Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Geeru Galaxy

Title:Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Geeru Galaxy
Crane Game Girls Galaxy
美少女遊戯ユニット クレーンゲール ギャラクシー
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Notables: Animation - Kyotoma
HARA Natsuko
After being defeated by the Crane Game Girls, Dark Gorilla is about to attack earth yet again. But this time, he has adopted an it-takes-an-idol-to-beat-an-idol approach, and has formed his own idol group, known as 'Dark Cherry'. And the Crane Game Girls are astonished at who he has recruited to manage it.

? thirteen-minute episodes

A sequel to Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Geeru.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3321#628]
(11 episodes watched)

Even though I haven't even finished watching the original series, I feel I ought to commend CGG Galaxy as a clever and witty show which I highly recommend. This is all the more surprising since this is largely an animated commercial for Japan's Crane Game industry. The ads play a small part at the very end, and it can be enlightening to hear how it's somehow possible to play (virtual?) Crane Games from your cellphone nowadays. They usually take the form of an omake segment after the credits (which feature the aptly titled song "Don't call me a loser"), and are often funny themselves. Perhaps the fact that this show just knows how to be funny is why it got a second season. The show itself is fun even if, like me, you don't know how season one ended. I always look forward to new episodes of Galaxy.

In episode six the girls of Dark Cherry decide to pay a secret visit to earth; in episode seven they search for new forms of employment after becoming demoralized. Instead of the usual lame jokes these sub-plots are used to stir things up and place the girls in odd situations which are fun. I was surprised to learn that the Dark Cherry girls are in fact aliens from another planet, not humans. Then they take a drastic step as they try to flee from the Idol industry. Some shows just know how to stay fresh and be fun. Even though a large chunk of the Crane Game Girls story is missing to me, this show is always good for a laugh. A good joke is a good joke, and doesn't rely entirely on being set up well. I don't know if it would work in 23 minute format, but I wish the makers of anime which aren't advertising anything would do as good a job as the ones behind CGG Galaxy do.

I rewatched some episodes of season one, and noticed that Galaxy is a considerably more sophisticated show. The characters seem to have grown and expanded. Even the girls of Dark Cherry are distinctly likeable. Galaxy was upgraded from around five minutes per episode back then to 13, presumably because people had noticed that it was a fun show and wanted more.

I thought the climax in episode 11 was disappointing, however. Neither as funny as previous episodes (if the idea was humor as usual) nor all that exciting (if that was what the makers were trying to do). I can only wonder what was going on. Not a disaster, but not what previous episodes had me expecting either.

Last updated Wednesday, March 22 2017. Created Tuesday, February 14 2017.

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