Audio - Japanese (Dolby Digital)
Subtitles - English
Running Time - 300
Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1
Region Coding - 4
TV Standard - PAL
Rating - M
Year of Release - 2013
Author K Quach
Fantasista Doll is a Japanese anime television series produced by Hoods Entertainment and directed by Hisashi Saitō. These dolls are sentient virtual beings who reside in cards which are now controlled by their new master, Uzume. Uzume comes from a normal family and has no actual relation with the world of Fantasista Dolls. However, Komachi Seishō is aware that she might be the master of Sasara and others, asked Kagami Totori to take over Uzume's cards before Uzume made the contract. Wanting to be safe, Uzume makes a contract to become a Fantasista Doll master, bringing forth one of these dolls, Sasara. Just then, another student wielding the same device attacks Uzume using a doll named Kunoichi. Upon returning home, Uzume finds she is also in command of four other dolls, Katia, Shimeji, Akari and Madeleine, and must keep them a secret from her family. Following an argument with Sasara, who wasn't happy with Uzume being dishonest about turning down an invitation by her classmate, Manai Uzuki, Uzume stubbornly states that she wants to stop being the dolls' master and return the cards to where they came. It has a very strange sense of humour, and offbeat premise straight off the bat.
Tracing it back to a seemingly abandoned factory, she is faced with various other dolls tasked with guarding the facility. Overcoming her feud, Uzume manages to work with the dolls to beat back their opponents. Whilst heading home, having made up with Sasara and the others, Uzume encounters Manai, who summons out dolls of her own. After beating back Manai's dolls, Uzume learns she had been brainwashed to attack them. Just then, they come across Kazunari Kira, another Doll Master who uses his dolls with little regard for their safety. Thanks to Madeleine's help, they manage to get out of the fight okay by sacrificing one of their support cards, whilst Shimeji helps pick out a seal for Uzume's device. After beating back Manai's dolls, Uzume learns she had been brainwashed to attack them. Just then, they come across Kazunari Kira, another Doll Master who uses his dolls with little regard for their safety. Thanks to Madeleine's help, they manage to get out of the fight okay by sacrificing one of their support cards, whilst Shimeji helps pick out a seal for Uzume's device. The character development happens slowly and eventually we begin to care for Uzume and her mission when interacting wight he dolls. The animation is quite stylised and fresh, this is subtitled series so you have to engage in the Japanese language and reading of subtitles.
The five dolls we meet are; Katia who Katia is the shortest of Uzume's dolls. She also has white stockings with pale pink markings and wears black sandals with dark blue cotton puffs at the center of the foot. They all have their own unique personality, adding an interesting factor to the series.
When transformed, all of Katia's hair is tied into looped pigtails held with two big white cotton buffs, with balls of pink, green, and yellow strewn through her hair. She also has white stockings worn with yellow and white maryjane flats with small saplings at the tongue of both shoes, and a white scarf with yellow, pink, and green balls all over it. The other Doll is Uzume is a girl with pink eyes. Her hair is long in length with bangs that stick out at an angle and a big of hair pulled up in a small ponytail held by a white flower. Shimeji gains a revealing black dress with ribbons and bows of light pink and mint all over it, along with white bandaging at her wrists. Overall I'm not entirely sure which audience this anime was aiming towards, I presume a younger female one. However was a few strange sexual references which earns it an M rating, thus questioning who this show if for.
Overall If you enjoy an anime with good pacing, engaging characters; this will be for you. However its not a memerable series, you'll probably forget about it in a few weeks. It's purely entertainment.
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