Katte ni Kaizou Episode 1
What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! — I’m taking a look at the first episode of every show from the Spring 2011 anime season that has been subtitled, and giving it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. For more information about me and my reviews, click here.
Series Premise: Katte ni Kaizou is a three-episode Original Video Animation series with the first episode released on May 25, 2011, based on a very long running manga series of the same name by Koji Kumeta, the creator of Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei. Kaizou Katsu is a teenager who believes he is a cyborg saved by his classmate, Suzu Saien. A firm believer in every conspiracy theory possible, Kaizou and his fellow members of the school science club, get caught up in all sorts of trouble around the school.
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ep. tl;dr review: A bottle full of dicks, dream delusions, and peeing in the pool; It all adds up to a huge disappointment.
Episode Summary: Katsu Kaizou is not your average seventeen year old — he believes he is a cyborg, saved by his classmate Suzu Saien whom he thinks is a super scientist. Along with the other members of the school science club, Kaizou believes every conspiracy theory he comes across, and leads the team in the most unusual of investigations. When a rogue group of poetry vandals spread their poems all over people, he uncovers the source as a group of three naked men. Well, almost naked…as they run around the school with glass bottles attached to their dicks. In the second (unrelated) story, a girl pleads for them to investigate where she is the subject of various “delusions”, as Kaizou is revealed as the head of a secret society of dreamers. The third (also unrelated) story has the uber-geek Chitan as he tries to show off his prowess in the swimming pool, but ends up being accused of peeing in the pool. Uh, the end?
My Reaction: I wanted to like this show. I really, really wanted to like this show. I tried, but after being accosted with several minutes of penis jokes, I knew that wasn’t going to happen.
While thematically very different from Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, I bring it up because the animation style with the unusual pacing and camera angles was very similar. And the artwork style is quite interesting as well. But when you get to the actual “story”, oh god it is a mess. There really isn’t a story per se, just a setting with a bunch of short skits involving the characters — in this case three completely unrelated stories. The first story with the guys prancing around with glass bottles affixed to their ramalamadingdongs, and it was basically downhill from there. It was just quick joke after quick joke, like a bunch of monkeys flinging poo at you to see what sticks. Unfortunately, these monkeys are almost blind, so almost nothing sticks. For a series based on jokes, there was very little of teh funny.
Given that this was the series made by the guy who also produced “Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei”, which I have heard positive buzz about, I was looking forward to Katte ni Kaizou. Unfortunately I just left disappointed at the unfunny, confusing and low-brow humor. Given that there were TWENTY SIX VOLUMES of the manga, and this is what they decided to lead off the anime OVA with? Bah. Bah, I say!
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- A Sampling of the Blog-Roll of Reviews:
- “Everything is so incredibly stupid, and nothing, literally nothing, makes sense. It is, however, incredibly hilarious, and the perverted jokes are ridiculous but incredibly funny.” – Angry Anime Bitches
- “I’ll say this straight. This is crap. I can’t believe I spent my precious 30 minutes on a crap like that. The only reason I bear to watch it till the end is because of Kaizou’s seiyuu, who keep me thinking ‘I know this voice! But who?’ the whole time. Turns out it’s Takahiro Sakurai. What.” – Heiji Hatsutori
- “Ranging from ducks being bottled up with an accompanying model ship to beating up a “friend” for pissing in the pool, I found it quite hard to crack a laugh, if not a nervous chuckle. In perspective, it was quite expected that there be similarities to Zetsubou Sensei and the art style vaguely gave hints to such a resemblance, especially with the author and his seemingly awkward plot ideology.” – Tsundere Blog
SPRING 2011 ROUND ONE RESULTS!
- First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-up: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Dog Days, Moshidora, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, A Channel, Sengoku Otome: Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari
- First Episodes from the Spring 2011 Season receiving a thumbs-down: Sket Dance, Softenni, Happy Kappi, Astarotte’s Toy, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera, Inazuma Eleven Go, Hidan no Aria, Suzy’s Zoo Daisuki Witzy, Seikon no Qwaser Season 2, The World God Only Knows Season 2, Toriko, Maria Holic Alive, 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku, Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Fairy Tail OVA, Plastic Nee-san, Yu-Gi-Oh: Zexal, Nana to Kaoru OVA, Shukufuku no Campanella OVA, Gintama, Tono to Issho: Gantai no Yabou, Hen Zemi, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, Honto ni Atta Reibai Sensei, Senjou no Valkyria 3, Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA, Amagami SS OVA, Katte ni Kaizou
- Coming up next (in this order – 47 down, 8 to go!): Digimon Xros Wars Second Season, Seibu Tetsudou Ekiin Tako-chan, Highschool of the Dead OVA, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt OVA, Detective Conan OVA 11, Kung Fu Cooking Girls, Appleseed XIII, Asobi ni Iku yo OVA