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Miyuki-chan in Wonderland

Title: Miyuki-chan in Wonderland aka Fushigi no Kuni no Miyuki-chan
Genre: Comedy
Company: CLAMP/Madhouse Studios
Format: 1 OVA
Date: 21 June 1995

Synopsis: Abruptly awakening from a nightmare, Miyuki-chan realizes that she’s late for class. While rushing as quickly as possible, she is quickly surprised by a scantily-clad skateboarding bunny, which takes no notice of Miyuki-chan. Then, all of a sudden, she finds herself falling down a lengthy hole, into a strange land and even stranger adventure.

The Highlights
Characters: Shallow, yet gorgeous.
Soundtrack: You either like it or hate it.
Plot: Limited.
Pantyshots: Plenty to satisfy anyone’s tastes.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the classic children’s tale of Alice and her wondrous adventures in Wonderland. This CLAMP-creation is a spin-off of Lewis Carroll’s familiar masterpiece. May I introduce to you Miyuki-chan; she’s as normal as any other schoolgirl. However, when she’s whisked off to the strange world of Wonderland, things get only stranger. Especially the women.

That’s correct. You heard right. Carroll’s classic characters have become a sexed-up (and homoerotic) horde of femme fatales. That concept alone ensures that this lukewarm production will be scattered with pantyshots and fondlings of all sorts. As outlandish as it may seem, CLAMP remains pure to their classically elegant character designs (courtesy of Mokono Appa). Each scene is pure eye-candy for any otaku. Unfortunately, the characters’ charms stop there. They all tend to be two-dimensional, shallow, and superficial. Even for an OVA that is only thirty minutes, too little depth is introduced.

Another quality that may grate on nerves is the repetitive soundtrack. While I enjoy it for its spunky whimsicality, others may find it irritating when heard for the 300th time. Like the music, the plot itself is fairly limited. Each scene moves from fanservice to escape, fanservice to escape. As Miyuki-chan travels from Wonderland to Mirrorland, we aren’t exposed to much besides a skate-boarding Playboy bunny, a dominatrix Queen of Hearts, and an interesting game of strip-chess with Humpty Dumpty.

Miyuki-chan basically doesn’t offer much depth. The soundtrack is something you will either love or hate, and the plot (rather, absence of plot) is ridiculous. So what? If you are looking for a beautifully-short brainfart, look no further. I recommend this to anyone with a fetish for children’s-literature-characters-turned-horny-lesbians. What could happen? Possibly an unexpected nose-bleed and a trip to, well, Slumberland.

The Rating: 5

Reviewed by: Pachinko

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