Title: Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!!
Production: Production IMS
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment (c/o Anime Limited)
Platform(s): DVD, Blu-ray
Version Reviewed: Blu-ray
Released: Out Now!
Forget about “there’s no logic to it” and other things I’ve read out there. Sometimes, you just need a show that is not only utterly bonkers, but more than willing to embrace and celebrate it. Like with my love for Senran Kagura, that is what not only drew me to Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!!, but made me fall in love with it.
At its heart, this adaptation of Yume Mizusawa’s light novel series is a delightful parody of “Super Sentai” and similar shows, featuring a brightly coloured team of superheroes protecting their world from invading aliens.
Like most teenage boys, Soji Mitsuka has an obsession with the opposite sex – except instead of being interested in them, he’s in love with the twin-tail hairstyles some of them wear and of course, the fate of the world will rest on Soji’s unwavering passion for his fetish.
When the mysterious Twoearle shows up in his mothers café and thrusts the Tail Gear bracelet (and her chest) upon Soji, his love for twin-tails becomes the fuel for a magical transformation, giving him the strength to fight Ultimegil; an organisation of “Elemelian” aliens who, powered by their own unique fetishes, travel the universe in search of “attribute power” – spiritual energy formed through powerful love. A side-effect of this transformation however, is that wielding his love for twin-tails as a weapon temporarily transforms Soji into a female form – donning the “Tail Red” moniker, she packs both a punch and an impressive pair of twin-tails!
In his fight to protect the world’s attribute strength, Soji is joined by his childhood friend Aika “Tail Blue” Tsube, who despite being susceptible to violent outbursts, isn’t exactly an expert at hiding her romantic intentions, as well as the prim-and-proper Student Council President Erina Shindo, who unleashes an unexpectedly masochistic side when fighting as Tail Yellow.
The incredibly eccentric cast is easily the glue that holds the series together; with even minor characters getting a chance to incite laughter with their peculiar personalities, such as Soji’s mother cheering for the lecherous Twoearle’s quest for her son’s virginity, or Ultimagil officers squaring off over the ideal breast size. Packed with innuendo from start to finish, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! provides far more than a laugh minute.
Behind the laughter however, is where the series’ weaknesses are exposed. The series’ pacing is erratic; often rushing through Elemelian enemies without taking the time to properly establish them as threats; which sadly affects even the primary antagonists. Introduced mid-way through the series, Dark Grasper’s introduction sets her up as a formidable foe for the twin-tails, especially given her relationship with their mentor Twoearle. However, she is quickly whisked away on another mission – leaving a hole that can only be filled by reading the light novels (which aren’t available in English!). In her place, Spiderguildy takes up the mantle of Final Boss – but is himself powerless once Soji recovers from the usual self-doubt stage most heroes go through.
English dubs have always been a touchy subject with anime fans, but while many have a uniform preference, I prefer to judge on a per-title basis and I was pleasantly surprised by Funimation Entertainment’s dub of this series; with Morgan Garrett clearly having a lot of fun owning the role of Twoearle. On the flip side however, I never quite grew to Mikaela Krantz’s Erina Shindo, finding her more mature voice mismatched to Erina’s child-like stature and demeanour, which Chinatsu Akasaki captured perfectly in the original Japanese version. I did however, notice that the series’ few uses of insert songs were drowned out by competing sounds, with the on-screen subtitles actually alerting me to the fact that a song was playing. While evident in both language tracks, this became more noticeable when watching the English dub.
I really can’t overstate this series’ unyielding commitment to its core premise however; with the sheer absurdity leading to a comedic goldmine; with too many hilarious, memorable moments to mention in this review. Seeing Tail Red and a towering foe exchange their devotion to Twin-Tails in a future-deciding duel, the horror etched on Soji’s face when he discovers that the hairdo can be undone and innocent Erina being corrupted by a quest for the best porno magazine are just a taste of what awaits in this utterly charming comedy. Even the soundtrack helps add to the humour, with its obvious substitution for George Michael’s Careless Whisper that plays during particularly teasing scenes!
From start to finish, Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! is a series that never tries to take itself too seriously and is simply content with riding the waves of its ridiculous premise, which is how I believe the series is best enjoyed. The series was never destined to win awards, but is still great to just chill out and have a few laughs with. Let’s leave the edgy brooding and overcomplicated plots to Hollywood superhero movies and just have some light-hearted fun.
Disclosure: A copy of “Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!!” was supplied by Anime Limited, the distributor, for the purposes of this review.