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Wandaba Style, Vol. 1: Rocket to Stardom!

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Destiny takes an unpredictable turn when Mix Juice, the unknown girl group, teams up with Dr. Susumo Tsukumo, a genius scientist, to become the first band on the moon. Will they be the hottest thing on the charts? Or, will they freeze to death in space?

At the opening of the broadcast series Wandaba Style (2003), "genius manager" Michael Hanagata recruits four quarrelsome, unsuccessful girl singers to form the group Mix Juice. He persuades pint-sized scientist Susumu Tsukomo to send the girls and pert assistant "experimental satellite Kiku #8" to the moon for their inaugural concert. Tsukomo's Wandaba machine sends the girls into space, but something always goes wrong with his calculations. They never make it to the moon and the concert never takes place. It doesn't matter. The only reason anything happens in this jejeune "fan service" comedy is to provide an excuse for the girls to lose their clothes. Wandaba Style will please otoku who don't want a plot or characters getting in the way of the panty shots; others will find the manic pace and idiotic story quickly cloy. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 14 and older: nudity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, 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: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HBLE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2008
What happens when you put together four ladies to form a music idol group? You get "Mix Juice", a new pop idol group managed by Michael Hanagata. A blonde afro-haired manager that will do anything for success.

The four women who are members of "Mix Juice" are Sakura, a fallen child star; Himawari, a construction worker by day and enka singer by night; Ayame, a ditsy folk singer who believes in male fairies and Yuri, a rock singer who has had her share of troubles.

Each women with different music styles and women who seemingly don't get along.

As Manager Hanagata tries to find ways to make these women noticed by the media after several unsuccessful attempts, he decides to collaborate with 13 year-old scientific genius, Tsukumoto Susumu. A genius who doesn't really believe man has landed on the moon and thus wants to be the first.
Also, a scientist who has had unsuccessful attempts in bringing his satellite android, Kiku #8 to the moon, he needs pilots and for Hanagata, he sees this as an opportunity for his girls to be the first musical group to perform in space and on the moon.

"Wandaba Style" is a 12-episode anime TV series that features a fun and humorous storyline and with the first DVD volume, features 4 episodes which feature Tsukumoto's attempt to have his creations land on the moon.
Each episode continues after the previous storyline.

Episode 1 is the introductory storyline that introduces our characters.
Episodes 2-4 features different attempts to bring Mix Juice and Kiku #8 to the moon. Examples of the episodes include the group riding in a vehicle that utilizes carbonation and another that utilizes helium.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on June 10, 2005
Michael Hanagata believes he has assembled the greatest pop idol group of all time. He has brought together Sakura, a nursery song singer who has lowered herself to selling her underwear on an online auction to make ends meet. Yuri, a rock singer working at a club who has never had a chance to shine. Ayame, a folk singer who is either psychotic or she really does have a guardian fairy invisible to everyone but her. Lastly, there's a traditional singer of Japanese music named Himawari. He dubs this supergroup Mix Juice. They're having a hard time breaking into the business until they hook up with Dr. Tsukumo, a boy scientist who needs someone to pilot a ship to the moon. Holding out the bait that the first concert from the Moon will make Mix Juice famous, the girls reluctantly agree to go along with his plan.

Well, I'll tell you right off that any anime with a character that shouts out all his/her lines really turns me off. And that's the problem with Hanagata, an afroed loudmouth right out of Excel Saga, another series that was doomed with its annoying voices. And yes, the girls of Mix Juice have some of the most grating, chalkboard voices ever recorded. The situation is made worse in an episode where they breath helium and their voices go into Alvin and the Chipmunks range! This show is a one trick pony, with the girls attempting to get to the moon over and over again, but of course something always happens to stop them and so on to the next attempt, next episode, repeat to infinity. I laughed maybe twice during viewing the whole disk. The characters were not endearing at all and had no personality beyond the usual anime cliches of girls arguing with each other and getting in cat fights. The animation was good. It's just that the show lacked personality in all other areas.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tarkus on January 28, 2005
A light-hearted slapstick comedy that's equal parts Spice World, Josie & the Pussycats (in space), The Thunderbirds, and the flat earth society. Ambitious kid genius and his perky android assistant try to literally launch a pre-fab pop group's career by making them the first band to perform on the moon. As if that premise weren't shakey enough, the good Dr. Tsukumo insists on lobbing the Mix Juice girls (an unlikely combo of a traditional Japanese "enka" singer, a hard-nosed "rock chick," a hippy-dippy folkie who talks to green fairies, and a "had-been" shopping mall pop star) into orbit by "environmentally friendly" means (i.e., Wile E. Coyote minus the Acme brand fireworks?...).

On one hand, this show is about as serious as a bowl of flan, but it is as sweet as it is harmless. The characters are all appropriately cartoony, the pratfalls and gimmicks are enjoyably laughable, and the requisite fan service is... well, cute, really (the foursome's ill-fated debut concert, for example). And for those of you who don't care to read your anime (or are terminally lazy, like myself), the English dub is competently done, and even enhances the humor in spots (in fact, the "out-take reel" is a laugh riot).

Empty calories? Sure, but it's still fun. Wandaba-daba-doo, baby.
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Wierd, leave it where it is. Missable and silly. Wish I hadn't seen it.
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