A Painful Show... In a good kind of way.
The first thing that came through my mind when I first watched the three-minute-long first episode of Ippatsu Kikimusume was: "What the &%# was that???" I could hardly believe that I just watched a woman with dislocated joints trying to wobble her way out of a sauna on her ass. I couldn't believe that I saw a live-action Japanese guy rolling around in his underwear and explaining the physics of the show to us. I couldn't believe I was seeing a woman trying to open a door with her teeth only to have her dumb-ass friends trying to open it from the outside, effectively dislocating her jaw and breaking her teeth. And it all happened in the course of the first three minutes.
So, I watched the rest of the series, which, considering the fact that each episode was 3 minutes long, wasn't that difficult. What WAS difficult was trying to keep myself from getting injured while I was rolling on the floor laughing and banging my head on the wall from the absurdity of what I was witnessing on-screen.
Ippatsu Kikimusume starts every episode with the Heroine Kunyan, being in a really uncomfortable, embarrassing and painful situation, such as:
-Getting the joints of your arms and legs all dislocated in the Sauna.
-Being swallowed by an enormous snake.
-Getting mangled by the evil offspring of the Stairmaster.
-Being a sport announcer in a box event and having to take a dump in less than three minutes, before the next round starts.
-Having a crab attaching itself to her face and clawing her eyes out.
-Trapping herself inside the bathtub, by having her hair sucked in the drain hole.
In each episode Kunyan has to come up with a solution in order to escape her predicament and survive. Thankfully, she is quite smart, being able to conjure all sorts of weird science, which is, most of the time explained to us, through a hilarious third part narration. The solution is, most of the time, as absurd and extreme as the problem in itself. For example, one of the problems I mentioned above is being solved by the woman inserting a balloon into her anus and blowing it up in order for it to appear to be a face. I kid you not!
Honestly, how do they come up with this stuff? And how do they get away with showing it? "South Park" has nothing on this.
The music of the show fits it perfectly. The opening song is absolutely horrendous, with lots of screaming and non-harmonious metal overtures, something which, oddly, fits the overall mood of the show. The voices and the in-episode music are also made to fit the absurdity and the mood of the show.
Visually speaking Ippatsu Kikimusume is not excellent but it is definitely nice. What really stood out are the "Physics Explanation" sequences, not because they are well-drawn but because they are ridiculous. The ladies are beautifully drawn, even in their state of undress, and it’s a real joy to watch them getting mangled, maimed or injured during the course of each episode.
I must be really sick... I really enjoyed this!