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Jungle wa Itsumo Hare Nochi Guu

Illusion 2: o-Hirune Gu- Gu-

(Afternoon Nap Zzz Zzz)

Copyright: © 2000, Kindaichi, Enix, TV Tokyo
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: NR, Suitable for Family Viewing
Format: Original Japanese Dialogue (VHS, DVD)


DVD jacket

Hare and Guu are off to school! Hearing rumours of a new transfer student, Hare's classmates are very curious about Guu. But what can Hare tell them? That she's really cute, or that she's really surly?! Which will it be? But more importantly to Hare, will Guu cause any problems given her tendency to swallow just about everything in sight?

capsule review:

Poor Hare! Watching him go through panic attack after panic attack keeps viewers fixed on the action and gags throughout this episode. There isn't much story development beyond the introduction of several new characters in the way of Reggie, Hare's teacher, and the rest of his classmates. Even so, the action and humour is fast paced and highly amusing. With a good mix of visual gags, and action, the direction continues to be solid in this second episode.

The introduction of Hare's classmates adds more depth to the overall story, but since so many people are introduced at once, the rest of the classmates as well as Reggie aren't given much of a personality as of yet.

The only thing that raises the viewer level to date for this show is the humour. Very dry, ironic and tongue in cheek, it may go over younger viewers heads. However, the high paced action and Hare's antics will keep younger viewers attention well occupied. Very much for viewers of all ages so far.

While there isn't much background music, what is present is very well suited to the scene and does a good job at augmenting the atmosphere. Likewise, even more than Hare's voice acting, I find I really like Guu. Suitably dry, surly, sarcastic, or saccharinely sweet depending on the scene, her character really makes things worth watching and is a wonderful contrast to Hare's extremely exciteable self. Unfortunately, one of Hare's classmates laughs very much like a hyena and this starts to grate on one's nerves after repeated viewing.

Overall an excellent second episode, the direction in this show keeps viewers firmly rooted and highly entertained. Onwards to the next episode!
- JYN, 2001.09.17

café rating (original japanese):


2 stars

[2 / 5] - No major story as we are introduced to the various school characters.


4 stars
[4 / 5] - High paced action and fun keeps viewers solidly entertained and focussed.


4 stars
[4 / 5] - Solid acting on the part of Hare and Guu. Hare's highly exciteable self and Guu's surly self are both very well done.


3 stars
[3 / 5] - Pretty typical TV stuff.


3 stars
[3 / 5] - There's not much music with lots of blank space, but what is there is very well suited to the scene and helps heighten the overall atmosphere.


[ N/A ] - Based on the original Japanese version.

Overall Rating:

4 stars
[4 / 5] - A touch generous, but this continues to be highly entertaining. More please!

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