Animation: Weak
Depth: Bad
Design: Weak
Characters: Bad
Story: Weak

Type: TV   (12 episodes)

Vintage: 2003

Category:

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Verdict: sucks
Review:

Popotan


Summary: >

Three sisters live with their robot maid in a mansion traveling through time so that they can seek information from the mysterious and often cryptic Popotan. Popotan are actually dandelions, so it's not surprising that they're not very forthcoming with answers. Each time the mansion jumps through time a few years pass, and the girls continue their quest. However as they meet people, friends often get left behind. Can they keep up such a lonely existence? And what happens as a few people finally start to piece together stories of the mysterious three girls and their mansion?


Thoughts: >

Dumb and boring. Oh, and boobies! It's hard to believe an anime this bad and bland made it all the way through 13 episodes without someone pulling the plug. Popotan doesn't use kanji for text in the show, something I'd expect in a kids show. So I thought "oh, so this is really dumb because it's a really bad kid's show." But then there's the excessive nudity. It's hard to describe how wrong Popotan feels, like... yeah, a dumb kids show with nudity.

The Characters are bad. The eldest sister Ai introduces herself by sticking her bare breasts in the face of a guy, and never redeems herself past this point. She lacks personality aside from being spaced out. The youngest sister is so obnoxious I'd actually fast forward through parts where she talks. I didn't completely hate the middle sister Mai, and that's about the highest compliment I can give the show.

As they travel through time, Mai feels hurt leaving frends behind and she feels lonely. She's detached and unfriendly at schools, but a girl finally thawes her cold exterior before she moves again. The sisters travel through time, but in an odd twist Mai meets the daughter of that girl. This time the daughter is unfriendly, and Mai is the one struggling to become her friend. It's nothing profound, but that was basically the hight of the show for me.

Other episodes are drab, and drown out with considerable filler. Any time something references occurrences in past episodes, Popotan ALWAYS goes back and shows us extended sequences of crap we've already seen. The amount of spoon feeding gets very old. Yet strangely enough, it doesn't spoon feed the audience with the overall "plot". Why are three girls traveling through time looking for dandelions? I don't require explanations for everything all the time, but characters refer to the importance of their quest. But why? Where do they come from? Why am I watching this?

I think Popotan is supposed to be a comedy, but is hardly funny. Animation was bad, and the designs struck me as oddly crude. The music was bad too. With an anime this boring, I had plenty of time to think about torturing myself watching Popotan to write a review on an anime page no one reads. I really started to doubt my life by episode 3. Just say no.


Quote: >

Mea: I am the invincible maid.


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reviewed by archen in 2011