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I had watched this one a while back but didn't add a review, so here it is.
Art, Animation and Character Design
The art and animation was nothing special and a bit on the average side. The frame rate was average as well. However, the character designs were or seemed above the norm and uber cute looking! Then again, you have the mob boss (Hidou) who looks like something out of a super low budget cartoon (if there is such a comparison). But wow, Yuna was super uber cute! I loved not only her character but her appearance and her voice. Very cute. Just her alone almost made the anime for me.
The opening theme at first was annoying.... since I'm nota big fan of a high-pitched voice as the lead singer. However, as I sat through the first couple episodes, it started getting catchy and I found myself watching through the OP. The ending song however.... eh.
Episode and Series Stories
There's plenty of silly laughter and cute moments in this one. Yuna's "simple-mindedness" kept it interesting. The plot, a typical harem progressed at a steadily with a few fillers here and there. Some of the fights scenes were cool with witty dialogue.
Overall, good series. I would've given this series a lower "overall" rating if it wasn't for Yuna. It's still worth the time spent on it.
Last updated Monday, February 16 2009. Created Monday, February 16 2009.
(Buy- or Rent+)
A burglar is fleeing from a mansion late at night, when he is jumped by two ninja girls--except it turns out that they are not particularly interested in recovering stolen property! This is the sort of hilarity to expect from Kage Kara Mamoru. It's official--I love this show! The first episode of this series neither thrilled me nor left me particularly disappointed. It seemed to be a modestly amusing show that would be worth watching, but not worth taking down detailed notes or composing episode reviews for. But I think this series steadily grew on me. I went into episode four ("the Banana episode") expecting something perverted, like the Banana scene in Girls Bravo--but it turned out to be just plain hilarious, and only slightly risque. It's curious how this show manages to be so funny without resorting to blatant fanservice (I didn't think that was possible!). Episode nine ("UFO Hunt" episode) was godawful hilarious--the first time I watched it, that is; the second time it wasn't nearly as funny since I knew what sort of behavior to expect from the aliens and the usual characters (sometimes episodes--of any series--are like that). I started out thinking that this was a second-string show, but I'll be damned if these guys don't know their stuff! If this is another harem series, at least the male main character, Mamoru, isn't a complete loser or thoroughly average guy--he is, in fact, a highly skilled ninja in training. Yuna may be a total ditz, but she's also completely innocent and pure of heart--it's hard not to like her. The animation was satisfactory to me--it has to be either fantastically good or appallingly bad before I notice it, but this one fell inbetween. I wish the technique Mamoru used in the climactic fight was more clear, but this is one of those all-too-few episodes which just left me feeling good all over. The best thing about Kage Kara Mamoru is that it really is funny, and in a fresh way, on a level above the humor we usually get from harem comedies. It's always fun to try out a new show--especially when they turn out to be as good as this one. I'd love to see more episodes of KKM, which I think of as a sort of burried treasure among the river of anime being produced nowadays. Now, if only I could "rip" the Banana song without all the background noise...
P.S: As evidence of why I gave this show such a high rating, I'm rewatching it yet again. The very best shows are the ones I rewatch as soon as I finish them the first time, and this is one of the next highest class, the ones I rewatch after waiting six months or so. (I'm also rewatching Slayers after a lapse of several years). I suppose Kage Kara Mamoru could be R1 licensed, but I wouldn't bet on it. For some reason I enjoy short 12 or 13 episode comedies, with silly premises, which probably will never be licensed over here--maybe that's one of the reasons why.
P.P.S: I'm currently rewatching Kage Kara Mamoru a third time. This show is a riot--well, not always an LOL riot, but it continually has me grinning as I watch. Stuff happens unexpectedly instead of in the usual semi-predictable manner of generic harem shows. And, wacky stuff happens, like the hunt for an underwear thief. I wasn't completely happy with the way things got serious in the final episode--it seemed to go from plausibly serious in the next-to-last one to overdone serious in this one. But it was better than not having any serious conclusion at all. There was a bit of a cop-out at the end, where Yuna loses the moving brainpower she attained in the previous one; maybe that was for the best, or maybe it was just because fans of harem shows might not want the guy to commit to any one girl. Anyway, the animation is a bit modest, but this will always be a favorite of mine, and I expect to rewatch it yet again. Just thinking about this show makes me smile.
And I have just watched KKM a fourth time. This is a show which has a clever premise and is genuinely funny. With things reset back to usual at the end, there could always be a second season, and this show deserves one. As a result I have upgraded KKM to 'Buy' status. I don't award 'Buy' ratings easily, since DVDs are fairly expensive and I usually have plenty of new anime ready for watching, but a show worth watching four times probably qualifies.
See Tsubaki and similar sword-wielding female characters at the Kendo Girl Scrapbook.
My favorite line: "A shadow has no name!" --Mamoru
Also: "It's showtime!" --Airi
Last updated Wednesday, May 27 2020. Created Monday, February 27 2006.
Drama : Low
Comedy : Med
Action : Low/Med
SciFi : Low/Med
Ecchi : None
This started out as a filler series to watch because NOTHING else was on. It turned into the 4th or even 3rd most liked series of 2006 so far!
First off, this is a harem. It ends in typical harem fashion. Darn I just gave it away!
This should've been a BUY, I wanted it to be a BUY. But the animation keeps it at RENT.
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Last updated Sunday, April 23 2006. Created Thursday, February 23 2006.
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