11 February 2007 | thebrainflow
A fun and energetic Japanese Teen Drama
In the best tradition of Japanese Shonen Manga, "Waterboys 2", a live action drama pits a transfer high school student Eikichi Mizushima, against a 90 per cent female small town high school. On his very first day, this walking disaster, nicknamed "The Turtle" at his old school, (for reasons that will become clearer later on), is mistakenly identified as the savior of the pitiful boys that had been suffering under the thumb of the girls for three long years. A motley collection of boys give Eikichi a high rank and are absolutely certain because he swam on his old school's swim team, he would be the champion swimmer and the one they could rally a swim team around, giving them some ground. The boys had been previously excluded from club activities and forced to eat lunch in the old observatory, huddled on the floor like so much unwanted refuse.
The action really gets moving as the boys sign Eikichi for the upcoming swim-meet, despite his protestations. Things are worse for him since the very girl that hates him most is living with him, "oh dear". His father is also pressuring him, from afar to join him on the move to New York.
The show is that wonderful blend of ridiculous and funny and there is also a great potential for some real drama. If the opening scene illustrates truth, the series is in for some real spectacular sporting sequences including none other than that greatest of sports, synchronized swimming.