WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT #1-3 -- Special Review

Topic started by Murphix on Jan. 28, 2014. Last post by hitsusatsu11 7 months, 4 weeks ago.
Post by Murphix (19 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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Kate wants YOU to join Zvedza!
Kate wants YOU to join Zvedza!

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Life's just not going well for poor Asuta Jimon. Aside from his knockoff Padawan hair braid, he had a huge fight with his dad and was kicked out of his home on the night when martial law is declared due to giant monster attack! While wandering the streets he encounters the presumably kindergarten-aged Kate Hoshimiya, who steals his remaining food and forcefully declares that he will help her conquer the world. Asuta responds incredulously, thinking this is merely some child's game. How very wrong he is; Kate actually commands a small but potent force of super villains who collectively make up her world conquering organization Zvezda.

From this point on Asuta isn't so much a character as he is some sort of infinite font of incredulous faces as he discovers that Kate is some sort of super-powered alien supervillain child and that he has indeed joined some sort of cult by accident.

WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT is something pretty special. It's social commentary, it's oddball humor, it's fish out of water, and it truly brings the LOLs. The soldiers of Zvedza, all totally devoted to Kate's cause (well, almost all), range from a genius too lazy to stand up to a robot with modesty to what seems to be an entire population of rainbow-colored tribbles. Kate, despite being itty bitty, is not only formidable on the battlefield but is charismatic enough to sway whole crowds to her side after a single minute of speechifying.

Pretty much everyone makes this face all the time in this show.
Pretty much everyone makes this face all the time in this show.

Much as I'm in for the long haul on ZVEZDA, I have two major gripes. The first is that the series opens with a flash-forward, at a point many decades after the rest of the show takes place. While very brief, this scene showed me an endgame that allows you to draw some pretty clear conclusions about what's going to happen over the course of the series, putting a real damper on the unpredictably madcap nature of the story.

But that pales in comparison to my big problem with the show: the fact that, in her supervillain outfit, Kate is creepily close to naked. She's got on bikini briefs, platform heels, a pair of spiky guantlets, and two ribbons cover her chest. Thankfully they are wide ribbons, but they are all that she wears on her torso. Kate, you may recall, is a 6-year-old girl, and even has to sit in a high chair to eat food with her minions. I am constantly unnerved by this outfit, and others like it (the previously mentioned genius has something similarly revealing).

Could somebody please get her a bathrobe or something?
Could somebody please get her a bathrobe or something?

Admittedly that is a big, sketchy hurdle to get over for the show, but ZVEZDA has this way of charming you with its deadly serious characters trying to take over the world with stuffed animals. The fact that Kate cares about each of her minions being their very best—even Yasu, the one who's always trying to weasel away—justifies their devotion to her and her cause, and Kate's rambling monologues have an utterly charming circular logic to them. I want to see where this one goes, even if I want everyone to put some damn clothes on.

You can watch the first episode of WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT, entitled "Conquer All Humans," here. Seen it already? What did YOU make of it? Leave a comment below!

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Post by bigz007 (1,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20

When I heard this show have something to do with Russia, I knew I had to watch this and it's been enjoyable so far.

Post by Kino88 (216 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Lol, kids these days....
Post by Destinyheroknight (10,300 posts) See mini bio Level 21

I like this show, but I don't like the little girls in revealing outfits. But I guess it figure with the evil villains thing

Post by takashichea (12,692 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I like this show. It was pretty entertaining. Part of what hooks me to the show is Kate and Asuta's view of Kate and how her world conquest plays out.

@Destinyheroknight:

Off Topic:

I work with children at day care center back in winter break. I do notice young girls have a tendency to dress provocatively because of their upbringing and TV (remember Miley Cyrus's MTV thing). I always tell me go home and change.

Post by sickVisionz (4,297 posts) See mini bio Level 24
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Never heard of this but if it it's stupid and stays stupid the whole time it might be something I can get into. Biggest knock for me would be that it looks like they cut and pasted character design from other shows.

@takashichea said:

I do notice young girls have a tendency to dress provocatively because of their upbringing and TV (remember Miley Cyrus's MTV thing). I always tell me go home and change.

I like how you see them provocatively dressed and then you tell yourself to go home and change.

Post by zaldar (1,278 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@sickVisionz: I assume he means them and I approve. Remember though she is an ALIEN so not human and so it is ok.....yeah...doesn't work for me either but that is the argument. Same argument for dance in the vampire bund and such. Unlike the upskirt shots being a problem which I think is a little much this I understand - though the bottoms at least bathing suits are like that (probably some the tops but none I would ever buy my six year old).

Post by Murphix (19 posts) See mini bio Level 10
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@zaldar: For the record it's never explicitly stated that Kate's an alien--only strongly implied. This doesn't make me feel any better.

Post by zaldar (1,278 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Murphix: nope me either.

Post by takashichea (12,692 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@sickVisionz: @zaldar:

Heh, I tend to mess up often. It was a long day from school especially when your professor forces you to watch the Presidential State of the Union speech last night. Those little monsters remind me of Digimon.

Post by zaldar (1,278 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@takashichea: Ok so I started watching this as I don't like saying something is awful and terrible without at least seeing one episode and I have to say the first ten minutes of episode 1 ARE HILARIOUS. The girl standing with the incredible heroic pose on the tricycle, the attacking what looks like a toddlers bath toy, the abrupt tone change from the beginning that is so super serious with the destroyed world to some of the most zany sillyness I can remember...I don't know if it keeps this up I may have to watch this in bits and pieces....and take a shower with bleach afterwards. Thankfully so far they haven't dressed her provocatively yet...

Edit: Interesting thing in the comments on crunchyroll that shows this MIGHT have larger fish to fry.... haven't seen this much Russian in an anime before. Zvezda=star. Venera=Venus. Dva=two. Plamya=flame. Galaktika=galaxy. Pepel=ash. Um=mind. Roboko=timid.

So after the first episode...we REALLY need to show this one to Tom and have him watch it live and record his reactions I have been watching anime for years and this made me do a WTF did I just watch. I mean seriously this show is all over the place. Is this an emotional tale about aliens trying to find a place in the world, conquest vs. destruction philosophies, a fever dream of a five year old who has had WAYYYY to much sugar, or japans meditation on war what is it good for? I mean seriously what the hell did I just watch? (and yeah the costume they put her in is ridiculous but thankfuly it doesn't seem that it is used to sexualize her it is only at the end and may be about her powers...I don't know.)

Post by takashichea (12,692 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@zaldar:

We have a Russian expert in the site: @bigz007: He's providing translations. I'll join him in the wiki project soon.

Yeah, Kate is the one reason I watch this show.

World Domination!
World Domination!
Post by zaldar (1,278 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@takashichea: are the translations from the site accurate? And I hope people don't try to pull that pose off now and hurt themselves....I almost wanted to try and then I realized how stupid it would be. But man if it isn't an awesome pose made not the bit any less awesome by the fact she is doing it on a pink tricycle...

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,300 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@zaldar:

It funny that you said that, my little cousin did that pose on her big wheel a few days ago. I was really surprise she did it and I really surprise she saw Zvezda (I guess my other cousin was watching it, but it was still surprising). But I really do hope she don't do it again, she almost give me and my older brother a heart attack when she almost fall

@takashichea:

Well, the kids I babysit don't do that, because their parents would never allow that

Post by DocHaus (933 posts) See mini bio Level 18

Interesting note: there's already a manga out that features the heroines out to stop Zvezda: the White Light.

Yeah, on one hand the show feels like Excel Saga with more competent villains, but on the other I can't quite recommend this show to anyone because of that character design which makes me afraid the FBI will break down my door at a moment's notice.

Post by bigz007 (1,093 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@zaldar: Those translations are correct. I wasn't translating "Galaktika" and "Venera" because I thought it's not that hard to conclude what it stands for since it's very similar to English.

I guess some characters have Japanese-Russian word play. Lady Plamya's last name is Shikabane which is Japanese for Corpse, I suppose it's intentional which would mean she is "flame corpse".

It's a shame that "White Light" organization doesn't have a Russian name.

EDIT: @takashichea: Russian expert? You're flattering me : )

Post by zaldar (1,278 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@Destinyheroknight: well as long as she doesn't end up dressing like her in the end we will be ok I guess...

hmm I wonder then if this show might actual have a point then....travel with me....so there is a wonderful saying love conquers all....Venus is the planet of love....in the end she talks about all protection being able to do is keep the old order alive and order that may not be correct, may not have enough love....so maybe the conquering she is doing is simply to allow change...needed change....the destruction would come from the other side the person who at the end of the first episode said he was going to destroy the world...this would be why everything is so cute also...conquering through love/cuteness? Issue would be that she has seemed to kill at least it certainly looked like she did, the otupi like thing did, but that was a mistake supposedly but she did....I don't know. It would be hilarious if this was the show this season to have a larger thematic point.....

Post by YotaruVegeta (584 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Despite the uncomfortable loli costuming, I like this show. I love that there are refreshing shows I encounter that I knew nothing about.

Post by takashichea (12,692 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@YotaruVegeta:

Welcome brother! I invite you to the World Conquest: Stratagem Star discussion. I forgot to add discussion to the title, but I hit the word limit.

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Its no masterpiece or anything but I have only good things to say about this series so far.

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