June 27, 2004 on 11:48 am | In Geobreeders | Comments Off on Geobreeders

Expect nothing! Get everything! Geobreeders is something that is, in my collection at least, very rare. It’s a comedy that masquerades as a plot of drama and mystery. So don’t go into it expecting high comedy, and don’t go into it expecting high drama. Expect nothing and when you come out of it after three episodes you still won’t quite know what you got, but you’ll have the feeling that you enjoyed it.

Kagura Total Security is a company that hunts phantom cats. Not just any phantom cats, mind – these ones are made out of computer data and can control electronic devices! Kagura’s rival is apparently a company called Hound, which also want to wipe out this phantom cat menace.
When these phantoms hijack a ship containing a nuclear missile, everyone’s in trouble and it’s Kagura’s job to save the world and produce an invoice. Also somewhere along the way the phantom cat that works for Kagura is kidnapped (I still don’t know by whom) and tortured by being dipped in a tub of (potentially boiled) water.

The first five minutes are completely serious and someone expecting raucousness might be confused. Then a tank comes bursting out of a nuclear facility, and it’s being driven by twenty cats. Along the way there’s a bit of fan service, but not quite enough for my liking (a lot of the time I feel like I’m suffering fan service deprivation, so when there is at least some I like there to be a lot). The way it plays itself straight without making too big a deal of the beleaguered male lead (constantly stifled by his all female workplace) makes it something unique.
Just a warning, so that people don’t think the phantom cats are always in cat form: they have human manifestations as well. The first one is a woman who can’t seem to keep her clothes on, but the rest are mostly men who are mercifully dressed for sea life.

Generally it’s a nice looking series with good animation, but it’s a disappointment that at the start of the third episode the character dialogue animation is replaced with cels of elaborate desserts. Sure, they’re elaborate, but they’re not the characters talking.
Finally, as always, Hisakawa Aya turns in a magnificent performance as “Crimson Shooting Star” (“Hell is my office”).

Geobreeders explains nothing, but it’s a base enjoyment. The mambo ED alone is worth the price of admission.

Hot dog night time mambo
Blue sky high flying jumbo …

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