The premiere episode was an interesting to say the least. Very interesting.
We kicked things off with our main trio in some kind of troubling predicament. This of course is a flashforward, meaning we’ll get to it when it’s brought up again. Right now it’s not really worth talking about. After the really cool OP we get to meet our lead trio.
First of all we have Rito, who I think is an oni. She looks to be the calm, level-headed leader. After feeding a nearby cat she skated towards Park, the store in Hanjuku she and her friends run. Park at first glance is a clothing store but they sell other stuff as well like sweets.
We then met her friends. First up was Mari, a fashionista with big dreams. She’s pretty much the “look at me!” spotlight stealer and currently my favorite of the three.
Then we have Kotoko. She’s a cat-bear thing and the genki of the group who owns a butterfly tablet that seems to help her analyze everything around her.
For most of the first half of the episode we got a long exposition dump, something most internet critics throw temper tantrums over but I have no issue with. We get A LOT of information from who the girls are, their dreams, where they are from, how they met, their family lives etc. Lots to take in.
The girls got their first customer of the day, a very eccentric guy. Mari attended to him and he said something along the lines of “I like your style. I like your imagination. I want it all.” He then left.
Suddenly AN ALIEN INVASION! They were given the nickname “Scoopers” because they “scooped” buildings, monuments and landmarks. Kotoko was excited about the aliens while Rito pondered what was happening and Mari brushed it off as media nonsense. It of course was real. Kotoko and news reporters deduced the Scoopers were on their way to Hanjuku. For some reason the trio felt like they had to stay rather than get out of town.
Suddenly a giant baby bottle shaped “escape ship” landed near our heroines. Out came a little (supposedly) American girl named Misa and her “pet” fried shrimp looking thing named Ebifurya. They said Misa was captured by the aliens but Ebifurya helped her escape. They then explained that the Scoopers went around the galaxy scooping landmarks in order to construct their own planet…or something like that. Basically they wanted to gather as much imagination/creativity as they could across the galaxy. Now they’re on Earth and our heroines are worried what will happen to everyone there. There’s also a hint that Kotoko may have either had a close encounter or also been abducted by aliens in the past.
The Scooper showed up. Misa handed them a box of Amatsumara. I see four of them and the OP showed four girls. More on that next time.
It’s worth mentioning that the ONLY ONE of the three who was freaked out by everything that was happening was Mari. She only went along with it because her friends didn’t seem to mind all that much. So Rito got a cool hoverboard and is the fighter. Kotoko is the analyst/tactician and I imagine the support. Mari is the gunner with her “sweetzooka” as I call it.
The three worked together and turned all the Scoopers into donuts and candy. Suddenly what I think was a North Korea reference. That or the US. To stop Hanjuku from being destroyed Rito did something…interesting.
So what I noticed from this premiere episode is a strong emphasis on using your imagination because this show is certainly chock full of it…and I love it. It feels like Flip Flappers meets The Rolling Girls (but much more interesting than RG) so far.
Something else that has to be mentioned is the crazy animation. There’s not only a lot of split-screen moments but many, MANY different styles of animation. One moment it looks cool, the other like a cute children’s coloring book. So much happened in this episode. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those shows that requires repeated viewing to grasp every little detail. I’m excited for more!