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Grrl Power!: They're Out of School...And Into Trouble! (2004)

Akitaroh Daichi  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Akitaroh Daichi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000228T0O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars WE'LL DO WHAT YOU NEED FOR A FEE July 14, 2004
By Sesho
Grrl Power is the story of 3 elementary school dropouts who open a handyman, actually, a handygirl shop. That means they do tasks that others don't have the time or the inclination to do. For example, delivering a fisherman's lunch from his wife via jet ski, or making a girl break up with her boyfriend. Yes, they do charge a fee, but it's for a good cause. They want to buy an island where they can create their own nation away from the boring everyday lives of grownups.
Of the three girls, Sora is the loudest and seems to be the leader. Umi is the glamorous beauty who uses her looks to get what she wants. The last girl, Ao, is deaf and uses sign language and facial movements to communicate. She might just be the wisest of the three.
In this first and only volume so far, one of their classmates shows up trying to convince the 3 girls to come back to school. Strangely, we never hear about the girl's parents. They seem to live alone with no adult supervision. Of course, this is a comic world. They refuse to go back to school because they don't believe they learn anything there. Just then, a crying lady shows up at their door, begging for their assistance. Ironically, the woman asks the 3 girls to convince HER computer addicted son to go to school. It seems that, like them, he sees no use for public education. Well, suffice it to say, the girls just might have taken on their hardest case yet.
Director Akitaro Daichi self-produced this anime with the help of his friends. While it is based on a manga, Daichi originally conceived of it as an anime, but couldn't find backing for it, so he did a manga, figuring if that was successful, he would be able to carry out his original anime idea. The result is a very entertaining, if brief, one shot dvd.
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By Rachel
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As one of the only anime out there with Japanese Sign Language in it, I've been looking to buy まかせてイルか (Grrl Power!: They're Out of School...And Into Trouble!) for a while now!

I was able to get my copy for free using the $5 amazon gift card I got through Bing. However, the reason why the price is so low is because the anime is only 24 minutes long! I knew this when I bought it. I finally got to watching it last night and was blown away. The anime is filled with excitement, interesting characters and a really good storyline. The ending really surprised me. The anime's art style, music and overall feel also reminds me of Harvest Moon. I really love it!

For those of you who are dedicated to only watching Japanese TV without English subtitles, The Region 1 DVD's language settings may only have the option for English audio and Japanese audio with English subtitles, but the subtitles aren't hard subbed. You can turn them off with your remote control by clicking subtitle. The Region 2 DVD comes with Japanese subtitles.

The first time I watched まかせてイルか, I didn't know I could turn off the subs, so I avoided looking at them as much as possible. Now that I know I can turn them off, I look forward to watching it without subs.

On the Region 1 DVD box, まかせてイルか is rated 12+. There is some light sexual content that is supposed to be comical, but may not be appropriate for younger kids.

In the credits, Minami Ruruka from 手話あいらんど is listed as the shuwa coordinator (手話指導). She has an extensive profile of helping with the shuwa on various shows, from Orange Days to Love Letter.

The DVD also includes in the bonus content "GRRL Power at TAF", in which there is simultaneous sign language translation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grr8t anime July 12, 2008
Grrl Power is the story of three girls who were more or less abondoned by their parents who "were fools" and got into trouble which they fled from leaving their children to fend for themselves. This is actually stated in the episode, contrary to the other review. The three girls dropped out of school becuase it did not teach them street smarts and was boring. In order to get by they start a business which accepts odd jobs. After showing a few jobs to introduce us to the characters and to get a feel for the story, the girls are contracted to convince a young boy to go back to school.

This DVD is the pilot episode of a solid, indie anime that never got off the ground. It has an original plot, positive message, great artwork, and an awsome dub deliverd by veteran voice actors. While I only laughed a few times, the entire episode is entertaining, humurous, and fast paced. To my recollection this DVD is kid friendly, except for one incidence where oneof the girls is a cheerleader at a baseball game with plenty of adults learing at her. Also there is a panty shot in this scene. Also at one point someone gets compost in their mouth including the girls own poo. There are several extras, but most of them deal with the Japanese side of production and of course the obligatory previews of other ADV titles.

If you like the description, then it is a solid buy.
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