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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.
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).
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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