Cross stich pattern of Luluco from Space Patrol Luluco. Read the review below and download the PDF here: Luluco Pattern
Grid Size: 115W x 101H
Design Area: 8.07″ x 7.14″ (113 x 100 stitches)
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The problem with Space Patrol Luluco is that I can’t find anything really wrong with it. It’s solidly good, and it frustrates me that I can’t really tell why it’s good, but I can nit pick it a little, because that’s just what I’m good at. There are times when there is so much going on that I don’t understand how I’m expected to react. The worst offender is episode nine The True Trap. And, I know what you’re going to say. “Oh you just don’t know the source material.” And, yes I don’t know these characters, but I haven’t seen Kill la Kill and I still understood episode seven. The True Trap is by far the weakest episode for me because it introduces a bunch of characters that I’m supposed to care about, but they aren’t given the opportunity to let me care about them. The episode isn’t useless though. Luluco does learn something and that’s nice. I just don’t really care for it, that’s all.
Second, I know this is translated, so I can’t expect all the jokes to land in English, but noooooo I want all the jokes! Okay, this one’s bad, but I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of laughs because I don’t speak Japanese. Yeah, this one doesn’t count because it’s a complaint against myself. Okay, no, so then my second objection is really that after Midori shoplifts Ogikubo from Lalaco, it’s not adequately explained why the city is now everywhere in space. There you go, that’s better.
My third gripe is that the secretary doesn’t really do much. She fires a gun at one point and there’s a solid joke about her getting a vacation, but I feel like she never got a chance to shine in the early episodes so it was a little odd to see her in the climax fighting alongside all the main characters. And you know I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel when I’m complaining about a character with no name not getting enough screentime.
And, um… that’s it, everything else is great. The animation is super expressive and fluid. All the characters are likable and dynamic. The important things are explained well enough and the plot is relatively cohesive for a show about random space antics. I love how the character designs are used to make the world seem bigger. Like there’s this shark headed guy who is part of Midori’s gang who I swear could be a main character in another show. There’s a short scene where Nova points out an old man and his dog, and the way they look makes me feel like there’s a whole other story there that I don’t get to see. I love these tiny moments that seem useless, but add so much to how the world feels.
I know I’m big on telling people what’s wrong with shows, but I have a hard time telling what’s right and why. I can tell you how the foreshadowing is spot on from the first episode and how the character designs are top notch, but I couldn’t tell you why these elements are important to a show like this. Honestly I believe that if the continuity was off, then the show would be weaker for it, but why is it that Luluco is not hurt by it’s lack of backstories or subplots, things that would stand out as wrong in other shows? Maybe I’m just a bad reviewer. Yeah that’s easy enough. Watch it now out of ten.