What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Obviously, this Rilakkuma journey is an offshoot of Rilakkuma and Kaoru, which you must positively watch should you aren’t arriving at this continuation since you have been already a fan. There are shades of Sanrio’s cadre of sequence, like the numerous Hello Kitty animated iterations in addition to the more moderen Aggretsuko. Those are must-watch reveals for anybody who picks up what Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure is placing down.
Our Take: Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure is a bite-sized delight that has slightly one thing for everybody. It’s not too candy that it’s saccharine, and it’s acquired loads of spicier, extra action-packed moments for viewers who might not be in it for the enjoyable of watching Rilakkuma come to life. Clocking in at simply 12 minutes, it’s a enjoyable little diversion that’ll be over in lower than the size of an everyday film, and there’s parts of a slice of life anime, mascot sequence, and even sitcoms right here.
San-X is aware of its viewers, and this spin-off of the comfy Rilakkuma and Kaoru delivers extra of the identical in a smaller package deal, with a extra cohesive narrative that may span the size of the complete season. This first episode is gripping with a number of unusual happenings that beg you to take a seat up and concentrate: what’s up with the idol? Why is the masked woman holding Rilakkuma up? It isn’t afraid to unravel some really wacky plot factors, and that’s what makes it work so effectively.
Sex and Skin: Absolutely none. This positively isn’t that form of a present.
Parting Shot: Rilakkuma finishes a session of handing out flyers when his complete physique tilts to the aspect. It seems like somebody has him by the tail. The digital camera pans as much as a younger woman in a hat, visor, and masks pointing an ice cream cone-shaped gun in the back of Rilakkuma’s head. “Don’t transfer a muscle! You’re coming with me, acquired it?” she insists, pushing the ice cream cone gun into Rilakkuma’s head. The display fades to black.
Sleeper Star: Veronica Taylor of Pokémon fame reprises her position as Tokio, a younger boy who lives in Kaoru’s condo complicated. After beforehand voicing characters like Ash Ketchum within the fashionable monster-centric sequence, her voice is a welcome addition to the solid and the proper timbre for a younger boy simply trying to make some mates, even when it’s an workplace employee in her 30s. Taylor makes Tokio a enjoyable and sophisticated character on the identical time.
Most Pilot-y Line: When Kaoru realizes she must go and retrieve her bag, she directs everybody else to go inside. “Tokio, why don’t you guys go on forward and have enjoyable?” This is Rilakkuma we’re speaking about. It’s in all probability not a fantastic thought to ship this enormous toy-like bear into an amusement park with just one human chaperone. And that’s what kicks this journey off to start out with.
Our Call: STREAM IT. So few reveals these days actually take the time to be concurrently lovely and attention-grabbing on the identical time. San-X characters are the proper candidates for this, and Rilakkuma and mates make nearly every little thing they do enjoyable with a aspect of intriguing. Watching this colourful theme park go to is like enjoying with a set of detailed motion figures, and it’s a formidable visible spectacle from high to backside. It’s sugary candy with a aspect of rocky street via and thru, and this primary episode is a gateway into what is going to inevitably be one other sugar rush like Rilakkuma and Kaoru.
Brittany Vincent has been overlaying video video games and tech for over a decade for publications like G4, Popular Science, Playboy, Variety, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, GameSpot, and extra. When she’s not writing or gaming, she’s gathering retro consoles and tech. Follow her on Twitter: @MolotovCupcake.