Fall 2018 Anime

The Spies Who Kawaii’d Me – ‘Release The Spyce’ Episode 1 Review

The Spies Who Kawaii'd Me - An Anime QandA Review of 'Release The Spyce' Episode 1

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.

Girl power!

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!

Is that an anti-material rifle or are you just happy to see me?

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.

Beware of waifus baring weapons.

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…

Poor Akari… I mean Momo!

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.

Not sure how I feel about this frog…

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!

She can tell a person’s physical condition just by tasting their skin, no seriously.

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6 comments on “The Spies Who Kawaii’d Me – ‘Release The Spyce’ Episode 1 Review

  1. Had really wanted to see this one, but apparently this one isn’t available for me. Real shame as I loved the trailer I had seen for this one before it’s release. Oh well, at least I can read along with your posts for it, so there is that 😊

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  2. I enjoyed this first episode enough. I found it all pretty functional but nothing really grabbed me other than a nagging question as to what spices all those girls were eating and whether or not they were all spices and not herbs. That said, this one is added to my watch list for the time and I’m hoping I get into it as the action sequences did look fun enough.

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  3. I liked the show, and I didn’t really map Yuru Yuri characters on to these characters except for Chinatsu, who brings the light pink twintails and jealousy. One thing I really liked was that they weren’t having to talk Yuki into it, and Momo wasn’t trying to barge in. Everyone wants her there, so there’s none of that friction (besides Chinats, er, Fu’s jealousy about Mei, which makes her the obvious suspect for being the post-credits scene traitor, even though she’s so obvious that it won’t be her).

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  4. I LOVE THIS SHOW ALREADY!! I’m predictable and I just want to see cute girls be gay and beat people up. Also, I don’t know if you saw the new JoJo’s, but they both had frog spies and characters licking each other to figure out their emotions???

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    • Yay! Glad you’re enjoying it so much too! I don’t watch JoJo but isn’t that weird how that kind of synchronicity happens sometimes? Seems to happen at least once a season with some things, I remember last season Chio’s School Road had a reference to the video game PayDay the same week (or close to) that Dropkick on my Devil! had a reference to it too.

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