Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.
Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the idea of these “At First Glance” things is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it. Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
I’m not gonna lie. I had absolutely no idea this anime even existed until just before I watched it. No. Idea. I read the summary on AnimeLab and figured “ok sure I might add his to the list”….then I just said “fuck it” and decided to review it anyway, assuming by the imagery that this would be fairly simplistic…..boy was I in for a rude shock. Oh and fun fact. The Rolling Girls was an anime first, manga second. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
As far as the plot goes, I can tell the main plot hasn’t actually kicked in yet, so I guess I have to stick to this episode’s plot. Basically majority of the episode is set up for the season moving forward, and….you know what? Just to get the exposition out of the way I’m gonna copy/paste what the Wiki entry has to say.
“Ten years after the end of the “Great Tokyo War” that rocked Japan, most of the country’s political and economic elites mysteriously vanished. As a result, the country split up into the original 10 prefectures that soon became independent city-states that competed with each other. Many vigilantes who fought in the aforementioned war became hired as the “Best” (mosa), representing their prefectures in territorial disputes. Their supporters, the “Rest” (mob), work to support them while maintaining the peace within their respective prefectures. “
That explain anything? I hope so. And honestly I think I’ll actually skip the plot, because there isn’t entirely enough of one to talk about without just saying literally everything that happens. That said there are some notable things I want to talk about.
First up, the action aspect of this anime is something I never saw coming. Especially not on this scale. No lie, this is some comic book superhero shit here. Like, holy crap. Think I’m kidding? There’s honest to God a running joke where the intensity of this fight keeps literally blowing away the onlookers of the fight. Makes you think they should just stay away but, whatever, their choice I guess.
Also, Kuniko Shigyo, the “Best” of Higashi Murayama uses a giant safety pin with as a weapon……I’m not kidding. A giant. Safety. Pin. Really.
Told you I wasn’t lying.
Kuniko’s opponent in the big fight is Maccha Green. The superhero “Best” of Tokorozawa. The true identity of Maccha green is Masami Utoku, leader of the Hiyoshi Town Propellers. She tries to really keep it a secret but the implication seems to be pretty much everyone knows without realising it, or something like that.
It actually leads to a scene after the big fight where Masami is getting something to eat and Higashi shows up at the same place. There’s a bit of back and forth about Higashi assuming Masami is Maccha Green, but Higashi gives up fairly quickly. Then they have an eating contest because Masami wants to get the hell out of there. No. Really. That’s a thing that happens.
For real this is actually a really funny scene.
Oh also. One of the members of the Hiyoshi Town Propellers is literally just called “Crocodile” and he wears a Crocodile mask like….all the time.
“Hello? Yes this is Crocodile”
I haven’t really talked about the main character Nozomi Moritomo yet and honestly that’s because….of all the things going on, her stuff is fairly mundane. Which I mean, is nice for a change of pace, but yeah. It seems after episode two she’ll finally get more time to shine, but for now there’s not much I can say about her. For a main character, she takes quite the backseat in this episode. To be fair to the anime though, it works for what they’re trying to achieve. I mean, this episode is purely an introduction, so it makes sense.
Now, will I continue-of course I’m gonna bloody keep watching this, holy shit. This anime came out of nowhere and is just so out there and weird and silly that I just can’t ignore it. Especially since episode one ends with a cliffhanger. For those who are interested, The Rolling Girls consists of 12 episodes and is available in both subbed and dubbed formats. Normally I seem to forget to recommend stuff but holy crap. If you love how silly and over-the-top anime can be, please, give this a watch. It’s totally worth it.
Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.