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Bottle Fairy

a.k.a. Binzume Yousei

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Genre: Comedy
Company: Studio Orphee
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 10/3/2003 to 12/26/2003

Kururu, Sarara, Hororo and Chiriri are four magical fairies that have come to live with their sensei and learn about the human world in the hopes of one day becoming humans themselves. While their sensei is away at school, the foursome do their best to learn as much as they can, with the somewhat misguided help of the grade school girl who lives next door.

summary by Liegenschonheit

 

Reviewed: 06/01/2005 by
Grade: 82% av-Liegenschonheit

Highs: Kawaii!; consistently good art; many genuinely funny moments

Lows: No back story; no real plot

Packed full of sugary cuteness, parodies and clever puns, Bottle Fairy is one of those rare breed of anime that is made for children yet entertaining for adults. Despite its lack of anything resembling a plot, this anime is still quite enjoyable, though you might need an insulin shot afterward.

With each episode roughly 12 minutes long, Bottle Fairy packs each minute full of wide-eyed chibi goodness. With its vividly bright and amazingly cute art and high quality animation, this anime scores an instant win in the visual category. Each of the fairies has a super kawaii character design. Though their personalities are somewhat simplistic and static, the seiyuu do a remarkable job making even these very basic characters exude life and charm.

Though there is no plot to speak of and the only exposition is given during the opening song, neither of these things really matter in this particular anime. A basic idea of why the fairies labor to understand the human world is enough, as their pun-filled misadventures are really what this anime is about. Cheeky and clever, Bottle Fairy deftly parodies Japanese culture, television and history as the fairies earnestly work their way through each lesson.

Though the cuteness of this anime may be too much to handle in one dose, watching an episode or two at a time is a surefire way to get you smiling. If you don’t laugh at chibi fairies solemnly enacting seppuku, there may be something wrong with you. Though the puns and jokes are better if you have an understanding of Japanese culture, this is still an anime that both you and your little sister can enjoy together.

 

Bottle Fairy can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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