Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan is a pure fanservice comedy anime with a style similar to the likes of Macademi WAsshoi, Moetan, Asu no Yoichi, or Kanokon. That said, it is very aware of itself as such, and for being what it is, does a satisfying job of good, fun entertainment for those of us with lower standards.
The show’s premise, while not in any way deep, is decent enough. There are these girls called ‘Juuden-chan’s (literally ‘charge-up-chan’) from another dimension who come to earth as invisible fairies. They have these power level scouters like in Dragon Ball Z that let them detect a person’s level of happiness in grades (D through F is pretty happy, while C is depressed, B is really depressed, and A is suicidal.) When they find a depressed person, they pull out this big ass motherfucking plug from a power source (overhead cables or generators, etc.) and slam it into the person to give them a huge electric burst of happiness.
Plug is a Juuden-chan who’s new to the job, and fucks up her first mission by forgetting to ground her big-ass plug. She is sent out on duty again and as she’s flying around town having a hard time finding depressed people (obviously she lives in Pleasantville or something) she encounters a guy named Sento Oumi (who looks exactly like Yuuichi Tate from Mai-HiME but 3 years later) who can, for some unexplained reason, see and interact with her unlike any other person (one must assume this will be nonchalantly explained later in an almost overly simplistic way.)
This guy has a little sister who is depressed. What unfolds is a totally cliche anime story about a brother who works to much, sister wishes she could do more because she’s insanely moe, things get worse before they get better, and by the end, it’s all resolved, everyone’s happy. I wouldn’t have expected anything more from it, but it’s executed nicely enough that it isn’t annoying or boring, but fun and relatively worth my time. I mean, I’m not saying it’s got something special like, say, Kanokon, but it’s not bad enough to warrant raeghaetflamedrop.
For one thing, I LOVE the voice acting, which is why I was surprised to find that most of the seiyuu are largely inexperienced. Plug herself is a slightly stupid genki girl who’s full of smiles and cute and win. Her seiyuu is Kaori Fukuhara (Tsukasa Hiiragi in Lucky Star) who I loved in that role as well, but love possibly even more in this one. The side characters all sound cute/fun/etc. where appropriate and the show is actually narrated by it’s one really big name seiyuu, Kotono Mitsuishi (Misato in Evangelion, Excel in Excel Saga, many, many more)
About midway through the episode, Plug is watching a magical girl show on TV with tentacle rape that is a huge, blatant reference to Cutie Honey, which was nice. There was also a fourth-wall breaking sequence in regards to her transformation sequence (which is actually instant and whose slowed-down version is hined to be left for later). These jokes were fun and a good reminder that this show is fully aware of what it is and wont likely try to be more, which is as much as I can hope for in a silly fanservice show. Rounding out the positives, the character designs were pretty good, and the plot never got too dramatic for it’s own good.
The one thing that really bothered me was all the… piss. Seriously. Every time Plug gets hit with something, she pisses herself. It’s……. quite disgusting. The piss is globby and gross and runs down her leg – just for a brief moment in all instances, but still… why?! I probably shouldn’t really have to ask with all the Japanese porn I’ve seen in which pissing is pretty prominent, but this show doesn’t even give full-on breast shots, why does it have pissing? I dunno. Dem crazy japs. I’m sure there’s some cult following of anime piss who’s just loving it. Blegh.
I can’t say I’ll be ‘following’ Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan. It’s probably somehting I’ll end up watching random episodes of like Macademi Wasshoi. I think it’s kind of funny how the (very nice) ending animation has about 20X the fanservice of the first episode, though with Plug’s big-breasted and seemingly tsundere counterpart showing up in the next episode, maybe that will change. We shall see. …..maybe.