Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise Episode 1
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Series Premise: Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise is a 12-part weekly television series aired between July and September 2011, a sequel to a 2008 2-part OVA series, based on a Japanese gambling slot machine game. Haruka and Aoi are two Japanese junior high school girls, who have the ability to transform into superpowered magical girls and fight evil!
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ep. tl;dr review: Two girls transform and fight evil; Hackneyed, phone-it-in sub-par magical girl show not worth the effort.
Spoiler-free Episode Summary: Haruka is the bright and bubbly junior high school girl who is full of pep and vigor. Her bestest friend in the whole wide world is Aoi, the demure, reticent girl with the inexplicably big, bouncing boobs. Together, they are students by day, but secretly they are also “Twin Angel” magical girls, who can transform into color-coded uniforms and battle the bad guys! When a giant robot attacks the school, the principal calls on them to protect a magical tiara. Can they defeat the Team Rocket Clones and their secret weapon that turns them into catgirls? Or will they need Tuxedo Mask to come to the rescue?
My Impressions: Wait a darn minute. Is this 1985? Because after watching this, I could swear that someone set the Wayback Machine a quarter of a century and I’m watching some lowbrow magical girl transformation show that was cutting edge decades ago, but has been so overdone and worn out in 2011 that it’s just…tiring to watch.
Seriously…Not. Worth. The. Effort.
Pretty much every possible cliche that is endemic to the magical girl genre that has been pounded into the ground over the past three decades is present, as if they went down a checklist to include every element they could identify. Not only that, but done quite poorly, without imagination or interest, like they were just going through the motions. Look, I may not be a fan of magical girl shows (AT ALL), but even I can recognize there is a wide spectrum of quality, and this falls on the bottom end of that spectrum. This is just substandard in just about every aspect, there’s so many other formulaic magical girl shows that are better. Even if they were trying to parody the magical girl genre, they missed the mark, only coming across as a sad example of that they wanted to parody. Not worth watching…unless as part of a drinking game.
An interesting note: This series is actually based on a pachisuro game, which is a strange cross between a pachinko and slot machine. Could this be the first anime show based on such a game? I know there are some shows that have been borne out of pachinko games (like this year’s Rio Rainbow Gate and Sengoku Otome: Time Paradise), a very close cousin.
- First episode (and entire series) on Crunchyroll.
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, Wikipedia.
- If you like this, you might also like: Heartcatch Precure or Saint Tail.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Wow is this indulgent anime at its finest. Blatant fan-pandering, a cookie-cutter magical girl series plot, an extremely cutesy style, etc. etc. And yet… I actually think I like this series. Grade: 3/5.” – Moeronpan
- “This anime steals its plot and characters from other, better anime. It has fanservice, the animation is lack luster, and by all accounts I should hate it, but I don’t. The anime seems more like a parody of traditional Magical Girl anime, than a member of the genre. And I like it because it made me laugh so much at how strange and bizarre it was. Grade: 2/5.” – The Ultimate Otaku
- “Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise is not very original to say the least. Many things are very obviously taken from other shows…Unlike some people who dislike anything smacking of ripping off something I don’t think it necessarily makes it a bad show. It kind of gives me a nostalgic feeling.” – Nerd Age
- “This episode tries to take itself seriously while pulling a number of horses who have long since been beaten to death…This episode was full of the plot devices that nowadays only appear in parodies. They’ve been long since beaten to death that writers don’t even bother with them anymore, and here this show comes and expects them to still make sense. Potential: 20%.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Kaitou Tenshi isn’t bad because it has outlandish scenarios, intentionally cookie cutter characters, horrendous dialogue, or gratuitous fanservice. It’s bad because it somehow takes all these elements and makes them as boring as physically possible, seemingly on purpose. It’s a giant “Fuck you” to the audience for watching it, and no matter what, nothing should be praised for that.” – Shinde Iie
- “The show has stupid written all over it. There is a tuxedo mask rip off, the standard nude transformation scene, enemies who are after items, etc, etc. In fact the shows is full of magical girl tropes, but I cannot tell if it is supposed to be a parody of the genre or just a flat out rip off of the genre. Nothing in this show goes above mediocre from the character designs, the animation, and even the music. Grade: 2/5 (if you don’t take it seriously) or 1/5 (if you do).” – Janai Blog
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Busou Shinki: Moon Angel, Blood-C, Mawaru Penguindrum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Dantalian no Shoka, Uta no Prince-sama, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Kamisama no Memochou, Nurarihyon no Mago Season 2
Thumbs-down for Round One: Double J, Morita-san wa Mukuchi, Mayo Chiki, Nyanpire the Animation, Carnival Phantasm, Copihan, Yuruyuri, The Idolmaster, Sacred Seven, Manyuu Hikenchou, Blade, Higurashi no Naku Koko no Kira, Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, Twin Angel Twinkle Paradise
Coming up next: Baby Princess 3-D, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Second Season, Rou Kyuu Bu, R-15, Oretachi ni Tsubasa OVA, Astarotte no Omocha EX, Touhou Project: Gensou Mangekyou, Kid the Phantom Thief Special