Anime Review: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
Magical girl anime is, admittedly, not something I’m hugely accustomed to. I saw a bit of Sailor Moon growing up and never really saw any more of the genre. So then when I was told that there was an anime by the name of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, I laughed. I thought it was a brilliant name, albeit a little bit on the nose. So I looked it up, found that it was completely available on Crunchyroll and went “yeah, I guess I can give this a watch”. After all, what good is the magical girl genre, if we can’t get a magical boy anime?
|Genre||Parody, Magical Boy|
||Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!|
A pink wombat-looking creature from another planet, the love planet, comes to Earth to seek out those who are to defend the Earth. First appearing in a public bathhouse, the wombat bumps into two of the boys, along with the boy who runs the public bathhouse. After escaping the wombat, the boys head to their special clubroom, distinctive for having the sign “Earth Defense Club (lol)”. The wombat finds and follows the boys to their club and explains he needs to help him defend the Earth. Imbuing them with the powers of loveracelets, the boys now have to defend the world from those with negative feelings and emotions, who are turned into monsters.
Cute, silly, adorable. I think those are the three words I’d use for Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Ultimately, it’s a comedy and it’s a parody of series like Sailor Moon, but that doesn’t stop the animation and art direction being really distinctive. The five main boys have a great theme and image about them, each being recognisable and are all given excellent animations (and poses when they come onto needing to pose). As ever, here’s a gallery of images from the anime:
The anime makes use of very classical sounding music, a strange choice, but it fits nicely enough. Whilst many of the anime series I watch are filled with high-octane fast-paced music, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! fills its audio with something easy to listen to. Indeed, the music is very much a “love” inspired soundtrack, filled with polite pianos, soft acoustic guitars and gentle rhythms with a soft drumming. Don’t forget the violins!
I think I’m going to get in trouble if I went around telling people I’ll spread love with Love Making. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be able to say that to people, but the truth is, I’d be locked up faster than you can say “inappropriate”. That is precisely why I’ve really enjoyed this anime. It’s silly, it’s incredibly over the top, it’s great campy fun. If you’re able to look past some of the worst tropes of the genre, allow yourself to suspend disbelief for just a bit, then this might be one of the best anime series you can watch, period. If you can’t get over the ridiculousness, the clear mockery of the genre, then this will be hard to watch.
I’d say you should get out there, spread some Love Making for yourself and prepare for a Love Shower. This is a fantastic anime, filled with vibrant characters, quirky personalities, adorable enemies and just great fun across the board. If you’re looking to kill some time and just watch something incredible cute and wholesome in the process, but still somewhat snarky and cynical about a whole genre of anime, then this is the one for you. Have you seen Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!? Will this be one for you to watch? As ever, share your thoughts in the comments below, or
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