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CUTE HIGH EARTH DEFENSE CLUB LOVE #1 -- Special Review

A show about boys who defeat enemies by shooting “Love Showers” from their “Love Sticks.”

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In the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should say right off the bat that as the owner of a “Y” Chromosome, I was probably the wrong person to watch and review this show.

The only thing I can say about it is, looking at this series in a larger objective sense, I suppose it’s only fair that after decades of putting out shows featuring scantily-clad females, running around having all sorts of skimpily-clothed adventures in order to appeal to a male audience, Japan is finally beginning to produce shows like this (and also “Free”) which feature shirtless and scantily clad boys in order to appeal to their female audience.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander after all. And if shows like this end up attracting more female viewers, and make the world of anime a more diverse and inclusive environment…I suppose in the end I can only see that as a good thing.

Objective assessments aside, how did I personally feel about the show? Well…what can you say about a show that starts off by showing two naked guys sitting in a hot-tub, only to have a talking pink wombat from outer-space come splashing down into the water and inform the boys that they need to form a superhero team and defend the Earth with the power of love?

I was totally…on the edge of my seat when it was revealed that the boys’ upperclassmen in the snobby standoffish student council are secretly an “Earth Conquest Club” ruled by a talking green hedgehog. (Well, I was physically sitting in a chair anyway.)

And when the 5 boys the pink wombat selected to be superheroes transformed into magical love soldiers, and defeated the evil…soup condiment monster that the Earth Conquest club had created by shooting the monster with…”Love Showers” from their magical “Love Sticks”…I…well… look…in the end, all I can say is that, while I’m pretty sure I fall well outside the intended target demographic for this sort of thing, there are a lot of people out there who might genuinely enjoy something like this.

If you’re a person who’s been secretly crying out inside your heart for a show where guys dress up like the Sailor-Scouts and defeat enemies by hitting them with rainbows and love beams and the occasional fist in the face, then Cute High Earth Defense Club Love is the answer to your prayers.

Now that I’ve finished episode one, I’m going to celebrate by going out and getting some Japanese food. (And when I do, I will never look at the Japanese condiment “Chikuwabu” the same way again.)

Watch this pilot and you’ll understand why.

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waybig1010101on Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:31 p.m.

i can never get into a show like this...

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not saying that the show is bad or anything, (even though the plot sounds cliche and generic - BTW switching the genders around doesn't make for original ideas for story telling or fan service just because this is targeted to a difference anime audience or gender group)

I usually don't like the magical girl genre to begin with, and a boys version isn't changing my opinion on the manner,

Even though i can't enjoy this type of thing, that doesn't ruin the experience itself for other people, and the fact that the girls get some fan service is kinda a moot point to me personally, but if it makes them happy then I'm happy for them,

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:40 p.m.

I actually enjoy this show, seeing the references and parody made it interesting. Though, the show for me suffers from monster of the week formula if you watch episodes 2-4 or so.

waybig1010101on Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:46 p.m.

@takashichea:

I'm glad you find this to be interesting,

Also off topic here, but I honestly have yet to find any of the new anime this season to be that funny, but again thats because i spend most of my time watching depressing anime recently. I need a good comedy to balance things out for me, got any recommendations?

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 29, 2015 at 11:53 p.m.

@waybig1010101:

Let's see.

  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - It's a fun shoujo anime adaptation about manga making. You have a mangaka who lacks social cues and a cute girl who serves as the voice of reason. It has a lot of colorful characters. The story is episodic (since the manga is 4 koma), and its strengths are character and relationship driven.
  • D-Frag! - It's a comedic gag series about a delinquent who finds himself forced into a club full of crazy girls who believed they have the power of the elements. It has mild fan service.
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - It's made by Trigger, the same folks who did Kill la Kill. It's about a group of kids (one guy and a bunch of girls) Forgot to mention it's a harem. These kids have actual powers. The main character is a chunibyou who is obsessed over light novels and creating his characters like how you do in the RPG community. The anime is fun, but it lacks action. They don't do anything interesting with their powers. It's more of love comedy teasing stuff.
  • Gugure! Kokkuri-san - If you like supernatural comedy, try this one. This series has its touching, sad moments. It's about Kohina, a girl who pretends to be a doll. She plays a Kokkuri game which attracts a fox spirit who becomes her nanny. Then, she gets haunted by 2 crazy guys. That's where the comedic fun begins.

I can think of more for you. Let me know if you want me to show you some 2014 shows.

waybig1010101on Jan. 30, 2015 at 12:05 a.m.

@takashichea: are those from this new season?

Also out of the ones you listed,i think i'll try the last one - Gugure! Kokkuri-san -

takashichea moderator is online on Jan. 30, 2015 at 12:17 a.m.

@waybig1010101:

Oh you wanted comedic shows from this season? My bad, I was looking through the 2014 list of the comedic shows I watched and enjoyed.

This season, hmm. This is strange. There aren't much good comedic shows this season from what I seen on the Winter 2015 Anime Guide. I could be wrong since what's funny to others might not funny to me. The only I haven't tried is The Rolling Girls. It had a mixed reaction from what I observed. I think if you like crazy, over the top comedy without thinking about the plot and characters. Give it a try.

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Durarara has comedy listed on it. To me, it's more of a urban slice of life with supernatural action battles and ton of damn characters. You have to watch season 1 first if you haven't tried it yet. Beware, Durarara has a very slow start in the first season. You would likely get bored. The only few characters that are interesting: Izaya (your crazy guy who is bored), Shizuo (the tough guy who has anger management issues) and Celty (everyone's favorite, sexy gal).

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There is another show called Assassination Classroom, but from what I observed is most manga fans told folks to read the manga instead. If you try the anime, do watch the OVA first. I have no idea why they broadcast an OVA first which could have cleared confusion in episode 1. I didn't watch the OVA yet. Ep. 1 had a messy exposition.

Bigheart711on Jan. 30, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

After four episodes of this, it ended up being one of my main shows of this season since I happened to be a fan of the Magical Girl genre for quite a while. This is a real good parody to me considering that, but you don't have to get a lot of the references to enjoy it. It really does its own thing in terms of plot and characters.

Jgameson Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:54 a.m.

Try to watch Sailor moon, got bored.

Try to watch this, I at least got a good laugh, but I am glad that there are more diversity coming alone in anime to appeal to the female audience, instead of magical girls, magical guys.

taichokageon Jan. 30, 2015 at 10:57 a.m.

I could watch Sailor moon. I can watch this. And Sailor Moon Original is 200 episodes. Lol. However I may not be in the greatest hurry to do so.

zaldaron Jan. 30, 2015 at 5:23 p.m.

So my comparison of the pic that was used to the care bears was right on the money then ... except a dirty dirty carebears that only japan could think of. Ok I get the magical boy and I see the "need" perhaps but come on .... love showers, love sticks? This is porn. I mean you don't even have to change the words to make this hentai ... I'm sorry but just no.

And seriously did no one else pick up on the massive sexual overtones (they are not nearly hidden enough to be undertones) here? Or are you all just trying to be good. I mean come on ... "hey baby come over here and let me give you a love shower with my love stick" even BAD porn would have more self respect than to write a line like this ...

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