PaRappa the Rapper, released worldwide for PlayStation in 1997, is one of the most popular and beloved rhythm games of all time.
PaRappa the Rapper (or PaRappa RappÄ) aired on Fuji TV in Japan from April 2001 to January 2002 and ran for 30 episodes. Copies of the DVDs are virtually impossible to find online, and those that are available sell for around 4,800 ($ 43.56) each. To my delight, I found out that all 30 episodes were available for my viewing pleasure on a site that must not be named. I could not resist. I had to watch the first episode. The game being such a whimsical rap joy, the anime had to at least be this goodâ¦ right ?!
The first episode, titled The Initial P, centers on PaRappa Rappa, the fun-loving anthropomorphic rapper dog, having to fight an evil thief bunny named Gaster, who stole his bike and the profits from a garage sale, run by of humans Sister Gon. The garage sale is attended by her crush, Sunny Funny, a caring humanoid daisy, and their friend, the stubborn pussy Katy Kat. Other characters include his apathetic teddy bear best friend PJ Berri and PJ’s sensitive new dog friend Matt Major as well as pompous vixen Paula Fox, all of whom help thwart the burglar and fix a machine that pours candy. to jelly in the sky.
I didn’t expect the story to be more absurd than the game and yet, here we are. It was unnecessarily complicated and confusing. There were no notable plot points in the game except for PaRappa’s crush on Sunny.
History hasn’t been the only change. The fine paper art style we know and love has been swapped for a more traditional 2D. The colors are a bit more muted than the bold, psychedelic colors featured in games and the usual harsh outlines are replaced with softer outlines. It makes the show look cuter overall.
The anime also features many characters missing from the game, such as Matt Major and Paula Fox, without introducing other important ones, such as PaRappa’s rival, Joe Chin, as well as one of the game’s memorable characters, Chop. Chop Master Onion. (Our favorite onion mentor doesn’t appear until Episode 13.)
Surprisingly, this episode was rude, even though it was rated TV-Y7. This could be attributed to the fact that the show was originally aimed at teenagers, but Sony decided that the series should focus more on toy sales and changed the focus for children. It could also explain why the characters were designed to look more adorable.
With the game PaRappa the Rapper famous for its catchy tunes, I was disappointed that the music was not at the forefront of the show. Although his name is “the rapper,” PaRappa didn’t rap at all. In fact, the only rap music that could be heard in the series is a hip-hop inspired cut scene.
However, the music that was in the show is really good, which includes the opening being an upbeat 70s inspired bop called Love Together by Japanese funk band Nona Reeves and the ending theme being a contemporary pop jam titled School Gir. by J-pop girl group Bennie K.
One of the most impressive and shocking aspects of this anime is the star-studded voiceover cast. PaRappa is voiced by Miyu Irino, who is known to have voiced Haku in Spirited Away and Sora in the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Masako Nozawa plays Sister Gon, an older African American woman. Nozawa voices three generations of Super Saiyan as Goku, Gohan, and Goten in the Dragon Ball franchise. Other voices include Norio Wakamoto, who voices Cell in the Dragon Ball franchise and Mika Kanai, the voice of Jigglypuff in the PokÃ©mon franchise.
In the end, the anime doesn’t live up to the game. The story was weird and confusing and didn’t seem to relate to the game’s plot at all. However, I was in love with the cute characters, the characters. incredible dubbing and nostalgia. I would definitely be lying if I said I wasn’t going to go back and finish the show, but if I don’t hear some rap soon, I might just punch the screen.
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