Space Patrol Luluco – 01 (First Impressions)


Luluco is an normal high school girl with just below average grades. She lives with her dad in a Ogikubo, earth’s only town reserved for extraterrestrials. Her life is anything but normal.

At 7 minutes, UPL wastes no time getting to its mad cap antics: Luluco’s father quickly gets in trouble, which quickly gets Luluco drafted into the Space Police force for use as an undercover agent at her mostly ET populated high school.


This is Panty & Stocking/Dead Leaves-style animation but with half the budget. It’s over the top, delightfully quirky and unpredictable.

And its cheapness is embraced by the writing and dialog. Jokes like Luluco being transformed into a space gun are punchy, well timed and totally unexpected.


Verdict: Trigger (with SANZIGEN) has pulled off something very special with UPL. It’s a rare case where visual styling and charm overcome the limits of cheap animation. It’s FLCL but pocket sized and I can think of nothing more deserving of your time!


4 thoughts on “Space Patrol Luluco – 01 (First Impressions)”

  1. I’m still waiting for the continuation of Panty & Stocking (which I’m sure is never coming), but this looks like fun too. Not saying giving Trigger more time is bad (I liked inoBato, loved Kill la Kill, and looking forward to KISNAIVER), but 7 minutes seems like its wheelhouse. Also a fan of Ichimichi Mao (the voice of Luluco). I will check it out!

  2. Hey Franklin, are you actually back this season or are these reviews a 1 episode thing? If you’re actually back you might want to get your name added back to the Authors tab of the side menu.

    1. I hosted 16 candidates for Baltimore City Mayor (and 200 of my residents) Monday night, which concludes most of my pre-election responsibilities. So I am back’ish until Maryland’s April 27 primary. After that I can be back back.

      Hannah has me reviewing UPL and Kagewani next week. I may review a few full-length shows tomorrow and get assigned but, if they are like Endride, which I have no real interest reviewing, I may not have much to actually review :-) up to Hannah

  3. I thought it pretty funny and well constructed. Its on my watch list for this season.

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