Now this is what I call a great anime! With over 250 episodes in just 5 years and still going strong, I hope it never ends. I have seen most of the episodes but there are still a few I haven't watched.
Tamagotchi is about cute and unique life forms called Tamagotchis (obviously). Most of them look like animals, food, or objects combined with humans. They live in a world so much like our own, yet so different. It is a magical planet where everything, from trees to cars, is alive. The world also holds many secrets and legends, as well as enchanted objects.
The plot can wander quite a bit; many of the episodes are stand-alone tales, but there are continuous story lines that can last from anywhere between a few episodes to an entire season. You never know what happens next.
Because most episodes are light-hearted, I am surprised at how deep and serious some of the episodes are. It can make you laugh, and it can make you cry. Many of the early episodes may seem generic and childish but still have wonderful morals. On the other hand, many of the later episodes have more creative and detailed plots that deal with imaginative or emotional situations.
The animation could use some improvement in some parts but it fares better than most other anime I can name. It has fantastic background music as well as songs sung by the characters; however, it doesn't overdo the singing. Songs appear relatively infrequently. The character songs are nonetheless impressively done.
For a cartoon based on nothing but a simple virtual pet, Tamagotchi features surprisingly complex characters and riveting plots. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys anime with cute, fluffy characters.
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