It’s been a few years since Trigger hit us with the massive storm that was Kill la Kill, and they’ve returned once again with two series that have shot up to this season’s top series. Space Patrol Luluco in particular is very reminiscent of the wackiness and zaniness that Kill la Kill was once famous for.
Luluco is the most common and normal schoolgirl you’ll find in the entire galaxy. Her looks are average, her personality is normal, and her everyday activities are nothing out of the ordinary. Although, she does live in the strangest town on Earth, Ogikubo, which is known to be a hot spot for alien immigration. One day while having a normal breakfast with her “not so normal” father, Luluco’s dad accidentally devours a pill that froze his entire body. To find a cure for his ailment, Luluco goes to seek aid from the Space Patrol that her father works for. However, in some freakish turn of events, Luluco ends up working for the space patrol and is tasked to weed out the criminal scum hiding within her school.
Studio Trigger is still somewhat of a new studio in comparison to others, but almost all of its works have left a huge mark on the industry in recent years. One of the founders, Hiroyuki Imaishi, has directed most of the studio’s hit series and has returned once again with Space Patrol Luluco. Aside from Kill la Kill, you may be familiar with his other hit works, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt. All of those series follow a certain formula when it comes to comedy and animation style, and Space Patrol Luluco falls in the same vein.
This series has been a series of sucker punches due to how unpredictable its cast is. We have, Alpha Omega Nova, a super alien pretty boy randomly falling out of the sky, Midori, a gyaru alien girl that deals in selling illegal black hole apps, and Chief Overjustice, a flaming skeleton police chief that is literally a fusion of Inferno Cop and Gurren Lagann (two series that Imaishi has worked on). How these characters work has been nothing short of unpredictable, and the only character the audience can relate with might as well be the normal Luluco. Luluco’s normalcy is a nice way to contrast against the personality of the weirdos in the series, and I found that my reactions were very much in sync with hers during the huge WTF moments. Despite her resolute stance on being normal, we do see that Luluco slowly comes to find the strange happenings in her life become less weird. I mean, obviously you might as well be accustomed to these kinds of things especially when your job occupation requires you to turn into a giant gun.
I can’t digress enough that if you’re a fan of Hiroyuki Imaishi’s work, you will not be disappointed with this series. You’ll notice the taps and nudges towards past works, and you’ll especially be in for a huge treat when you reach episode seven (hint: Planet KLK-X). The animation isn’t really budget heavy, but I felt really satisfied by the bare minimum we’re given. After all, the best style when it comes to gag animation is “try hard enough to not try at all”.
The series is made up of 7 minute episodes and every arc is labeled as a “season”. During the time of this review, we’ve gone into 7 episodes and 3 “seasons” of the series. Even though we’re given very short episodes, the show’s plot and characters have gone out to many lengths to make this as much of a bizarre trip as all the other full length series that it’s competing with. Space Patrol Luluco is definitely this season’s greatest comedy and will probably come to be one of Studio Trigger’s best works in the coming years.
Where to watch Space Patrol Luluco: Crunchyroll