I’ve been wanting to see this film for about 18 months now, ever since stumbling across the promo poster and a brief description. Sadly, even with my relatively high tolerance for cinematic cheese, Gothic & Lolita Psycho really wasn’t worth the wait.
There are some cool, fun ideas scattered through this film. The main character’s outfit is amazingly detailed, and the inventive use of parasol-as-combat-weapon gets more and more amusing as the film rolls along. There’s certainly no shortage of over-the-top Japanese gore effects, if that’s your thing (it’s not particularly mine, and the effects in this film go way over the line into ludicrous camp).
That said, it manages to draaaaag. The fights aren’t nearly as fast & furious as they look in the trailer; there’s a lot of awkward moments with the characters standing around, either before or mid-combat, and the general effect is pretty repetitive. Context is minimal and what little plot exists is both laughable and vapid, obvious from almost the first frame. Certain sequences, like an extended bouncer-with-noodles bit at the start, feel like they were included not for comedic or story effect, but purely to plump up the runtime.
There are a few saving graces: the fight sequence involving the gyaru girl (sort of Japanese sexy hip-hop style, very over-the-top) was pretty amusing, and again, the combat parasols rock. Overall, however, this was a disappointingly weak example of the usually entertaining Japanese comedic gore genre.