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The Daichis -Earth's Defense Family- "Dysfunctional Heroes" (Vol. 1) (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002VYPDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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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?

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Incredibles via Southpark July 28, 2010
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The Daichis is very clearly a superhero parody. The mood is pretty much The Incredibles via The Simpsons or Southpark. There is a lot of vulgar and potty mouth humour and behaviour here and thus clearly not for small children or those easily offended. The show is well animated and the battles are quite pretty and filled with energy. The Daichis are a very dysfunctional family on the verge of breaking up when they are chosen to defend earth from alien monsters who seem to only be interested in large scale destruction. They are given cards that allow them to transform into powersuits, each with its own abilities. They are supposed to work as a team to take down the monsters and only use flashy apocalyptic powers when absolutely necessary. To encourage this they are paid for each successful battle but charged each time they use a really flashy overkill power. This family however, is so dysfunctional that it is rare that everyone even shows up for a battle, resulting in the use of many flashy overkill powers to win the day and thus a great deal of debt which adds to the family stress.

There is real pain in this show. Everyone behaves badly and I wanted to strangle everyone at some point, but they have good reasons for their dysfunctional behaviour and unfortunately make things worse by taking out their issues on everyone else. The show actually plays more like a tragedy than a comedy in many cases. This family is dysfunctional in a way that is painful to watch which kills some of the humour. Unlike most shows like this The Daichis does not end with a happy family, with everyone having learned their lesson. If anything the family is even more dysfunctional at the end of the series and only held together by a wicked early termination penalty clause in their contract. However, by the end, they seem to have embraced the fact that they are a dysfunctional family forced to stay together and fight for earth and accepted it as their reality.
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