The string of sheer entertainment continues and I got these placid shows. Yes, I decided to put Joker Game aside (on hold) in a while because it’s making me sleep at this point. What a downer.
I am happy to say that my favorites this season (Concrete Revolutio and Kiznaiver and my pet show Mayoiga) stimulate my brain for different reasons. I am required to analyze things when I watch the first two and just let myself go dumb with the last one. I am still not sure whether Kiznaiver gets a slot for my most favorites this year, but I commend Trigger and Okada for making things grand in this show.
I adore Kiznaiver‘s ambitious approach to mundane high school romance hijinks, and this episode mostly worked for me thanks to the ideas it tried to tackle. Whether it succeeded in everything it wants to say depends on the viewer, but this cathartic (I wouldn’t say it’s melodramatic) and disturbing episode piqued my interest and satisfied my lingering questions to the show. We saw Kacchon’s past, confirmed Tenga and Nico’s feeling, and some dizzying love pentagon the show is forcing on us. If you have seen the confrontational scene in Ano Natsu de Matteiru in 2012, Kiznaiver also pulled the same trick and inserted some nice commentaries about personal bonds.
Did it appeal to me emotionally? No. I just find Kiznaiver fascinating in terms of the concept and its bold approach. The production values in this episode are also at par with Trigger’s best so I am glad that this show exists this Spring.
Flying Witch continues to present what it excels with – a very lovely slice of life series devoid of any conflict and emotional highs and lows. Sure, the comedic timing is spot-on (as usual) and the payoff towards Inukai’s fortunetelling is also funny. Well, it veered off to a place (pure SoL) I was not exactly happy though.
The WcDonald-centric episode of Tanaka-kun is Always Listless is a pure bliss from the beginning to end. Similar with Flying Witch, it also utilizes good side characters to make a joke work and it succeeds for most of the time. I cannot say that I am a fan of Rino’s brother complex but the running gag of Tanaka’s laziness is still working even after 9 episodes.
I am now convinced that Sakamoto Desu Ga? is targeted for the female demographic. We now get two good looking antagonist in this show who chase him. Isn’t that enough for fujoshis to ship him with any of them? Well, not that it makes the show better though. This episode is merely composed of Sakamoto trolling everyone but I kind of wished it was fun. Turns out, I am weirded out again by the show’s punch lines. I am also wanting to see Sakamoto to be humanized because I only see him as a gag character. Why do I also think that a non-comical Sakamoto Desu Ga? episode is actually the most coherent among all I have seen so far? Err.