Change of pace, lunatics. We’ll be taking a break from EUREKA SEVEN and YU YU HAKUSHO for a week or so to catch up with a number of fine, new Funimation titles that have come to my doorstep. Read my thoughts on…
- SENGOKU BASARA: SAMURAI KINGS *** YAMADA'S FIRST TIME *** DRAGONBALL Z KAI
- CHAOS HEAD *** BUBBLEGUM CRISIS: TOKYO 2040 *** HETALIA: AXIS POWERS
- ONE PIECE *** ROSARIO + VAMPIRE
It pushes the super-deformed squish button more than I would’ve liked in the second half, but I was pleasantly surprised by how diverting this show was. It nicely reminded me of some of the better 80's romcoms (although, amusingly enough, I wouldn’t necessarily throw SPLASH into the comparison pool.) Credit’s due to the dub team for making all the set-up in the first half so entertaining in itself. You’re pretty much ready to follow this family around for anything after all the brownie points they earn in that portion of simple summer fun.
I don’t know if the Japanese have the same idiom about “sleeping with the fishes” in their gangsters’ parlance, but I feel like the wordplay fits together too handily for it to be a coincidence. This kid’s betrothed is a mermaid whose father is a yakuza boss and he’s pretty much prodding in him into a shotgun wedding where he’s… uh… pretty much going to have realize that phrase in a literal sense. There’d be simply too much cute, pan-Pacific serendipity for that to be a happy accident.
Getting back to the drawbacks, though, I’m usually the sort of guy who’s going to chide a series for not being as over-the-top as it could be, but I honestly wish this pilot would’ve exerted just a tad more restraint. I didn’t mind the chibi at first, but when it steadily started taking over the show, I was honestly hoping the crew could’ve taken some lessons from something like KING OF THE HILL about the value of understatement. Actually, even though I’d be down to toss this into the “interested” pile (though it’d be unlikely I’d ever get to continue it,) I can’t help but wish for it to be taken up by somebody like Mike Judge for an adaptation that tones things down some.
Watch this episode, "The Yakuza Wife" below and decide for yourself.