I'll Make a Habit of It
Nagisa is the number one idol singer in all Japan. She also has a lot of trouble going anywhere without being recognized, so she cuts her hair short (don't worry, she has a wig for concerts), and poses as a boy to attend junior high school, accompanied by a bear (no, not stuffed, a BEAR!) and her agent, who inexplicably pass for fellow students. (I guess no one is paying attention.) Of course, she gets involved in a local gang, where we find out she's really, really good at martial arts, and she meets this really cute guy from a rival high school ...
We nickname this series "Idol Bunny Ball Z" for a reason. It's sugary, it's zany, it makes no sense. But apart from the incessantly annoying title song (which is heard at least one and a half times an episode, AARGH!), I'll Make a Habit of It is fun nonsense that pits a dead-ringer for Chibi-Usa in a situation somewhere near Ranma 1/2 with the gender-bending. What's amusing is when she, dressed as a guy, starts hitting on guys, and not in the martial arts way.
It doesn't help that Nosaka Akira, her prime love interest, looks like Tuxedo Mask.
The plot thickens in a big way, and there are more subplots than you can shake a stick at. There are a lot of funny characters in here, including the ubiquitous Momoko (Nagisa's "rival") and her retainer Kamioka, who have totally pointless cameos in every episode. Then there's "Volcano-Head" Tsunoda, the gang leader at Nagisa's school who has a big crush (like every other guy) on Idol Singer Nagisa. Not to mention the piano teacher in search of a pure love (well, not really) and many, many other bizarre and wrong, but funny events and subplots that few other series could conceivably get away with.
And yes, there are martial arts fight scenes, with Nagisa jumping into the air and landing people on their heads when they're being stupid or stubborn. This is actually part of the major plot - there's a reason Nagisa's an idol singer. And it's not to be famous, oddly enough. (It's actually quite funny, and it even ties in the bear.)
Oddly enough, or maybe aptly enough, the actual idol songs are by far the worst music in the series. The actual opening and ending are nice, and the incidentals give it just that much more weirdness in atmosphere. The animation is very limited, but like Goldfish Warning, more than adequate for the content.
So, maybe the song itself may be awful, but Chou Kuse ni Narisou is so relentlessly silly, it's worth the ride.
We definitely will have to make a habit of it.
We're biased, you know. Those who can't take the diabetic sugar-shock can remove two stars and call the doctor. — Carlos Ross
Recommended Audience: Way too sugary for many anime fans who think they're too cool for this. Other than slapstick violence, general mayhem, and minor innuendoes (going several ways) played for laughs, nothing too harmful. Children would get a kick out of this, and open-minded adults will too.
Version(s) Viewed: digital source
Review Status: Partial (16/39)
I'll Make a Habit of It © 1994 NHK
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