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SGT FROG #1 -- Watch & Learn

The face of your doom looks like a key chain plush toy.

WHERE'S YOUR ZIPPER, YOU MAD LITTLE THING?!
WHERE'S YOUR ZIPPER, YOU MAD LITTLE THING?!

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt compelled to say this about an anime but, seriously… WHAT THE F@#$ DID I JUST WATCH?!?!

I honestly wasn’t expecting a show called SGT. FROG to be as aggressively nonsensical as this. There was even the funny coincidence of it being a coincidental companion piece to SQUID GIRL for presenting a totally harmless and utterly ridiculous vision of world conquerors. Sgt. Frog is like an evil ALF or a froggier Invader Zim! Look, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy what I watched, here. It’s hard to argue against anything with this kind of live wire frenetic energy to it. Still, I wish the creators had a little more sympathy for easily-confused saps like me and opted to save their flashback scene for a later episode, preferably one from after I actually came to understand what this show’s actually about.

Actually, before I go any further, I need some clarification from the black belt Japanophiles in our audience. Is “kero” supposed to be how “ribbit” is pronounced in Japanese. It’s the same as how a bird’s “chirp” is pronounced “peyo,” correct?

Sheesh, and has there been any character since Hello Kitty or Doraemon more tailor made to be turned into a plushie than green and bug eyed Sgt. Frog? I could practical see the lil’ guy swinging from a key chain while watching this.

Sorry if this commentary’s run a little nonsensical. I swear, the show’s turned my brain into confetti colored spaghetti or something.

Watch this episode, "I Am Sergeant Kerokero” below and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here. Follow him on Twitter: @tompinchuk

Lurkeroon Nov. 6, 2011 at 6:22 a.m.

I have been waiting for this watch & learn.

Sgt. Frog isn't supposed to make sense. It's just a show where every episode is some wacky event or parody of other events. Not every episode is funny to me, but I did enjoy enough of them to keep watching (I watched the dub).

And yes, I believe "kero" is the frog sound because the dictionary is telling me "kaeru" is frog in Japanese.

PenguinDuston Nov. 6, 2011 at 7:26 a.m.

I'm a big Keroro Gunsou (Sgt Frog) fan. Back when the show first started to air, I looked at it and thought it was for preschool kids, so I "back-burnered" it for a couple of years. I recently had a chance to take a closer look at it and I became enchanted by the wackiness of it. It's not at all what I though, but still there's nothing remotely offensive there, either. "Gunsou" (Sarge) isn't my favorite character on the show. For me, I enjoy his subordinate, Giroro more. He's a hard-nosed, no nonsense gun nut with a crush for human girl, Natsumi. He also tends to wind up being a victim of Gunsou's ridiculous scams and the dangerous experiments performed by another space frog invader, Kululu.

Keroro Gunsou is an entertaining palette-cleanser for me. I watch a few episodes when I am not quite sure what I'm in the mood for next. Galaxy Angel is a similar hyper-kinetic, silly, single-story episodes adventure that I've grown to love. I always get some amusement out of these franchises because there is little plot baggage between shows, and they don't take anything seriously.

rubberluffyon Nov. 6, 2011 at 8:38 a.m.

I actually have little figure of Keroro on my keychain. I do like this show, but I got sidetracked around watching episode 30 and now I have like 300+ episodes to catch up on and that is a bit overwhelming.

If you've played Soul Calibur 4, the manga-ka created a character for that game based on a Sgt Frog character (Angol Fear from SC4 and Angol Mois from this).

SuperWristBandson Nov. 6, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.

Kero is in fact the sound a frog makes.

Also, Sgt. Frog has the best ending song ever. Love it.

buhssuhton Nov. 6, 2011 at 2:53 p.m.

i still prefer the manga

pikahyperon Nov. 6, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.

I love Sgt. Frog !!! I watched the first 51 episodes last year and just finished up to 78 last week. My fav characters are the gay lil Tamama and the often forgotten about Dororo. The opening and closing songs are super addictive and they show up on my playlists often. I tried the manga but didn't find it to be as funny cause most of the humor and action works better animated.

PewPewLazerson Nov. 6, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.

I'm sold purely on the preview picture for this article, which I guess means I'm in the target audience for this show, right?

I can always make room for crazy whatever the case.

Dunchadon Nov. 7, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.

Yes, 'kero kero' is the sound Japanese frogs make - or at least one of the species. The 'ribbit ribbit' most westerners identify as the sound of a frog is mainly due to the fact that the most prominent species of frogs in Hollywood make that sound. So we've grown accustomed hearing that through movies and now think all frogs sound like that.

So it's not about pronounciation or anything like that - it's just a proximation of how the animal species common in that part of the world sound. Though to be honest, only japanese frog sound I've heard resembles a bird more than anything, so I'm not sure what kind of frog makes the "kero" noise. Except Sergeant here.

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