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Yesterday, dad suffered as a programmer in a dead-end job, mom worked to forget her regrets about being married, sister struggled to balance her homework and keeping up the house and little brother used silly pranks and outrageous behavior to keep everyone laughing. Today, they are the Earth's front line of defense against extra terrestrial invasion! Can they find a way to keep their family together while defeating the aliens on time and under budget?
The Daichi family may be the heroes of this outrageous sci-fi spoof, but it would be flattery to call them "dysfunctional." Dad's an obese nerd, Mom wants a divorce, and pint-sized Dai flips girls' skirts at school. Teenage Nozomi, who wants nothing to do with the others, is the most normal and least likable. Somehow, they're chosen to defend the Earth against invading aliens: They receive cards that enable them to transform into power-suited superheroes. Unfortunately, their salaries don't cover the optional powers needed to defeat the monsters, and the family sinks into debt. Daichis recalls numerous superhero parodies, but its tone is closer to South Park than to Dai-Guard or Dokkoida. Jokes about excrement, panties, and breasts constitute the stock-in-trade; viewers untroubled by bad taste and vulgarity will roar at this 2001 broadcast series. (Rated 13 and older: nudity, toilet humor, profanity, risqué humor, violence, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon