Plastic Little is a fairly faithful anime translation
of Satoshi Urushihara's manga by the same name in which the
young, nubile Captain Tita of the ship Cha Cha Maru accidentally
finds herself wrapped up in a conflict when she rescues Elysse
from certain capture and murder. From that point, Tita discovers
the the reason behind Elysse's plight, only to discover a
plot to destroy the resort colony on which they are staying.
From that point, Tita rushes in to stop the villains with
only a few minutes of spiritual pep-talk from a nostalgic
reminiscence of her deceased father.
Plastic Little, on the whole, is good, albeit shallow,
fun. The cast has it's fair share of the usual anime/manga
archetypes, including the dopy, in-love sidekick, grizzled
veterans and the standard dark, menacing villain. The actions
flies fast and with a good amount of style. The animation
is excellent and is a great transfer from Urushihara's written
work. Visually, even without a lot of computer-generated effects,
this anime has a gloss to it that makes it good to watch.
Of course, the cheesecake "fan service" helps.
There's does seem to be a bit of casual nudity and extra
bounciness from the female characters. Tita tends to show
as much concern for the plight of Elysse as she does her own
small breast size. But considering the source material, you
should know what to expect coming into this.
What Plastic Little really needs is just some added
character and story depth. Running at less than an hour, this
anime just gets enough time to pack in the bare skeleton of
a story as reason for the action and a few moments of humor.
What you do get is good in it's own right, but with some more
time to fill out the characters and provide some kind of motive
behind their actions, Plastic Little could have evolved
into something really good.
With having said that, Plastic Little is still a fair
ride for those who don't want anything "heady". You get a
good serving of action that's well drawn and moves quick enough
to keep from being boring. And the occasional "fan service"
doesn't hurt. Just don't go in expecting anything new in the
character and plot department.