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Ready! Set! Cosplay!,
This review is from: Cosplay Complex  [DVD] (DVD)
Cosplay complex is a colourful, fanservice ridden anime. It lasts for 3 episodes and follows Chako and her cosplay association friends as they compete in the cosplay world series. You pretty much know what to expect with an anime like this. Plenty of girls, massive boobs and clothing flying all over the place. The only thing that sets Cosplay Complex apart from other titles and makes it more original is the nice reference to other animes in the form of the cosplay costumes. This gives this 3 episode OVA an air of fun as it is enjoyable to try and identify what the girls are dressing up as. Costumes vary from different animes such as Full Metal Panic, Slayers and Ruroni Kenshin. But don't worry if you can't figure them out, there's a nice special feature entitled Cosplay Identification 101 which tells you who the girls are cosplaying.
As the series follows the cosplay associations adventures (and misadventures) they try to throw in a bit of a story and a blossoming romance. But in a title such as this, it is difficult to take it seriously. I was a bit disappointed because I thought this anime was going to be really funny...like excel saga funny, but it really isn't. Don't get me wrong there are a few decent comic moments and I had more than my fair share of quiet chuckles throughout, but it's no where near as funny as other animes. One thing that annoyed me was that this anime had a tendency to try too hard to induce laughs, but apart from that, the anime wasn't too bad, if a little un-original.
The animation is very nice with plenty of bright colours and a lot of shininess. The music isn't too bad either, but it is a little forgetable. As far as special features go there is that cosplay identification that I mentioned, clean opening and closing and some annotated sketches.
If you are looking for something to REALLY make you laugh, then check out the brilliant Excel Saga. And for people who aren't easily offended, watch Puni Puni Poemy. Cosplay Complex is worth picking up if it's cheap, like £3 or something, but apart from that it is an average attempt as far as titilating comedies go.