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First Impressions: Space Patrol Luluco


Luluco is an ordinary middle school student. Even though she lives in a city full of interplanetary immigrants and her father is a space patrolman, she’s just your average everyday normal girl. That is until her dad is frozen from accidentally eating illegal space-time pills and she needs to take his place as a Space Patrol officer sworn to stop space crime wherever it happens.

Space Patrol Luluco is a new show coming from director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Dead Leaves) and Trigger, the studio behind Little Witch Academia and Imaishi’s own Kill la Kill. The latter show is especially important to note when you look at Space Patrol Luluco’s visuals.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Trigger took the sillier parts of Kill la Kill and made a whole show in that style? Well, that’s exactly what Space Patrol Luluco is. In both the limited-animation and quick and light sense of humor this feels a lot like the segments that would occasionally pop up in Kill la Kill. I actually liked these parts in Kill la Kill, but what made them work for me was the juxtaposition with the rest of the program. Watching Space Patrol Luluco, where the entire show is like that, makes the style wear itself out pretty quickly. I do like the simple design that runs through the show, but I often find myself feeling that Space Patrol Luluco looks better standing still than it does when it moves. 

The quick-paced, absurd humor is likable enough but there’s nothing super strong about it. Just like the animation, it starts to get tiring after a while. This is one show I’d recommend against binge watching. The episodes are all short, each under eight minutes, and it’s best consumed with a decent amount of time between episodes rather than back-to-back.

Space Patrol Luluco is a decent show but really doesn’t have anything particularly strong about it. A bigger story is beginning to develop with Luluco’s space pirate mother and it looks like it will be an improvement on the earlier episodes. I’d say that Space Patrol Luluco is worth sticking with for the time being to see what happens next.

Space Patrol Luluco is currently streaming on Crunchyroll