While this show certainly has a clear formula, both of the stories this week seemed to have the salesman taking a far more active role in the character’s demise than in previous episodes where it seemed fate and natural consequence were the larger concerns. The first story takes a break from one thing though; the main character does no continuously drink himself senseless. What this means is, he inflicts all of his own troubles upon himself while sober and I’m not sure that’s much of an improvement. Then again, he’s a 27 year old living at home afraid of upsetting his mother by eating his girlfriend’s bento.
My sympathy for him as a character is limited. The second character for the first part of the story was actually someone who did garner a bit of sympathy. He had a thing for trains but wasn’t doing so well at work and the like.
His overall dream of riding on the train isn’t overtly greedy or foolish and his achieving that dream through the Salesman is kind of nice. Of course, the blowing up at his boss and getting fired after that is more or less his own fault as is reboarding the train when he’s been told not to. So ultimately we fall into the same path as every other story so far.
Again, not spectacular but perfectly watchable stories this week.
The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.
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