Sengoku Paradise Kiwami Episode 1
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Series Premise: Sengoku Paradise Kiwami is a series of short anime videos starting in October 2011, based on the mobile phone game of the same name. They are short, humorous skits based on the historic Japanese figures from the “warring states” period in the late sixteenth century.
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Spoiler-free Series set-up: A monkey shows its butt. Some child-like warrior dude is having fun at a festival. Another muscle-bound warrior dude tries to hold up a carriage by himself. Another warrior dude whips up an awesome feast. …Honestly, I don’t have a clue what is going on…
My Impressions: I think the directors were given a challenge: “Try to make something that is less funny and more inscrutable than last year’s abomination, Tono to Issho.” And by gum…they succeeded!
The premise for the two shows is essentially the same — they are both set in the 1580’s in Japan, featuring some of the most well-known and beloved tough guys in history. Each show is just a few minutes long, comprised of ridiculous gags and jokes that poke fun at the characters. Also, trying to watch each show is an absolute chore, as each episode is devoid of the very concepts of humor and coherence.
Nope, didn’t get it. Nor do I care to figure it out, either, to see what I may be missing. Maybe this is some sort of special brand of humor that only a “true Japanese” person steeped in the intricacies of history and culture can appreciate…but I doubt it. Nah, I think it’s Just Plain Bad.
Now that I come to think about it, I do not recall *any* of the short-form (one to five minutes) anime shows like this in the past two years that I can recommend. Not. A. Single. One. They invariably range from the inconsequential to the pointlessly unfunny to the downright stupid. This is nothing more than the latest example in a long line of cheaply produced, quick gag shows that fails to tickle my funny bone.
- First episode on Youtube.
- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Tono to Issho or Gag Manga Biyori.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “There are some good jokes in this episode. But to be honest, this doesn’t seem like a show with much staying powers, and this was likely the best episode of the series. The characters are bound to get dull after more than 3 minutes (yes, these episodes are only 3 minutes long), the jokes are of the type that get old when they’re already repeated once and I don’t think that the creators have enough ideas to keep this one fresh.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- That’s it. No other reviews that I could find on teh interwebs.
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, Kyousou Giga, Gdgd Fairies, Toradora OVA, Blue Exorcist: Kuro no Iede
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman, Digimon Xros Wars Season 2, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Hidamari Sketch SP, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai OVA, Queen’s Blade Premium Visual Book, Dragonball Z: Episode of Bardock, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami
Coming up next: Sora no Kiseki, Lupin III Movie, Deadman Wonderland OVA, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru OVA