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Sailor Victory


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Title Info

  • alias: Graduation, Episodes 3 & 4
  • seen: 1-2 of 2
  • type: OAV
  • grade: watchable
  • genre: dumb_fun
  • made: unknown
  • Review created: Recently, but I didn't record the date.
  • mod: none

These are often called Graduation episodes 3 and 4, which makes no sense what so ever. Actually the astounding jump required to switch between reflective shoujo and this over the top parody would probably break stronger minds than mine. Anyway, this comedy re-uses the characters, and some of the character aspects, from graduation as a starting point. It then draws from all sorts of anime cliches, including super-hero teams, ninja's and (mostly) giant robot combat shows as an opportunity for some impressive scenes, good laughs and fun parody.

Character elements from the first are significantly exaggerated for humor. Thus the intelligent girl is a true mad scientist, the rich girl the boss, and the immature girl almost pure comedy relief. In addition an android is brought in to balance, and interact with, the comedy relief. And then it's time for action, as their three giant ninja robots fight to protect the city from evil robots, along the way embarassing and outclassing the city authorities. Of course there is no shortage of anime (and other) in jokes, visual gags, humorous interaction and outright silliness to keep you amused. still being in the mood is required, and something unlikely to occur if you keep wondering what happened to the Graduation story-line.

While the animation is not awe inspiring it's alright. However it does retain the touch for character motion and expression which leads to some nice physical moves. This is sometimes used for combat, but mostly used for humor. Watching an immense ninja robot peeking round the corner, or running away, has to be seen to be appreciated. There are a couple of moments of action that are pure magic. In addition some of the design work, while far from realistic, is very cute. This is enhanced by everything having a sort of `early japanese' style to it, which also fits in well with the concept of giant ninja robots. This is definitely strange, but interesting, stuff.


Words by Andrew Shelton, Web by Ticti, Last Compile: Wed Aug 5 12:39:24 WST 2009