lighthearted and foolish.  I think it’s pretty funny.  The episodes are really short, 5 minutes each, including the short and hilariously non-verbose opening theme song.  You meet more characters and wacky fire-breathing baby adventures ensue. Personally, I think it’s pretty funny.  The pace is fast fast, which is good for a comedy, and it has to be with such a short episode.

Fair warning – There is a lot of this kind of shot in this show.

The art is SO VERY reminiscent of Daa! Daa! Daa! that I don’t know what to do with myself (other than watch that old ass fun alien baby show again). Overall, the art and animation are not good, but they’re not pull-your-hair-out bad either.  There are definitely moments of *twitching* for me though. Just don’t expect much.  It’s a silly comedy.

Overall, I am enjoying this show as a fun fluffy comedy.  It’s a quick laugh or two and it’s worth the five minutes each episode.  Is it brilliant?  No.  Is it amazing? No.  Will it go down in history? I dunno yet.  But it’s fun and that’s what entertainment is for, yes? Being entertained.

That said, there is something really creeping me out about shy lonely girl’s problems being solved by having a baby.  In real life, having a baby to solve sadness and loneliness is a very bad thing to do, and it is not healthy for babies, but people do it a lot.  Granted, I doubt they’re 14-year-olds, but I have met people who have done this and I have seen a lot of media depictions of this idea and it bothers me.  No good at all, please erase it from the collective culture. Or at least show that it’s actually really bad, and that postpartum depression kills. Being depressed pre-partum is bad too.  But we’ll see how this show plays out, and hope for the best.

Also, If you’re desirous of more baby-antic entertainment, you should watch Beelzebub.  This is also about a demonic baby that shows up and causes antics, but is so very, very shounen (whereas chibi devi is shoujo).  It’s fun to compare and contrast, and Beelzebub is hilarious! I love it.

And check out the classic and wonderful Daa! Daa! Daa! This is a shoujo comedy from forever ago about an alien baby.  So premises similar, so far the antics are kinda similar, and Daa! Daa! Daa! is nostalgic good times for me. Plus, there is a truck load of both shows (30+ Beelzebub and nearly 80 Daa!).

Review: Kuroshitsuji II

The show starts off with some impressive animation.  The opening sequence is lovely, though the first time I saw this show I was disappointed in the lack of Sebastian in the opening and so put off watching it.  But never fear! There are two openings that interchange, and the most common one is Sebastian filled.

The lovely animation continues in the first episode, which seems geared up to blow their budget to impress.  First, it introduces us to a new boy-master, Alois and his new butler, Claude. Right off the bat it is obvious that they are not copy-pasted versions of Sebastian and Ciel, since their personalities are radically different, as is their dynamic.  They are still interesting, since clearly Alois is not a good person, but rather twisted and a bit insane.  Whereas Ciel is arguable a perfectly fine person, if a bit cynical and ruthless.

One of the things I loved about Ciel and Sebastian’s dynamic was the utter trust Ciel had in Sebastian. Remember the last few episodes of the first series (if you haven’t watched it, DAMMIT WATCH THE FIRST SERIES BEFORE THINKING ABOUT WATCHING THE SECOND), his trust and faith in Sebastian, never opening his eyes?  Fantastic entertainment.  Delicious delicious character interaction.  That had the fan girl in mean drooling and squealing.  I really feel like without their wonderful interactions, Sebastien is nothing but an run-of-the-mill Mary Sue.  His pride, his pomp, his flashes of jealousy and possessiveness, all of these wonderful little details here and there that make him imperfect only come out in the context of Ciel. His limits are Ciel’s orders (a delicious plot point in this show, FYI). So I really feel like the entire allure of the show rides on the character interactions, specifically the master-butler/demon-prey one they’ve got going on.

And with much sparkly-eyed enthusiasm, I got to the point in the first episode where Sebastian shows up.  Interesting things ensued! (with a much smaller seeming animation budget, but not so bad it’s bothersome).  The second episode almost reverts to the earlier episodes of the first show, giving fans more Ciel and Sebastian.  I rejoiced. It’s pleasantly fluffy (though the applause is distracting to me).  The show continues exploring what’s up with Ciel, why he ain’t dead yet, and the new characters (who are a good deal of the plot).

So, if you loved the first, REJOICE!  There is more where that came from, everyone you loved in the first as well as introducing a new butler-master pair that provide the conflict.  Which! Is different but it has its good and bad points, and really, I think it will vary from person to person as to whether that is okay or not with them. Personally, I LOVED it, and prefer the ending of the second series that leaving it at where the first leaves off, though I am still left hankering for more. I don’t want to spoil it so I won’t, but really, there is a much more satisfying ending than, Mmmm, dinner! Now everything is over. And the second show has it. IF you watched the first, watch the second! If you haven’t watched the first, don’t if you’re easily squicked out by pedophile-tastic slashy boys, or if you aren’t in BL. If you are, this is a shining example of the genre that is insanely popular and making a fuckton of money for a reason — it’s entertaining!