a.k.a. Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan
Miyuki wakes up from an odd dream one bright sunny morning only to realize that she’s late for class! As Miyuki dashes down the street to reach the school on time, she sees a strange figure pass by, crying, “I’m late! I’m late!” Before she knows it, Miyuki finds herself in a land of mysterious beings and unexpected adventure. Will Miyuki-chan find her way out of Wonderland?
summary by Madoka
Highs: Beautiful character design
Lows: Terrible background music; waste of voice talent
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is a one-episode OVA broken into two short stories. The tale is a familiar one: Miyuki falls into a hole after seeing a white rabbit, only to find a world filled with eccentric and mischievous inhabitants. A different and slightly ecchi take on Lewis Carroll’s well-known story, this anime is marred by horrible background music and wastes some of the best voice talent in the business.
This OVA is an imaginative re-telling of Alice in Wonderland with CLAMP’s distinctive style. The character designs are visibly attractive and meet up with the high standard CLAMP sets. With not a single male character in sight, every character is a gorgeous female with few clothes and a fondness for cute girls. The visuals may be lovely, but the music is just plain horrible. Each scene is accompanied by the same tune that will probably bore its way into your head and stay there for hours to come. The music is repetitive, irritating, and unrelenting.
The music is so bad that you might be tempted to turn down the volume, but then you will miss out on the incredible seiyuu that grace this anime. This short episode boasts some of the biggest and best names in voice acting, including Inuoe Kikuko, Ogata Megumi, Orikasa Ai and Tange Sakura. But blink and you miss their great talents. Each actress puts in a mere cameo; you might not even be able to recognize their voices in the short amount of time they are on screen.
At only thirty minutes, there’s not a lot of plot or character development to squeeze in there, but this anime is much more concerned with placing Miyuki into one fan service situation after another. Unlike the novel it is based on, Miyuki-chan in Wonderland is by no means a classic. But if it’s just a bit of mindless ecchi that you’re in the mood for, you might want to take a quick journey with Miyuki down the rabbit hole.
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.