Sgt. Frog: Season 1, Part 1
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Little Frog. Big Mission.
Keroro is Sgt. Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the Amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room. And though the invasion may have slowed to a hop, Sergeant Frog still occasionally yearns to overcome his karaoke addiction and reassemble his troops. Watch out world, the frogs are taking over.
Invade. Conquer. Karaoke.
The outré sci-fi comedy Sgt. Frog (2004) scored a big hit in Japan, running for almost 300 episodes and spawning five theatrical features. A force of alien frogs attempted to conquer Earth (or "Pekopon"), but withdrew, leaving a few of their less impressive warriors behind. Keroro a.k.a. Sgt. Frog takes refuge in the home of the offbeat Hinata family. Mom Aki is a manga editor who sees Keroro as a source of ideas; Fuyuki, the friendless president of his junior high paranormal club, welcomes the alien; Natsumi, Fuyuki's brilliant, athletic older sister, puts the amphibian to work cleaning house. Rounding out the cast are zillionaire-heiress Momoka, who nurtures a crush on Fuyuki; Angolmois, an alien who spoofs magical girls; upper classman Sabura, whom Natsumi adores, and four nutty frogs from the Sergeant's old platoon. The stories careen from parodies of other series (Sgt. Frog adores Gundam models), to self-reflexive gags to attempts to restart the failed conquest of Earth. Sgt. Frog often plays like sillier, less cynical version of Invader Zim. But bringing Sgt. Frog to another culture proved problematic. Like Shin-chan, the dialogue consists largely of puns, word- plays, and pop culture references, many of which are essentially untranslatable. The writers either have to present a literal rendering, which wouldn't be funny or even comprehensible, or try to come up with English equivalents of the jokes--which may have little to do with the original script. Funimation opted for latter, which has led some otaku to complain about the "bastardization" of the series, but it was probably the better choice. It's not like they've rewritten The Tale of Genji: flatulence jokes are flatulence jokes in any language. (Rated TV PG, suitable for ages 13 and older: cartoon violence, risqué and toilet humor, tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
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I know what you're thinking: "Anime is so expensive, I can't afford it!" I can tell you that it's a steal at $30, it really is, especially considering that a place like Best Buy or some mall outlet would easily charge you something like $55-$60 for it.
So, here's what I'd like you to do: buy this box set, or if you're feeling really generous, buy the two half-seasons. You'll be helping to make sure that Funimation can continue licensing the series for all of us to enjoy! And I PROMISE that you'll be happy with your purchase too.
If you yourself are not interested in a comedy gem like this, then Christmas is coming along and you have to know *someone*who would enjoy some froggy goodness. And hey, somebody has a birthday soon, right? Get one for them too! Get them the other two seasons as well if you wanna be an extra good friend ;) Sgt. Frog: Season Two and Sgt. Frog: Season Three, Part One &Sgt. Frog: Season Three, Part Two
Anyhow, if you like this set of the first 26 episodes, and odds are you will, it'll be a no brainer for you to get the other 2 seasons currently out at the moment, because it only gets better and better.
3/28/14 EDIT: Funimation has put their release of this awesome show on hiatus since about a year ago, but don't fear! Potential buyers, the only way we'll get more of this show-- episode 79-103 and onward-- sooner rather than later is by voting with your wallets (and of course, spreading the love/awareness is a great thing to do, too!)
4/1/14 EDIT: One thing nobody has mentioned, not even the description, is that according to the back of the box, all DVD sets of this show are Regions 1, 2, and 4, meaning this is importable to those in the UK/Ireland, Australia/NZ, South Africa, and all other countries those areas cover.
The voice-overs are very well done.