Anime Review: Digimon Xros Wars Episode 1

(originally published on Livejournal on 8/6/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Digimon Xros Wars Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.

tl;dr review: Good-natured kid helps save Digimon creature; magically transported to a digital world where he gets involved in big war.

The Skinny: Spiky-Haired-Kid is just too nice, always willing to lend a helping hand, even if that means training so hard as a substitute in a basketball game that he collapses from exhaustion. Cute-Girlfriend chides him for pushing himself too far, they are met by Brush-Haired-Kid who says he wants to become his rival. Spiky-Haired-Kid hears a mysterious voice that leads him to a little creature. He finds a Magical-Electric-Shaver which tells him how to save the creature, and all of them are mysteriously teleported to a Magical Fantasy Land of Eskimos and Unicorns and other Weird Things. Little creature turns into Godzuki, annoying and loud and brash, and immediately gets tangled up in a battle. Using his Magical-Electric-Shaver again, Spiky-Haired-Kid poke-volves the annoying Godzuki into a big, silly-looking Gundam, and wins the battle. Now Spiky-Haired-Kid, Brush-Haired-Kid and Cute-Girlfriend are stuck in a strange new land they know nothing about.

My Thoughts: This is actually the *sixth* series in the kiddy show Digimon — frankly, if you’re already a fan you’re probably watching this anyway, and if you’re not then you’re not going to start here. I know almost nothing about Digimon, and by watching this I am not enticed to learn more. Looks like it involves ridiculous looking creatures with stupid-sounding names battling it out with specially-named attacks — all aimed at about the six-year-old level of intelligence. Well, there’s nothing wrong with the show itself — a kid’s show is a kid’s show, after all. But about the only reason you should be watching this is because your elementary school brother or nephew is a big fan and wants you to watch it with him.

For more info:

Ridiculously detailed Wikimon entry: http://wikimon.net/Digimon_Xros_Wars_-_Episode_01
My Anime List entry: http://myanimelist.net/anime/8624/Digimon_Xros_Wars
Official video trailer: http://digimonxroswars.com/2010/06/08/digimon-xros-wars-trailer-2/

The Verdict:

The tally for Summer 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Ookami-san, Highschool of the Dead, Mitsudomoe, The Occult Academy, Black Butler II, Kurenai OVA, Nurarihyon no Mago
Failing grade: Amagami SS, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Strike Witches 2, Shukufuku no Campanella, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Digimon Xros Wars

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Legend of Legendary Heroes, Sengoku Basara II, Asobi ni Iku yo, Shiki, Cat Shit One, Kaichu, Break Blade, Black Rock Shooter, Bungaku Shoujo Memoire, Zettai Karen Children OVA

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