Studio: Studio 3Hz
Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Love open-toed shoes? Well, most likely, you’ve mistakenly typed “Flip Flaps” instead of Flip Flops and came to this review of Flip Flappers instead. Don’t worry, though. If you’re anything like me and browse the weird side of YouTube often enough, you’ll love Flip Flappers, too. It’s just the right amount of absent-minded insanity to satiate your YouTube fix for thirteen episodes. Published in the US by Sentai Filmworks, you’ll be flip flapping your way across dimensions soon with the Flip Flappers Complete Collection. Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit.
Flip Flappers is the story of Cocona. She has a lot of choices to make in life for what she will do after middle school. Becoming a magical girl wasn’t on the table, but somehow, it happens. Scouted by Papika and whisked onto adventures against her will, Cocona discovers a whole new dimension called “Pure Illusion” and begins collecting shards of shiny power. Why? She doesn’t know yet! Find out the answer to that mystery and more by watching Flip Flappers!
Flip Flappers was a different experience. It was like FLCL decided to raise an adopted baby, but structure it a bit more. Granted, this show didn’t feel as crazy as FLCL did, but it was pretty darn close. The Mahou Shoujo, or ‘magical girl’, genre has some really iconic titles. From the cute and pure Cardcaptor Sakura series to the gritty and dark series of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the genre has been full of different types of shows as of late. Flip Flappers makes fun of them in the most brilliant way while still maintaining itself as a solid, yet short, addition to the genre. Or at least, that’s what I felt like it did.
In addition to the wackiness of the show, you also get a pretty good English dub with it. With the talents of Luci Christian (Minori in Log Horizon, Yuki in Food Wars, Vivi in Chaika Coffin Princess) and Brittney Karbowski (Chaika in Chaika Coffin Princess, Hisako in Food Wars) as Cocona and Papika, the English version holds up well enough. My only real gripe is that the sound levels of the Japanese and English audios are unbalanced. The Japanese is much louder than the English, so be wary of switching between the two. You may end up blasting a hole in your TV or trying to strain your ears to hear when the remote is halfway across the room and you’re snuggled warmly into your cozy bed.
In all honesty, Flip Flappers was just an absolute joy to watch. Discovering the answers to the mysteries that surround Cocona was a blast. With a retail price of $69.98 USD on the Sentai Filmworks store, it’s a bit steep for thirteen episodes you may not like, so I’d wait for a sale. At the same time, if you don’t mind subtitles for a few episodes, you can also view the show on Crunchyroll, but you won’t get the dub. The next chance I get, I definitely plan on watching the show in English with my little bro since he also loves the show. Make sure to get yours while supplies last or until Pure Illusion comes to engulf us all.
Lolinia gives Flip Flappers a Drastik Moé Measure of 7.4 out of 10.0 (74).