Upotte!! ~ Review
“A cute little series where your main characters are… guns???”
Well, what you see above you is a perfect image that describes this series. Basically, to sum it up in a few words, the series consists of “girls”, “guns” and “moe”. Other than that, there isn’t much to take from this image. But if I also added the words “unique characters”, “pretty good action” and “cute comedy”, then you could maybe start to see what I’m talking about. But of course, it’s better to read a review about the series from someone who has seen the series and knows what he’s talking about… so let’s get on with the review, shall we?
Upotte!! revolves around the Sheishou Academy, where unique students attend. These students are actually anthropomorphized guns who trains at this academy to one day become great weapons. There are many kinds of gun/students who attend the academy, spending their time doing live training and battles using live ammunition instead of regular classes. The series revolves around a group of girls – Funco, Ichiroku, Elle and Sig – as they live their daily lives in the academy.
The series is known for its unique plot, moe elements and cute artwork/character designs
The series consists of 10 episodes (plus an OVA); a total of 11 episodes that ran during the Spring 2012 anime season (April 2012 – July 2012). The series is based on a manga serialisation of the same name. The anime series was actually an original net animation (ONA) series, that was later broadcast on TV. The name of the series may seem like a word that as no meaning, but it was later discovered to be the result of writing the word “teppou” (which means “guns”) backwards in Japanese.
The series containsa cast of noteworthy voice actors, including Nomizu Iori who voices Funco (and is also known as the voices of Haruna from Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? and, more recently, Kurousagi from Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?), Togashi Misuzu who voices Ichiroku (and is also known as the voices of Shiina Minatsu from Seitokai no Ichizon and Amano “Yukki” Yukiteru from Mirai Nikki) and a whole other bunch of voice actors including Honda Mariko, Iguchi Yuka and Akasaki Chinatsu.
One key point that I believe to be important when understanding the concept of this series, is that there are very few male characters (the only one that I can remember is the home room teacher). This is because there is no “romance” involves in this series what-so-ever; the series uses only-female characters to create a “moe” series (for those people who dig that sort of thing). Now, I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing – hell, I’ve seen a few “moe centred” series that haven’t been half as bad – but it might be one of the reasons why this series wasn’t as popular back when it was airing. But one flaw I can say about the series is the ending; I don’t want to give too much of the plot away for those who haven’t seen it… but let’s just say… you won’t be satisfied. But all in all, give this series a go; if you like it, then you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. Simple as that.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 3/5 – Recommended
Final Score: 5.5/10