Lychee Light Club / Litchi DE Hikari Club
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Short-Form
First Aired: Fall 2012, 8 short-form episodes
Summary: The story follows the nine members of the Light Club and their robot, Lychee. The town of Kieko-cho is an old factory town, stained with the remains of exhaust and oil. The Light Club rules Keiko-cho and is not friendly towards newcomers. Despite living in a post-apocalyptic world filled with the remains of what used to be a bustling technological landscape, the Light Club is always up to some scheme. One day they might be catching an intruder while another day they are starting an idol band to increase their worldwide influence.
Lychee Light Club is a quick and easy watch that can be viewed from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. The episodes are brief with a single issue at their core. It’s fun to watch and see what the club is up to each week. The show is basic from the animation to the soundtrack, but its focus is on the characters and the humorous situations they get themselves into, not the elaborate animation style.
You might enjoy this if: You want a quick series that can be seen in its entirety in a single sitting.
You might not like it if: You are scared of anything resembling Frankenstein’s monster. Lychee is a robot built by Zera and the club. It has a limited range of emotion and understanding, like Frankenstein’s monster. It is often misunderstood, like Frankenstein’s monster. It’s ugly and has a face only a mother could love, like Frankenstein’s monster.
Note to the Viewer: The history of Lychee Light Club runs deep. The anime is based on the manga of the same name. The manga is loosely based on a 1985 play of the same name. The visual style of the series inspired the formation of a rock band. Three stage plays have been performed based on the series and a live-action film has been released.
Litchi Hikari Club Musical – Opening Dance Sequence
(Here’s the band that was inspired by the series)