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First Impressions: Keroro

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Three-minute Flash animation de arimasu!

Sgt. Frog never appealed to me during high school. I had joined 1Up to be part of the gaming community and noticed a few people were excited for the manga release, but it didn't strike me as very interesting -- especially given the fact that series like those tend to rely heavily on Japanese pop culture references, which I don't have that great a handle on sometimes. It wasn't until the first 51 episodes came to Netflix, dubbed by way of FUNimation, that I gave the series an honest chance.

To my surprise, I was hooked instantly. Everything about Keroro and his ragtag bunch of "invaders" made me laugh, especially the English voice actors' line deliveries and the endless stream of jokes running throughout each episode. I'm still waiting for the rest of the series to be dubbed, but there's a new series floating around now simply entitled Keroro. The verdict? It's cuter than ever. 

Keroro is a three-minute Flash animated series that seems to be a retelling of the original Sgt. Frog series, only in much smaller chunks. The first episode introduces brother and sister pair Natsumi and Fuyuki in an expedient manner, skipping straight to the point. Like Pupa and Onee-chan ga Kita before it, Keroro also has a short opening theme that detracts from time that could have been spent on the episode, so every second counts. 

Natsuki is a gorgeous student who's good at, well, everything. Fuyuki's her weird little brother with an obsession for everything strange. He dreams of an alien invasion or some way to confirm that aliens do exist, and after Natsuki wakes him up from what would be a nightmare to anyone else, the two discover Keroro hiding behind the wallpaper in their house. He's caught red-handed, kero! It's a quick and efficient way to get viewers hooked, but not too much went on during this episode. 

Story aside, Keroro is incredibly cutesy and makes good use of pastel colors, thick outlines, and artistic touches to make its characters come to life. I still prefer Sgt. Frog's aesthetic, but this motif makes sense for a fill-in or "omake" kind of series that just makes you feel good to watch. I can't wait to see more, though I'm hoping it doesn't just end up being a rehash of the series I've already seen. Keroro's so cute though, I would probably just watch anyway. 

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