Saturday, August 24, 2013

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?: Complete Series

Age Rating: 15 and up

Rating: 8 1/2 out of 10

Episode Count: 10

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comedy

Format: Japanese with English Subtitles


"Three problem children - Sakamaki Izayoi, Kudou Asuka, and Kasukabe You - suddenly receive an invitation to another world known as "Little Garden" from a girl called Black Rabbit. Battles, laughter, sex appeal... anything goes in this new tale of adventure!"


PROBLEM CHILDREN ARE COMING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, AREN'T THEY? is just one series on my ever expanding "absurdly-long-sentence anime names list"! Somewhere above The World God Only Knows, below Ano Hi Mita Hana No Namae Wo Bokutachi Wa Mada Shiranai, and in between Oremo No Kawai Ga Konnani Kawaii Wake Ga Nai is where Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren't They? (Mondaigi-Tachi Ga Isekai Kara Kuru So Desu Yo?) lands on my ridiculous name list.

Ahhhh, how I long for the simple days when a story called Code Geass was about a girl with the power of a Code and boy with the power of Geass. Those no-nonsense days when a series title could describe it without its title being its full description! Those straight forward days when it didn't take a record holding tongue twister champion to say, or even pronounce, the name of a series! I mean seriously! Do they really think we buy that that was the best name they could come up with? Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren't They?Please, we know they give series the craziest, most awkwardly memorable names they can think of to get our attention and peek our curiosity, we're not dumb, but this???

Then again, I did watch The World God Only Knows, Ano Hana, and Problem Children (as I've dubbed it for sanity's sake), but still, I've fallen into their trap! Darn you catchy, long-sentence-named-animes! Although in the end I am glad that all the freakishly long titled series above have reeled me into watching them through their title, because as insane as those names may be, I find that the majority of ludicrously named animes I've watched have turned out to be, well, PRETTY DARN ENTERTAINING. Problem Children included.

With its crystal clear animation, peppy plot, wacky characters, exhilarating fight scenes, crude/lewd/rude and shrewd humor, this series is truly a crowning jewel to its long titled family. Falling somewhere in the range of Sands of Destruction, Sward Art Online, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere in its story and atmosphere, Problem Children was one of the few winter 2013 animes that utterly intrigued me.

As most have remarked, and I assume will continue to do so, almost immediately after beginning to watch Problem Children it's more than obvious (to anyone paying attention anyway), that one Izayoi Sakamaki is clearly the bedrock of this series, and a huge contributing factor to its fast growing fan base. And why not? Izayoi's got it all, from his kick butt fighting skills, deductive reasoning, obscene knowledge of who knows what all, and prickly pee and vinegar sense of humor, to his steadfast belief in himself, devilish personality, good looks, and "I got you're back" attitude towards his friends, what's not to like? Out of the many new characters to grace the anime gilded screen this year, Izayoi is undoubtedly in the running for Best Male Lead.

Let's not forget some of Problem Children's other draws though. To the Fan Service Mobile, away! I give you, Black Rabbit, with her short "you can almost see up it, but you can't see all the way up it" skirt, and let's not mince words, her well endowed chest may tempt you to pet this outwardly naughty bunny, but don't let that cute little Peter Cotton Tail of hers fool you, her fighting skills are on par with Izayoi's and her patent pending tongue lashings will leave you crying for more than your mama.

And how about our female Problem Children: Asuka Kudo and Yo Kusukabe. Asuka has the poise and command of a real lady, literally, with her gift of control, she can command even the orneriest of creatures, forcing them to submit to her will and do her bidding, whether that be to vanquish a foe or carry her shopping bags at the mall. And don't let Yo's petite stature fool you, she's an ANIMAL. Not literally of course. Her gift gives her the ability to befriend even the scariest of creatures and gain their strength as her own through her friendship with them.

This crack team of comedy brings everything from cussing, nudity, adult references, and yuri humor to the table in this fiery series. Along with a string of laughs, gasps, and ooh-ahs a mile long that should be enough reason for any mature anime fan to appreciate PROBLEM CHILDREN ARE COMING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, AREN'T THEY?!
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