Somber Reviews - I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs
The Anime: I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs
I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs is a 13 episode anime series that was made back in 2001. Animated by TNK, and co-production by Pioneer, LDC. The series was licensed by Geneon Entertainment and aired on WOWOW from July 4 to September 26.
Later in December 21, 2001, a manga was made based off of the anime. It originally ran until February 25, 2002, with a total of 4 volumes.
Our focus for this reviews is going to be the anime series.
This is an anime the falls under gender bender, as far as I would describe it. The fact is, anime like this one can be somewhat questionable, and eyebrow raising. However, if I had to describe this series, it would be Mrs. Doubtfire meets obscure, obligatorily convoluted, high school anime.
That said, the plot revolves around a young man who just got his teaching degree. In need of a job, he seeks out the nearby high school, looking to become a gym teacher. When the principle tells him that she refuses to hire any male teachers, he brilliantly decides to cross dress to get the job.
This anime has slice-of-life plastered all over it, with light themes of romance, and drenched in comedic relief.
I wouldn't say the characters are as good as they could be, but they do get the job done. Each one is distinct, with their own personality quirks. Most of them are a joy to watch on screen, although like most run of the mill comedy anime, all of them have a comedic vice used for slapstick humor.
Some of the jokes are crude, such as one character's inability to see males exposed at all. Another character is known for being clumsy, and suffers from normal clumsy girl anime stereotype, with the falling included. There's plenty of cross-dressing and gender humor here, which actually, is pretty good. It's not always tasteful, but with an anime like this, you don't expect it to be.
This anime is NOT like wandering son...
I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs doesn't proclaim to take itself seriously, and thusly, nor do the characters nine times out of ten.
You might like this anime if:
- You like other gender bending/ cross dressing anime of its type, such as Princess Princess.
- You enjoy comedy anime with themes that play with the GLBTQ lifestyle.
- You've read the manga and enjoyed that.
- You enjoy alternative romance anime...(questionable, mind you)
Sub or Dub?
This is a tough call. I would honestly say that the original Japanese is actually better over all, but the English dub is absolutely hilarious. As an anime that doesn't take itself seriously for the most part, it's perfectly okay to have a few characters sound a little off for the English dub, in fact, most of the time that just adds to the comedic effect.
That said, both are perfectly enjoyable, though, like I said, I tend to find the English dub funnier over all.
There is a downside to that. I tend to find that for some of the truly touching moments, the English voice actors occasionally seem out of place. Not all the time, but enough to make it noticeable. I'm not a stickler about it, at least not for an anime such as this, but that will lower my over all score.
Simply put, I watch both, and enjoy both, depending on my mood.
If you're looking for the emotion in the series, go with Japanese. If you're going for the laughs and the lighthearted atmosphere, pick the English dub.
This anime is a standard, run of the mill, humor anime. The central plot just happens to revolve around gender bending, and let's be honest here, that's an easy thing to joke about. Making light of gender normality is something that people do every day, and can it be offensive to the people who actually live alternative lifestyles.
I'm not saying that the anime is bad, I'm just saying that it picked an easy plot device to exploit, and thus, I wouldn't say that it's over the top amazing. As one of the first gender bending anime that I'd ever seen, I became attached to it, back in 2001.
Since it was recommended by a friend who also bends and twists the lines of gender normality, I knew before watching the series not to take any of the jokes seriously. I extend to you, the selfsame warning.
Simply watch it, knowing they're going to make light of such things. There are times however, when the anime manages to pull some very heartfelt scenes out of a hat, and pull them off well. The ending very fitting for the series itself...however, as a whole, the series isn't meant to be warm and heartfelt.
It is however, meant to contain plenty of slapstick, questionable, and crass humor, all rolled into a happy little 13 episode bun. It doesn't have to be well thought out to invoke a snicker or two, and that's what makes this series so good. As a gender bender myself, I can snicker at some of the hijinks.
There are several less than attractive points to this anime, and they should be duly noted.
It's average, it's plain, and even some of the characters are lackluster, falling into tropes that we've all seen before. Yes, that means that we will be familiar with the humor styling of that trope, and yes, it makes the series easy to watch. However, it also means that the characters don't stand out, or become particularly iconic. Aside from the main character, you likely won't see most of these characters cos-played at conventions.
The soundtrack to me is mediocre. I love the opening and ending themes. However, the other music in and of itself seems just subpar at best. Again, nothing amazing, but not horrendously awful either. It plays it safe for the most part, and that's perfectly fine, but not revolutionary.
The animation is decent, with nothing to particularly complain about. It just doesn't gain any sort of kudos for originality either. Running middle of the road for an anime made back in 2001, most viewers wouldn't think anything of it. There are occasions that will surprise the viewer, visually, with truly interesting art effects, yet they come not nearly enough.
Cast Your Vote
What did you think of I, My, Me, Strawberry Eggs
This anime is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I, personally love it. In fact, I can actually quote large chunks of the series word for word.
However, I do admit it has flaws, and they do tend to eat away at the anime like a festering boil that needs to be lanced. That being said, I find myself giving this anime a harsh critique that it dearly needs. The fact of the matter is, there are just better ones out there.
For what the series is, you could probably find mild enjoyment in this anime, and I would say to give it a watch, if you find yourself suffering through a dry spell in other anime releases (they do come along every so often).
As with all of my reviews, based on a score of 1-10, with 1 being the lowest possible score, and 10 being the highest, I will give this anime a 6.5.
It isn't a particularly bad series by any means, and it is certainly recommendable, but, I wouldn't say that the anime is stellar or anything. Pick it up on a rainy day, or, when you have nothing better to do.