Quick post before tomorrow’s blow-out extravaganza.
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Hamatora Ep. 4
Episode summary: Moral’s at it again, and this time he’s recruited the help of a guy with a Beauty Minimum. Yep, Moral’s new accomplice is actually ugly, but he has the power to appear attractive… so he’s attractive? Oh well, don’t think too hard about it. Using the power of attractiveness, the two of them collaborate to create an incredibly popular internet video. Unbeknownst to Mr. Attractive, however, Moral hid a subliminal message within the video that only people under 15 can hear… uh, because it’s super high pitch or something. Y’know, I had no idea that I had the hearing of a dog until I crossed a certain age threshold, thereby turning into a boring human. Anyway, the subliminal message is telling kids to sign up for guns in order to start “insurrections,” i.e. holding up convenience stores and local amusement parks. Quelle revolutionnaire… So y’know, the good guys team up once again to prevent disaster from taking place, but Moral eludes the police again. Oh, but before taking off Mr. Attractive’s head with a chainsaw. Oh yeah, we also got to meet Honey, a girl who can predict the future by using some kind of tablet computer. She calls it a Mighty.
Thoughts: This is like anime for people with ADD. Sorry, I don’t really have much to say about this specific episode. Like always, bad things are about to happen but it all gets resolved by the end of the episode. As such, the events by themselves seem shallow and thus forgettable. Meanwhile, the real story is indefinitely delayed, which isn’t even normally a problem so long as the smaller conflicts are compelling. That’s the problem: they’re not. I don’t really mind episodic storytelling so long as the characterization is strong. But Hamatora suffers from that syndrome where it feels like it needs to introduce as many characters as possible or else it’ll die. The result is that none of them have all that much depth. After four whole weeks, the only thing I’ve learned about Nice is that he’s, well, nice and he graduated at the top of some fancy academy for Minimum Holders. Sadly, he’s the main character! I know even less about his colleagues and yet the anime keeps adding more and more to the mix.
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Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha Ep. 3
Episode summary: Uka’s brother Otoshi shows up at Inari’s school and basically trolls her all day. Afterwards, he yanks her away to the Celestial Plains so that our heroine can attend a welcoming party for new gods. There, Inari learns that Uka ran away to the human world because A) Otoshi has a sister complex and B) people are only interested in Uka for her first-rank powers. Those same people are apparently bugging Inari now, which causes the girl to overexert herself in anger during an attempt to display her first-rank powers. When she recovers, we find out that Amaterasu has been researching ways to return things back to normal. Back in the human world, Uka inadvertently spends time with Touka despite the latter expressing his total hate for her. She asks him not to tell Inari about her falling ill all the time lately, because she doesn’t want to worry the girl.
Thoughts: Yeah, this is my favorite comedy of the season. I know, I know, it’s not strictly a comedy. Plus, being my favorite comedy of the season hardly says much since humor has never been anime’s strong point. Still, I don’t need to stomach scantily-clad shoujos just to laugh and that’s a plus in my book. Too bad Otoshi turned out to be another loser with a sister complex, but I guess you can’t escape that sort of thing in anime anymore. If there’s a huge negative, it would have to be Touka’s performance. Yeah, it’s just really bad week in and week out. I mean, his lines aren’t great to begin with, but the voice actor’s delivery is just absolutely cringe-worthy. And of course, it doesn’t exactly help his case when he threw Uka down onto the bed as a way to demand answers out of her. It’s just hypocritical; no one would tolerate an action like that if he wasn’t a tall, dark-haired bishounen with a broad chest. So I guess I’d say everything that has to do with Inari is mostly funny and adorable. Everything else, however, could use a whole lot of work, and that, sadly, is an understatement.