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Anime Review – Space Patrol Luluco

If you’re a fan of child-like comedic anime, with very random sequences that seem to convey the story in each episode with ease, then this might be the anime for you. Join Timlah as he looks at one of the most childishly brilliant series he’s ever seen, Space Patrol Luluco. This has been a treat to behold!

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Overview

Crunchyroll never seems to fail to deliver some amazing series, although I am still reeling from the fact it doesn’t have Fullmetal Alchemist on it for us UK viewers. Oi, Crunchyroll guys, get on with it! Trigun and Hellsing too, please! Anyway, enough rambling about what I’d like to see on the service and back on with what is actually on there. This is definitely one of the best services for seeing what is airing over in Japan right now. I’ve tried many streaming services; but Amazon Prime doesn’t come close, neither does Netflix which only gets the rights to older series in general (though not always the case).

In comes Space Patrol Luluco, a series developed by the anime mega-house Trigger. For those of you unaware of who Trigger are, they made the hugely successful and highly entertaining Kill la Kill. What has always been interesting with Trigger is that even with Kill la Kill, money has seemed to be something they have kept a tightly clenched fist on… And you can tell that’s the case with their latest offering to the anime world with Space Patrol Luluco. But do I think that’s a bad thing? Not one bit; Trigger are mental and they display their insanity on screen beautifully in this adorable little series.

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As of the time of writing, we’re only up to episode 9 of the series. Episodes clock in at a mere 7:50 in length, of which also encapsulates an opening and closing sequence and theme tune. Having seen just how short this series is thus far, I had to check it out. The description on Crunchyroll reads:

Luluco is a normal junior high school girl whose father is a detective at the space patrol. One day, she visits the Ogikubo branch of the space patrol to save her father who is suddenly frozen. But she happens to be assigned as a space patrol by the chief director Overjustice. Wearing a space patrol suit with strange functions, will she able to save her father and keep the peace of Ogikubo from space criminals? And will she fulfill her life as a junior high school student, including love and study?

Sounds just like my cup of tea!

Review

Story

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As mentioned by the description, the story is pretty simple. A junior high school girl called Luluco lives with her father in Ogikubo. This small, unassuming town, is one of a kind; one that lives both humans and aliens together in somewhat harmony. After eating breakfast with her father one day, he suddenly freezes when he bites into a strange pill. Scared about what to do, Luluco runs to his office to make sure that he clocks in for work that day. His employer, chief director Overjustice (who is one of the most entertaining characters imaginable), arrests and then unarrests Luluco immediately and offers for her to work with them. She’s quickly sized up and suited for work – But she still has to continue her day to day life as a school child!

This is a comedy, through and through. It doesn’t mess around with deep plot, nor does it want you to really care too much about the plot, but there is a strong narrative throughout the whole show. Everything seems to just connect well; from Luluco and her insane outfit, to the “transfer student” Alpha Omega Nova, everything has a really intriguing way of being connected with one another.

Art & Animation

Art is subjective as always, so the above is our gallery for this series. Personally, I think the art style is a little weak, but actually it suits the series perfectly. It’s got some unique elements to the art; such as when it shows near photorealistic shots of the town they live in, with them walking through in full cartoony joy. The characters are well designed, but sometimes the design comes off a little too ludicrous; Although I quite like that about it. If I had to make a comparison, I’d probably say think along the lines of Shin-Chan, at least in terms of the choppiness of the animation at times – But the art in this is still incredibly pretty!

Sound & Music

I’m never very good at pointing out music in most things, as my ear says “that is pleasing” and “that is not so pleasing” and that’s about it. But in Space Patrol Luluco, I do find that the closing theme song is one of the most beautiful sounding outros I’ve heard in any anime. Honestly just take the time, the one and a half minutes, to listen to the above tune and accompanying animation… Even if you’re not really a big fan of outro music in anime. Dreamy.

Overall

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I think this is one to be watched out for. At the very short episodes, it’s not like you’ve got to spend long to devote to the whole series thus far and I can’t imagine it’d be a very long series in total. It tells a rather amusing tale which it hits spectacularly right. One thing that I wish to see more of in the series is the interesting animation shift, where it has the photorealistic artwork with the anime characters walking in that world. That’s a rare and hard thing to pull off, but this show is so well stylised that it could genuinely do it.

Have you ever heard of Space Patrol Luluco, or even heard of the animation studio, Trigger? What do you think of this rather strange, but highly entertaining series? Is this the type of thing you would watch? As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Oh anime, you sure do know how to keep variety open.

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