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I My Me! Strawberry Eggs

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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Company: Pioneer LDC
Format: 13 episodes
Dates: 7/4/2001 to 9/26/2001

Amawa Hibiki is a young teacher desperately trying to find a job. When he applies at the Seitou Sannomiya school, he learns that the current principal will only hire female teachers and is turning the school into an all-girls academy. Enraged by the principal’s attitude that males cannot be good teachers, Hibiki decides to cross dress in order to get a job at the school and prove her wrong. It soon becomes apparent that pretending to be a female teacher won’t be as easy as Hibiki had initially thought.

summary by Gatts

 

Reviewed: 12/21/2004 by
Grade: 75% av-Gatts

Highs: Nice music; quite funny at times

Lows: Shifts focus; certain aspects of the plot are underdeveloped

Although I My Me! Strawberry Eggs provides a short but enjoyable experience, it unfortunately ends up being a forgettable anime. Its main problem is that it doesn’t try to push the boundaries of the genre. The potential for being an excellent series is there, but it never truly taps into this potential.

One of my major gripes about the series is that quite a few of the key elements of the plot do not receive sufficient development. Questions are raised throughout the series, but many of these are only briefly touched upon in the last few episodes. Also, after the first few episodes the focus seems to shift from Hibiki’s quest to prove his worth as a teacher to a school-based romance. With this change, I My Me! strays from its original, humorous premise to fall into mediocrity.

On the bright side, this is still an entertaining anime. There are a number of really funny scenes, and a few amusing characters always had me laughing. The fact that the series is only thirteen episodes in length keeps it from becoming boring. Another noteworthy facet is the catchy soundtrack and its crisp visuals.

In the end, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs is a decent romantic comedy. Even though it’s not terribly memorable, fans of the genre should definitely check it out.

 

Reviewed: 04/21/2004 by
Grade: 59% av-Kain

Highs: Hibiki looks good in patent-leather stilettos

Lows: Repetitive soundtrack; the plot is just a series of side stories; contrived ending

Here’s what we call an anime that went wrong in all the wrong places. Judging from the previews, the overall story sounded very intriguing… but like a bride left at the altar, I knew to rely on previous experience and not judge an anime by its cover, so to speak.

Let’s start off with the plot. What plot, you might ask? Good question. Even in retrospect I still can’t pinpoint what was the main motivation behind this anime series. Was it Hibiki’s attempt at gender anonymity? Or how about his will to prove to the Seitou Sannomiya school administration that he could teach? Or maybe it was the sudden, ill-conceived love triangle that seemed to plague the latter five or six episodes? Nevertheless, this hodgepodge of storylines negated any sense of continuity this anime might have had. Seeing as how a cohesive and uniform script is such a high priority for me when I view anime, this aspect, or lack thereof, was a huge letdown.

Only the impending discovery of Hibiki’s charade kept me interested enough to progress through the episodes. Everything was looking good… up until the horribly cornball and unbelievable conclusion. Not caring about what happened to any of the uncomfortably nasty and mean-spirited characters, I found their sudden change of heart just way too much to swallow. That was about the last straw for me.

I had a bad feeling going into this one, and to my dismay my hesitation was justified. If this is the trend of anime, then the future looks bleak indeed.

 

I My Me! Strawberry Eggs can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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