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# There is also the lack of English subtitles which makes it hard for people with impaired hearing to watch the show due to this.
 
# There is also the lack of English subtitles which makes it hard for people with impaired hearing to watch the show due to this.
 
# Other than having some bland storytelling, the show likes to over-rely on the "Idiot Plot" trope to move along with the story. For example, any characters like the main characters, side characters, and even villains are acting like idiots to move along with the story, instead of having a least one or two smart characters, like Sage or any professors from their academy are supposed to be. Thus, the whole story would have ended if the characters are not idiots.
 
# Other than having some bland storytelling, the show likes to over-rely on the "Idiot Plot" trope to move along with the story. For example, any characters like the main characters, side characters, and even villains are acting like idiots to move along with the story, instead of having a least one or two smart characters, like Sage or any professors from their academy are supposed to be. Thus, the whole story would have ended if the characters are not idiots.
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#Most of the jokes here fall flat.
   
 
==Redeeming Qualities==
 
==Redeeming Qualities==

Revision as of 04:24, 13 December 2021

High Guardian Spice
High Guardian Spice.jpg
If both Little Witch Academia and The Owl House became political propaganda shows, this show tells you and it's horrible.
Genre: "Magic"
Coming-of-age
"Comedy"
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: October 26, 2021
Network(s): Crunchyroll
Created by: Raye Rodriguez
Distributed by: Funimation Global Group
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 12


"The issue here is a lack of true innovation, or at the very least innovation that seems natural. Characters are one-note or adhere to traits already used in other shows, the plot is just as flat and basic, the animation... I'm not gonna complain about a western cartoon being featured on an anime service, but this animation is pretty subpar. Basic movement, mediocre art direction, often lazy backgrounds. The writing suggests the writers are out of touch with the world or have no grasp on natural progression or presentation. It feels more like meeting a quota than providing true representation. Not all LGBTQ+ individuals have garish hairstyles or a punk look, it's a borderline caricature. It's less "A lesbian character" and more. "Look, it's a lesbian character, are you satisfied?" I'm all for representation, but I fear it will always be handled in the worst possible way. If these characters are based on the writers, then it's less about representation and more of a warped interpretation of it. Either the wrong people are representing diversity, or this is just a poorly written show that was not worth the delays and vague initial details, plagued with cliches, bland characters, stories, and low-quality animation. Both. It's both."
Channeleven on IMDB
"Extremely disappointed in this show. When I first saw the level of representation in this, I was pretty excited for it. It seemed like a nice change of pace from the average cartoon/anime thing. This novelty was short lived as I soon realized that this show is completely devoid of any mark of quality. The animation shuffles between mediocre and terrible. The characters are boring and bland all around. The writing is downright atrocious, lacking any sense of cohesion or humor. Truly a dire show all around."
Ben on Letterboxd

High Guardian Spice is an American animated streaming television series created by Raye Rodriguez, who formerly worked for Danger & Eggs as a character designer. The series is produced by Crunchyroll Studios (formerly named Ellation) and was originally slated to be Crunchyroll's first original series before it was delayed for approximately 2 years.

After some delays since 2019, the series premiered on Crunchyroll on October 26, 2021.

Why It's High And Not In A Good Way

  1. The characters' designs, though they are not beyond the horrible, are a little lazy and they look like Tumblr or DeviantArt OCs, or at best, something out of a How-To Draw Anime/Manga book. It looks very unfitting for an anime-influenced cartoon due to being too colorful.
    • The very rounded character designs make the characters, especially Parsley who is supposed to be short but strong, look fat, lack edges and body sections to know if they have muscles or not.
    • Most of the characters look way too similar to other characters from various media except blander and more uninteresting. For example; Rosemary looks like a bland Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Parsley and her mother vaguely resembles Sadie Miller and her mom (Barbara) from Steven Universe and its follow-up installments, but the former as a dwarf blacksmith wannabe, and her mother as a fanatical dwarf housewife.
    • Some of the characters are self-inserts of the creators or writers which makes them even more like Tumblr or DeviantArt OCs.[1]
  2. While this show was made to promote diversity, the only things that were diverse are that the witches are different races and there is also one trans-male character. There are only seven male characters in this series, which makes absolutely no sense as in real life, there are around 105 boys per 100 girls according to the ‘natural’ sex ratio. Not only is this a case of misleading/false advertising, it actively makes it pure-feminist propaganda because of this.
    • There is one scene when Professor Caraway even tells Rosemary without any subtly or acting human about how transgender abilities work.
  3. The show itself was possibly rushed due to it just coming out of nowhere for the release and this leads to problems shown here. It does not help that the show has troubled production and it was announced to be released in late 2019, before being delayed to October of 2021.
    • Stuff such as the bread and the lamp pole look very detailed but clashes with the cheap environmental and character designs. It was revealed that the lamppost was originally a stock .png image from Shutterstock.[2]
  4. Laggy animation and lazily copy and pasted props in the background due to the animators having a hard time doing their job right due to pressure from time and money. Again, stock images have been used to get around it.
    • Animation errors are also really common which are including:
      • In the first episode the carriage just moves without any wheel or body movement.
      • In the market the main characters are moving but the background characters are not moving which makes the world look flat due to this.
  5. Bad voice acting; with some of the characters' voices sounding like they have a sore throat or speaking into a vacuum.
    • The dialogue is absolutely cringeworthy, it acts and looks unfinished as if they only used the first draft script.
  6. The show is an inferior wannabe of another anime (e.g., Little Witch Academia or Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and even some (anime-like) western cartoons (e.g., RWBY, Amphibia, The Owl House, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Steven Universe, and Star vs the Forces of Evil) making the show somewhat unoriginal and bland.
  7. All the characters are bland and one-dimensional as the characters do not have anything that stands out.
    • Rosemary, who is just "the loud and stupid character who is the leader but cares about their teammate(s)." and that's really it.
    • Amaryllis is just a mean girl and a possible enemy-turn-girlfriend wannabe due to her being similar to Amity. She is pretty much likable than the rest of the cast,
    • Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, and Parsley are named after herbs (grasses in Latin), which are not spices. Amarylis is named after a plant that is not a spice either.
    • Slime Boy is a stupid pointless minor character, and his only contribution to the series, was to teach the main or major characters with new magic or any tips and that's it.
  8. The tone, while being promoted as for mature audiences only, does not do anything to justify the mature rating. (e.g., adult themes, dark content, or swearing). Due to the most part, until the end, the show was really light and childish and when it gets really dark, it is a tone whiplash due to not being shown from the very start.
    • In fact, if they wanted to give a rating it would have made more sense to make it teen than mature as it's more fitting for teen audiences than adults.
    • Speaking of the warning, the show itself screams younger audiences due to the bright colorful palettes and character designs. It tries way too hard to pander towards mature audiences; an example is the violence on the monsters. For some reason, they have red blood instead of other colored blood. Another example is the characters swearing out of nowhere. Due to this, it feels like it does not have any idea what target audience it should be made for, similar to Beast Machines but on an even worse scale.
  9. As stated from the beginning, the show insults male characters (except somewhat on the first main characters' male relatives, Professors Hakone and Caraway), like garbage. They portray mostly all of them as stereotypically lazy, muscularly fit, idiotic, and sexist characters who barely even do anything for the plot. They also use the same character designs of every male character that was inspired by some shows and movies.
    • Also speaking of Hakone, who spite being ironically less demonized than other male characters in the show, by personality. It still gives a somewhat unfortunate implication that he's a closet pervert due to his voice sounding sexual, the only character in the show that has his eyes closed, and in a fact, a satyr, who are usually portrayed as sexual perverts in uncensored popular culture.
    • It even had an sexist creator, who posted an infamous hashtag called, "Kill All The Males".
  10. There is also the lack of English subtitles which makes it hard for people with impaired hearing to watch the show due to this.
  11. Other than having some bland storytelling, the show likes to over-rely on the "Idiot Plot" trope to move along with the story. For example, any characters like the main characters, side characters, and even villains are acting like idiots to move along with the story, instead of having a least one or two smart characters, like Sage or any professors from their academy are supposed to be. Thus, the whole story would have ended if the characters are not idiots.
  12. Most of the jokes here fall flat.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. While it came across as pandering and being a self-insert of the creator, having a trans-male character known as Professor Caraway being a supporting role is all right.
  2. The soundtrack is very decent, besides both the intro and end credits.
  3. The backgrounds and sometimes the characters' designs are nice (take Wyverna Dretch, the devil ethics professor as an example).
  4. The show's color palette is nice to look at.
  5. It has a few likeable characters such as Amaryllis and Snapdragon.
    • Slime Boy can also be likeable depending on your view.

Reception

Similar to Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go!, people littered a bunch of hate pictures on the IMDb page to protest against this show.

High Guardian Spice was universally panned by users, critics, and anime fans alike due to the poor voice acting and ugly animation. Only 14% of Google users said they liked this show. It currently has a 1.2/10 on IMDb, making it one of the lowest rated animations on that site. Not long after the release, some people went as far as to outright trash the photos section of its page, adding pictures ranging from memes that poke fun of the show, to adding poop emojis on the characters' faces. These photos were taken down about a few days after they were posted.

On Twitter, the official High Guardian Spice account, as well as the staff members and the creator himself started to block users who called them out, showing they can't handle criticism.

Trivia

  • One of the show's writers, Kate Leth, made horrendous hate and misandrist tweets towards men on Twitter, which soured the show's image for a lot of people. She refused to apologize for it by claiming "She Was Tumblrpilled" showing she can't take criticism for her actions let alone makes her incompetent when doing story writing.[3]
  • Crunchyroll itself even starting to move away from it as it shows in Anime NYC they did not mention anything about it showing they are aware how bad the show is.[4]
  • A Twitter user, under the name Idiotanation, sent HGS Rule 34 links towards Kate Leth and Raye Rodriguez through their Twitter accounts as a vendetta for wasting the money that was supposed to support anime/manga creators.

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