Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! – Season 2

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! – Season 2

img_4962.jpgThe story revolves around the members of the “Earth Defense Club” aka the “Do Nothing Club” at Binan High School. One day, the club members are soaking in a hot bath together when all of a sudden a mysterious pink wombat appears out of thin air! The wombat asks the members to lend it their help to protect the Earth. At school the next day, each of the club members receives a magical bracelet enveloping them in a dazzling light.

img_4954.jpgI absolutely loved the first season of Cute High Earth Defense Club and I was so excited to hear that they were bringing it back for a second season. My boys are back and they’re cuter and more hilarious than ever! It’s the second season, and the boys know the drill by now. When a new threat appears and Wom-san makes his anticipated return, the reluctantly accepted their battle lover responsibilities once more with jaded, awkward attitudes. Except for Yumoto. He loves this shit.

It never takes itself too seriously and continues to point out the overused tropes and silliness that can appear within the magical girl genre. We have the convenient appearance of a new ‘evil’ that the boys have to contend with and the magical wombat reappears into their lives to bring them new and more powerful love-making devices to help them take down this new threat. Plenty of action and laughed in a story setting that most anime fans are very much accustomed to by now. It’s no wonder that the boys from Binan are such an instant hit.

833cfcfd-e415-41a6-9b7c-7818e9689a38.jpgThe boys no longer rely so much on their personality quirks to establish their characters and they have come more into their own. Ryu isn’t just ‘the ladies man’ anymore and Io isn’t completely defined by his obsession with making money. Second time around, these personality traits take on a more practical purpose – using them as things to help base an episode around. It’s also good to see the other gender in so many bath house scenes rather than the girls. It’s about time! Never in all my time watching anime have I seen a group of guys so eager to take communal baths. Though I have yet to decide whether this is chiefly fanservice or get another poke at the female-based genre it draws most of its concept from I can’t decide…

img_5060.jpgThe new bad guys of the season, Haruhiko and Akihito, remind me a little of Sailormoon‘s second round of bad guys, Ail and Ann, in the way they they are supposedly alien siblings come to Earth to destroy it and its inhabitants accompanied by Dadacha, a cute green squirrel with a disturbing baritone voice. They have infiltrated Binan High and enamoured most of the student body with their impressive strength and brains. They also have a strange fascination with Yumoto’s older brother, Gora. As usual, they are able to turn anyone into monsters – hilariously-themed monsters that you can’t help but draw comparisons to those in many magical girl series. We have a tofu-looking monster with curd-based attack, a microphone monster and even a chest hair monster.

img_5061.jpgCute High Earth Defense Club continues to be one of the most amusing anime that I’ve watched recently. With its constant mockery of the structure of a stereotypical magical girl episode and their monster-of-the-day to their tongue-in-cheek wordplay and silliness that is deliberate to almost be slightly satirical. The scenes with the volleyball team captain continuously asking the guys to “receive his balls” had me cracking up. It continues to work off the magical girl parody gags effortlessly (because, let’s be honest, there are plenty of ways to make them) but it has also developed its own sense of humour and draws on the characters’ personalities.

038008a5-7ede-485f-b480-1651c79a4490.jpgI would love for Cute High Earth Defense Club to be leading up to more of a dramatic ending than last time, hopefully heralding the return of the Earth Defense Club next year with a third season. I love how it pokes fun at itself and its genre as a whole and I love watching the elongated transformation scenes – if only so I can see how ultra feminine and magical things are going to get for the boys later on. They even mimicked the way in which Sailormoon defeated monsters by hitting them with a giant heart. It’s details like this that keep me so engaged. They have so much parody material that they can draw on, so I hope this story continues its hilarious adventures for a third time.