(Originally published on Livejournal on 12/3/10)
Prism Magical: Prism Generations Special
What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every new subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring and Summer 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s Prism Magical: Prism Generations, an animated special released on August 27th to promote the game of the same name. The story centers around a boy that discovers his father is actually a transforming “magical girl”, and he follows in his footsteps joining a magical girl team to fight evil himself.
tl;dr review: Henpecked boy battles in magical girl outfit; But really, it’s all about the boobies.
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Episode Summary: Three girls are talking about the size of their breasts while relaxing in a hot spring when a peeping tom is discovered…and it happens to be the fourth member of their team, a boy named Raika. As punishment, Raika is forced to wash the domineering one’s back while blindfolded, various events happen leading to embarrassing results, ha-ha. A threat is detected nearby, and everyone transforms into their magical girl outfits for battle. Turns out the threat is Raika’s father and some other freaky dude in magical girl outfits battling it out; they stop them and discover they are carrying a camera and spying on them. The end.
My Thoughts: Back before the dawn of time, before the world wide web was a twinkle in anyone’s eye, I was a young boy of about eleven or twelve years old growing up in the suburbs. At that time, the way we would get our first look at (gasp!) nude girls was if one of our friends found their father’s stash of secret Playboy or Penthouse magazines. We would all gather around one of these treasures when no one was looking and excitedly point and giggle and marvel at the nude pictures. Okay, got that scenario painted in your mind? Well, this show is pretty much aimed at that kind of tittering pre-adolescent schoolboy that would find fun in gleefully pointing and saying “Tee-hee, look! Boobies!”
Forget the actual story, this short animated special (promoting an adult video game) is really about showing off some flesh for yuks. In fact, it was a bit challenging getting reasonable screen captures to show because about half the time the characters are walking around naked with their comically-bouncing boobies hanging out. That being said, I can understand the potential for some major LULZ based on the story premise itself: An unwilling boy that is forced to transform as part of a magical girl team? That’s just brimming with humor possibilities — but this animated short does *nothing* to meet up with that potential. Swing and a miss!
The Verdict: — Ug. Show Make Brain Hurt.
For more info:
aniDB Entry: http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=7945
Bouncy opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FndN4L6E8KA&feature=related
Going backwards again, there are a handful of shows from the Spring and Summer 2010 Season that slipped through the cracks: G.A. Geijutsuda Art Design Class OVA, Detective Conan Movie: The Lost Ship, Bohemian Rhapsody featuring Leiji Matsumoto, Planzet Movie, Tatami Galaxy Special, Shin Koihime Mousou OVA