a.k.a. Dual! Paralle Lunlun Monogatari
Yotsuga Kazuki is a boy with a wild imagination. At least, that’s what he keeps telling himself. However, the visions that only he can see are often all too real to be mere figments of his imagination, and his upperclassman Sanada Mitsuki agrees. When Mitsuki introduces Kazuki to her father Dr. Sanada, the eccentric scientist surmises that Kazuki is seeing the events of a war taking place in an alternate universe, one that is very similar to their own.
summary by Kain
Highs: Nice combination of laughs and action; very creative story; pleasant music
Lows: Underexplained story moments; shifts focus too often; too many interesting characters for a short series
Any movie critic will tell you that there are no more original ideas, and this statement pretty much applies to Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, too. That’s because this anime draws its content from several others, such as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Martian Successor Nadesico. The latter may raise eyebrows since Nadesico itself often parodies Evangelion.
Dual! is a comedy, first and foremost. The first half blatantly and purposefully parodies Evangelion, but only on a surface level. The three pilots consist of the uncertain male lead, an abrasive female who only expresses herself through tantrums and the quiet, synthetic automaton. Even the mecha are meant to mimic EVA units. But like I said, the similarities are superficial; Dual! has next to zero psychological character analysis and development. That’s fine, since this anime’s purpose is to offer light entertainment, not to stimulate brain cells.
The story does suffer at times due to the condensed nature of the anime, which is odd because I felt the first six episodes dragged. It’s the second half of this anime where Dual! establishes its own, well-constructed story that my interest was piqued, but there were too many characters deserving of more screen time and weren’t given it. Some important details of the story (such as the ruins and the origination of Genmu) are brushed over lightly, and because of this scene transitions felt jagged and coarse.
Dual! is still a pleasant anime that I find hard not to recommend. It was a popular series in Japan and developed quite a cult following in the West. I suggest you check it out.
See also Dual! OVA Special.
Dual! and the OVA Special can be downloaded legally in the United States in one single torrent HERE.