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Going into the fall season I had high hopes that Kemeko DX would be a winner especially since I wanted a few series to balance the sad and dark shows that were prevalent this season. It turned out to be the best pure comedy show of season, but was that enough to make it a hit?
Final Series Score: 7/12 B
Pros: the few fight scenes were done well, when it’s funny – it was funny, sometimes odd in a good way
Cons: Sometimes odd in a bad way, storyline was overly complex and hindered the comedy, character development was nonexistent
Awards given to Kemeko DX by this blog
10 years ago Sanpieta was given a glowing green ball to eat by his childhood friend (and first love) before she moved away. Fast forward ten years and Sanpieta is a normal high school student. Well maybe not normal, his new childhood friend, Izumi, has proportions that would make Barbie feel flat and she mothers Sanpieta to death. His life is forever changed when a squat woman wearing a wedding dress shows up in Sanpieta’s room fighting robots and declaring herself Sanpieta’s bride. Of course he doesn’t like the sound of this but the squat, kinda unattractive, woman is actually a mech named Kemeko and the woman piloting this mech looks very similar to the girl in Sanpieta’s picture of his first love. With the possibility of M.M., the pilot of Kemeko, being his first love – he allows Kemeko to stay even though Kemeko has many enemies and is rather odd.
Thoughts and impressions
If I have to sum up the entire show in two words it would be: wasted potential. Which is a disappointment because I love the oddly premised comedies that show up in anime so often.
The storyline is this show’s biggest weakness. For starters, it’s paced as if the show was going to run at least 26 episodes but the show ended at 12. As a result, many of the characters that are introduced have no apparent reason to exist. Also, we only get a few answers to the questions that the show presents which is rather unsatisifying for this type of show – this isn’t some sort of slice-of-life show or artsy series that the viewer is asked to draw their own conclusion. Either the storyline should have been deemphasized or the series should have went 26 episodes or the pacing should have sped up so more of the story could have been shown.
Maybe I wouldn’t have been so disappointed if the show had totally stunk; instead, each episode would make me laugh a couple of times and I’d be left wanting more. One of the best laughs I got across all shows this season was how “Ode to Joy” is used in episode 4 – Beethoven’s probably rolling in his grave.
My opinion of this show could improve if there is a second season done in the future – they hinted at doing one at the end – because the story might be explained further and we might get to like the characters more.
- 12 episodes
- genre:Comedy, Mech
- animation studio: Hal Film Maker
- director: Tsutomu Mizushima
- OP: “Kemeko Deluxe!” by Chiwa Saito, Haruka Tomatsu, Mikako Takahashi, Rie Kugimiya, Ryoko Shiraishi, Ayako Kawasumi and Mai Goto
- ED: “Purippurin Taisou” by Chiwa Saito
- Seiyuus of note: Chiwa Saito, Eri Kitamura, Haruka Tomatsu, Aya Endo, Rie Kugimiya