Blog 5: Crazy does not begin to describe this

Are you a fan of weird or absurd cartoons? If you are, than the Japanese anime series, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is the one for you. It has everything from talking squirrels living inside hair to bad musical numbers. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo can best be described, as a series, where the patients run the asylum. In other words, this show is an unpredictable and insane roller coaster ride. This anime is one of the strangest and funniest animes I have ever seen. In fact, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, is one of the best animated series to employ sight gags, puns, character exaggerations, and spoofs in one show.

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (see picture of characters below) is about Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo or Bobobo, a crime fighter who protects people’s hair (with the use of nose hairs and an overactive imagination) from an evil empire (led by Czar Baldy Bald the Fourth) obsess with shaving people’s head bald. Joining him are Beauty (female protagonist who constantly complains about Bobobo’s eccentric behavior), Don Patch (a demented and insane ball-like creature with a star-shape head who is even more eccentric than Bobobo), Gasser (teenage boy who Beauty likes and employs the use of fart bombs to combat enemies), and Jelly Jigler (a being made of jello who is often physically abused from both Bobobo and their enemies).

Other characters that are in Bobobo’s group are Softon (a person with ice cream for a head), Hatenko (a blond hair male who worships Don Patch and uses keys, as his primary weapon), Dengaku-Man (a cute character that is generally forgotten by the others or is the butt of jokes), and Torpedo Girl (a female torpedo who has a crush on Softon and hates joking around). Topedo Girl (see picture below), interestingly enough, is the female form of Over (one of Czar Baldy Bald’s top generals).

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The episode, I selected is called, Silly Singing Saves the Show from a Scoundrel, and this episode is arguably one of oddest, yet funniest episode in the entire series. The episode begins basically with a recap from the previous episode where Softon is beaten by J, the strongest member of Giga’s (one of Czar Baldy Bald’s generals)  “Six Cyber Knights” and has an onion for a head. J proves to be too strong for Bobobo, even against his antics and absurd behavior, so Bobobo calls out to Don Patch to change into a piece of candy, so they can merge into BoboPatch (a fusion of Bobobo and Don Patch).

Unfortunately, Dengaku-Man gets in the way and he is swallowed instead of Don Patch. What happens next, stuns Beauty because she was expecting a new male warrior, instead a female appears named Denbo. J laughs this off, but soon finds himself trapped in her world, where anything some one sings about comes true. In fact, J is attacked by many things including hearts, carrots, jello, sugar, Vitamin A juice, and egg plants. J is finally defeated by Denbo, when she uses her nose hair attack to beat him. With J beaten, Giga eagerly awaits Bobobo and the gang to finish them off, which is where the episode ends.

Overall, Bobobo’s and Don Patch’s eccentric and strange behavior is what makes the entire series fun and enjoyable because you never know what to expect from these two. In fact, when I first saw this episode, I started to crack up because I was not expecting Denbo or the singing to be used against J. If you have the pleasure or time to watch this series, I recommend it because of the surprise factor and the comical gags. In the end, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is one of the strangest and funniest animes I have ever seen that employs the use of sight gags, puns, character exaggerations, and spoofs, really well.

ETA: I commented on Justin Pangilinan’s blog and Brittany Alberry’s blog.

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