Super Milk-Chan Vol. 1 (Mania.com)
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What They Say
The DVD itself comes in a jewel box with an insert. The insert just has basic information. The menu is simple if slow. You can access the fourteen volumes, character bios, previews used, and the silly phone answer section. Access to these features is slow. Takes a few seconds for the stuff to come up after you press the button. It is not too appealing. The sound is Dolby Surround Stereo. It is clear and efficient since there is mostly a lot of dialog and little special effects. The video is clear and the animation is uncomplicated, but it works well for this title. Now, for the content.
Frankly, it is difficult to review this title. It is too off-the-wall compared to what I have seen of Japanese animation. I dare say that this is the one example of non-mainstream Japanese animation I have ever seen. So, what is it? Milk-chan is a cute little girl character that lives in a house stuck on the side of some building in what I will assume is Tokyo. She lives with two pals: Tetsu-ko and Hanage. Tetsu-ko is a robot that looks a little like a bottle, only much bigger. Hanage is, well, a slug with a mustache. What do they do in that house? In the fourteen volumes, or chapters, of their short skits Milk-chan answers the phone to receive missions from The President. Yes, The President! Milk-chan always answers the phone by saying something like; "Hello, Bank of Hokkaido. Just kidding!". The President is a dolt.
After getting her mission, and maybe over-hearing The President's bodily noises while in the toilet, Milk-chan and her trusty pals take off aboard the "Milk-6" helicopter to go save the day (sort of), make fun of people, or to go out for sushi. I said before that Milk-chan was cute, but that doesn't mean she is nice. She can be bratty, insensitive, crude, and rude at the same time she adorably sucks on her milk bottle.
I compare this title to Ren and Stimpy. It is the most direct comparison I can make in regards to content and animation style. "Super Milk-chan" is subversive, rude, and very un-Japanese in style and behavior. Heck, Milk-chan is even shown eating with her pals from a whole roasted cow for dinner! One time she pukes a whole lot of soba noddles too (right at *you* I might add).
What else? There are cameos by characters that are recognizable as your average anime character-design. There are brief cameos by The Nadesico, The Yamato, one ninja, and a Godzilla-like creature. There is even a Japanese Itchy and Scratchy-like show in one of the volumes. In closing, "Super Milk-chan" is strange. I would say it is not for everyone. Some might not like it. But some will find it unique in that is goes outside the pre-conceptions and comfortable limits of most Japanese animation. It's weird.
Japanese language,Character bios,Stupid answering machine messages,Other silly stuff
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
Running time: 60
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Super Milk-Chan