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Herald Views: El Hazard

The content of this piece was written during a viewing of the first episode of El Hazard: The Wanderers on February 4, 2011. Edits have been made for spelling and grammar, but the rest is completely untouched, and un-edited from its original format.

Shows like this really make me miss the ’90s. Well, that, Animaniacs, and Freakazoid but that’s another story for another day.

9:18 PM: Good evening, everyone, and welcome to another showblog.

9:19 PM: Tonight I’m heading through the backlog, to present a live take on Nozomi Ent’s El Hazard: The Magnificent World!

9:20 PM: Sorry – El Hazard: The Wanderers. I should learn to read things :P

9:21 PM: Anyway, before I foul more things up, let me get the basics out of the way:

9:21 PM: Directed by Katsuhito Akiyama (Bastard!!, Gall Force)

9:23 PM: Created by Hiroki Hayashi (Battle Athletes, Legend of Black Heaven) & Ryoe Tsukimura (Noir, Shrine of the Morning Mist)

9:23 PM: Music by Seikou Nagaoka (Tenchi Muyo!, Stellvia)

9:24 PM: Produced by AIC (Tenchi Muyo!, Bubblegum Crisis)

9:24 PM: Released by .@animetoday

9:25 PM: And with that, let’s get this thing rolling. :D

9:26 PM: YES! >:o Epic 1990s opening with requisite RAWKIN happy guitar music! This is already the quintessential ’90s anime! :D

9:26 PM: Bouncy music from the get go… fun- HOLYSHITISTHATAGUNDAM O_o

9:27 PM: Oh… it’s a culture fest. And someone’s selling lunches >_>

9:27 PM: And she’s making a killing. o_o

9:27 PM: And we have a name – Nanami

9:27 PM: And her friend, Ryoko.

9:27 PM: “We were supposed to have lunch together today :<” Someone got stood up.

9:28 PM: By her lovey dovey Makoto – apparently a science freak.

9:28 PM: Yowza – Nanami will do anything to make a buck o_o “Mako-chan gets lunches half price :D” cooold

9:29 PM: Hah… kids hauling a giant poster of a loli, teacher doesn’t get it.

9:29 PM: Teacher = Mr. Fujisawa = badass.

9:30 PM: Now to the student council… as people bitch about the culture fest, and the president Jinnai, who looks like a douche, makes excuses. >_>

9:30 PM: “There have been suspicions raised about the festival’s operating funds T_T” Ohhh boy – corruption

9:31 PM: He’s a bastard indeed.

9:31 PM: And he’s finally had enough… “I am the president! What is your problem?! I AM YOUR RULER! >:o” #paraphrase

9:31 PM: Yeah… this guy’s got a complex >_>

9:32 PM: And back to Nanami, who found her Makoto… and she’s pissed about being stood up

9:32 PM: While Makoto kees working on… something >_>

9:32 PM: “You haven’t changed at all :3” for better or worse.

9:33 PM: Oh boy… douchebag president is Nanami’s big brother… this won’t end well ‘_’

9:33 PM: “What’s all this noisy stuff?! T_T” I knew it.

9:33 PM: He’s shutting them down

9:33 PM: “Loud noise is against regulations! T_T” “How can you say that when you’re the one doing the loud yelling? :D” #ICEBURN

9:34 PM: Jinnai’s losing it… shit’s gonna get real

9:34 PM: Nanami’s amused, obviously. Sibling rivalry and bitchy sister syndrome demands it.

9:35 PM: Love the expressions in this already. Jinnai’s so over the top that it’s awesome. :3

9:35 PM: “I AM THE LAW! >:o” -slams door on foot- …riiiiiight >_>

9:35 PM: The next morning! …or something >_>

9:36 PM: Makoto’s apparently a “famous genius” – Jinnai watches him on TV and seethes while he eats noodle bread… not very dignified at all.

9:37 PM: Hah. :D Makes sense now – Jinnai’s always been shown up by Makoto even though he didn’t notice

9:37 PM: Holy hell. O_o I think Jinnai IS gonna snap

9:37 PM: …Yyyyep. He snapped.

9:37 PM: Complete with epic maniacal laughter

9:38 PM: And Makoto’s… making to-go boxes for Nanami. >_>

9:38 PM: “Do you want to buy something? :D” “Not really, why? o_o” “I wanna know why you’re working to make so much money. o_o” “It’s fun :D” …kay

9:39 PM: Hah! Jinnai’s getting Fox News’d by his detractors. :D

9:40 PM: And he got busted in the act while trying to do the same to Makoto… He gon’ get beaten.

9:40 PM: And Eyecatch!

9:40 PM: Brief mid-show analysis: So far, I’m digging this. Everything screams “’90s anime” from the visual style to the pacing, and even the music.

9:41 PM: It’s also delightfully over the top, which doesn’t hurt in my books. ~_^

9:41 PM: My only real complaint is the video quality – it’s a bit artifact-y on the darker colors.

9:42 PM: But for a 16 year old show, I won’t complain much. Anyway, back to the show!

9:42 PM: And we’re in the night duty room, where someone’s drinking, smoking, and looking at… is that porn? O_o

9:42 PM: Ohh… it’s badass teacher man :D

9:43 PM: Who’s gonna make his patrols… while Makoto and Nanami finish the invention

9:43 PM: But… will it blend?

9:43 PM: “What is this? :D” “I dunno o_o”

9:43 PM: At least even Makoto acknowledges it’s weird.

9:44 PM: And finished with the traditional “Everyone’s laughing! :D” moment

9:44 PM: Looks like Mr. Fujisawa is going to go mountain climbing… like a boss

9:45 PM: Meanwhile, in the LEGION OF DOOM – sorry – science lab…

9:45 PM: We have Jinnai playing asswipe again and HOLY SHIT STARRY EYED RUGGED MAN TEACHER D:

9:46 PM: “THIS IS THE ONE WHERE THEY SHOW THE MOUNTAINS! :O” with a show named “NORTH ALPS – MT. HAKUBA” They damn well better!

9:46 PM: And teach is drunk, and spouting stories… and wtf is Jinnai doing? O_o

9:46 PM: “I compliment my meanness :3” ohh… panties. >_> how… stupid

9:47 PM: Hah! :D giant coil crushes Jinnai and pisses him off. Stupid coil! You go kick! T_T

9:47 PM: Yeep – he’s kicking it. >_>

9:47 PM: And now he’s screwing with the machine proper… SMRT

9:47 PM: “I forgot to turn it off D:” clearly T_T

9:48 PM: And they’re off to the lab – where NOTHING is going wrong :D

9:48 PM: Except the wormhole, of course.

9:48 PM: And deranged Jinnai

9:48 PM: “YOU’LL DIE!” If only…

9:49 PM: “Oh! UFO :D” “Where? :O” …smaaaaart

9:49 PM: Looks like Jinnai helped create the large hadron collider :o

9:49 PM: As they’re sucked into a black hole… well… ALL of em are apparently

9:50 PM: Including badass chain-smoking, porn-reading teacher

9:50 PM: Who climbs mountains

9:51 PM: …And now, they’re in some pastel forest place… with flying snakes. >_> This ain’t Kansas anymore, ‘Koto

9:51 PM: “Where am I? :D” Newark, New Jersey.

9:51 PM: Dunno why but everything ends up there eventually

9:51 PM: Holy shit giant bug… thing :o


9:52 PM: …INTO the giant bug thing?

9:52 PM: Yyyyep

9:52 PM: Makoto’s in a pinch… as is Nanami apparently, if the scream means anything :o

9:52 PM: And credits…. with unfitting bouncy music after that XD

9:53 PM: Anyway, I must say that I’m enjoying this. :)

9:54 PM: The characters are fun, if not a bit one-dimensional in some ways, the plot works well, and the concept leaves a lot to work with.

9:55 PM: I’m absolutely looking forward to diving deeper into this.

El Hazard: the Wanderers is distributed in America by Nozomi Entertainment.

The series can be purchased at Right Stuf.

Thanks to Nozomi for providing a review copy!

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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