What They Say:
Soji Mitsuka is an ordinary high schooler with an extraordinary obsession. Twin tails are his fire, his air, his will to live! But when a mysterious woman from another world enlists his help to fight hideous monsters with various moe fetishes, Soji much transform into a powerful pigtailedgirl?
With the help of his childhood friend, the class president, and his endless devotion to pigtails, Soji and his crew form a twin-tailed threesome to take on the monsters who feed on the attribute power of humans. But Sojis new pigtailed powers come with a price; his surging popularity as the new heroin in town makes the twin-tailed trend explode, giving the monsters ample attribute powers to feed upon!
We have a trademark 5.1 English release and a 2.0 Japanese release – a standard set up with no real issues throughout the track in terms of synching with the video, and the general settings didn’t need to be changed. There were no issues with the syncing, or with the audio quality as no adjustments has to be made on my stand settings even with the Japanese 2.0 set up – very general and acceptable.
Similar with the audio, the video is set in 1080p using the AVC encoding with the show combining animation with some great colours with CGI and animation top notch –with no real problems with the subtitles, the sound synching in either language, no pause lag or in general, it is a quality release especially for the show it is, there is perhaps too good quality animation wise…
There was no packing for this test release.
The menu is your standard Blu-Ray menu of speed and good quality – basic screen with all three of the female leads in their Tail On forms (Tail Red, Blue and Yellow) with the menu selections on a blue bar below the characters of Play All, Episodes, Set Up and Extras. Easily selectable, and goes almost instant to your choices like most Blu-Ray releases (and can be selectable via Pop-up menu during the show apart from the Extras) so a good standard release.
As typical of Funimation releases that get to the UK, we have some decent extras, usually in the form of commentaries.
We get one for episode 1 featuring Austin Tindle (Souji) and Twoerle (Morgan Garrett) – with a show like this, the commentaries are a little less serious than normal so we’re not talking behind the scenes info, more like the two arguing over what the title is supposed to be ^^ Morgan lampshading she always plays the big boob characters for some reason, Austin being influenced by the office, and every time they try and return to the ‘plot’ and stay on topic of the show but the ridiculousness of it always catches them out…yeah, get used to this…
The second commentary is on disc 2 with episode 11, as the only veteran of the production line Jerry Jewell (ADR Director) has to direct Bryn Apprill (Twin Red) and Mikaela Krantz (Twin Yellow) through the commentary without too much laughter…and fails miserably. The cracking up over the ridiculousness is very exemplified by the lead girl, as their thoughts of the show are interesting (Mikaela says it looks like a fanservice show but it isn’t as bad as expecting), the plot can be confusing, their fondness over the worm Guildy…and just a whole lot of laughter throughout that it is hard not to join in with them.
We have some standard extras as well with the textless opening and ending and the US Trailer as well as trailers for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Fairy Tail, Tokyo EX, Date A Live, Noein, Selector Spread WIXOSS, Yurikuma Arashi and The Boy & The Beast.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Let’s get this out of the way first – this is a terrible series.
The plot makes no sense, the characters are mostly clichéd (some more annoying than others) and the sheer ideas seems to have come out of someone most likely drunk or high to create this – or basically combine most known fetishes in anime in 12 episodes. It is a clear example to somehow like myself who grew up with shows in the 90s like Tenchi Muyo, Moldiver, Robotech, even Evangelion to ‘O.K, what happened over these 20 years?’ It is a stylised audience grabber of the moe/fanservice kind (albeit not that bad in terms of fanservice just…strange) which feels like it got 1% thought into creation.
And yet…I found myself snickering, laughing and enjoying myself watching it. The concept itself is so ridiculous I do think the show’s creators actually also felt the same and it almost verges on self-parody many of the things that happen and commented. The comedy, both laughing with AND at it is immense as you try to flow what plot there is, and it is definitely one of those anime which remind me of films like The Room and Troll 2 where it is so bad, yet the hilarity of the badness makes it actually good.
So what is the story then? Well, we have our main lead, a young man named Soji Mitsuka who literally has one defining character trait – he is obsessed with the twin tail hairstyle. Along with his childhood friend who totally doesn’t have a crush on him and get annoyed when other girls are introduced to his life (cliché number 1 step forward!) named Aika Tsube, who like any normal person wishes he was a little less strange.
Cue very strange thing happening such as a random woman appearing in his life, who also apparently is from another world named Twoerle, your buxom alien like woman who immediately falls for Soji as ‘the one’ and become the frequent male gaze and butt kicking from the not-jealous Aika (and there’s number 2). What isn’t clichéd however is her purpose.
To ask Soji to save the Earth from alien invaders who are wanting to take the worlds ‘attributes’ (let’s say it as it is, fetishes) – specifically…the twintails.
And yes, I can’t believe I had to type in that sentence either.
So now comes basically our sentai style show as Twoearle gives Soji an amulet to transform into Tail Red to stop this aliens which I call the Guildys, all based on animals and each has a particular fet…er ATTRIBUTE that they like to make the world their own. So Soji begins to battle them in high tech armor, super strength, flight, adorable little girl form…wait…WHAT?
Yes, the little twist is that Soji actually transforms into a girl when he activates Twin Red – much to his dismay and sometimes amusement (and worry from Aika). So in between silliness between him, Twoearle and Aika (Soji’s mom not helping), Soji’s love of twintails is what allows him to transform and kick butt. Twoearle’s home world is out of ‘attribute’ strength hence why the aliens are attacking Earth, ranging from bloomers to back of the neck – yeah, it has all the bases covered in what I can only call is a lot of particular fetishes that people have when it comes to anime, from the common to the obscure and ones I didn’t even know about…
It obviously also means that Twin Red will need help, and thus to no-one’s surprise Twin Blue aids her, which of course is Aika (amusingly debuted because Twin Red was up against Foxguildy who created a clone via his ribbon fetish and Red can’t attack her because of her perfect twintails ^^) – one funny thing which is good is a running gag because Aika is so vicious (and flat-chested) that the people who watch her keep thinking she’s the villain…also the fact that Twoearle was the previous Twin Blue but there seems to be history with one of the main villains…
One other important character and easily my favourite of the bunch is the girl that eventually will become the third member of the squad Twin Yellow in Erina Shindou – a school body president who seems to always be involved in the alien deeds, she seems like your typical princess type character (has a maid who is also a teacher at the school) – student council president, etc. She is smart, and cottons on to the fact Soji wears a bracelet very similar to Twin Red’s, and it leads her to joining the team. She is easily the most unique of the bunch, as when she transforms, she actually gets older and is the biggest idea of fanservice in the show…which also ties in to her closet masochism and exhibitionism as we discover she is a bit strange in some requests to say the least..she at least brings some unique comedy to the show with her needing to release her armour (which gets her stronger in battle, though Twoerle has some fun when she realises what a perverted young lady she truly is)…
But in true sentai fashion, after all the usual cronies, the big boss has to come out and play, and she does in the form of Dark Grasper, who is actually a girl the same age as our heroines but is actually from the same world as Twoearle…and has a HUGE crush on her to stalker levels, and her evil motivation aside from finding Twoearle? Twintails fetish, pfft. Glasses is where it is at.
So yeah, it is basically twintail fetish vs. megane (glasses) fetish – combined with her being a pop idol in her normal guise (and true to fashion, she looks just like her villain self yet no-one recognises them both being one and the same until Souji actually figures it out). There is a lot of ridiculousness as they prepare for a battle at a concert she is holding, and it does lead to seemingly Twoearle being forgot about and she is now more interested in TwinRed…
…which then she pretty much vanishes for the last few episodes and instead replaced by a rare competent Guildy named Spider Guildy to at least try and salvage something from all this. During an attack, he actually manages to stop Soji’s obsession with twintails which actually makes him weak during battle – and leads to of course him finding himself when he has been forsaken by twintails…
…only for a god made of twintails to snap him out of it in a dream sequence during a battle.
Again, I can’t believe I had to type that sentence out.
So yes, sentai and shonen tropes in full force, she gets 11th hour superpowers, defeats the Spider Guildy, Grasper leaves properly (setting up a sequel?) and we all live happily ever after unless a sequel does come about…
So yes, this review is basically a bit different due to just the absurdity of the show. It is a rather strange mix of beholding an excuse of all these fetishes as the monster of the week demonstrates their preferences, yet oddly never really goes the fanservice route bar a few risqué shots of Tail Yellow. Soji strangely enough, is not showcased as an actual perverted character (in fact he actually panics a lot over the antics of Twoerle and Aika’s concerns he is too interested in his female body are quickly nullified) if it wasn’t for that twintail quirk, he’s actually fairly normal (hell, both Aika and Erina are definitely a bit more abnormal in different ways) however he gets his power via his own love for twintails which actually screws him over in the last few episodes before the obvious deus ex machinas.
The characters? Pretty stereotypical. Twoearle is an over the top nymph/tease like character who you aren’t sure if she is just there to try and get in his pants or just to rile up Aika, whilst Aika is the tsundere character who is violent a lot of the time but also clearly has a crush on Soji – a character we’ve seen a million times before, but the running gag of people thinking she is a villain is at least amusing. Erina I wish had been used more because her little perversions and quirks were hilarious (the scene where she is convinced to go buy a porn magazine…and then can’t because she’s too young was one of those moment I definite laughed out loud) – there is an episode which actually seems to be serious where she is rebelling against her parents as want her to find a husband and Soji does a speech which is familiar to realise that she is her own person…which of course means Erina’s mother now wants her to marry Soji. Yeah, when she got involved and her true personality came out, it actually made me laugh with the show more and not so much at it.
The other laughing with it as well as at it is simply the absurdity of the aliens. Attributes with legs, lips, cross-dressing, big breasts, flat chests, ribbons, the back of the neck, glasses and of course twintails – yeah, you do wonder what the production meetings of this shows were like when they have to explain to the voice actors their role and motivations. It is both intentionally hilariously and mind-bogglingly stupid that you laugh even more. Even the inclusion of a proper villain in Dark Grasper/Anko Isuna is more a way to get more tropes with the evil yuri like stalker of Twoearle – who is just as daft as the rest of them. They do try and serious it up a bit when Spiderguildy enters the frey, but feels like it was almost forced upon them as you wonders where Anko left – it just reinforces the rushed way the plot and story was told.
And of course, the plot and story are very miniscule as it is. It is not exactly Citizen Kane level of storytelling and it feels difficult if it was just trying to be a fanservice style anime because even that is quite minimal surprisingly. With the characters mostly one-dimensional, ridiculous plot, predictable characters and a rushed ending, this is easily one of the worst anime I’ve watched.
But being one of the worst anime doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining.
This is clearly up on there on the guilty pleasures list, because the absurdity level is beyond anything I’ve seen in recent years. It reminds me of the last episode of Excel Saga or Puni Puni Poemy which I was never fond of as episodes, but the absurdity of them made me enjoy them nonetheless. I guess the reviewer in me knows it is a bad anime, but it still gives me plenty of joy because of that. It is definitely worth a look just because of the absurdity factor, and my copy is going to be reserved for a few drinking games….
Gonna Be The Twin Tail is a hard anime to review. On one side, it is a terrible plot, clichéd characters, seems to be a 12 episode excuse to showcase typical fetishes in the anime society, and rushes through like nothing. But strangely that is also part of its charm – the stupidity of the concept, the idea it clearly is making fun of itself during the show, the comic side of the aliens and the characters do actually give it some watch ability. The flimsiness of the plot aside, I wouldn’t recommend this a show to introduce someone to anime as it may put them off forever, but for someone who has watched anime for nearly 20 years, it is one to stick on with other veterans, laugh at how bad things have changed as the warm up before you put on Your Lie In April for an example of a good anime in the modern years – terrible series, but definitely good for a laugh.
Japanese Language, English Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening/Ending
Content Grade: C-
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: N/A
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: B+
Released By: Anime Limited
Release Date: October 10th, 2016
Running Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Playstation 4, Sony Bravia 32 Inc EX4 Television, Aiwa 2 Way Twin Duct Bass Reflex Speaker System.