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INFO FILE
Title:
Strawberry Eggs (I, My, Me!) Vol.2: 2nd Quarter
Format:
Bilingual DVD
3 episodes
75 minutes
Production:
Pioneer
New Generation Pictures
YOM
TNK
IMMI Committee
Comments:
A fun, fan service-filled romp.
Overall Rating:
82%

Animefringe Reviews:
Strawberry Eggs (I, My, Me!) Vol.2: 2nd Quarter
By Adam Arnold

Over the top fan service and I wouldn't have it any other way. There is just something special about a show that devotes an entire episode to measuring breasts. Did that one get your attention?

Okay, before you freak out, let me explain. It is time for Seitow Sannomiya Private School's student physicals and all the entire school is going into heightened pervert alert mode. It seems last year, some males stole the girls measurements and posted all of them in a school wide ranking.

The principle doesn't want the same thing to happen this year, but the male students are a crafty bunch and they've already set up countermeasures to ensure their success. For the girls, it's a whole different story and for underdeveloped Fuko it's a really depressing time. To make matters a whole lot worse, Hibiki-sensei raises the superstitions of the Vice Principal to his real identity and gender. These suspensions lead Hibiki on the fast track to come up with a new way to fool the faculty.

Fan service aside, the other two episodes on the DVD present some rather unique social commentaries. Episode six deals with social unrest as the personal relationships of the students in Hibiki's homeroom begin to fray. Episode seven is a rather comedic episode dealing with Hibiki-sensei being forced to attend an arranged marriage ceremony. Just think about what would happen after the wedding…

Anyway, the second DVD comes with the next installment in the "Bilingual Student Roll Call" that is laugh out loud funny. Think of it like the kind of weird story that would come from a drama CD. The graphics are kind of sparse at times, but it's worth sitting through because there are some new characters that are introduced here. It'll be interesting to see where this show goes next, considering all the personalities that'll show up.

Highlighting the English dub is a superb voice cast and an accurate script that retains a ton of Japanese words and all the honorifics. Keeping the honorifics was a good choice and it doesn't hurt the acting at all. In fact, it actually strengthens it. Lip flap isn't a real problem, and honestly I wish a lot of shows would take this series' lead and keep more of their shows as untouched. DVD really is the perfect format for keeping things uncut.

Clearly this is a show that'll appeal towards males more than females, even though it's got that whole feminist pride thing going for it. It's a fun comedy series that I honestly want to see through to the end. It might not be as funny or over the top as other school dramas like Azumanga Daioh, but this show has a charm all of it's own.

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