Sunday, August 4, 2002

Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

Genre: Comedy
General Audience
Miyuki-chan in Wonderland (C) 1995 CLAMP/Sony Music Entertainment/Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., LTD/MOVIC.
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Cover Description:
She's late, she's late, and you won't believe her fate! It's down the bunny hole and through the looking glass as lovely young Miyuki takes a mind-boggling trip through the wildest wonderland ever animated! The fabulous artists of CLAMP, Japan's famous all-female art team, have created an entirely new universe where everything from the dormouse to the door is undeniably feminine. From the seductive Cheshire Cat to the S&M Queen of Hearts, enjoy a dazzling array of femme fatales and sexy surrealism with Miyuki-chan!

I follow strange bunnies all the time. >>> by MasterChief
As the title of the anime suggests, the main character is a girl named Miyuki, who is cute and innocent in every way. On her way to school, she comes across a bunnysuit-clad girl on a skateboard, falls accidentally into a huge hole that suddenly appears in the middle of the street, and from then on, the zanyness ensues. From the moment she lands and the door the door that asks Miyuki to touch her knobs (read:breasts), it's pretty easy to tell where this is going. Miyuki finds herself from strange place to strange place that manages to throw in a lot of obvious references to Alice in Wonderland, which is the clearly the basis of this work. Of course, Alice's wonderland wasn't so full of non-stop sexual innuendo. The all-female inhabitants seem to mostly want to fondle poor little Miyuki or make her strip, much to her chagrin. I won't spoil it too much, but before she wakes up, Miyuki meets a very, very scary Queen of Hearts. Right after this comes a second mini-feature, Miyuki-chan in Mirrorland, which which starts with Miyuki being pulled into her mirror by her own reflection and subjected to even more hilarious, near-hentai adventures.

The art in this is, as one would expect from CLAMP, quite amazing. All the characters and environments come to life with striking detail and a hearty helping of bright color. The vocal work is good, though all the actresses seem to be hamming it up with the normal range of sterotypical Japanese female voices, from high-pitched squeals to seductive coos to dominatrix barking, which helps to hammer in the overly lesbian nature of the world Miyuki gets trapped in. The one thing that gets to me though is this annoying music that plays in the background for most of the anime, which is really the only thing that detracts from enjoying it fully. One thing that has to be understood is that there's really no plot to delve into, and none of the characters are well developed. This will not deter from the enjoyment though, as this sucker was meant to be enjoyed, and giggled at, one zany moment at a time. Check your brain at the door, you'll thank me later.

An interesting note about the DVD. Although the back of the box says there is an English track, there is none. This is a subtitled-only affair, and something tells me this is a good thing.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 7; Characters 2; Sounds 4

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