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Dokkoida—Ultra Diaper Man Vol. 1 is a show where parody is the end all and be all of the series. It sends up the sentai genre of anime in several swift moving episodes that contain as many laughs as any stretch of Airplane. It's wall-to-wall jokes about superheros, the Japanese economy, and food, and quite a few times spoofs sexuality in many different ways. There are four episodes included on this disc: "Enter Dokkoida," "Purple Hair, How Hip Can You Get?," "Dokkoida versus Edelweiss," and "The Strange Neighbor Sayuri." The show only lasted for 12 installments, so I assume we'll only have two more of these sets.
The story begins with poor student Sakurazaki Suzuo looking for a job in the big city. He is spotted by a green-haired girl named Tanpopo, who is desperately searching for someone to wear a belt that will turn you into a superhero. She works for a toy company that is in a bidding war with another organization to provide super suits for the Galactic Federal Police. Just as she is trying to convince the meek teenager to accept her job, a super villain appears on the scene with a giant robotic bug that is destroying the city. His name is Dr. Marronflower (all villains on the show are named after a flower somehow). Suzuo dons the belt in the nick of time, and becomes Dokkoida—a robot superhero in a diaper. Simultaneously, Neruloid Girl shows up as well, wearing the other company's belt. She's hot and sexy in her thong and visor, while Dokkoida looks like…well…a nerdy toy. But somehow he bests Marronflower and saves the day. Later all the heroes and villains move into an apartment complex called Cosmos House under their real and assumed names. They never find out each other's identities, but they do suspect. It's cheap, and they don't seem very concerned. Meanwhile, the Galactic Federal Police are sending other super villains to test out the two suits. They send them down to earth in pop top aluminum cans. The first two include a dominatrix (complete with a male slave she whips incessantly) called Hyacinth, and a little blonde Nelly Olsen lookalike called Edelweiss (who constantly gets embarrassed when the wind blows and people can see her panties).
It's more funny than action-packed. Dokkoida was more surreal than it was concerned with epic battles. It has a decidedly Japanese sense of humor, but it's playful enough to entertain Western audiences. Geneon has played fast and loose with the American scripts to make it even more funny and "out there." The voice acting is absolutely top notch in both versions. It's a spoofy good time, and I actually found myself sucked in pretty quickly. It's nowhere near as heavy or epic as most anime series, recalling lighter titles such as Animation Runner Kurumi. If you're looking for humor this is the place. Despite it's light-hearted tone, it's definitely an "Adult Swim" title. For all its goofy charm, things do get hot and heavy in the sexuality department. No actual sex scenes, but lots of discussions; and the evil Hyacinth with her nearly naked manservant will be hard to explain to the younger anime fan.
Geneon provides a first-rate transfer for Dokkoida—Ultra Diaper Man Vol. 1. The colors are nicely saturated, and it looks extremely pristine. It does get a little too sharp at times, but for the most part it looks brilliant and clean. The sound mixes are basic, but dialogue is always distinct from any mayhem going around the characters. A nice touch is the disc's menu, which opens with shots of the manga (comic) the show was based on. Beyond a textless opening and closing, there are no special features. I wish anime producers would take more opportunities to give us features and commentaries, but what can you do? The prices are so high, they almost demand it. And some background here might help. You can get Dokkoida—Ultra Diaper Man Vol. 1 in two forms: as a stand alone disc, or as a deluxe package with a box that will house all three volumes. Nice touch. The art on the DVD sleeves is pretty fantastic, and the sleeves themselves are double-sided. Seems Geneon knows how to make anime look good on the screen as well as off.
Ultimately, Dokkoida—Ultra Diaper Man Vol. 1 is a neat collection of some very funny episodes. The situations are hilarious, the characters kooky, and the animation looks great (a combination of traditional cel mixed with little CGI to spruce things up). If you're in the mood for a hearty dose of laughter, this is the way to go. I haven't enjoyed a comedy anime title like this in a long time. Highly recommended for fans of spoofs and sentai shows.
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