Insight on the overseas
Calvin W. | 05/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
An excellent anime for chibi anime fans and Japanese comedy lovers.
Ahhh...the ever popular Di Gi Charat. Overseas, that is. Di Gi Charat is an extremely popular anime in Japan, although its popularity never really lifted off in the U.S. This anime is basically a cornerstone for parodies on popular action, romance, and slapstick based anime that hit the super popular lists in Japan. It's ultra cute characters skyrocketed it in the video-gaming/pop culture area of Japan's youth(not to mention tons of adults:)). If you're familiar with magazines like Megami and any of the Dengeki ones, you're already blasted with zillions of ads for this series. Tons of songs and CD albums have sprouted from this chibi(small/cute-style characters with the huge eyes and slightly chubby bodies) anime.
The appeal of the series is mainly in its nostalgic value. Note that you can enjoy it without having seen many other anime, but not to its full extent. Watching it without some understanding of anime cliques will make this anime seem bizarre.
The comedy, as I stated before, is a collaboration of parodies which bring up lots of concepts from several hit anime series without making it strictly parody-based anime.
The humor in this anime is VERY VERY VERY Japanese! If you aren't very fond of their humor and are a fan of only action shounen anime or are looking for a really concrete plot or something like that, this anime is not for you. HOWEVER, if you're a lover of Japanese comedy like myself and are very fond of fun and colorful characters, you will LOVE this anime.
Note that this anime seems sort of unfulfilled without watching the follow up, Panyo Panyo Digi Charat as well, but the story really doesn't leave anything undone.