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3: Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls
English: Crane Game Girls
Japanese: 美少女遊戯ユニットクレーンゲール Crane Game Girls
MAL Score: 4.41
One day, Saya, an agent of the World Space Association, receives a sudden message that says a large number of asteroids are on a collision course with Earth, and it is her mission to stop them. Unfortunately, the only way to save the Earth is by having three people with extraordinary potential demonstrate a new skill on a crane game, which will create a beam of energy able to divert the asteroids.
The only three people with enough potential are three high school girls—Asuka, Mirai, and Kyouko. In order to harness their energy, Saya tells them that she has scouted them as idols and has them work at an arcade where she can monitor them. She says to the girls that all successful idols are good at crane games, and that building their skills is their first step in idol training. As the girls learn new crane game techniques, they begin to doubt Saya’s intentions but are nonetheless unaware that the fate of the Earth lies in their hands.
I have no clue what the hell they were trying to achieve with this show…
Crane Game Girls was an anime that finished airing earlier this year…which then got a sequel! Why the hell would you give a second season to this piece of garbage? What were they thinking? This anime is the lowest of the low. It’s so bad that’s it’s the bitch of the lowest point on the trash scale. It’s so nonsensical, so juvenile, so bad that it makes me want to kick a puppy. There is not a single thing about this show that is good. Not in the slightest! The narrative revolves around three girls who want to become idols and are told that if they master the crane game then they can become one. How the hell this works I have no idea but even stranger is that by playing this crane game the three girls are actually saving the world! Somehow, after they win, a laser-beam shoots out from the machine into space and stops whatever danger was approaching. That’s it! It makes no god damn sense and the anime takes itself so seriously that it comes across as being pathetic.
The anime dares to attempt to create some drama and character development between the three girls but it’s handled so poorly and feels so forced that I feel like jumping into a pool of sharks with meat strapped to myself. Their motivation for wanting to become idols feels so tacked on and uninspired so it’s hard to care in the slightest. The animation and character designs are horrendous and feel so lifeless and still that you’d swear you were watching a bad web video from 2001. Not something that is put on TV in 2016! Who the hell gave the okay for this to air and then give it a season two? The attempt at comedy is so weak and they keep repeating a joke about a gorilla every episode! If It’s not funny the first time, why would it be funny the next seven thousand times? The music is a joke too. The opening is awful, so-much-so that I could do a better version if I had been drinking for two days and was on the verge of death.
This anime is amongst the worst I have ever seen. The characters are terribly written, there is no plot what-so-ever, nothing makes any sense and the fact the anime takes itself seriously is a true slap in the face since they have no idea how untalented they’re. Last year these released JK Meshi and complained in the very same show that they had the worst ratings out of all the anime of that season. And I’m willing to bet there is no change here.
It doesn’t even work as a ‘so bad it’s good’ title since nothing is fun about this. At all. If you want to die then feel free to put this trash on. It certainly will do the trick.
(Part of LIQfilms 12 Days of Christmas – Day 8)
As odd as it might seem to say, there’s a decent idea for a story behind CGG. That the trio at first do not know that they are saving the world from asteroid strikes, not just playing crane games, means they begin by just getting to know each other & better at the games, before having to overcome the burden of knowing what their real purpose is, finally coming together to save the day. There’s even room for a sequel, God forbid. You could get a decent little show out of that framework, not that CGG is that show.
The idea of saving the world by playing crane games is silly enough to work. There’s plenty of anime that don’t really integrate the thing they’re advertising into the story. Often they do little more than produce a regular slice of life or comedy show, then simply make references to the thing they’re supposed to be selling. Admittedly, the point at which the episodes switch from “witty banter” & plot development to using the crane games can feel rather abrupt & awkward. But at least it sticks with the idea & by the finale where the trio put al their techniques to use destroying the final asteroid, their clothes & lives being pushed to the limit, you can at least see the funny side.
Oh, did I mention that CGG is an advert? Because it is, although maybe not quite for what you expect. Perhaps they’re more well known in Japan, but it took a bit of digging & google translation to find that the shows main sponsor appears to be a company called Prize Hunter (uhouho.jp) where you seem to be able to play real crane games through your web browser to win prizes. The gorilla that is the idols boss is the sites mascot (uho uho is the onomatopoeia for a primate’s call). That certainly explains why the show’s about crane games, although it also makes it a bit like a fruit machine company showing you the guaranteed techniques to win the jackpot.
It’s not a surprise to see Kyotoma producing CGG, as they seem to be one of a few newer studios producing flash anime shorts lately. For what it is, CGG looks all right, although for some reason characters just can’t seem to bend their elbows without their arms looking like Mr. Tickle. It doesn’t have some of the issues (intentional or otherwise) with wandering noses & the like that JK Meshi did, although I’d say that show was more fun. The music is the bland idol pop you’d expect.
As anime shorts looking to sell things you can’t buy outside Japan go, CGG is decent enough. There’s a neat idea for a story behind it, the product is obvious but not obnoxiously pushed & as flash anime go, it looks all right. Incidentally, if someone at Konami is reading this, I want to pitch an idea: A short anime where a group of idols save the world by learning how to win big at pachinko, supervised by Solid Snake.
Addendum: Apparently there was also a series of accompanying episodes where the VAs would play crane games. CR didn’t pick it up, so I have no idea what it’s like. I don’t think it’s an unfair presumption to say it’s not worth looking for, however, unless you really like watching Japanese women pretending to be excited about things.
This whole anime is the equivalent of a good flash animation on YouTube/Newgrounds. Just watch it when you’re going to marathon some heavy anime (’cause it’s pretty short).
You know those flash animation you see on Newgrounds or on Youtube like “Eddsworld”, “Jello Apocalypse”, or other famous ones… Yea it’s basically that.
I mean, look at the art style man, it’s something out of Newground, just with a hint of anime and “2moe4mebruh” spices. Everything about the whole anime is laughable and really childish. It is a cute, 4 and a half minutes show.
I am not saying it’s a bad thing. Really it’s not, it’s a good anime if you’re going to marathon some serious (i.e shonen, mystery, etc) anime, and you need at least something between 2… maybe 3 episode in.
Should you watch it? Probably not, unless you’re like me who only watch something cute, weird, and just want something to make you laugh and say “why did I even get this anime in the first place lol”.
Are you going to enjoy it? Probably.
8/10 would watch and drink bleach after
2: JK Meshi!
MAL Score: 4.62
Three high school girls have mastered the art of cooking simple, B-class dishes called JK meshi. The three girls — Reina, Ryouka, and Ruriko — are all classmates in their second year of high school. They often get distracted when studying for tests, and when they do, they cook JK meshi.
In short, JK Meshi is a short series about three girls who every week discuss random trivia with each other for a minute or two, have a meal together, and then the episode is over. Nothing more, nothing less. End of story. But unlike your typical plotless slice of life comedy, in JK Meshi’s case I legitimately don’t understand what the purpose of the show is. Like it’s not even a matter of taste really. Case in point: this is NOT a show meant for entertainment. There is ZERO enjoyment value in it. Why? Because it’s an educational program. Literally the only thing it gives you is random trivia to learn. But the trivia is like elementary school level in terms of difficulty, for example “did you know that the capital of Australia is not actually Sydney, but Canberra?” Uhm yeah, I’ve known that since I was like 10 years old or something even if I live on the other side of the globe, thank you very much. Like who is this supposed to be aimed at? Elementary schoolers? Yeah right, good luck finding a 12-year-old who willingly watches lame educational programs on TV in their own spare time, not to mention that this is a late-night anime and thus evidentially not a kids’ show. And adults should already know pretty much all these things given how basic it is. In other words… it’s not just that the show is bad, but *there is no target demographic at all*. I find it sincerely baffling. I have no idea what the writers were thinking when they came up with this script.
And as if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another equally horrendous aspect of this show. To put it bluntly, the animation quality is about 20 years outdated. When watching JK Meshi… if your eyes could puke… they would. The best way I can phrase it is that it looks just like an amateur made it in Flash in an hour or two of their spare time. It’s just *that* bad. I can’t believe something so putrid-looking was aired on TV in the year 2016. Like were they even trying when they made this show? The entire thing just feels like an intentional joke to me. If this is actually the best a studio can come up with, my faith in the anime industry is taking a serious blow here. Granted the producers of JK Meshi are some total unknowns as far as I know but still.
JK Meshi might be worth watching just for the rather… *unique* experience it provides, but otherwise I’d recommend you to stay away. FAR away.
About a minute into the first episode I understood why – JK Meshi fails to execute the bare minimum of what a slice of life anime needs to be loved by at least a portion of the anime community – cute and personable characters. All of the girls have bland, uncreative, forgettable designs. The animation looks like it was done in flash with choppy movements and barely any variance in facial expression or gesture. You’re not gonna find any waifus here nor will you find any cute personality types that will endear a viewer to a character.
This could be somewhat forgiven if the topic explored was well executed – JK Meshi does in part aim to be an educational cooking show of simple meals that anyone can prepare, but because the art is so fugly it makes all of the food look disgusting. It’s the exact opposite of Souma in that respect, or the lesser known Osake wa Fuufu that damn near made me an alcoholic with its appeals to creating adult beverages.
So here you have what is quite possibly the worst attempt at a SOL ever, failing to be likable from a character endearment standpoint and failing to have a topic or a familiar setting that viewers can immerse themselves into (take for instance, school life environments). I suppose it being a short anime does give it some reprieve, as you don’t waste much of your time in efforts of completing it, but even so it’s deservingly placed among the worst anime for sucking at the foundational points of its own genre.
1: Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls Galaxy
English: Crane Game Girls Galaxy
Japanese: 美少女遊戯ユニット クレーンゲールギャラクシー
MAL Score: 4.77
Second season of Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls.
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1. Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls Galaxy
2. JK Meshi!
3. Bishoujo Yuugi Unit Crane Game Girls