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Mayoi-Neko Overrun Redeems Itself With Robot Stupidity – Weird Wednesday

Posted on: May 19, 2010

Superman of Braves, Grandbraver!

I don't know what they were smoking, but I want some too.

I’ve watched this three times now, and I still can’t find any rhyme or reason to it. For the seventh episode of Mayoi-Neko Overrun!, the animation staff apparently went completely insane and did the whole thing as a pastiche super robot show. Almost all signs of the boring fan service show disappeared and were replaced by straight-up giant robot tale in the tradition of the Yuusha series. Heck, they even named the fake show Yuusha Choujin Grandbraver (“Superman of Braves Grandbraver,” and yes, I meant to translate it that way) and commissioned a different opening song from anime legend Fukuyama Yoshiki.

It’s kind of awesome, and certainly more interesting than the random nakedness and unfunniness of the main series. It also feels like their skimpy animation budget was just being saved up to make this episode, with better character designs, some big-name voice actresses (they brought in Tamura Yukari just for this episode, who has Yuusha cred thanks to her role as Tenryuujin in Gaogaigar), and new music from people who can actually carry a tune.

The question remains: why did they do it? And will they do it again? If so, I may just pick this show back up.

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3 Responses to "Mayoi-Neko Overrun Redeems Itself With Robot Stupidity – Weird Wednesday"

This is the most random thing I’ve ever heard. Its awesome!!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
I might’ve missed out on the best anime of the year otherwise.

Now if only they’d make Granbraver into a full series… hey, stranger things have happened, right?

You can never tell with these shows-within-a-show. Kujibiki Unbalance managed to get an OVA, along with Getsumen Toheiki Mina and Gekiganger III. The key is how much money they think they can make off of it, and in this case, I don’t see it happening. Mayoi-neko in general just hasn’t done anything to merit spending more money on it.

On the other hand, they could try a spinoff as a way to cut their losses – see Nurse Witch Komugi-chan.

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