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Upotte!!

April 22, 2012

Guns, girls, guns, girls! In a nutshell that’s what “Upotte!!” is all about. A plain, light comedy slice-of-life show about a group of school girls… that also happen to be anthropomorphisms of various assault rifles.

Adapted from the “うぽって!!“ manga by Kitsune Tennouji, was curious about this series due to its peculiar premise and these first three episodes definitely have not let me down.

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Was unsure how the main point of girls being anthropomorphisms of guns would work out in a school setting, yet was mostly hesitant considering am not a fan of character designer Takami Akio’s usual signature style, as seen in “Kanokon” and “Ladies vs Butlers”.

There are some ecchi jokes in “Upotte!!”, but they are few so the only link above mentioned series remains solely in the character visual styling. Even with the gun element, this series feels more akin to a slice-of-life school comedy as it focuses most on the circle of girls their daily shenanigans at school.

Am not a stranger to basic assault rifle, battle rifle and submachine gun knowledge, so that side of “Upotte!!” doesn’t bother me and manages to provide an interesting twist. Those of you with no interest in guns however may find this focus on guns bothersome as it is prominently present, no episode goes by without the girls picking up their rifles or going on about guns.

Although an overly simplified statement, guess you could say this series feels like a watered down version of “A Channel” or “K-ON”, but with guns and the resulting crazy antics of schoolgirls wielding them thrown into the mix.

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While most of the girls aren’t as endearing as the cast of “A Channel” or “K-ON”, Funco is able to carry the show as female lead where Ichiroku’s tomoboyish demeanour falls short of being as cute as Ritsu’s or Shigu’s ojousama style not as endearing as Tsumugi’s.

Funco is voiced by Nomizu Iori, she voiced Shouko in “Rinne no Lagrange” and also voices Haruna in this season’s “Kore wa Zombie des ka? Of the Dead”. The Osaka dialect using Ichiroku is voiced by Togashi Misuzu who previously voiced Yukiteru in “Mirai Nikki”, Mai in “Nichijou” and Shiina in “Seitokai no Ichizon”.

Of the other two girls of the main group, star pupil Shigu is voiced by Sadohara Kaori and Eru is voiced by Misato, they both do not seem to have many other roles credited to them.

While nowhere near as good as some of the other series airing this spring season, “Upotte!” nonetheless provides a fun weekly watch for it remains unpretentious and delivers a silly comedy with a peculiar mix of gun otaku elements in a slice-of-life school setting.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. fabricerequin permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:46 am

    That series is a little weird. I was expecting a little more craziness from this series, but it’s mostly just ecchi stuff with guns involved. Not too bad though, FNC is still one hell of a girl lol.

    Gotta love the logic applied to everything in this anime. Very entertaining episode. What’s better than girls with guns?

    Laughed a lot, looking forward to more!

  2. April 25, 2012 10:47 am

    @fabricerequin
    Do you really feel there’s so much ecchi stuff in it? Every episode has one or two ecchi moments but no more than in the average show showing cute girls. The ecchiness is definitely more low key than in other show like “Nazo no Kanojo X” or “Haiyore! Nyaruko-san”.

  3. April 27, 2012 3:51 am

    Well, that sounds like an interesting premise xD. I need to catch up on the new series and I’m adding this one to my list ;)

  4. April 27, 2012 10:34 am

    @anonymousobject
    Quite like this show so far, but perhaps the fact I’ve been into Battlefield 3 lately plays into this. :)

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