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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

Stills from Sgt. Frog (Click for larger image)

(1. Meet the Sergeant! 2. Bag of Secrets! 3. Amphibian On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 4. Blood Violence Death Kill! 5. The Day Gundam Cried! 6. Ghost Kiss-Perer! 7. Apocalypse Later! 8. Base: The Final Frontier! 9. Desperately Seeking Brains! 10. Sgt. Frog versus the Cavitians of Cavity 9! 11. Fake It `Til You Make It! 12. Pop Startled! 13. Viper? I Hardly Knew Her!)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Todd Haberkorn, Brina Palencia, Cherami Leigh
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 324 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2009
Unique, fun and gut-bursting humor! "Sgt. Frog" is probably one of the most odd and crazy anime series you'll ever see. Hilarious in Japanese but the writing for the English dub definitely takes things up a notch!

Since 1999, the manga series "Keroro Gunso" (aka "Sgt. Frog") by Mine Yoshizaki ("Arcade Gamer Fubuki", "Chibi Kero" and "Seven of Seven") has been entertaining readers. Since 2004, the anime series has been entertaining viewers and both continue to be popular long-running series in Japan. Now the award winning series gets its first US anime DVD release with the first 13 episodes now arriving in the US.

The anime series is directed by Yusuke Yamamoto ("Welcome to the NHK, "Sakura Taisen", "Mobile Suit Victor Gundam" and Arjuna") and features character designs by Fumitoshi Oisaki ("Romeo x Juliet", "Ontama" and "Kaleido Star"). The series is known for its use of parodies of pop culture and in the Japanese case, you will see a plenty of pop culture references to anime and video games. While, the English dub features a slightly different script than the Japanese and utilizes American pop culture (which I will describe more in the video and audio segment of this review).

The series revolves around an alien race of frogs who have come to conquer the planet Earth. But somehow along the way, things didn't go as expected and the leader of the platoon, Sergeant Frog finds himself living with the Hinata family. Always up to mischief and trying to find a way to conquer Earth, he is befriended by the weak and paranormal/supernatural obsessed boy Fuyuki, beaten to a pulp by his strong sister Natsumi and given a place to live by their mother (and manga editor) Aki who uses him as a source of ideas for her new manga.
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Sgt. Frog is one of those rare anime properties that could only be made possible by global cooperation. The look, the feel, the animation-style (heck the main character perhaps most of all) are all of Asian influence but much of this particular set's charm stems from its American dub work. In all honesty, it would seem very easy to screw things up the way Funimation went about combining the artistic influence of two very-different nations but after having just completed this collection, I can state with confidence that they defied the odds with this one! But before we get ahead of ourselves here, let's take a look at the cold hard facts, shall we?

Funimation has recently acquired the rights to the show and has wasted little time in getting the first part of the first season (Episodes 1-13) release out to the North American public for the first time ever. Coming in at a total runtime of 325 minutes, Sgt. Frog Season One Part 1 spans 2 discs and comes packaged as a pair of thin packs within a cardboard slipcase.

The show wears an appropriate if slightly conservative TV PG rating, which is presumably based more on adult-themed references and cartoony violence over nudity, foul language or gore.

Language options are typical sub & dub meaning the option of original Japanese dialog track (stereo) or an English dub (5.1 Dolby Surround) and English subtitles available under either language choice.

Extras include Pekopon Invasion Recon Data, textless songs and a host of Funimation trailers.
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While this series is obviously a slap-stick comedy series and not to be taken seriously in anyway I found myself amazed that this series was far more enjoyable to hear with the dubbed Americanized sense of humor that was made than rather the Eastern sense of humor. The series small plot is that you have a supposed alien frog armada from space with the plot to takeover the earth but sadly have underestimated the strength of the human people especially since humans use the frog species as their dissection experiments in school, if you're expecting any kind of drama or seriousness at all in the show than you will of course be disappointed as there is hardly any of that at all in this series. The episodes are very hilarious as you see the hijinx of the frog armada plotting schemes from how to make money to trying to reclaim their frog pride in try to take over the world, the one thing I found amazing is that while both the dubbed and subbed cast were great in their character roles I think that many like myself will actually prefer listening to the series with the dubbed English cast as the writers for the dubbed script from Funimation did a terrific job making the series humor each episode much more hilarious than what was expected. This series is a definite must have for any anime fan who enjoys comedy series but if you're still not convinced check out a few episodes online I'm sure that will make you a believer in no time at all....
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This is a great show for young and old alike. Frogs from space try to invade the earth but instead get lazy and go native. Young kids will enjoy the cute characters and wacky antics. Grown ups who know about Japanese Animation will get the old in-jokes. Sgt Frog is the patron saint of Otaku Culture. Part dog and cat movie, part densha otoko, part invader zim without its fangs.
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