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» Company
ADV Films
» Running Time
125 mins
» Genre
Action, Comedy
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
6.0
» User Rating
No user votes yet.

Cyber Team in Akihabara Vol. 1: Cyber Genesis

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis
Like all girls her age, Hibari Hanakoganei covets the latest fashion in mechanical pets – a PataPi to call her own! But when a strange White Prince provides one, she becomes the target of an equally mysterious Black Prince who plots to steal the prized pet. It’s PataPi Densuke to the rescue, however, transforming into a powerful Diva who bears a striking resemblance to Hibari herself! With astonishing battle agility, Densuke proves to be no ordinary child’s toy! Hibari’s not the only one with a PataPi of extraordinary powers, and despite an unlikely friendship, she joins forces with others to form the Cyber Team! Together they will solve the riddle of the Black Prince – or will his flock of nefarious cohorts put an end to the dynamic divas of Akihabara?

Review
Watching Cyber Team in Akihabara is like having a bunch of wild chickens running around with their heads chopped off; in other words, it does not know which direction it is heading. Is it a shounen title, a shoujo title or a mixture? The three female lead characters make it shoujo, the little bit of ecchi humor makes it shounen. Okay… maybe it is a mixture, but I seriously believe that if it was only one single category it would have been better, as the show is not entertaining. It lacks focus in various areas, such as, the story and the characters.

The show gets repetitive, which makes it distasteful. The way these girls transform their PataPi’s become so annoying over time. Especially Hibari, who just screams out “Noooooooo!!!” The worst part of Cyber Team in Akihabara is that it is listed as a comedy, but I did not find myself to even chuckle to the comedic segments of the show. Let us move onto the story. What is it? All I attained from watching it was there was this girl who dreamed of a prince and the prince gives her a PataPi and then things start to happen. Comon, give us something much more than that in five episodes. At least go into who that prince is or what is the purpose of the evil organization. I feel that I was being hung out dry on a clothesline and after episode three, continuing watching was just an obligation. It was not a fun experience at all.

On the back of the DVD cover states, “This isn’t child’s play!” But seriously, Cyber Team in Akihabara will only appeal to children. Every aspect of this show seems to be aimed towards children. Maybe this series will become better later on, but as of this instance, volume one, it is just not worth your time and money. Go move onto other better ADV Films titles, since they have a large selection of products anyways.

The Breakdown
If you want to see a series with an average story and three twelve year old girls, whom all battle evil with their fighting capable gadgets. Then this is the title for you, if not, stay away.

 

» The Pros
I cannot believe that a title has me stressing in order to find a pro or two, but I guess if you think about it, Cyber Team in Akihabara is unique in its own right. Just because I did not like it, does not mean you should absolutely stay away from it. Rent it at least to see how you think of it.

» The Cons
Being repetitive is one of the biggest con of Cyber Team. Do we need to be seeing a senseless scene where the principal calls in the three girls at different episodes just to have the same questions asked to them? Is that just a time filler? The PataPi transformation process is also repetitive. I guess the anime production process these days just cost too much to make.

» Animation
8
Normal modern animation quality. The character design is pretty good.

» Sound
8
The sounds of this series is mediocre. Nothing special, and nothing bad.

» Story
6.5
So far, I do not know what the story is, other than the fact that the girls will have to battle those circus looking characters throughout.

» Recommend
6
This is certainly a rent title. Its’ lack of excitement is the reason for it.

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles.

Extras:
Production Sketches, Clean Opening and Closing.

Package:
Nice cover art as expected from ADV Films.

 

 

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