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Anime / Henkei Shoujo

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Describe Henkei Shoujo here.

Well...the title of this series translates to Transforming Girls, and oh boy does it ever deliver on that premise.

Henkei Shoujo is a series of five anime shorts, all lasting a minute each, produced by DreamLink Entertainment and broadcast from March 26 to October 24, 2017. The basic plot of each episode goes as follows: our lead character Hiromi is stuck in a sticky situation. Cue another girl coming in who comes in to help her, and doing so by out of nowhere transforming into a vehicle of some kind.

Yeah, it's that kind of show. It's something that really has to be seen to be believed, so here is all five episodes for the morbidly curious.

This series features examples of:

  • Anti-Climax: Nana leaps out of a plane to rescue Hiromi from a leaky raft, transforms into a battleship, and makes a giant splash in the water. It is then revealed that Nana's battleship form is somehow smaller than her human one, and tinier than Hiromi's raft to boot.
  • British Brevity: The series consists of five episodes, all just a minute long, making the entire show a mere 5-minute sit.
  • Butt-Monkey: The majority of Hiromi's encounters with the transforming girls don't do anything to improve the situation she's in. Haru transforms into a jet to retrieve her hat when it blows away in the wind, but doesn't actually return it. Rin drinks out of the gas nozzle she was using to fill her car, and essentially cheats her out of some money. Nana transforms into a battleship when Hiromi's inflatable raft loses air out at sea, but she's too small to climb onto. Arisa is the only girl who actually helps Hiromi, as Itsuki only transforms to pose for her.
  • Dramatic Drop: Hiromi drops her car keys upon seeing Rin drinking gas directly from the pump (which was adding gas to Hiromi's car, to boot).
  • Formula-Breaking Episode: Rin's short breaks from the usual "girls transform to rescue Hiromi" plot and is mostly about Hiromi watching the spectacle unfolding in front of her.
  • Only Sane Man: Hiromi, the protagonist of the shorts, seems to be the only person in the shorts' universe who reacts in any way to the titular transforming girls.
  • Panty Shot: Every episode has at least one, plus camera shots that linger on cleavage, whether due to Stripperiffic transformation sequences or unrelated parts of the episode.
  • Transformation Sequence: Every episode has a scene where one of the girls transforms into a vehicle or robot. Given that each episode is roughly a minute long, said scene takes up a sizable portion of the episode's runtime.
  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The Transformation Sequences are animated with 3D models that look drastically different from the rest of the show's visuals.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody else besides Hiromi reacts (or even seem to notice) the titular girls, even when they start transforming into various vehicles.