Tag: FlipFlappers

Flip Flappers Episode 3 Reactions

Flip Flappers Episode 3 Reactions

Flip Flappers has done it again. I’m in my room as confused as hell over how this episode turned out. Well, can’t say that I wasn’t expecting this outcome after watching the first two episodes, honestly the pacing hasn’t changed much and they are still throwing a bunch of stuff at us to justify what little explanation there is.

Firstly, we go into Pure Illusion again and get a list of other things that we haven’t seen like desert bandits, a peaceful village made out of sand and then some. Honestly, I’m a little disappointed that the villain here got spewed in 4 minutes flat without so much as leaving an impression on us. That clichéd sailors moon transformation though…

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We do get a hint of actual backstory but as you’ve guessed, they quickly ignored going into the context of it all. Still, these could get explained in a later episode, let’s hope it does anyways. This episode did surprise me with Yayaka’s involvement in Pure Illusion, I’m honestly glad she’s portrayed as working for the bad guys but we won’t know her true motives until Papika and Cocona go to school tomorrow, damn. Wait, maybe she was brainwashed? An alternate Yayaka in Pure illusion? Your opinions?

For what it’s worth, this episode is not completely useless. The big lasers plus the catchy magical girl outfits and classic magical girl action was great to watch and I can’t wait for more magical/sci-fi sequences like this but there’s just one little problem…

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There is no way to get a grasp on what happened in this episode. I have so many question about the story as well as for the characters. It’s almost like they want us to be confused. At least it’s worth it in the end as we frantically needed a shocking reveal or two and it’s become pretty clear how the overall story is going to play out now.

Ultimately, Flip Flappers might not be willing to let us in on its secrets and the amount of thought that has gone into the references really shows that it is going for more than any ordinary show. It will either end up as a completely psychological experience that likes to mess with your head or a half-baked show that failed to make its characters interesting with a plot that jumps all over the place. I can already picture a lot of people feeling mortified if it does not end well. Remember, this is all just a prediction.

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The evil cult that Papika and Cocona are up against is well equipped and the fact that they’re only at the level of collecting ‘fragments’ and whereas the sinister organization is collecting Amorphous ‘spheres’ probably means that they have a long way to go already. And the compilation that Cocona’s mind was empty and that she had wanted to kill Papika doesn’t make any sense to me, what exactly are they trying to conjure up? There’s only a tiny difference between Cocona and Papika then, I don’t see a reason why Papika couldn’t be exactly the same. Or is there some kind of connection between this and the mysterious girl on the boat in episode 1? They do look similar yeah, I’m guessing they will keep this under wraps until very later on.

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The next episode preview looks to be more of the same so I’m curious of what Flip Flappers will cook up next week. But my enjoyment of the show is beginning to look one-sided. It is going to be another delusional wait. Somebody had better bring crackers if the show is so concerned about dragging its plot for so long.

-KKSparrow

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Flip Flappers episode 1 – 2 Review

Flip Flappers episode 1 – 2 Review

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?

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Who’s that creeper in the background?

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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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!

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Seriously! We can see you guys!

Final Thoughts:

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.

-KKSparrow