With a title like Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, I didn’t know what to expect from NIS America’s latest anime release. But once I popped it in and gave it a chance, it turned out to be one of the best (and very different) slice-of-life series I’ve seen. Even better is the fact the company gives you the option to watch it on either Blu-ray or DVD, as all thirteen episodes of the show are on two discs in both formats to make a four disc collection in Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: Complete Series.
The story follows Makoto Niwa, a smart young man who wants nothing but to go to high school and live the life of most teenagers that involves getting good grades and possibly finding a girl in the process. A chance of a lifetime presents itself when his parents have been sent overseas to work and he gets to live alone with his aunt Meme Towa. Much to his dismay, when Makoto arrives he finds out his aunt looks and acts young and loves to flirt, and that she’s not alone as he bumps into her daughter Erio who wraps herself in a futon, talks only in scientific terms, and lays around on the floor most of the time. As you can imagine, Makoto’s dream of living a perfect teenage life is turned upside down, especially when Erio claims to be an alien from outer space and is here to observe humans.
This is just beginning of all sorts of wacky adventures in Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, as Makoto humors Erio by taking her out to do her alien activities (on his bike in a basket, much like the movie E.T.) while trying to bring her back to reality and meeting some potential girlfriends at his school. Just to name a few, there’s the small and cute Ryuko who’s very energetic and happy-going that takes a liking to Makoto right off the bat. Then there’s Maekawa who is tall and keeps to herself, but she loves to cosplay around the city at night and even wears costumes to her part-time job. It’s pretty obvious she likes Makoto but is nowhere as boisterous about it as Ryuko.
At first glance, I thought this was going to be another so-so harem genre anime series, but I’m glad it proved me wrong as it’s definitely more of a slice-of-life show with some bizarre things thrown in. Those who enjoy light but interesting anime will get a kick out of Makoto and his misadventures such as trying to keep people from finding out he lives with his weird aunt and cousin, and discovering who his real friends are when he’s laid up in the hospital at one point in the show.
The show looks great, especially when watched in high definition on the Blu-ray discs. Everything comes in crisp and clean, and the Japanese only audio does so as well. Sadly there’s not much in the special features department, as there’s only the clean opening and endings along with the Japanese commercial for the show. There’s also a small story guide leaflet that gives some insight into the show and its episodes.
I would recommend the Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: Complete Series set to those who enjoy slice-of-life anime shows, as this is one of the better ones I’ve seen in awhile. It’s one of the shows that proves you don’t need a lot of action to make a good series, as interesting characters along with touching and funny situations will keep those who watch glued to their seat for sure.