"Sparkling vampires are just twisted fiction from a mad
woman's mind." - Natsumi Hinata
Woo-hoo! Otaku in Region One finally get
new episodes of Sgt. Frog! FUNimation
has continued with the series
after a long 16 months hiatus with no new episodes.
It was worth the wait, as Sgt, Keroro and his
Armpit Platoon are still hilarious with their bizarre and off-the-wall
for taking over the Earth. Sgt.
Frog Season Three Part One is
another 14 episodes of goofy fun.
The Earth is in danger. A ship full of troops from the planet
in orbit and ready to invade, but first they send down a squad of five
frog-like reconnaissance soldiers led by Sgt. Keroro.
the invaders, Keron is an idiot. Soon after landing on Earth he
with the Hinata family, mother and manga creator Aki, son Fuyuki, and
Natsumi. In the first episode Fuyuki takes Keroro's very powerful
ball and accidently sends a signal to the invasion fleet to flee the
leaving Keroro and his comrades behind.
Aki quickly agrees to let Keroro stay at their house, in exchange for
'light' house work (so she can chronicle his adventures in her
agrees and basically goes from intergalactic soldier to slave in one
motion. The frog lives in the spacious basement which sounds like
deal until he discovers that the Hinata's house is built on the ruins
mental hospital which was built on top of an old cemetery and the
basement is haunted
by the ghost of a wrongfully committed female patient. There's
something, isn't there?
In addition to Keroro, there's the rest of his command, the Armpit
Platoon. This consists of Private Second Class Tamama who goes
whatever Keroro says; Corporal Giroro, the group weapons master who is
constantly irritated by Keroro's lack of an invasion plan; Sergeant
Kululu, the intelligence expert who invents various items at the drop
of a hat;
and Lance Corporal Dororo, who follows the ways of the ninja and has
protect Earth, even from his team mates.
Though he's trapped on Earth (or Pekopon as it is called on Keron) that
stopped the soldier from trying to conquer the planet... his love of
models has. He spends all of his free time building models and
famous Gundam battles, and only thinks about destroying humans when he
Season Three has more irreverent wacky goodness as the
Armpit Platoon continues to try to take over Earth.
All your favorite supporting characters make
appearances in this set, including "Queen of Terror" and planet
cute Angol Mois, the ever-smiling Space Deputy Kogoro, and another
the Viper clan, Cool Big Brother Viper, who is out to avenge the defeat
One of the better episodes has Keroro and his squad visiting
ancient cities and ruins after watching a TV show on ancient aliens. They immediately recognize that old sites as
being constructed by aliens and decide to investigate, hoping to find
they can use. The Great Pyramid of Giza
turns out to be a haunted house, the ruins of Machu Picchu (which the
points out is NOT a pokemon) is an ancient roller coaster ride,
Stonehenge is a
cosmic deep fat fryer, and the statues on Easter Island turn out to be
Whack-a-Mole game. Yes, that's
aliens visited Earth in the distant path and turned it into an
Another favorite from this set is "Dial M for Maybe I can
Solve This Murder" where Keroro decides to become a detective and the
case he tackles is the murder of Space Deputy Kogoro!
Is the tofu found near his body a clue? What
about the white model paint on the
floor? And how did the killer get out of
the locked room? Don't rely on Keroro to
come up with any sane answer.
If you've seen the other volumes, you can expect more of the
same. Yeah, some of the shows miss and
are just sort of stupid (like the first episode in this set) but those
and far between. It's a hilarious show
that's filled with solid laughs.
This two-disc set contains episodes 52-65. They come on two
DVDs each in its own thinpak case.
are housed in an attractive slipcase.
This show comes with the original Japanese soundtrack in stereo
and a DD
5.1 English dub (with optional subtitles). I viewed the show in
and spot checked the dub track and found them to be both fine, if
unexceptional, mixes. There are not a lot of effects in the show,
2.0 track has some good separation and the 5.1 option does make some
of the rears in the occasional action sequences. The rare
sound better on the dub track though they aren't as forceful as I would
liked. Whether you prefer watching anime with subs or the dub,
pleased with this set.
The show was made in 2004 and features a 4:3 image
very good. The colors are solid and bright, the lines are
and the blacks are deep. There was a bit of aliasing in the
but nothing too tragic. Overall this is a nice looking show.
Not much in the way of extras. There are clean versions of the
and closing. That's it.
with more puns, quips, and jokes, this set is just as uproariously
funny as the
earlier seasons. Sgt. Frog is easily the best humor anime
currently in release and deserves to be in everyone's anime collection.