Rina HidakaHiroki YasumotoMiyuki SawashiroChafurin
Love After World Domination
Also known as: Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2022
Director: Kazuya Iwata
Writer: Satoru Sugizawa
Original creator: Hiroshi Noda, Takahiro Wakamatsu
Actor: Ayane Sakura, Chafurin, Chinami Hashimoto, Hikaru Midorikawa, Hiroki Yasumoto, Hisako Kanemoto, Ikumi Hasegawa, Junji Majima, Kana Hanazawa, Kana Ichinose, Kazuyuki Okitsu, M.A.O, Miyuki Sawashiro, Nashiko Momotsuki, Nene Hieda, Rina Hidaka, Sayaka Kaneko, Tomokazu Sugita, Yusuke Kobayashi
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=24235
Website category: Anime 2022
Review date: 6 December 2023
koi wa sekai seifuku no ato
Human scum, prepare for your conquest and domination by GEKKO! We will take over the world! You will be crushed to death under the jackboots of our giant transformed monster generals and our hot schoolgirl combat princesses in stripperiffic outfits! This will happen as soon as we destroy those tokusatsu heroes, Gelato 5! (Hint: this will never happen.)
Fudou Aikawa is the leader of Gelato 5. His brain can only manage one thought at once, which usually involves weight training. He's written a book in ep.11 and it's about which insect would be strongest if they were all giant-sized. He is, though, ridiculously brave, loyal and heroic.
Desumi Magahara is one of Gekko's top generals, known as the "Reaper Princess". If you or I tried to fight her, we'd DIE. Even most of Gelato 5's heroes would be in trouble if they faced her one-on-one. Underneath all that, though, she's a thoroughly nice girl who happens to dress like a skull-themed go-go dancer and work for an evil organisation. (Her family sent in the job application without telling her.)
The show's a romantic comedy. Fudou and Desumi are dating, but goodness knows what'll happen if their colleagues find out. But they're adorable. I loved this show. It's wonderful because:
(a) Fudou and Desumi are the perfect couple. They're both clueless! They've been dating for weeks before they consider exchanging phone numbers, whereupon Desumi finds herself having unwanted phone conversations with his mother. Fudou hadn't considered that it might be good to buy a mobile phone. Desumi does actually have a brain, but she'd ruled out love as an option for herself because her underlings think she's a slavering hellbeast who crunches bones and drinks blood. That hurts a girl's confidence. (Her insecurity in the early episodes gives the show a bit of depth.)
Fudou's a moron. His idea of a good date is a marathon run and weight training. He's also, though, the kindest, most generous, most devoted moron in the world and Desumi's a lucky girl. They're lovely. They overcome rom-com obstacles by having a relationship so solid that it's almost impossible to get them jealous or petty. (On discovering that he has a rival for Desumi's attentions, for instance, Fudou's too stupid to worry about this and is instead full of praise for his rival's good taste.) On learning how many people Desumi's hospitalised in the past, Fudou just falls even more in love with her. They carry the show on both a straight romantic level (because you want them to succeed) and on a comedic one (because their situation is so absurd and because they're both clueless).
(b) the tokusatsu hero stuff is equally funny. Desumi's colleagues keep misunderstanding her reactions as bloodlust... and they're as goofy as her, while incidentally attending the same high school. The school nurse has installed a 007 villain trapdoor in her infirmary. Beast Princess has a hair-trigger temper and would probably extend her lifespan by twenty years if she got laid, just through stress reduction and not going berserk all the time. Yellow Gelato gets drunk and gives catastrophic date advice. Desumi's father worked as a Gekko foot soldier all his life and perfected the art of getting beaten up elegantly.
In ep.6, Desumi even gets a promotion. She'll get surgically combined with a mountain gorilla and become one of Gekko's team leaders (i.e. a transformed beast monster). Her family are all super-excited for her. Fudou, impressively, gives her sensible advice and would still love her even as a gorilla. His question is whether this is what she really wants.
Similarly, Gekko sends Fudou get-well letters in hospital. "Dear Red Gelato. We wish you a swift recovery. If you are to die, we hope it will be at our hands. Supreme Leader Bossar."
The show's only possible missed trick, I think, is its avoidance of "evil vs. good" dilemmas. Desumi isn't evil. She'll occasionally decide that murder is the best way of dealing with inconvenient people, but Fudou always talks her down immediately. This is an easy-to-watch anime where everyone's fun and likeable, whereas an equally funny version of this series might have tempted Fudou down the path of evil with a genuinely villainous Desumi.
That would have been a different show, though, and probably a less enjoyable one. This anime's great. Give it a whirl.