Fear the Diaper
Dokkoida... Dynamic Diapered Dynamos Downing Dastardly Duos
The world can be a terrifying place to live in, especially for Suzuo Sakurazaki. He doesn't really fear crime, however. He isn't altogether concerned about war or terrorism, either. No, what Suzuo fears most, as a 19-year-old looking for employment, is joblessness. He can't handle it anymore, and he's ready to try just about anything to get his start in the harsh economic climate of modern Japan.
After countless painful rejections, Suzuo never could have predicted that someone would eventually approach him for a job. Yet one fateful day, when lively young Tanpopo does just that, Suzuo finally finds a place that will accept him. He also finds that there is much more to fear in the world than unemployment.
Tanpopo decided that Suzuo was the right guy for the job when she saw him risk his life to save a helpless kitty caught in traffic. She was seeking out the perfect candidate to don her company's power suit. The ideal person would take on the mantle of Dokkoida, a super-powered intergalactic hero. Yes, the suit might make its wearer look like a diaper-wearing tin man with a cape, and he has a bit of a moogle dongle on his head, but the environmentally friendly suit represents the finest technological specimen in the industry.
Regardless of the silliness of the suit, Tanpopo knew Suzuo's brave act of selflessness was a trait that the Galaxy Federation Police (GFP) would love to see.
Plus, a guy that nice should be easy to manipulate!
In order to monitor his progress, Tanpopo moves into an apartment complex called Cosmos House with Suzuo, posing as his little sister. In order to complete the ruse, she takes on the name Kosuzu Sakurazaki. She may be an alien, but she makes a perfect little sister for Suzuo. At least, until she tries to cook for him. There are some things that even a starving guy can't bear to eat, though perhaps Suzuo wouldn't have believed it before trying out some of her crunchy fish.
While most people on Earth are unaware of life beyond their own fragile blue sphere, life is abundant in the rest of the galaxy. Sadly, so is crime. It's gotten to the point that even the incredible advertisements funded by the GFP have failed to bring in enough new agents to help defend the galaxy.
Thus two major corporations were challenged to come up with a snazzy Powered Suit that would restore the luster of serving in the GFP. Besides Dokkoida, there's Neruloid Girl, representing the Emerald Company. The group that designs the most effective (and most publicly impressive) suit will win an exclusive contract with the GFP to provide suits for the entire organization.
To measure the effectiveness of the suits, each potential manufacturer must face off against various intergalactic space criminals. Each of these enemies were promised pardons if he or she could successfully unmask one of the two heroes. Facing everything from deadly automatons to malicious golems to leather-sporting S&M couples and more, Dokkoida and Neruloid Girl are in a ruthless race to earn their company's place in the intergalactic economy.
If the true identities of any of the competitors or their enemies become known, then both companies forfeit the GFP's challenge. Money is scarce, however, and it made a load of fiscal sense to provide a simple housing solution for the entire group - good and evil.
Thanks to an inability to recognize someone out of costume, it doesn't matter that the two heroes, their sidekicks, and three major super villains are sharing the same apartment complex. In fact, at home, they all get along quite well.
The way the situation is established, every character has a chance to display his or her humanity. Take Kurisaburou Kurinohara, or Dr. Marron Flower when he's playing his bad guy role, for instance. As a villain, he uses his machines to indiscriminately destroy whatever part of the city that might get in his path of evil. However, when he's at home and "off the clock", so to speak, he comes across as a grandfatherly figure that's quite pleasant to talk to.
Sure, he has a slightly unhealthy addiction to dating simulations, but who doesn't?
Another foe, the haughty Edelweiss, has the ability to breathe life into clay, using it to lay waste to the city. The shape and power of her golem is limited only to her imagination, though perhaps that isn't as horrific as it seems.
After all, she's a young girl. How scary can her imagination be?
It's actually her behavior when not trying to reveal Dokkoida's true identity that makes her such a cute character. When she's not trying to wreak havoc with her golems, she goes by the name Ruri. She's just like any kid who has trouble making friends whenever she moves to a new place. When you think about it, the life of a space criminal is one that requires frequent relocation, and it has to be hard on the younger villains who still may be in school.
Ruri finds her first true friend in Suzuo, though neither of them realizes that they're actually archenemies. He's a truly kind fellow, and his concern for her is obvious.
Really, the only neighbor/supervillain that the rest of the inhabitants of Cosmos House have trouble with initially is Sayuri, known as the infamous and deadly Hyacinth. Hyacinth brings her faithful slave, Pierre with her wherever she goes. Pierre has the eerie ability to morph into one of the many animal personas trapped in his body whenever Hyacinth whips him. Yes, they may be dressed as an S&M couple, but instead of the usual meaning of S&M, the English dub of the show defines it as their "Special Morph" attack.
The Japanese version of the show is equally amusing, for the word "hentai" also means "change". Thus, her hentai attack (which involves repeatedly whipping a man in bondage) has a double meaning, as it turns Pierre into a fierce monster. Well, that's what it's supposed to do. The first time she tries it, he becomes a cute, fuzzy, little koala.
As a neighbor, while she's a bit odd (the moaning and grunting sounds that emanate from her apartment keep up the rest of the complex) and a little too forward with Suzuo for Ruri's comfort, she's really not that bad. I've certainly had worse neighbors living nearby.
So where does this crazy story come from, anyway? Dokkoida!?'s delightful mix of simple slapstick comedy and the occasional sexually deviant gag is the product of Yu Yagami's twisted imagination. For the uninformed, Yagami is also the creator of the hilarious comedic fantasy, Those Who Hunt Elves. When you think about it, a person who can come up with a plot that revolves around stripping elves can easily think of stuff as bizarre as what can be found here.
With animation from UFO Table and a domestic release from Geneon, Dokkoida!? should be a nice, happy diversion from all the fuss that's sure to arise from the upcoming (at the time of this writing) election. No matter who wins, it's going to bother somebody, so why not just unwind by following the adventures of a diaper-wearing hero?