Let’s get continue with the short anime show trend that’s on this blog recently, shall we?
If you didn’t hear about it, Crunchyroll (the anime streaming site) partnered up with Twitch (a popular live streaming site) to do a free marathon of almost twenty shows in the span of six days. Some of the highlights are Yuri on Ice, Mob Psycho 100 and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
It’s a pretty cool thing these two companies are doing and if you’re interested in what other shows they’ll be showing or want to know how to watch this marathon (ends on August 1st), visit this link.
So anyways, one of the shows I watched during this event was a very interesting and entertaining one.
Space Patrol Luluco (2016) is an action adventure comedy created by TRIGGER (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, Inferno Cop). Also if you didn’t know, the founders of this studio were actually former members of Gainax, who you probably know created famous shows such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
In Ogikubo, a small place with humans and aliens live together, we meet a cheerful middle school girl named Luluco who tries her best to be normal. Her father, Keiji, works for the police force of Ogikubo and they both get by in life.
One morning when Luluco and her father were eating breakfast, he accidentally ate some sort of alien drug which made him freeze up and become stuck in a block of ice. Luluco then takes her father to his police force to figure out how to get her father back to normal.
Once they’re there, Luluco meets Chief Over Justice, the head of the Space Patrol, who suddenly hires Luluco to the space patrol to help eliminate crime in her school.
Throughout this show, we see Luluco get dragged into another lifestyle, get used to not being normal and develop into a completely different person with everything going around her.
You might think this show only revolved around the silliness that goes on just from looking at the images above, but you would be surprised. SPL actually has a pretty decent story to follow and even though the concept is silly and the way they tell this story is absolutely fucking ridiculous, it’s still really entertaining and kept me watching.
And knowing that TRIGGER is a studio who likes to poke at their own shows, there are a plethora of references. There were the blatant mentions from Inferno Cop and Little Witch Academia; and also subtle ones from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Being someone who has experienced a good amount of TRIGGER and Gainax, it was a nice touch to see a lot of these shows come together in one, silly anime.
Probably the most important character we saw was Luluco herself. As I mentioned earlier, being dragged into another lifestyle, dealing with it but also gaining something to develop into a much different and better in many ways kind of person, it was amusing to watch her in this chaotic adventure.
Other specific characters such as Alpha Omega Nova, one of her partners in crime, had a big role in Luluco’s character development. Most, not all, of the supporting characters were just there for comedic purpose, pretty much.
Art + Animaton
TRIGGER has a very unique art style. It’s very colorful and silly, but it’s not like a generic slice-of-life comedy. This is probably one of the main reason I really like TRIGGER as an anime studio. Also, I thought the animation was pretty good, most of it was silly but sometimes it was actually great, especially at fighting scenes.
Voice acting is good, I don’t really get into the voice acting because I don’t really pay attention to it too much.
The opening, “CRY MAX Do-Heijitsu” by Fujirokyu, it’s really catchy and I can see it being one of the more enjoyable openings.
The ending, “Pipo Password” by Teddyloid (they also did music for Panty and Stocking, another Gainax show) was pretty chill and nice to hear.
To end it, I didn’t expect me liking this show a lot. When I first looked at it, I thought it would be another stupid and dumb show like Inferno Cop, but TRIGGER actually made a short anime that was enjoyable, funny, sometimes sad and overall interesting for seven minutes an episode.
I recommend you watch this show if you have an hour or so to spare, enjoy action adventures and/or enjoy the silliness and charm of TRIGGER.
MyAnimeList Page: https://myanimelist.net/anime/32681/Uchuu_Patrol_Luluco
Thanks for reading!! 😀