16 year-old Sanpieta Kobayashi met a cute pink-haired girl ten years ago whom he promised to marry when they grew up. Ten years later, he is greeted by a robot that looks like a walking chibi in a plug suit. She introduces herself as his wife, Kemeko, quickly invading both his life and his house. Piloting the suit, though, is a pretty pink-haired girl who strongly resembles the girl Sanpieta met 10 years ago. Could it be the same girl?
Remember how in Carlos' review of 6 Angels, he talked about they added an adorable, pink robot named Link to the cast as a last-minute addition? Haven't you always wanted to see an entire series like that concept, but with a chubby, adorable green-haired robot? Well, I give you Kemeko DX, a wonderful little comedy from the brilliant director of Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan.
What is a Kemeko, you might ask? In this case, it's a little, cute robot voiced by Chiwa Saito, a woman with a voice on par with the lovely voice of Kikuko Inoue. It likes to spend more of its time doing normal robot things, like invading others' houses and living there. Once it does that, it then tries to seduce love interest Sanpieta, while also threatening to kill him should he look at anyone else but it. In addition, it attempts to "seduce" the male lead with various outfits and even tries to sleep with him. And don't forget the wacky antics with Sanpieta and Kemeko, like when the latter does something as cute as chase him with a running chainsaw to get him to exercise. And don't forget that beautiful little ending theme dance number with Kemeko talking about how gorgeous it is.
Piloting her suit is a shy, pink-haired girl named M.M. She also has big breasts as a bonus for the viewers, because they add so much to her character. M.M. even apologizes to Sanpieta for her hilarious antics, which means so much when you do it 10 minutes before a series finale. Yes. Yes it does.
But let's forget our male lead and his family. Sanpieta is a strong-willed kid in the vain of Rito Yuuki from To Love Ru. He has a hidden power that's so great it's only shown twice in the series, and is totally not a let-down. His little sister Tamako proclaims herself to be the only sensible person in her household. This might make her seem like an obnoxious pain in the ass, but in reality she's showing the little girls watching this masterpiece of a series that girls can take care of themselves. They don't need to rely on their older brother or even their parents. Their mother seems like a lazy slacker mangaka who never meets her deadlines, but really she's moving at her own brisk pace. The fact that her editor Aoi has to constantly remind her only teaches the worried lass about patience.
And how could we forget about Sanpieta's friends from school? We have the lovable pervert male with glasses, but we also have a colorful group of girls too. For example, let's look at Izumi, the girl with big breasts who both likes Sanpieta and doesn't, hitting him when he looks at her breasts. She does this not because a few select anime watchers still find male abuse funny, but to suppress his urges against looking at women's chests. By hitting him repeatedly, Izumi's teaching him about how women are more than objects for desire, even if he is at an age where it's normal to think so. Ryouko, a girl with a long sword and a talking cat, is also delightful. She threatens Sanpieta's life not because she's a crazy bitch, but in an attempt to make him stronger. She also flirts with him and cons out of money/drinks to teach him to not to give in to his hormonal desires.
But wait, we mustn't forget Misaki! She's a friend of Izumi who constantly makes adorable, perverted jokes and hugs her large breasts with little to no consequences on her part. Some of you might think this is a terrible double standard, since if Sanpieta did this he'd be knocked to the ground and beaten to a pulp. But you have to look at it from a greater viewpoint; Misaki lets Izumi hug her breasts because she trusts her. She's fine with her friend massaging her chest. The cries of she yells to Misaki to stop caressing her huge breasts? It's just a front. Misaki also has an older sister, Miura, who dresses like a maid for no reason. This seems like fanboy pandering, but again it isn't. Miura proves herself as a woman that she is free to dress the way she wants to. And Mamiko Noto voicing her is icing on the cake.
But let's get to the heart of Kemeko DX - the plot. As the series only has 12 episodes to tell a story, the writers decided to have fun with Kemeko and her craaazy antics instead of advance that pesky little bug called a plot. But they do eventually touch on a plot, and even in add some needed humor into situations of seriousness. Because as we all know, you can never have too much humor in a series, even in times when it needs to pause to explain certain situations. It even ends with the introduction of a character we've never seen before in the entire series, no doubt to keep us on the edge of our seats for a second season. Or maybe they did it to encourage people to read the manga to find out. Brilliant, HAL Film Maker! What a great way to get people to read.
Overall, Kemeko DX is a wonderful little series that..
Oh forget it. I can't be sarcastic any longer. This series sucks.
Delightful. Simply deilightful. — Tim Jones
Recommended Audience: Older teenagers and up, due to fan service, violence, suggestive themes, and a single usage of one of the foulest words in the English language spoken in English at one point in the show (though that's probably the least offensive thing about this anime).
Version(s) Viewed: digital source
Review Status: Full (12/12)
Kemeko DX © 2008 Masakazu Iwasaki, / Media Works ASCII / Kemeko Deluxe! Production Committee
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