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Rapid Fire Reviews: Winter 2013 Three-Minute Anime Premieres

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Five animes in fifteen minutes, but are any of them good?


According to Crunchyroll: Three girls in the manga club, Ai, Mai, and Mii, battle with evil Earth invaders, face off against rivals in tournaments, and might not actually draw any manga.

According to me: Ai-Mai-Mi has a fantastic outro, but that’s about all the only thing it has going for it. The jokes miss on all counts and the characters are completely one-dimensional. Skip

Judge for yourself: Crunchyroll (subscription required until 1/10)


According to Crunchyroll: “We’re going to launch a manga magazine! A team of girls with zero experience in manga editing are off and running toward their dream of creating the biggest manga magazine in Japan! They seem to do nothing but run into problems and failures… But still they’re working hard every day!”

According to me: Mangirl scores high marks for attempting to differentiate it’s 4-character cast, and humor occasionally passes as funny, though a dull story so far drags it down. I’ll give it another episode.

Judge for yourself: Crunchyroll (subscription required until 1/9)

Encouragement of Climb

According to Crunchyroll: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

According to me: Encouragement of Climb has great potential, but the 3-minute format really isn’t working for it. Another episode will need to be watched to accurately assess the show’s value.

Judge for yourself: Crunchyroll (subscription required until 1/9)

Boku-no-imoutowa “Osaka-okan”

According to Crunchyroll: Of all the residents of Osaka who lead interesting lives just by living normally, by far the most interesting of them all is the “Osaka Momma.” A little sister with this sort of “Osaka Momma” personality has just moved to Tokyo to live with her brother after living apart for ten years!

According to me: Boku-no-imoutowa has animation very reminiscent to early Flash cartoons. It’s just too bad that the rest of the show is a boring educational lesson in Osaka dialect. Avoid

Judge for yourself: Crunchyroll

Inferno CopInferno Cop

According to AnimeNewsNetwork: The story deals with those in this world who dwell in the dark, invisible to the naked eye. From time to time, these figures bare their fangs and attack people. Inferno Cop is a messenger of justice who came from the depths of hell to protect people from them.

According to me: Inferno Cop is what would happen if Perfect Hair Forever and Axe Cop had a baby. Absolutely hilarious. Watch them all

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