Take a boy, and put him in the middle of a bus hijacking. Now throw in a super-powered girl making her entrance on a motorcycle. She crashes through the front window of the bus, kicks all the hijackers in the face (and various other parts) and rescues everyone. Now right there is the makings of a good start for an action anime and enough to catch most people’s interest. Most of us automatically start building that ‘ship’ for these two because the anime has already framed them as a couple. Sadly, you’ve walked into a pitfall and only now will you realize this scenario’s one of the punch lines, and the jokes on us. Just when you think it is all over, the situation turns. The girl’s powers fade just as the lead hijacker gets his weapon back. Suddenly a panty flash catches the boy’s gaze and he somehow powers up. Boy thwarts the bad guy and somehow becomes a disembodied spirit. And that’s just episode one.
One of the great things about this anime is that nothing is truly ever what you expect. You wouldn’t expect a ghost to be able to destroy the world but panty flash the main character, Yuuta, twice and the world’s done. On multiple occasions, he’s had to use his ghost powers to time travel back in time and try to keep from blowing up the world. Oh, and as it turns out, the world may or may not be doomed anyway. Seriously, the writers seemed to just throw everything into a giant bowl and stir vigorously. Within six episodes, you have ghosts, mechs, superheroes, aliens, the NSA, and the Infinity Loop. However, all the crazy different ingredients came together and started making a good plot driven cake. Bad metaphor aside, the series does come together and start to make sense in a way that’s easy to follow. Things are thrown out there just for the sake of comedy. Most of everything seems to come together for some purpose in a roundabout comedic way. And while the storytelling becomes rather serious, you are still made to laugh. I wouldn’t say the evolving story is up there with things like Guren Lagon, but it reaches pretty close.
The opening of the series gives you a pretty good idea what you’ll be seeing for the next twelve episodes. Plus the song, aptly named ‘’PUNCH LINE’’ is very catchy. Usually, overt fanservice is annoying but it was hard to hate it in this series as it drove the plot forward. Though there were some times where it was a wish that it could be skipped. That being stated, the art was lovely. It was shonen style but still had good memorable designs. No one will forget Strange Juice beating people up with a giant stray after they’ve seen it. There was good detail put into the action scenes and the background, and the silliness in the standard animation made it feel like the artists had a lot of fun with a series. The characters movements were very fluid and even the silly pigeon dance scene seemed like something that was choreographed and animated in. Plus, reaching the midway point of an episode gave you a really beautiful shot of the women of the series doing various poses.
At the end of the day, a lot of what speaks for this series is the panty shots which works for and against it. Not everyone is for a lot of fanservice and it may be an instant killjoy for this series. However, if you can get past that, there really is a delightful comedic tragedy sewed into all those panties. If you’re up for it, check it out over on Crunchyroll. Okay, bad joke is terrible, but check the anime out for yourself. Love it or hate it, you may still get a few laughs out of it.