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Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
That pretty much sums up my reaction to Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland. Normally, an anime with virtually zilch in the way of plot or character development would be immediately headed for the trash bin. Yet, here I am handing out a three-star rating to this incredibly bizarre title.
The premise is basically the same as Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland. Miyiku enters Wonderland and journeys from one weird place to another, encountering the strange (and under-dressed) inhabitants of Wonderland. My gripe here is that Miyuki never sticks around long enough in any one place so that anything can develop. There's no plot, no character depth, nada. But in a weird way, I guess that's sort of the point.
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful character art. CLAMP sure knows their stuff, and this title isn't an exception. All the characters feature the traditional CLAMP eyes and shiny hair, and they're pretty easy on the eyes (take that any way you want). The music that runs through the series is simplistic and repetitive, but does a surprisingly good job setting the tone. It somehow refrained from becoming annoying, as it was noticeable only when necessary.
As I eluded to earlier, this anime is a bit on the perverted side. The all-female residents of Wonderland always seem to have an infatuation for poor Miyuki, and this makes her encounters, er, a bit awkward. At the same time, this provides some chuckles. A few memorable moments includes the bizarre strip chess game and the dominatrix version of the Queen of Hearts. Yes, I am a sick freak.
So while it may lack in the conventional elements that are usually required for good storytelling, it makes up for it with outright strangeness. If you're looking for something really off-the-wall, then this is the title for you. As a matter of fact, I think I'll go watch it again...
The Verdict: * * * (average)
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