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12 Days of Anime #9: Rio Jumps the Shark

2011 was the year of terribad for me. I made a new years resolution to watch more dreadful anime, and I have stuck to that task quite proficiently if I may say so myself. But my interest in the dreadful may have never flourished if not for two reasons. The first is due to my weekly terribad viewings with a few friends on skype, which I’ll get to in a different post. The other is all down to this utterly brilliant little anime that sparked my interest at the start of the year: Rio ~Rainbow Gate~

Rio was based on a pachinko machine character. The general gist of the story is that Rio is a dealer in a casino and is infused with such good luck that her powers of luck spread to those around her. What this means is that, whenever she steps on the casino floor, everyone on the slots or the roulette tables instantly start winning. In short, having Rio stride across the casino floor once per day would single-handedly put the casino out of business. At yet she’s the casino’s most prized possession. Welcome to the logic of Rio Rainbow Gate.

There are many other pieces of utterly bizarre, often contradictory logic that surrounds this creation. Chicken Wing bats flutter around the so-called Hollywood Actress. Characters play bowling on a giant roulette board the size of a football stadium. Armoured bikinis are worn to protect the characters from mine blasts. Robot girls have swimsuit tan lines. An American character dressed as a cowboy speaks in garbled and heavily accented Japanese despite the fact the show is meant to be set in America. The Queen of Spades is subjected to jiggle physics. But the highlight of the entire series came in episode 6.

Let me set the scene. The casino had just transformed into a vehicle capable of flight and was now soaring high above the ocean, so the characters decided to have a game of holographic pinball. In this, they get into a pod and fly around this holographic space, bouncing off targets that get them more points while avoiding rocks that damage them and slow them down. One of the big showdowns of the series take place in this game. Rio has to face off against a kid with telekinesis. Sorry, actually it’s MIGHTY POWAH that he has, not telekinesis, even though they do basically the same thing.

Anyway, so the two get into these pinballs and start the battle. Unfortunately, the robot controlling the game goes out of control and the battle gets dangerous. A holographic rock hits the observational window and smashes it. Let me just stress that this was a real, physical window being broken by a holographic rock. This causes a little girl to be sucked into the holographic vacuum. So Rio digitises herself (at least, I think that’s what she did) and jumps out of her pinball to save the girl.

By this stage though, things are going crazy. Not only are there holographic flaming meteors flying around, but also holographic space sharks. Rio jumps onto one of these space sharks to save the girl. The boy Rio was facing off against wants to help save the little girl, so he uses his telekinesi-sorry, I mean he uses his MIGHTY POWAH, to fend off the flaming meteors so Rio can fly on her space shark, save the girl, dump her back to safety, and go on flying around on this space shark to win the game.

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  1. Posted December 17, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    I have to finally watch Rio, as a fan of Dead or Alive and other Tecmo stuff.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Man, I wish that one Dead or Alive game I owned had Rio in it

  2. Posted December 17, 2011 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    God damn I want to rewatch Rio.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      You haven’t rewatched it yet? You are not a true Rio fan

  3. Posted December 17, 2011 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    I regret dropping Rio now

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      Yes. Yes you should

  4. Posted December 17, 2011 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    There is absolutely no way I’m going back. No way. I just can’t. As hot as Rio may be, can’t do it!!!

    • mcm38
      Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

      Idem, however I disagree with Rio’s hotness.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        I have to agree. I’m more of a Rina man myself too

  5. Posted December 17, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This needs more than four comments, so I am giving it a fifth comment.

  6. idiffer
    Posted December 17, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    this one of the animes that is fun to read about, but not fun to watch. for me at least.

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      I feel like this about several anime, Rio included.

  7. Posted December 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    You hate Hidamari Sketch?! ;-;

    Also, this show looks awesome.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      Rio > Hida Sketch

      • Posted December 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink


      • Scamp
        Posted December 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

        Stuff happens

      • Posted December 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        I… I… feel so empty inside now

  8. Erif
    Posted December 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    lol, I don’t get it.

  9. Posted December 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    I love this show. /salutes

  10. homuhomu
    Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Is this what I drop?

    I need to pick it back up right now!

    • homuhomu
      Posted December 21, 2011 at 5:46 am | Permalink


  11. Posted December 24, 2011 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    This synopsis reminds me of Horizon :(

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