Mayoi-Neko Overrun Redeems Itself With Robot Stupidity – Weird Wednesday
Posted May 19, 2010on:
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.