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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
In 2003, Okina Kamino and illustrator Hoden Eizo and Nishieda would work on the Japanese light novel "Asobi ni Iku yo!" (Let's Go Play). In 2006, a manga adaptation by 888 was created and serialized in the manga magazine "Monthly Comic Alive".

With the popularity of the manga series and light novels, a 12-episode anime adaptation was created in 2010 titled "Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells in the Sky" and now, the series will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment under the name, "Cat Planet Cuties".

VIDEO:

"Cat Planet Cuties" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). AIC Plus+ did a magnificent job when it came to the visual look of the anime series. Backgrounds are well-painted and detailed, the characters designs and even mechanical designs look very good and plenty of shadows and details. Overall, the series looks great on Blu-ray.

AUDIO:

As for the lossless audio, "Cat Planet Cuties" is presented with an English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack and the Japanese version is presented in Japanese 2.0 Dolby TrueHD. Because the series features a good balance of dialogue and action, I was hoping to hear a more immersive soundtrack for the action scenes. A little more use of the surround channels, but for the most part, the lossless soundtrack is good. I did notice differences with the Japanese and English version, as Kio sounds much more younger (ie. junior high or early teens), whereas the English version, Kio sounds like an older teen. Nevertheless, voice acting is well-done on both soundtracks and the English version of course, has a been more dynamic range thanks to its 5.1 lossless track.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

"Cat Planet Cuties: Complete Collection" comes with the following special features:

Episode 1 Commentary - Featuring audio commentary by Scott Sager (ADR Director), Monica Rial (voice of Aoi) and Tia Ballard (voice of Eris).
Episode 9 Commentary - Featuring audio commentary by Christopher Bevins (line producer and voice director), Aaron Dismuke (voice of Kio) and Brittney Karbowski (voice of Manami).
Extra Bonus Features - (7:58) 14 previews for the next episode.
Textless Opening Song - (1:32) Textless theme song "Now Loading... Sky!!".
Textless Closing Songs - Featuring six textless closing songs.
Cat Planet Cuties U.S. Trailer - (1:34) FUNimation Entertainmen trailer for "Cat Planet Cuties".
TRAILERS - FUNimation Entertainment trailers

EXTRAS:

"Cat Planet Cuties: Complete Collection" comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD edition of the OVA's.

JUDGMENT CALL:

For those wanting a mild harem anime series, you really can't go wrong with "Cat Planet Cuties". As one would expect, there are a lot of female characters, one teenage boy and some of these characters are more well-endowed than others, it's a banal storyline.

In Japan, there are far too many anime series where female characters are all after the one male character and in some way, there can be comparisons with "Cat Planet Cuties" to other alien harem anime series such as "To Love RU" and even "Heaven's Lost Property".

The good news is that the series is beautifully animated and it was able to integrate a good amount of action and not so much focus on the fan service. Also, it's a series that tends to cater to those who enjoy Furry type of anime series. Cats and dogs with human characteristics, these type of anime series tend to have a strong fanbase.

With that being said, the caveat is that it focuses too much on the political conspiracy and while the Catian's are exciting to watch, the Dogisians were an uninspired antagonist. Also, I found the character of Kio to be normal and average, whereas "Heaven's Lost Property", its main character is a pervert and in "To Love RU", the main character is a person who is confused of his feelings of who he likes. With "Cat Planet Cuties", it tries to fit everything in the light novel series in 12-episodes and thus everything feels short and almost rushed. The ending, especially of what happens to Kio was like an easy way out for the writers to solve the harem issue.

Still, I did enjoy "Cat Planet Cuties" and its multiple characters and how the Catians try to get accustomed to the Planet Earth but also the "heat" problems that female cats go through to find a mate. These issues were fascinating and fun to watch but once again, as the group have their few episodes of having fun together, with only 12-episodes, it just felt too short and made me wonder how much of Okina Kamino's storyline was missing from the animated series.

As for the Blu-ray release, I will say that the animation especially the painted backgrounds look magnificent on Blu-ray. The characters are well-designed and while you tend to expect anime TV series to be soft in colors, the overall anime production by AIC Plus+ was well done! Lossless audio was good but I was hoping for a bit more immersive audio during the action sequence. And there are two audio commentary tracks as well as bumpers and textless opening and closing themes included.

Overall, "Cat Plant Cuties" well no doubt entice the anime fans who love anime harem series, well-endowed, furry characters and also sci-fi action. But for those who want a deeper storyline or even more fan service may find "Cat Planet Cuties" a bit too mild for their tastes and that there are other better sci-fi anime harem series out there.
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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
Asobi ni iku yo! (Let's play) - Bombshells From the Sky - what this series is supposed to be named, is a great all around anime. It is so much more than a typical harem show. There is action, mystery, comedy, character exploration, sadness and an amazing soundtrack. I agree with the reviewer who said it was so much deeper than you would think.

I hate that it was renamed for the Western release because many will not look past cute cat girls to begin with in order to see the other wonderful things about the anime. But those that do will be in for a treat.

I must say that you will be better off for watching the subbed version rather than the dubbed. To miss Kanae Ito's voice performance would be a tragedy.

It is not a 'dirty' or explicit anime at all. It is sweet and funny. It is not for children, but most earlier teens and up should be okay depending on parental guidance (unless cartoon boobies and innocent innuendo bother you - if so, turn off network & cable TV now!). Give it a chance and I don't think you will be disappointed.

UUNNYYAAAHHHH! Proud member of the Underside of the Paw! ~.^
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2012
This is a review of the Blu-ray version of the Blu-Ray/DVD package. The graphics were very crisp and colorful. I didn't run into any problems playing the disks. It comes with 12 episodes, an OVA, textless songs for openings and endings, and some of the teasers for the next shows. The last teaser is a "outtake" version of the other teasers, so be sure to watch it. Amazon has given it a rating of NR, but the package states that it is MA, because of the bare breasts.

I have watched it 3-4 times, and although the plot line is very simple, it is also a very funny show. The basic plot is that Eris, the cat girl, comes to earth to have fun and be an ambassador (of sorts). Eris is hard to get upset with, since she is so nice and loves everyone (especially Kio). The more TV shows, movies, and anime that you have watched, the funnier it is. The references vary from the opening segment of episode three, to figurines, and posters, etc. You definitely need to be familiar with Star Trek and Muttley (see him on You Tube). I saw things varying from as new as an anime that just aired within the last year to a poster on Alfred Hitchcock, the Godfather, and I saw one poster with Bruce Willis on it. I particularly like the Shelby GT-500 they drove around, since I used to own one, lol.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Super high quality anime, super cute, super fun. Basically it's about a cat girl from a planet od cat girls who comes to earth and all the trouble she attracts, and misunderstandings she has about earth customs, especially after she finds the main characters porn stash.

Repressed people beware of boobs. This is much more interesting than the typical "harem anime". Actually has a good coherent story and at least one episode (#9 i think) may make your eyes damp.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2015
I love Sci-Fi, and I love sexy naked animated females! Well who doesn't? Anyway, this series offers both of these! I noticed this series has 288 minutes of pure MEOW fun from outer-space. Enjoy!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
take girls bravo add sekrei and cat people and dog people sprikle alot of inside jokes/running gags,you will come out with a purrrefect good anime that will leave you howling with laughter! this anime is equal of the jamaican scorpion hot pepper in insider jokes and/or running gags. you will smirk like crazy and you will have to watch multiple times to get all the jokes. i've watch this 20-30 times and still haven't caught all the jokes. #9 episode is my fav, so enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2012
I'll admit, i was skeptical upon getting this one, but i was surprised. It's not all boobs and crazy fan service. It has a story (decent, but not the best), and a good whit about it. Of course there is some T&A in this anime, but it's far from over done. It's basically your typical Harem Anime with three girls liking the same dude. I found it quite enjoyable, but i still favor Love Hina and Toradora! over this one. Overall, not a bad buy.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2012
Cat Planet Cuties may seem like a generic unwanted harem anime, but it's 13 episodes explore the various themes of a harem anime in a deeper manner than you'd normally get in a harem anime.

Themes like "I just want my beloved to be happy." and other such cliches of harem anime are taken to their logical conclusion, and the inclusion of the "Dogisu" dog alien enemies also helps the series stand out. The Dogisu agent is a little smarter than most villains.

It's silly fun and quite entertaining, so I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2014
While this is "unrated" it is not for young boys as some would have you believe. Unless you would give your 13 year old a subscription to Playboy magazine then this is not a good idea for a 13 year old. Yes some kids can handle this but not here in oppressed America.
The series itself is well done in what I have seen as typical fantasy Japanese anime. Anyone who compares this to real world anything needs to get out more.
It is worth a look. If you like the "boy thrown into trouble" anime then this is good. If you like Love Hina then you will like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
When a beautiful alien cat girl arrives on earth as the ambassador for her people and turns the home of a high school student into her embassy her arrival forever changes the lives of three high school students when everything from a cat worshiping cult, governmental agencies and a rival alien species attempt to prevent an alliance with earth.

Although this is a harem anime it focuses more on humor, plot and action than merely fan service. The male protagonist may own erotic magazines he is not a pervert with a heart of gold instead he is genuinely a nice guy. As for the female protagonists they range from a buxom alien cat girl, a buxom childhood friend and a shy friend secretly harboring a crush on the male protagonist.

The animation, characters, story and English dub are amazing which is why this is one of my favorite animes!

Be warned that the series is not suitable for children due to all the fan service and if you're unfamiliar with the term then let me explain. Fan service means there are a lot of large jiggling breasts, revealing clothing, panty exposing character animations, poses and camera angles as well as brief nudity and strongly suggestive themes.
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