'Mix Juice' is a quartet to ambitious young girls who are determined
to make it as pop singers. The group consists of Sakura ( a former
singer of nursery rhymes), Himawari who is fit and trim and likes traditional
Japanese songs, Ayame a folk singer who sees imaginary fairies, and Yuri,
the rocker of the group. They'll do anything to make it to the top,
which is good because their manager, Michael Hanagata, will do anything
Hanagata comes up with a brilliant gimmick to make Mix Juice famous:
They'll be the first group to give a concert on the moon! The only
problem is getting there. To help them, they've teamed up with a
young, rich, boy-genius, Dr. Tsukumo, who is working on a way to get to
the moon, with hellp from his robot assistant Kiku 8. The only catch
is that he wants an environmentally friendly method, and that means no
rockets. Tsukumo's inventions are unconventional, to say the least,
but it they don't kill the girls, they just might get famous.
In this volume, Mix Juice are still trying to get to the moon, but we
also learn a little about Dr. Tsukumo's past, and why he wants to get to
the moon so desperately. The disc starts off with the girls getting
a break. Tsukumo has been working on some more inventions, but this
time he is trying them out as amusement rides first. The girls don't
find the rides very scary after their previous attempts to get to the moon.
When they discover a rival group, Tricolor, are screaming to impress some
amusement park execs, Mix Juice decides that they can scream better.
A lot of background is filled out in the next episode when the girls
get on a human powered warp engine that really functions as a time machine.
Going to the past, they find a young Tsukumo and his parents attempting
to go to the moon. When his domineering mother forces his father
into a faulting space rocket, Tsukumo's destiny is decided.
Now it's a race between Tsukumo and his mother to see who'll get to
the moon first. She uses Hanagata as a guinea pig and shoots him
off into space. He eventually lands, but is he on the moon?
In the concluding episode on the volume, Hanagata gets a large signing
bonus for putting his thumb print on a contract with Tsukumo's mother.
He's agreed that he'll get to the moon before the young boy does, and if
he doesn't, the penalty is death!
I'll admit I'm at a disadvantage viewing this disc since I didn't see
the first volume. Second volumes of anime shows are often one of
the weakest in the series too. After watching these four episodes
though, I really wasn't impressed. This is one of those hyperactive
comedy series, but it isn't funny. They fill the show with hectic
action and hope that it passes for humor. There is a lot of characters
becoming super-deformed, and Hanagata is always yelling and often has a
river of tears flowing from his eyes, but that by itself doesn't make a
The show reminds me of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi somewhat,
another series I didn't care for. Both of these shows had a good
plot, but they are ruined by not having enough actual jokes in them.
People running around waving their arms in the air is a good reaction to
a joke, but it isn't a joke by itself. That's something the creator's
of Wandaba Style haven't figured out.
Like most ADV titles being released, this disc comes with the original
Japanese audio track in stereo and a 5.1 English dub. I alternated
between the different language tracks while watching the show, and thought
they were both good. The girls voices in the English dub were a little
too high pitched and sweet sounding for my tastes, but the actors did a
good job with their performance. This is a recent show, and both
tracks had a good amount of range, but there was only minimal use made
of the soundstage. Overall an average sounding disc.
The full frame image looked fairly average for an anime show.
The colors were bright and the lines were tight, but there was some minor
This disc includes a commentary to episode seven with Jason Douglas
(Hanagata) and director John Swasey. I really don't like commentary
tracks to anime shows. The people in the States who do the voice
overs aren't involved in the actual creation of the show. There weren't
present when the show was plotted out and they can't comment on jokes or
subplot that didn't make it to the finished product. All they can
really comment on is how they feel about their character and what it was
like recording the dub. Since they don't have a lot to say, the actors
often digress and relate stories that have nothing to do with the show
or end up describing what is happening on the screen. This track
is a little better than normal, with the Jason talking about how he approaches
a new role, but there really wasn't a lot of substance to the whole track.
In addition to the commentary, there are clean and closing animations,
a gallery of production sketches, and a series of previews.
I wasn't really impressed with this show. Maybe it is because
I missed the first volume, though I was able to pick up the plot in short
order, or maybe it is just the sophomore curse, but these shows just don't
do anything for me. This hyper-kinetic show moves at a fast clip,
but they use the frantic action as the source of humor, instead of putting
in actual jokes. This show may pick up in future volumes, and I'll
give it the benefit of the doubt and give this a rental.