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Fireball Charming episode 1

My almighty empress Drossel. She has returned! Now with considerable more meat metal in those calves and bearing a hair style that is less the twin-tailed Hatsune Miku of yesteryear and now more like Jesse from Team Rocket.

The original Fireball is a 13 episode series produced by Japanese Disney of all people. The entire show is done with 3D style animation, which for a change actually works because the only 2 characters in the show are robots. Each episode is only 2 minutes long and the shows only real purpose is to sell figurines of the stylish robot empress Drossel. It’s pretty funny to watch the show through those eyes, because it becomes clear that Drossel’s tendency to switch from dramatic stance to pensive stance between the conversation with her robot butler Gedächtnis is basically the show telling you that hey look, you can put your Drossel figurine in this pose and this pose and even this pose! She’ll even pause in each pose for long enough so you can imprint the stance in your memory before moving onto the next one. This tactic obviously worked, otherwise they wouldn’t have made a new season.

And I’m delighted that those figurines sold because Fireball is brilliant. That is to say, it’s about as good as a series of 2 minute long shorts can be, which is rather limited, but still pretty awesome. Drossel and Gedächtnis conversations have these great millisecond pauses where several lines of dialogue would have gone but both characters are able to make the leaps in logic without spelling them out with words, leaving the final line of the dialogue simply being a seemingly disconnected “so that’s how it is” type of line. What’s more is they play with your knowledge that they’re doing that. In the first episode of Fireball Charming, Drossel reading from her exalted Dad’s Book of Knowledge about human speech, remarks that the frog was actually a beautiful prince all along. Was this her elaborate metaphor for human speech? Nope, Gedächtnis simply gave her the wrong book.

As I said before, Drossel’s character design has changed from the first season. Good or bad? I like it myself, although I probably marginally prefer the first season’s design. The reason she’s been redesigned is the same reason mecha anime keep having technology creep. So people will buy the new version of the old mecha! I’d buy the new Drossel figurine design if that meant they kept making new seasons of Fireball. Heck, I went looking to buy the old version of Drossel when I finished the first season but they were all sold out, and I’ve never owned any anime figurine apart from my Mudkip toy. For one, the original Drossel actually has ball joints in her character design, so the figurine itself won’t look so weird.

I kinda want to blog Fireball Charming. It may be a series of shorts, but I did blog Hetalia so it’s not unprecedented. hmmm…

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    if you do this instead of tiger and bunny i will squint at you forever


    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      shun the non-believer

  2. Posted April 5, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    Damn. Those thighs!

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      derp, calves are the lower leg muscles aren’t they? Whoops, got my anatomy terminology wrong in this post

  3. anon
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Dem poses

  4. Posted April 5, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    I am one of the people who fell for their marketing strategies. I bought Drossel for double the price because it was in demand and the person I bought it from took advantage of that. She’s still one of my favorite figma to bring along because she’s so stable and can do many poses.

    The nendoroid however was a different story. The head is too big, she can’t stand properly even with the stand.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      I didn’t like the look of the nendroids either. It seems like a waste to buy a nendroid of a character who was specifically designed to work best as a figurine

  5. Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    dat ass

    Charming indeed.

  6. Dad
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Son, I think you are capable of weblogging this anime. Also keep friday clear in your schedule. Your mom wants to eat out this week.

  7. Posted April 5, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    The fetishization of robots isn’t without precedent in our circles.




    Maybe it’s a function of the combination of servility & absolute loyalty.

    In other news, yes, blog this show. I wouldn’t be surprised if your coverage & adulation of the 1st season was the reason that [gg] took notice & subbed the 2nd. And they definitely have a higher profile than [dats], which means a larger audience this time around. So, basically, take responsibility Scamp-kun.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      I’ll have you know my attraction to Drossel is merely platonic

      Also I believe you highly overrate my influence if you think I got [gg] to sub this show

  8. Posted April 5, 2011 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    So I burned through the first season of Fireball, and in 20 minutes it did a much better job of world building than Fractale

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Is there anything this show can’t do?

      /rhetorical question

  9. smallish
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Do this and Tiger and Bunny. Pretty please?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      The poll on the sidebar has Tiger and Bunny placed only 5th. Plus Steins;Gate placed ahead of it and that had an awesome first episode too, while the other 3 haven’t even aired yet.

      In short, I can’t make any promises. Good thing about Fireball is it would take no time at all to write about, so I could probably fit it in anywhere

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        Steins;Gate is a VN adaptation though!

        You hate those!

  10. Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I liked this first episode! Are they always going to be 3minutes? I might have to let a few pile up and spam watch them all xD

  11. mcm38
    Posted April 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they have a Gedächtenis figure.

    Incidentally, blogging this anime would be an OK.

  12. Posted April 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Interesting. Never gave the first season a shot, but it’s got my interest now. By the way, my attraction to this series is purely platonic.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      Mine too

      *hides his Drossel dakimakura*

  13. Posted April 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Where did you get that theory about the figure sales? I gotta believe something on the Disney Channel, even in Japan, is still meant for kids. And kids aren’t the usual market for figures, so I don’t think figure sales helped fund a second season of this. But Perfect Grade Gedächt­nis would be tremendous.

    • Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Kids may not be the target demo for figures, no.

      But action figures? Most def.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah but it’s still 2 minutes long. I seriously doubt kids watching the Disney Channel will desperately try to catch the latest episode of Fireball Charming

  14. Posted April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Incid­ent­ally, I am a Gedächtnis fangirl. I still would like you to blog Tiger and Bunny. Hey, can’t you blog three shows? Fireball Charming is only TWO FREAKIN MINUTES long! Come on.

  15. Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    just breezed through the first season and this ep.

    BRILLIANT. nothing but pure brilliance. short and witty, but there is still a plot, somehow.

    dont know if you should blog this; as awesome as the show is, can you really write a full blog post once a week on 2 min? i mean, hetalia had the history context you could go off of, but im not sure about this.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      Well I would spend the entire time going off on tangents, but which of my episodic blog posts don’t end up doing that anyway?

  16. Posted April 6, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I was totally into Fireball before Drossel stole Chun Li’s thunder thighs.

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