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The Rolling Girls 30 May 2015

2015 futuristic fantasy, 12 episodes: AniDB. After the Great Tokyo War, Japan is balkanised; each area is protected by its own vigilante squad. Four girls set out to deal with some of the problems.

This is a very strange show (which is one of the reasons I watch anime in the first place). The plot is buried under action, hypersaturated colour and gorgeous art, and I'm not entirely sure I picked up on large parts of what was going on, but it was still great fun. The superpowered protectors are the Best, and everyone else is the Rest and needn't even bother, but there are stones that can maybe give you powers, but someone else seems to be gathering them, and… When one of the Best, a roving peace-maker known as Maccha Green, goes missing, her apprentice gathers some friends and they head out to take on the conflicts she was scheduled to settle.

Like the various incarnations of Kyousougiga, the story never stops to explain what's going on. A hint here, a hint there, and that's your lot; this would probably work better consumed as a lump than spread out over several weeks. It's all an enjoyable mess, with great music.

There's a sense of joy here that's quite rare in modern anime, or modern storytelling of any kind. It's not "ha ha you deserved that", or "ha ha he fell over", it's a relentlessly positive outlook that elevates the series above the commonplace. Recommended if you don't mind the weirdness.

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