Chu-Bra Episode #12 (of 13) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Release Date: Monday, March 22, 2010

With the news now out in the open, everyone reacts to Nayu's going to Kyoto and the end of everything.

What They Say
Nayu is a twelve-year old girl who enters a private school at the top of her class. Her classmates are quickly shocked to discover that on the first day of school, she announces to the whole school everything there is to know about adult lingerie.

Now, it is time for the panty revolution to begin...

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It's been six months since Nayu came to this school and started causing a ruckus by first going after creating an Underwear Club and then forming the Underwear Appreciation Society. The transformation of the cast over the course of twelve episodes and six months in show has been pretty solid as they're all much different in some key ways from the beginning. Nayu's got a lot of friends, most of them have become more outgoing and all are much more aware of their bodies and how they're growing as well as discovering something of their own sense of style. Trouble and hardships along the way, but this group of friends held together pretty well.

This is a difficult challenge though and the one taking it the hardest is Haruka considering her feelings for Nayu. She takes it so badly that she says things she will regret and insists that this is the end of the Society as she storms off. It's a difficult situation and most of them try to give her some space so she can calm down after that, and over the next few days it's interesting to see just how much of an impact Nayu and the others have had on the girls at the school. Haruka has to come to realize that while also recognizing that she went pretty far in what she said and it may be hard to mend fence at that point, so much so that she's not even sure how she can do that.

Though this isn't the last episode, it certainly plays like one with the ending sequence being a full part of the show as it details events as they play out after Nayu leaves for Kyoto. There's a lot of good material prior to that, including Mizuno being downcast about having lost her place in a fire and having no place to live, but seeing how the school and characters have changed is one of the best things about this episode. There's a certain honestly and openness about things that's really good to see and watching Haruka realize that at first and then seeing how they all adapt to Nayu being gone speaks volumes about the impact Nayu has had on their lives.

In Summary:
If this was the last episode of the series, it would be a Very Good One. While it has all the requisite material in drama, tension, humor and sadness with a huge dose of happiness at the end, it's the characters that makes it all work perfectly. There's a good mix of things in here but the reality is that watching how these girls have changed and the effect of change they've had on others is all around positive, especially during the epilogue scene. There's a lot to like here and this series, while certainly opening itself up to criticism because of its subject matter and ages, is one of the more charming shows I've seen in some time. It just worked and this episode is another reminder why it worked.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Chu-Bra