At First Glance – Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question. You have been warned.

So, hey guys, been a few months, but here I am again! This time I’m trying something new. I decided I’d pick anime I’d never watched before, watch the first episode of it, and give my initial reactions/impressions on said episode. After I while I might expand this to include live-action shows and general cartoons, but for now I’ll stick to anime. Sound good? Cool. With that out of the way, let’s get on with it and talk about the first anime I’m gonna talk about.

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!

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What a name right? This anime was actually recommended to me by a fellow Australian when I asked for magical girl anime recommendations…..yes I like magical girl anime. Sue me. Anyway, out of nowhere one of the people suggested this particular anime, pointing out it was more of a “magical boy” anime instead, but if anything that made me more interested.

Now, it’s been about a year since then, and oddly enough this anime only started airing last year, but I finally got around to watching the first episode after restarting my AnimeLab subscription, and holy fuck. This anime is one of the funniest I’ve ever seen, and I’ve only seen the first episode. I’m honestly glad to find out the show is blatantly supposed to be a satirical take on the “magical girl” genre, because that’s exactly what it feels like.

As a summary, the anime is about five high school boys who end up being chosen by a pink, wombat-like alien (yes, you read that correctly) to be the defenders of Earth; fighting the forces of evil with the power of love. Not even kidding. “Wombat” (they keep calling him that since he looks like one) even refers to their transformations as them turning into “Battle Lovers”, their weapons are called “Love Rods” (insert dick joke here), they transform by kissing a damn bracelet he gave them…..I swear to God this anime is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen and I fucking love it. I don’t think I’ve laughed this hard watching an anime in quite a while. I even had fits of stifled laughter throughout their transformation sequences.

Hell their first enemy to fight is THIS thing!

I can’t make this shit up.

The first episode even ends with it being revealed that three characters we briefly see earlier are now being set up as the villains, collectively known as the “Earth Conquest Club”, and their animal mascot is a FUCKING GREEN HEDGEHOG-LIKE ALIEN WITH A DEEP VOICE!


(Not from the first episode to clarify but it’ll do)

I LITERALLY CANNOT MAKE THIS SHIT UP PEOPLE! I LOVE IT!

I mean holy hell. All this is being thrown at me in the FIRST EPISODE! I can’t imagine what the rest of the damn thing is like. But if it’s any more insane and ridiculous than this first episode was, then I’m definitely gonna enjoy the ride.

To wrap it up, I am DEFINITELY watching more of this anime. The first season is only twelve episodes long, but it is apparently in the middle of airing a second season right now, which I will definitely try to check out once it’s available on the service I use.

As far as a recommendation goes. Holy shit. If you have even a passing interest in magical girl anime, and would like to see a satirical take on the genre, this is worth a watch for just how blatantly ridiculous it is. I cannot recommend this highly enough. That said, I would like to note that this is currently only available in subbed form, so if you’re like me and prefer dubs, just keep that in mind before you give it a try.

And now if you’ll excuse me I’m gonna go and start writing up the next one of these. The focus of which will be the first episode of Kill La Kill.

Binaridiculous 01 – Video game input devices – a subjective history

Grant and Jimmy of The Isometric Perspective go FULL NERD in this new, technology-centric, podcast series.  Not wanting to shock our listeners’ systems too much, the first episode is about the evolution of the video game controller.

Check out this episode