Popotan - Vanishing House (Vol. 1)
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I even found Easter Eggs. Go to any episode selection and highlight the "Preview" text and hit right once or twice to highlight two different alternate previews. There's two for each episode.
Anyway, I bought this series collection a year ago. I've been a fan of Nurse Witch Komugi since it arrived here in America years ago on Anime Network and recognized the artwork here in Popotan. I think the artwork is adorable and so are the characters.
I was drawn to the plot and the artwork, but I wasn't expecting so much nudity. I honestly feel it distracted from the wonderful heart-warming story. I don't have a problem with artistic nudity, as I am an artist and have to practice it from time to time. But what was done here was fanservice really lol.
The story really is beautiful, I cried at the ending(no I really did!).
I enjoyed this series very much, but like I said earlier, the gratuitous explict nudity really is like that overcast shadow on the sunshine of the anime as a whole. Very unnecessary to me, sort of cheapens the tale but can be avoided somewhat.
Popotan follows the adventures of three sisters & their maid as they travel through time in their mansion to various places in Japan in the hopes of finding a mysterious person. In each location they meet new friends as well as new problems to help solve. However, they never seem to be any closer to finding that special person...
The series is very cute & the animation is fairly decent. The animation does seem to occasionally lack in certain areas, most notably when it surrounds a character that isn't a cute or handsome. The three sisters & their maid are the most detailed of any, which is to be expected- after all, they're who the viewer is wanting to see. There's a lot of filler here, with the real meat of the story taking up only a fifth of this twelve episode series.
Something I do have to warn potential viewers on is that there's LOTS of fanservice in here, with all four of the main characters appearing naked. It can be a little overwhelming on occasion, what with some of the fanservice seeming a little over the top. Plus I also have to warn you that some of it is loli fanservice- I know some people don't like watching it, so I thought I should mention it. However, none of it is really all that sexual in nature & most of it is pretty innocently done.Read more ›
If I do finish the series, I will come back and amend this review.
I'm a fan of anime since way back and I like it kind of light and funny (or at least with tastefully done violence ala Ghost in the Shell), with some eye-candy thrown in here and there. This show isn't always light and funny, and it has a LOT of (non-sexually based) nudity, but the storyline was unusually compelling for something that seemed so fluffy to begin with.
The story centers around Ai, Mii and Mai, sisters in a house that seems to be part living quarters, part Christmas advertisement. It travels from place to place, jumping through time as well. The main theme to it seems to be that the sisters are on a "quest" to find a particular woman. Why they're doing that isn't mentioned. Along the way, they make friends with, and then have to leave, a lot of people - which as others have noted drives the drama in the story. A man named Kiet (or Kieth - hard to tell) serves as a moody and arrogant protagonist/"guide" while Mae serves as the sister's (probably cybernetic) guardian/maid. (Who, oddly, was MY favorite character.)
If one can overlook the unexplained reason for the sisters being on the quest in the first place the series is relatively engaging. It's only 13 episodes long and has an ending that could lend itself to more should they ever go about doing it.
But the main thing I want to point out is that once you get it, you can watch it through Amazon's streaming video service. Unfortunately, the aspect ratio is messed up in the streaming side (and yes, I tried all different ones to get it to be correct). This isn't the fault of the show.Read more ›
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There were things that were left to be desired, but if you've played the game I'm sure some of the gaps where you were feeling like something was missing would be filled. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JS
I love this anime. When I ordered it it said it was dubbed but it's not it's subbed. I want to get a dubbed copy of this anime.Published 16 days ago by Christopher Quinones
It was light and a good antidote for the rip your heart out and stomp on it anime' I had watched before it. Well...except for...nah, I don't wanna ruin it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved it. Didn't finish it yet...but most anime are just awesome!Published 1 month ago by Grad student
I admit I would feel better if there was the option to have Japanese with eng subs as an option.Published 1 month ago by Kevin Cruz