UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie
Kazuto is trying his best to run his inheritance from his grandfather, the Tokino bath house. So when the alien princess Valkyrie (from the planet Valhalla) crashlands her ship on top of it, she repays him by giving him half her soul (through a kiss). This has the unfortunate side effect of turning her into an eight (or so) year old girl.
And boy, does she turn into one of the most annoying and obnoxious brats in the entire animedom that I've seen so far. And here I thought Pita Ten was cutesy. Hah! It has nothing on this show.
I was having some hopes for this one. Not high hopes, mind you, but some. After all, it did have Valkyries in it, which appealed to my Norwegian mythology-loving soul. And that reference might very well be the best thing about the show, because I found little else of interest in it. Here is the first impression as described by a good friend of mine:
"I thought this would be an odd, perhaps rather too-cute series. And then. . . . . . .
. . . . . . FULL 99% NUDITY!(99% because the bottoms of the girl's feet aren't visible.)"
And boy, is there fan service. And what did you expect? The gang runs a BATHHOUSE, for Pete's sake. Given that this apparently takes place in the future -- a future when aliens of all shapes or sizes live on earth as well -- you get to see girls in all, well colors and sizes as well. All of them stark naked.
But my issue with UFO Princess Valkyrie is mostly centered around "Warukyure", who spends most of her time as said obnoxious brat. She's loud, she giggles inanely (and diabethic-inducingly cutely) at each scene, whether she's tormenting this rabbit/dog looking alien being or latching on to Kazuto's leg, apparently for good. Whatever she does, SHE NEVER STOPS GIGGLING.
Now, did you mention that I said "magical girl show" in the genre tag?
Well, that's because it is. Remember that I said that "Warukyure" shared half her soul with Kazuto? Well, one kiss (and I DO find it slightly disturbing watching eight year old girls kiss someone like that) and she transforms back to her original form, nude transformation sequence and all. (With boing.)
Since the reason she usually transforms is because there's trouble afoot, we do get some action sequences that I have to admit are enjoyable, at least. They rarely last for long, though.
So, basically, this show's main points are the fanservice, the magical girl sequences and the rather vague references to Norse mythology. Not much, I know, when going up against no particular main plot, a HORRIBLE opening theme, an ultra-annoying main character in "Wakuryure"'s child form and basically no great humor to speak of. It IS very, very nicely animated and rather colorful, which helps little when you shut your eyes tight shut every time "Waku"... oh, to hell with it: Valkyrie.... opens her mouth. >_<
So despite it picking up a little towards the end, this show is not very good. They had the chance to bring the series to a somewhat satisfying ending, but failed in that as well. You'd be better off just leaving this one at the shelves unless your name is Shiratori Azusa.
It's not a total bomb like MD Geist or Battle Can-Can, but it's not very good either. — Stig Høgset
Recommended Audience: Teens and up. Violence limited to energy blasts. Lots, and I mean LOTS, of nudity and fanservice, though. And boing. (THEM's new term for bouncing breasts in anime. ^_^ )
Version(s) Viewed: Prerelease fansub
Review Status: Full (12/12)
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie © 2002 Kaishaku / Fujimi Maki / Enix / Toshiba EMI / Kids Station
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