Chibi Devi Episode 2
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Series Premise: Chibi Devi is a five-minute-long weekly animated television series based on a shoujo comedy manga by Hiromu Shinozuka, started in October 2011. Honoka is a lonely middle school girl without friends, until one day she wakes up to find a baby in her bed…who also happens to be a fire-breathing devil.
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Very Quick Episode Summary: Confused by what to do with baby Mao, Honoka invites her gay friend Kyou over. But tagging along with Kyou is the abrasive Shin, whom Honoka fears. After a display of Mao’s powers, Kyou ducks out unexpectedly, leaving Honoka alone with Kyou. When they aren’t looking, Mao wanders off.
My Impressions: Hey, hey! I am now finally getting around to reviewing the second episodes of all the shows from the Fall 2011 Television Season that received a “thumbs up” — let’s see what shows survive to the next round!
And who would have thought that Chibi Devi would survive past the first round…but now also the second round? Well, a very *mild* thumbs-up, because it was only mildly (and inoffensively) entertaining. Perhaps the fact that it is only five minutes long helps, in that there is not enough time to become repetitive and tiresome.
At the most basic level, it has the same concept of the hugely popular anime/manga series Beelzebub, which I panned fairly early on (after the second episode, I think). Beelzebub was just so over-the-top *shonen*, extremely loud and extremely active, like watching a herd of eight-year-old boys in action…largely because that is actually the target audience for that show. Combine that with a whole raft of obnoxious, unlikeable characters (the main character being the worst of all), and it made for an unpleasant experience.
Chibi Devi, on the other hand, is a *shoujo* comedy, aimed at young girls. Tone down the fast and furious action and physical comedy by an order of magnitude, and replace the ultra-in-your-face outcast main character with a shy, reticent, insecure young girl. Much, much, much better, and much, much, much more watchable.
Now, the sixty-four-dollar question is whether this little appetizer of a show will develop enough of a plot to be worth watching. There really isn’t much to Chibi Devi, and I’m also way outside the target demographic. The characters (so far) are decent enough, albeit entirely inoffensive and unoriginal. We’ll see, but let’s just say I’m not holding my breath.
- My earlier reviews of the series:
- Episode 1 (December 18)
- Info resources:
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I’ll just get to the point quickly. This episode was just as bad as the first. Maybe even worse since it only really served to introduce Kyou and Shin; and Shin is THE MOST ANNOYING CHARACTER EVER.” – Moeronpan
- “Chibi Devi continues to be adorable but it is starting to fall prey to some shoujo tendencies that I really can’t stand. ” – Oshii Anime
- …Um. That’s all I could find.
ROUND TWO (Second Episode) RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Un-Go, Chibi Devi
Thumbs-down for Round Two: None yet.
Coming up next: 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 Ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose, gdgd Fairies