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Friday, September 28, 2018

Jashin Girls -- Ano Ko ni Dropkick(あの娘にドロップキック)

With some of the crazier anime this year coming out this season including "Grand Blue" (ぐらんぶる)and "Asobi Asobase"(あそびあそばせ), one of the other shows that my friend and I caught this time around was "Jashin-chan Dropkick"(邪神ちゃんドロップキック...Dropkick on my Devil!). It's an anime about a brazen serpent girl named Jashin who ends up living with a witch named Yurine in Tokyo with the laughs coming from how much mayhem the former wreaks on the neighbourhood and her friends(?) and how the latter brings her down to ground. I gather that this would be the anime equivalent of "The Odd Couple".

I also guess that if Eli Roth had ever thought about producing a moe anime, this would probably be the result. Actually, considering that title "Jashin-chan Dropkick" and the overall premise, I had assumed that there was a connection with an anime that we had seen early in 2017, "Gabriel Dropout"(ガヴリールドロップアウト), with another not-so-nice otherworldly girl and her just-as-unusual friends. There is a certain similarity, I suppose, but really, I think my assumption was merely based on the fact that the opening theme for that show was "Gabriel Dropkick"(ガヴリールドロップキック).

As for my feelings on "Jashin-chan Dropkick", I kinda see it as a fun but minor show in our summer anime sessions with "Grand Blue" and "Harukana Receive"(はるかなレシーブ)being the heavy hitters for us this season. Still, the theme songs have started to burrow themselves into my head. For example, there is the opener "Ano Ko ni Dropkick" (Dropkick That Girl) as performed by the Jashin Girls(邪神★ガールズ), namely most of the cast: Aina Suzuki(鈴木愛奈...Jashin), Nichika Ohmori(大森日雅...Yurine), Miyu Kubota(久保田未夢...Medusa), Yurie Kozakai(小坂井祐莉絵...Pekora), Chiaki Omigawa(小見川千明...Minos), Riko Sasaki(佐々木李子...Poporon)and Riho Iida(飯田里穂...Persephone II). Of the seiyuu here, Iida already has a couple of entries on "Kayo Kyoku Plus" through Marcos' and Joana's articles.

In going with the wild and woolly antics of the main character, the song written and composed by Agasa.K is mostly a wacky techno rock number with that nostalgic feeling of trance although there are a couple of points where the cast suddenly goes into an aidoru-like melody of fluffiness. The entirety of "Ano Ko ni Dropkick" kinda has that overture feeling from a musical which also resembles that of the just-as-manic "Gabriel Dropkick".

Will do the ending sometime next month and there were a few insert songs as well.

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