Dalin’s Simulcast Corner – Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Episode 1 Review

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Ah yes, the day has arrived. The moment of many a fan’s dream has come true, in the form of a series that though it seems to be a parody, is definitely full of heart. Welcome to another edition of Simulcast Corner, where this week I’ll be taking a look at the new wildly discussed series, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! So sit back, relax, grab your heart watch, and let’s get this show on the road.

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Our story concerns the usual High School crowd, each with a member that represents the stereotypical characters of anime we’ve grown to love (or hate, depending on your view.) There’s a evil alien army (of Vegetables?) about to attack the earth, and magical powers are given to our leads. But what makes this show different, if you haven’t noticed, is that in fact our Mahou group are not girls, but instead, boys. Yes, we officially have a show that fits the current requirements of the Mahou Shoujo genre, yet this time, with Shonen. I’ve been dreaming for this kind of show to exist for some time, and trust me, it was well worth the wait.

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! features the many classic ingredients we’ve come to expect from the genre: Each boy has a different color/power set, there is a magical animal sidekick (Pink Wombats, for the win!), and there is even an evil team of mahou boys, who dress to perfection in every sequence. It’s hard to list every single reference this anime makes to the genre, but the easter eggs sprinkled throughout are incredibly thrilling to find for fans of other Mahou titles.

But probably what makes Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! even more of a treat is its devoted love to the genre it’s representing, while also giving it some much needed hilarious commentary. Specifically one moment, in which the boys receive their wands for the first time, harkens back to similar conversations I’ve had with non-Mahou fanatic friends when they saw my Sailor Moon toys for the first time.

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But when it all boils down to it, though it might not be the first actual Magical Boy series to exist, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is the one that understands its audience the best. Though we still have to get to know our team a bit more, and get out of the “Honeymoon phase” of how incredible the idea of the show is, I have a feeling this is gonna be one of the better series this season. With damn near perfect animation, style, and humor, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is an anime that’ll live on, through Tumblr and fandom hearts, forever and ever.

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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Streams on Crunchyroll every Tuesday!

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