Thursday, 29 January 2015

Anime Review: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (also known by the Japanese title 美男高校地球防衛部LOVE!, Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu Love) is basically a much needed genderswap spoof of the entire magical girl anime genre! Think if the cast of something like Sailor Moon or Tokyo Mew Mew were all men (without really changing much else plot wise) and this is what you get.
So far I've only seen the first two episodes but am loving it. It's pretty much the spoof you never knew you needed to see till you see it. There is just something absolutely hilarious about a bunch of men transforming Sailor Moon style at the phrase "love making" into fancy magical girl-style outfits waving around pretty staves and chanting cheesy phrases... something even the characters themselves remark at and seem to find absolutely ridiculous. There are also obvious sexual innuendoes throughout battle scenes especially with names like "Love Stick" and "Love Shower" being thrown around during the fights.

Additionally, despite being a blatant parody of the magical girl genre, the start of the anime and general story-writing in the anime is nowhere near as cliche as a lot of magical girl animes tend to be! The story itself is centred around the a group of boys in the "Earth Defense Club" at Binan High School (could possibly be a Haruhi Suzumiya reference?) who one day encounter a talking wombat who is a parody of familiar animal sidekicks (think Artemis and Luna from Sailor Moon and Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magica) appear out of nowhere whilst discussing oden (it's a Japanese dish for those who don't know) at a public bath and later chase them around whilst possessing their teacher.
They are later told in the first episode that they are "Heirs to the Throne of Love" and find out they have magical powers they must use to save the world when a classmate is turned into a chikuwabu monster (which looks oddly phallic).
If you're a fan of the magical girl genre or just really enjoy funny animes with outlandish plots then I highly recommend you check out Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!. It's definitely one of the more fun and light-hearted shows out there and whilst it's still too early to give a definitive answer in regards to things such as character development and story progression, from what we've seen so far it does seem promising.
This is definitely a series to keep your eye on!


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