The Daichi family jumps into action again in the second volume of The
Daichis: Earth's Defense Family. With more odd aliens, a good
number of family fights, and a truly odd episode thrown in for good luck,
this is a fun series that should be getting more attention.
The Daichi's are the most unlikely of heroes, a dysfunctional family
that can barely talk to each other, much less work together as a team.
Mamoru and Seiko, the mother and father, have been having problems for
a while and only seem to scream at each other. He's a spineless
computer programer who has his head in the clouds, and she's headstrong
go-getter who is only interested in how much money the family can bring
home. The children are no better. Their son, Dai, is a juvenile
delinquent who runs through the halls at school lifting up girls dresses
to expose their panties, and Nozomi is a virtual slave, doing all the cooking
and cleaning. When they get selected by the Galactic Federation to
be the Earth's defenders, and get the chance to earn some serious bucks
in the deal, who can resist to call to glory?
The family gets 9.8 million yen (about $100,000) for each invading
alien that they successfully repel, and they have some very awesome power-ups
that allow them to vanquish the most henious aliens. There is one
little problem though. Every time they use one of their weapons or
technological devices, the cost is deducted from their earnings. After
three battles they end up owing 99 million yen! If they quit
now, they'll have to pay the balance by doing hard labor on the planet
Siberia for 100 years. So now they are trapped into fighting, but
they can't use their weapons if they ever want to get out of debt.
The Daichi's have been practicing night and day, honing their talents.
The plan is to vanquish some aliens without using any powers so that they
can eventually get out of debt. Things are looking good at first.
They manage to stop an invisible monster and save an auditorium full of
people while turning a profit.
Even though a battle has gone their way, the family is still having
troubles. Mamoru has started getting close with a male co-worker,
and her husband Seiko has been flirting with Dai's teacher. Dai for
his part is still depressed because he misses his alien pet, Weird, who
took off into space in the last volume. Dai is so down that he doesn't
even answer the call when some Russian factories disappear and his family
has to investigate.
In the best episode on the disc, Tokyo is overrun by Poke-marus; unbelievably
cute little toys that can talk and fly. All they want to do is have
someone to play with them. But when they start to join together and
become as tall as a building, it's hard to find someone to play with.
It's up the Daichi's to stop this giant menace, but Seiko can't let his
family harm anything so loveable.
In the final episode, and one of the stranger shows I've seen in a while,
a giant heart appears at the top of Tokyo Tower. This heart shoots
out rays that make flowers grow out of peoples heads. These flowers
act like love potions and cause everyone to fall in love with someone else.
Can even a family as messed up as the Daichi's resist?
I'm really enjoying this series. Though the last episode on the
DVD was a little strange, both in plot and execution, this is a funny show
that always brings a smile to my face. It's fast paced
and hectic, with a lot of action as well as humor. Be warned, there
is a lot of low brow bathroom humor, but the kid in me really enjoyed that
Unlike many recent releases, the English dub was in stereo surround
sound, not 5.1. The original Japanese track is also pro logic surround.
I viewed the disc with both soundtracks, and I enjoyed them equally.
This would have sounded better in 5.1 since there is a lot of loud dynamic
fight scenes, but the supplied audio tracks were sufficient. There
was a fair amount of dynamic range, and audio defects were nonexistent.
A good sounding disc.
The was a great looking disc. The colors on this full frame image
were very bright and dynamic. The blacks of space were deep and solid,
and the sky was bright blue. The image was only marred by some light
aliasing, which was fairly minor. A excellent looking DVD.
Extras on this disc include a non-credit ending, a minute and a half
worth of Japanese promotional spots, and three trailers for other Geneon
This humorous take on group action shows is quite good. Though
there isn't an overall plot (at least not yet) there is a fair amount of
continuity in addition to the humor. With a couple of good laughs
in every show, it is a series well worth taking a look at. Highly