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Metal Fighter Miku
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/25/2004

Synopsis:
In the future, female wrestlers don ability-enhancing metal suits and square off in the ring before numerous spectators. It's the hottest sport in town... it's Neo Pro-Wrestling! Ginko, Sayaka, Nana, and Miku make up the Pretty Four, one of the teams vying for the championship. Can they make it to the top? There's someone out there who will go through any length to make sure they don't...
 
Review:
I picked up Metal Fighter Miku from Right Stuf's Weekly Specials at an all-time low price of twenty bucks a couple of years ago. I was totally clueless about the plot, all I was sure of was that it was cheap and I had to get it.
 
Metal Fighter Miku is set some time in the future (keep in mind this series was originally released in the mid-1990's), which oddly enough is very much similar to the era we are living in now except for the part about Neo Pro-Wrestling. A teenage girl named Miku is the latest member of the Pretty Four, one of the many wrestling teams who are invited to compete for the grand championship. Miku eats, drinks, and breathes wrestling. Her role model is Aquamarine, the greatest female wrestler to ever grace Neo Pro-Wrestling. But if Miku and company are to become champions, they must defeat Aquamarine as well. Enter Eiichi, a brash drunkard who's commissioned as the Pretty Four's coach. The Pretty Four are flabbergasted by Eiichi's unpleasant demeanor, but what's even more surprising is the fact that Eiichi was the one who honed Aquamarine's skills as a wrestler.
 
Metal Fighter Miku follows the classic underdogs-rising-to-the-top formula, wherein the Pretty Four led by Miku are the wrestling neophytes fighting their way up against all odds. The story follows the usual course -- protagonists working hard to reach their goal, an antagonist doing everything he can to make sure they don't make it, all building up to the eventual triumph of the title character. There's nothing special about this series, but it somehow does the job of providing enough amusement for the next 325 minutes. I was actually able to watch it in one sitting without difficulty.
 
The art and animation come off as rather trite and dated, which should not necessarily be the case since this came out in Japan at about the same time as the likes of Fushigi Yuugi and The Vision of Escaflowne. The English voice acting is okay in general, except for Ginko's voice which I found to be insufferable. I also noticed a lot of differences between the English subtitles and the English language dialogues. There were added, omitted, and changed phrases, albeit the main gist of the story remained relatively intact.
 
Despite the numerous clichés that plague it, Metal Fighter Miku is surprisingly watchable and even quite fun... nevermind that you'll probably forget all about it in a day or two.
 
Miscellanies:
Metal Fighters Miku is thirteen episodes long.

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Review Title:
Metal Fighter Miku
Type:
TV
Episodes:
13
Duration:
325 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Aired:
1994
Suitable For:
Older Children
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Shounen,
Sports
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