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Cyberteam in Akihabara
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 05/13/2001

A "patapi" is a cute mechanical creature which is like a cyber pet. It can eat, sleep, play, and even help out its owners with some stuff. When Hibari Hanakoganei receives a patapi from a prince in her dreams, she is thrilled and names it "Densuke". When mysterious forces try to steal Densuke, Hibari discovers that Densuke is not just an ordinary patapi. Densuke has magical powers that allow it to transform into a powerful cyber-fighter who looks like Hibari. Hibari's friends also receive similar patapis, and together they form the Cyber Team in Akihabara.
When I saw the first few episodes of Cyber Team in Akihabara, it struck me as some kind of cross between "Sailormoon" and "Bubblegum Crisis". The Cyber Team in Akihabara girls each have a patapi. These patapis magically transform into the splitting image of their owners (but wearing Bubblegum Crisis type hardsuits) when fighting the enemies. In the later episodes, a couple of girls even attain the ultimate synchronization with their patapis, enabling them to actually transform into hardsuit mode and merge with their patapis.
Cyber Team in Akihabara surprised me with the depth of its plot. The storyline is rooted in an ancient organization known as Rosenkreuz. The Rosenkreuz wants to reform the world to their ideal. For centuries, the Rosenkreuz had worked in secret. But the girls haven't an inkling of Rosenkreuz's existence, and how big a part it plays in their lives. This causes a lot of plot twists, and some of the concepts presented border on the philosophical realm. Character development is sufficient. Even the "villains" are given attention, allowing viewers to empathize with their plight. The thing is, all the main players in Cyber Team in Akihabara thinks that what he/she is doing is for the betterment of the world, so it's hard to label anyone as a real villain.
The art and animation are generally cutesy in style. But after transformation, the girls in hardsuits get voluptuous bodies that seem older than their original form (they look like kids prior to transforming). All the female villains are extremely well-endowed. They seem just about ready to burst from their already revealing outfits. Another nice thing about Cyber Team in Akihabara is the music -- very catchy. There are definitely some good songs in the soundtrack, and I especially like the ending theme "Taiyo no Hana". Although Cyber Team in Akihabara isn't really what I'd consider fabulous, I have to give it plus points for innovation and its fairly unique approach to the magical girl genre.
Watching an isolated episode or two will make no sense. There are 26 episodes in all.

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Review Title:
Cyberteam in Akihabara
Alternative Titles:
Akihabara Dennou Gumi
650 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Adventure, Mecha, Sci-Fi,
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