What’s the show? Release The Spyce, Episode 1.
And what’s it about? It’s like if the girls from Yuru Yuri were spies.
Okay… and how’s that exactly? Well for one thing they look and kind of act exactly like the respective characters from Yuru Yuri do, just more competent at what they do. I know you could probably say a lot of anime characters look alike (is that racist?) but no these girls really look like the characters from Yuru Yuri—its at this point in the review I Googled both the show names together and discovered that the character designs are from Namori the manga author of Yuru Yuri so now I can stop talking about it like this is some great coincidence/revelation.
Probably pays to do research before writing a review—not during… I don’t have time for that, just like I won’t have time to edit all this out! So where were we…
What’s. The Show. About? I already said that didn’t I, they are high school girls who moonlight as spies… well technically they’re ninjas with a bunch of high-tech gadgets to rival James Bond but I like to think of them as spies—more unique sounding that way!
Okay fair enough, so who are the characters? Well there’s our protagonist, the quiet but eager Momo who wants to be a police officer when she graduates so she can follow in her late father’s footsteps and protect her hometown. The episode is about her introduction and getting inducted into ‘Tsukikage’ a secret spy agency that’s lead by the cool and stoic Yuki—who Momo has something of a ‘senpai’ crush on. There’s the cheerful one Mei, who’s training Fu—who’s jealous of all the attention Momo is getting. There’s Hatsume and her apprentice Goe, who’s into cute things.
And let me guess “you love them all”. Well, duh. They’re all unique and adorable and it’s going to be hard picking a best girl—just like it was in Yuru Yuri. I promise I’ll stop mentioning Yuru Yuri… eventually…
So what’s the show’s tone then? Is it a comedy like the aforementioned? Not really, it can be funny—but that’s not what it’s goal is it’s more about character interactions and action-packed chase sequences and reinforcing that sense of justice and community that shows like this embody. It’s ~kind of~ a CGDCT show, it’s ~kind of~ slice of life, it’s honestly got a little bit of everything and it’s a pretty rounded experience for it.
So who do you recommend it for then? Absolutely anybody, really. It’s got a Saturday Morning cartoon vibe without feeling childish or cheap, it’s got some well shot action sequences and great use of ludicrous gadgets that make the show feel that right mix of dorky and cool. Plus the characters are just so endearing and likable—at the end of the episode we get a tease of the all-female villain team and I look forward to seeing their personalities on full display! All-in-all it’s just a fun time from beginning to end!
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