Flip Flappers is about two girls, Cocona and Papika, who enter into the fantasy world of Pure Illusion and transform into Magical Girls. Our heroines use their magical powers to combat manifestations of negative emotions while simultaneously getting emotionally involved with each other.
As an adult audience member, the show felt a little too tepid at times. The whole point of a magical girl show post-Madoka is to lull the viewer into a false sense of security and then surprise them with darker undertones. Flip Flappers gets weirder as opposed to darker. At first it’s about traveling into parallel worlds, then it’s about traveling into people’s minds, then about traveling back in time.
Episodes Pure XLR and Pure Echo are the darkest and most action-oriented. At first, I thought that this could be an anime appropriate for kids, but by episode three the girls are in a Mad Max-styled apocalypse and fighting a dominatrix and her leather fetish henchmen. Even the slower, more emotionally-driven episodes are creative and visually interesting in their own way.
While not a perfect series, Flip Flappers manages to pull through and deliver a satisfying ending. The lead characters, Cocona and Papika are a joy to watch and are the heart of the show. Cocona’s cool, logical problem-solving is a perfect foil for Papika’s free-spirited physicality. By the end of the first episode, you will fall in love with these heroines and hope that they fall for each other.