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[ rated pg ] Dragon Half

A Parent's Guide to Anime
Rated: PG
Parental Guidance Advised

Review by Julia Pfaffenberger:

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What happens when a swordsman falls in love with the dragon he was sent to kill? A half-dragon, half-human girl named Mink, and hilarious superdeformed* slapstick comedy! Dragon Half is a parody of fantasy fighting-girl anime guaranteed to have the entire family rolling on the floor laughing. The animation constantly switches between normal and superdeformed to accent the humor. Very young children might find this hard to follow. Unfortunately, because of the language puns and distinct voice-acting, it would be impossible to make a dub of Dragon Half. The subtitles fly by and linear notes require a pause button to read, but it isn't necessary to follow everything to enjoy it.

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There are a few scattered "d*mn's" and one brief shot of Mink topless at the end of the second episode that parents might find objectionable. Two little blob creatures are transformed into human girls, but nothing is shown. Mink and the other female characters dress in little bikinis and Mink sometimes goes around in cones Madonna would kill for, but with the superdeformed animation you can hardly tell. Like Ranma 1/2, if you don't mind a bit of casual nudity Dragon Half is a must-see.

*Superdeformed: A childlike, out-of-proportion style, used for humor; can be found in some of the eycatch sequences of Ranma 1/2 and Super Catgirl Nuku Nuku...

Parent's Guide Rating:

yellow (parental guidance advised)

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