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Dokkoida

a.k.a. Sumeba Miyako no Cosmos-sou Suttoko Taisen Dokkoida

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Genre: Comedy
Company: ufotable
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 7/11/2003 to 9/27/2003

The recession has made finding a job next to impossible, so when Sakurazaki Suzuo is offered a job to test out a new product for the Otankanasu Toy Company, he quickly accepts. What Suzuo doesn’t know is that the “toy” he is testing is actually a new power suit designed for the Galaxy Union Police; when he uses it, he transforms into Dokkoida, a superhero responsible for defending the universe. However, to test the capabilities of the new suit, the Galaxy Union has sent a handful of universal criminals to earth. Will this amateur hero be able to defeat these super villains and save the earth?

summary by Gatts

 

Reviewed: 05/24/2004 by
Grade: 72% av-Gatts

Highs: Great parody; whacky characters

Lows: Not enough Dokkoida scenes; tries to be serious

Parodies are difficult to do well because they are often a hit-or-miss affair. Dokkoida sets out to poke fun at classical Japanese superhero shows. Although far from flawless, it succeeds in creating a fast-paced, off-the-wall parody.

At it’s best, Dokkoida is a hilarious anime that mocks just about every superhero cliché in the book. Some of the funniest moments come when it takes jabs at the staples of the genre, like the fact that Dokkoida can only unleash his true power when his theme song is playing. There are quite a few other clever takes on defining qualities of a superhero show that fans will no doubt get a kick out of. The series doesn’t limit itself to making jokes about the sentai genre, though. Everything from dating sims to reality TV to Onegai Teacher are parodied throughout (a character from Grave of the Fireflies even makes an unofficial cameo appearance if you watch closely). All the jokes work well thanks largely to the zany cast of characters. Dokkoida looks like he’s wearing his underpants over his battle suit, and his villains range from Dr. Maronflower, the stereotypical mad scientist villain, to Hyacinth, a busty dominatrix that uses her love slave as a weapon. The cast is really outlandish but fits the series perfectly.

The downside of the anime is that when Suzuo isn’t off saving the world, he is at home interacting with his neighbors. His neighbors are all superheroes and villains, but he doesn’t know about their secret identities. While the interaction between characters is humorous, many of the scenes are far less entertaining than the crime fighting segments. The other big problem is that a few of the episodes try to be serious and dramatic. In a twelve-episode comedy, it ends up being a waste of time that accomplishes little.

Dokkoida is a fun series that moves at a brisk pace with little downtime between jokes. The few episodes that try to be serious disrupt the flow of the series, but for anyone familiar with classic Japanese superhero shows, this anime will surely have you laughing.

 

Dokkoida can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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