Type: TV series
Sassi and Arumi are best friends that live in the same neighborhood. Arumi's father gets a better job and Arumi is going to move away. There is a lot of new construction going on and this is disrupting the flow of the energy in the shoutengai. Traumatic events happen that send both Arumi and Sassi into alternate versions of their world. Will they make it home? Will they be able to find out why there are all these versions with their family and friends?
The alternate versions are all puns on pop society. They are humerous at first but get repetitive twords the end of the series as every episode has the exact same premise. The quirks of each area are very funny and the story is entertaining. There are some plot twists that redeem the anime, but most of them come as an epiphany to the characters so far after the watcher has figured them out.
At first all the characters seem very 2 dimentional, but they do get more rounded out as the series progresses. Some traits you find annoying and it turns the character to almost unlikable. There are some characters that I found never really redeemed themselves.
Its mediocre animation. It seems like a run of the mill art work, nothing that really jumps out at you from the screen. The back drops are pretty generic, and the characters remind me of pre-existing ones. (Compare Munimuni to Naga in animation).
Voice acting, music (7/10)
Again nothing really jumped at me about the voice acting. It all just seemed to run together like any other anime I've seen. Didn't find anything unique about any thing.
The anime was very middle of the road. Nothing really unique. I found the series very reptetitive and the twists are figured out well in advance of the characters. It is just a spoof of different pop culture facets. Its an anime I'd say I'd watch once, but thats about it. The humor is fun at first, but gets old quickly and the series wears out its novelty fast.
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