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Elf Princess Rane
When I originally began watching anime I watched the All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku and thought it was one of the silliest things I'd ever seen. Then a little while later that notion was replaced by the ultra-kawaii Dragon Half. But now Dragon Half has been usurped by the craziest comedy to ever grace my television: Elf Princess Rane.
Elf Princess Rane combines pretty much every traditional comedic device from outright slapstick, zany characters, plenty of sight gags, and a plot which is surprisingly coherent. The focus of the series is a young Indiana-Jones-in-training named Go Takarada. Always on the quest for the ultimate treasure Go is eager to follow in the footsteps of his parents, who are archeologists. It is on one of Go's zany quests that he suddenly meets a cute little elf girl (which he promptly dubs "Elfie"). Common sense never a concept to enter Go's head, he thinks that the elf is sent to aid him on his quest to find the ultimate treasure. What follows is an incredibly hyper-active adventure full of mishaps, strange coincidences and some really outrageous situations.
There's no other way to describe it, the comedy in Elf Princess Rane is just plain nuts. Exaggerated expressions abound, slapstick is served up by the barrel-full and one of the greatest achievements in all this is the superb English voice acting. Kudos to Anime Works for finding great voice actors capable of filling the roles of the characters so well. The dialog combines ultra-quick speech, Rane's humorous nonsense talk and Mr. Takuma's brief rap solo (possibly one of the funniest moments in the series) which certainly stretches the normative requirements for voice acting. And yet all of the actors pull it off with top-notch results.
The art style is probably about as typical an anime style as you can get. Bright colors are everywhere, the animation was fairly fluid and the art was visually appealing. Especially noteworthy were some of the exaggerations of the characters' appearances, particularly on the part Mr. Takuma.
The bottom line is anyone who enjoys anime comedy should immediately find themselves a copy of Elf Princess Rane. The combination of hyper storytelling, exuberant characters, and zany fun makes it a perfect addition to any anime fan's collection.
The Verdict: * * * * (good)
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