(Originally published on Livejournal on 10/28/10)
Anime Review in a Minute:
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Episode 1
Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!
tl;dr review: Magical girl detective team chases gentleman thieves; Without their powers they’re useless idiots.
The Skinny: Milky Holmes are a group of four famous pre-teen girl detectives that use their special abilities called ‘Toys’ to chase down equally-superpowered ‘Gentleman Thieves’. One night when battling against the jewel thief Arsene and her minions, lightning strikes and they lose their powers. Upon returning to the Sherlock Holmes Detective Academy, it turns out that without their Toys they are quickly reduced to the klutziest, least competent students in their class. Arsene (disguised as the student council president) and her group (also disguised on campus) keep a watchful eye on the four powerless students, who until now have received special considerations. But without their powers they are now stripped of their first-class treatment and must shape up within three months of they will be expelled.
My Thoughts: Oh boy, a magical girl show with color-coded cliche characters, just what I’ve always wanted! If I was an eight-year-old developmentally-challenged girl, that is. It’s all sparkly and bright and headache-inducing and insipid all at the same time. The four main character girls are insufferable little gits that you just want to punch in the face, and the villains are about as ridiculous as the old Batman serial bad-guys. And I should also add there are a few disturbing bits that would definitely NOT want me to recommend this to little girls, such as the pretty-boy teacher that wants nothing more than to rip off his shirt and talk about his rock-hard nipples, or the suggestive underage porn shots during the ending sequence, or the scantily-clad and well-rounded Arsene bouncing around. Seriously, what’s up with that?
For more info:
Mania Review: http://www.mania.com/tantei-opera-milky-holmes-episode-01_article_125726.html
Wikipedia Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantei_Opera_Milky_Holmes
Opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjf9FW95nNY
The Verdict: – Please, mommy, make it stop!
The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo
Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru
Up Next (not necessarily in this order): To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Bakuman, Yosuga no Sora, Arakawa Under the Bridge x2, Shinryaku Ika Musume, Sora No Otoshimono Forte, Tegami Bachi Reverse, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Yumeiro Patisseire Professional, Otome Yokai Zakuro, Kuragehime