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Lychee DE Light Club 1 – Flash! Savior of the Universe!


Lychee Light Club is an oddball manga. It’s a hyper-violent, occasionally sexual story about a cultlike club formed by several boys who express their youth by building a giant robot, kidnapping a girl and lashing out against the decay of adulthood. It’s a gruesome, pitch black satire of the idea of the boys club, and there are also those who say it’s a satire of the guro genre of manga, though I don’t have nearly enough experience with it to say either way. Point is, this manga is kind of fucked up!

Scamp’s initial research into the manga (tl;dr “WTF ARHGJKDJGKSJLKGJKLSDS”) got me interested in reading it, because I’m a sick person, and when I finished it, I was baffled. Not at the story, mind, but at the thought that any of what I’d read could ever appear on TV without a giant black hole hovering over the screen for entire episodes. Little bits slowly leaked out about the show . . . that it would be a series of flash animated comedy shorts, which is when I majorly scaled back my expectations. Not that shorts can’t be entertaining, but with this adaptation the audience would clearly be getting something different than the manga.

So how is it? Eh, it’s OK, I guess.

It does play off the group’s dynamics and perhaps the audience’s expectations of a twisted show to produce something silly and slightly amusing. There is something potentially interesting going on in that the show feels like a lighter look at this goofy ass club — what you’d get if you stripped away all the dramatics and how seriously the group takes itself. At their core, the members of the light club are a bunch of dumb teenagers lashing out at the world and freaking out about changes. There’s definitely legit humor to be had by taking away all the pretense: like one of those Double Fine Kinect games where you see all sorts of crazy shit happening onscreen, but in reality it’s a bunch of goofballs dancing and waving their arms and legs around.

Not totally sure how much of that will come from this series, though. At 2:30 per episode, there’s not much room for nuanced gags and jokes. I got a few chuckles from the show’s interpretation of the crew and a scenario that comes up occasionally in the manga, but none of the jokes struck me as particularly clever or hilarious. I guess I’m interested just to see what the show does with the characters each week, but I’m not sure what it offers for an audience that hasn’t already read the manga.

At least it won’t waste a lot of your time each week!

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  1. Scamp
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I like the kinect comparison. The anime version is what boys clubs are actually like when trying to act all rebellious. The manga is what it would actually look like if they carried out those actions.

    I’m not entirely sure which is more painful to watch. A woman having her stomach ripped open and intestines pulled out and draped over her shoulder, or flash animation.

    • Posted October 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

      Yes, although I still see the manga more as metaphor than something to be taken seriously and literally, kind of like Utena, except not as stuffed with symbolism.

  2. Posted October 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I feel so embarrassed for hyping this up. But at least it’s short.

  3. Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    So the manga is “better” i take it? i watched the show and was just ummm meh to it. i even lost interest half way through and for a 3 minute show… that’s a pretty iffy sign :|

    • Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Well, “better” is in the eye of the beholder, obviously, but it has an actual plot to it. I’d wager as many people are turned off by its content as those who dig it. But I didn’t really take the plot that seriously, so I didn’t have too big a problem with what it depicts, even though there’s a lot of ugliness and objectionable content.

  4. Arbee
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    This is like the 4-koma gag that appears after the manga that never went to publication because it might ruin the essence of the manga. Or maybe introducing little children to the gist of manga without throwing away the spoilers, that’s good too.

    “Hey kids! We got this radical manga and play that we have so here… PREVIEWS FULL OF LULZ AND WONDER”

    I was expecting them to put a big shiny metal finger on the source material, anyway. Expected. At least 2 minutes was enough. Wish more anime shorts end up under 5 minutes.

  5. Erif
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Like, what constitutes as objectionable content, and how seriously does it take itself. I’m talking about the manga of course; I would check it out, but I get oddly depressed by certain content portrayed in these “dark, satirical” manga.

    • Posted October 5, 2012 at 3:30 am | Permalink

      Lots of graphic, detailed violence, a little bit of sex, kidnapping, etc. Stuff like that. It’d be perfectly understandable for someone to look at it and say, “Yuck, I do NOT want to read any more of this.” I don’t think it takes itself very seriously at all. The manga is adapted from a play done in a style of horror play that is basically meant to shock people and lay the melodrama on like crazy. Like, you can GET themes and messages from it, but basically they were fucking around.

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