Uchuu Patrol Luluco

Sunday April 3rd, 2016 0 By Erik Weber-Lauridsen

The series begins with Luluco describing how things are in this world where aliens and humans live together in one particular district in Tokyo, where she lives. Then she says that she hates it when everything is strange and she just wants to be normal.
While she eats breakfast with her father, they talk about how lovely her life goal is and how perfectly normal she is, despite her family background. In the midst of this conversation her father accidentally eat some pills that freezes him into an icicle. She freaked out and drives him to the police station, so he still has time to get to work. His boss brings up how expensive it will be to restore him, so to pay for it, he says that Luluco has to work for it, which she does not like.
Luluco luckilygets  to school on time and thus keeps her perfect record for the meeting on time, and everything goes perfectly normal and fine until there is an exam in class. One of the aliens in her class cheats, which starts a space-police outfit which she was apparently entrusted with. This starts a siren that interrupts the exam, after which the suit changes her clothes to a tight-seated absolutely non-normal uniform and then turns her into a gun and shoots the cheater when he runs away. Her normal life is in ruins.

Luluco is one of the anime studio Trigger’s new series this spring 2016 and it is so much Trigger that it hurts. The series is directed by Imaishi Hiroyuki (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stocking, Kill la Kill), and both graphically and with its far-out-humor it seems quite a bit like P&S and KlK albeit Luluco with her focus on being normal tries to pull series in a more peaceful direction – not that she succeeds!

One watches the series because of it’s humour, not for the drawings that are not specifically detailed, though still has a distinct style and charm, or animation that is pretty bad and definitely not fluid at times.

The sound is not anything special either, neither the intro song or voices stuck a few hours after I saw the first episode.

Speaking of episodes, they are quite short with 8 minutes but with the speed and style of humour more would also risk becoming too lengthy – there might be many who love Imaishi’s more recent series (P&S and KlK) but there are also many who absolutely do not like them and think they are bad because both the animation and silly style, so maybe a shorter dose of his humour and contemporary style is best to get as many as possible on board.

With less than eight minutes it is hard to argue that there is much to lose by checking out the series although the humour might not fit your taste. I myself did not expect to like the series and only checked it out because it was so short, but I did like it anyway so it is one of the anime series I will follow in the spring 2016 anime season.

The series can be seen legally and for free after a week on Crunchyroll. If you want to see more or less directly after it has been shown on Japanese TV, you need a subscription after a 14 day trial which costs £4.86 / €6.08 per month.

Pictures taken from LostInAnime