Flip Flappers could potentially be your favorite airing show this Autumn season and while the lack of any plot progression will bore some people , it’s still going to be a good watch for those who’d like to take a break from all this and watch something “cute” for once. Flip Flappers is cheerful, light and beautiful to look at, and it doesn’t let up its plot just yet, which is actually a good thing in my eyes. So, what about it?
Papika is out looking for another partner after things didn’t work out with her pervious one and this is where she meets Cocona, an introverted, shy and studious girl who is having trouble deciding what she wants her future to be. On their initial meeting Papika and Cocona are pulled into a parallel world called “Pure Illusion”. The two have more adventures together and quickly become friends. But the lab that Papika comes from forces Cocona and her to go on these dangerous adventures to collect ‘fragments’ (whatever they are) with the overall goal of liberating Pure Illusion. Has Papika been deceived? Is she being used just to collect these so-called ‘fragments’? But for how long? Will Cocona be forced to work as well? Find out next time on Dragon Ball Z…never mind.
The one thing that everyone can agree on at this point is that the animation is amazing and fluid. The world of Pure Illusion looks to be both wonderful and sweet as well as twisted and terrifying. I like the way that there are very visible pencil markings in the character’s eyes and the fact that they use a lot of bright and brilliant colors to draw the scenes, it was a real treat to look at because this is the only airing anime that goes overboard with colors. The characters are also super hug worthy to boot. Though I think Flip Flappers is far from being a kids’ show.
Let’s start with the obvious, the plot, we literally have no plot outline shown what so ever on the second episode, Papika and Cocona are still messing around in the world of Pure Illusion and you’re gonna have to wait if you want more. It won’t make sense pretty easily and you’ll feel like you’re just being dragged along for no good reason, getting transported into a world that is incredibly reminiscent of going through the closet in Nania and as strange and mysterious as Alice in Wonderland. I think Pure Illusion still has a lot to surprise us with, though the real reason it might be dangerous may not be because of the creatures living in the inside but because it sucks people to another dimension? Or maybe there’s a cult of evil-doers hidden deep within Pure Illusion?
It seems like Pure Illusion manifests itself from the surrounding environment and could be an “Illusion” of reality, thus the cheesy name of course. And like you guessed, this leads to some funny results. You’ll have to dig for more details if you want to and there’s a fair bit of things to uncover like cameo appearances, deliberately ignored plot holes, and oh did you notice that illuminati symbol on that robot above?
This makes it a little bit hard to focus but they do pump it up a knot when they need to and there was this feeling that whatever it is that they were seeing will never probably be explained and that they only got into trouble because they disturbed a balance or something. Yes, this feels a lot like Alice in The Wonderland in that it is kind of a distorted version of reality, featuring mysterious surroundings, a creative art design and most of all a sense of adventure in an unknown world where anything could happen.
The one thing that stood out like a sore thumb to me was the fan service that you will occasionally see now and then, made worse by the fact that they are most likely ten, probably. Well, maybe they’re not 100% normal I guess. Are they seriously trying to explore these girls’ sexuality while building up their friendship? I’m not against the idea but couldn’t they have make it less questionable and not too overly obvious?
Papika is energetic, quirky and fun while Cocona is more closed off, quiet and independent. I get it, Papika is finally the one that cracks Cocona’s invisible shell and gets her to laugh and enjoy herself even though Cocona thinks things seriously and doesn’t want to be involved in anything. Well that pretty much tells you that it is possible to become BFFs in less than two days…Myth BUSTED!
I will be looking forward for the next episode to convince me that this is worth following but what’s aired so far shows a lot of potential. I’m generally fine with the minimal story and confusion on these two episodes especially because it’s obvious that they don’t want to revel anything important and are keeping quiet, inserting subtle details. This could be fun, dark, sad, mischievous, interesting or confusing at the same time…I just know it.