The genre of Magical Girls has been a very popular on in anime. From the classic Sailor Moon, to Tokyo Mew Mew, anime fans have alike have always been fascinated by Magical Girl anime shows. Now, this concept has taken a unique turn- Magical Girls are now Magical Boys!
Cute High Earth Defense Club Love. Just take a second to read that title and see if it makes you laugh. The Japanese name is Binan Koko Chikyu Boei-bu Love! It is a long title for an anime, which makes me think it mocks itself. I was curious as to why they had to have the word “cute” in there. Maybe it was to draw attention to the title, and make people so curious, that they’d check out a few episodes. Well, it sure got my attention.
This is a new anime, released in Japan on Jan. 6, 2015 and ran on the air until Mar. 24, 2015 with 12 episodes, features five young men, Yumoto Hakone (Kazutomi Yamamoto), En Yufuin (Yuichiro Umehara), Atsushi Kinugawa (Kotaro Nishiyama), Io Naruko (Yusuke Shirai), and Ryuu Zaou (Toshiki Masuda). They all attend Binan High School, where they are part of a school club called The Earth Defense Club.
The anime starts off with Atsushi and En enjoying a bath at Yumoto’s family bathhouse. Out of the blue, a pink creature in the form of an Earth Wombat (Mugihito) appears before the guys, and begs them to help him save the planet. Atsushi and En don’t know what’s going on, grasping the concept of a Wombat speaking perfect Japanese, and talking about saving the Earth through the power of Love.
At the school the following day, Wombat appears in front of all of the club members, this time being held by a teacher who he controlled in order to move around freely. With his powers, he gives the guys magical bracelets that clasp to their wrists. When they shout the phrase, “Love-Making”, the five guys turn into the Battle Lovers. Yumot, who is obviously the leader of the Magical Boys, transforms into The Sparkling Prince, Scarlet. En transforms into The Flashing Prince, Cerulean. Atsushi is The Piercing Prince, Epinard. Io is transformed into The Roaring Prince, Sulphur. Ryuu transforms into The Thrilling Prince, Vesta.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2sk-XfiyOc Click this link to see the Battle Lovers Transformation!
Now, let’s talk about the transformation sequence for the Battle Lovers. In my opinion, I think this show was greatly inspired by Sailor Moon. The outfits are flashy, the boys are nakes and surrounded by glittering hearts, and the poses are on par with Sailor Moon and other Magical Girl series. The first episode is hilarious, because before they all transform, they are forced by the bracelets to pose and declare how strong the power of Love is. I found myself laughing at the fact that they were doing it against their will.
When they defeat a monster, Yumoto, AKA Scarlet, uses an attack with a weapon called the Love Stick, and calls out “Love Shower”. When that happens, the monster is turned back into a human, and their understanding of love is returned, and increases tenfold. After the battle ends, Scarlet declares, “Love is Over”, which of course doesn’t make sense. Even his friends say that the line makes no sense, but eventually rolls with it.
Of course, this being a Magical Boys anime, there have to be main antagonists that call forth the monsters. The villains of Cut High Earth Defense Club Love are The Conquest Club. In Binan High, they are the members of the Student Council, Kinshiro Kusatsu (Hiroshi Kamiya), the council president (center), Ibushi Arima (Jun Fukuyama), the vice-president (right), and Akoya Gero (Takuma Terashima) (left). They are led by a green creature in the form of a hedgehog (insert Sonic the Hedgehog reference here LOL), named Lord Zundar (Hiroki Yatsumoto). Their goal is to take over the Earth and cleanse it of everything uncivilized and ugly. Kinshiro transforms into Chevalier Aurite, Ibushi is Chevalier Argent, and Akoya is Chevalier Perlite. Using a quill from Zundar, they can fill it with dark energy and shoot it at an ususpecting person, bringing out the darkness in their hearts and transforming them into a monster. Every episode, they manipulate a person, and get them to threaten the school and fight the Battle Lovers. Every episode, the Battle Lovers thwart them.
Now, there are two final things in this anime that need to be addressed. One of them is the identities of the Battle Lovers. In Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew and Magical DoReMi, no one seems to ever recognize them, despite the fact that they aren’t wearing masks. Cut High Earth Defense Club Love is clever with explaining why non of the boys’ classmates can recognize them. Wombat explains that he uses advanced technology to censor the Battle Lovers’ faces and voices from the general public. I found this funny just because of the way they explained this, and the fact that this is an extremely creative and smart approach as to why no one knows who they are. The Conquest Club have the same technology protecting their identities as well. The Conquest Club and the Battle Lovers cannot even identify one another because of this technology. Of course, later on they figure it out.
The final issue, is the one that took me up to at least episode four to realize: There are LITERALLY no females in this anime. Okay, the characters attend an all boy’s school. But, whenever the characters are outside pf the school, there are still no sign of any girls. Anywhere! Ryuu talks about being popular with girls, and at one point is seen talking to a possible girlfriend over the phone. However, he gets picked on a few times for lying about his status with girls. There is no yaoi in this anime, nor does it fall into the category. Personally, I thought it made the show unique about having it focus on guys. Plus, the anime is geared towards females (and maybe gay men who like anime), so it does make sense to not have females in the show.
All in all, this anime is…interesting. That’s all I can say about it. All of the characters, main and supporting characters, have individual personalities that allow viewers to pick favorites, and it just keeps you laughing to the point where you want to watch the next episode to see what happens.
Believe me when I say, this anime has tons of surprises that no one will see coming.