For a show that supposedly has only 12 episodes they really aren’t making any effort to bring this season to any kind of climax. We get another kind of throw-away investigation of the week episode with some bare minimum character development propped against it in episode 10. And also a random introduction to yet another new character in the final minutes (there’s two episodes left). While I’m glad Misuzu isn’t going to be nose plugged any more and that Chuta can finally get over his rampant insecurity about his smell and start being illogically insecure about pretty much anything else, there really wasn’t any other point to anything this episode. The side characters more or less read a few lines and vanished and the actual ‘case’ was pretty pathetic.
I really wish that this show hadn’t tried to shove all the new characters into Chuta’s class at school. It just seems incredibly pointless and the ongoing human ignorance of alien presence (“what is that cosplay?”) is just getting ridiculous. Even the citizens of Sunnydale eventually woke up that they were living on a hellmouth (sorry for the Buffy reference).
Anyway, this episode seems mostly pointless but I’m kind of hoping they tell us sooner rather than later what is actually going on with Misuzu in terms of her not being able to stand Chuta’s smell. They’ve belaboured this point for far too long now for it to be nothing. Also, Dr Love is every bit as fun a character as I thought he would be. Too bad the other two girls have added pretty much zip.
There were moments this episode where I was having a great time. Then there were other moments when I was wondering why I’m still watching this show. Early in the episode I had one of those flash-back moments to Scooby Doo but then we moved to some slightly more high stakes drama and it was quite entertaining.
One thing that kind of annoys me are Chuta’s observations. He just isn’t observant enough or smart enough for these to add much of anything to the show and are either him stating the obvious or stating something that’s entirely wrong or naive. It’s kind of bugging me.
That said, there’s some good action this week and Chuta finally uses more than just one attack so some progress on that front. Fairly certain this story is going to end just when it starts getting interesting.
This episode does indeed seem to kick things into gear finally. Admittedly, it starts slowly with Chuta reminiscing about the past, though in this case it is kind of important to show he has changed since joining elDLIVE and it becomes important later in the episode. We are subjected to one moment of fairly pointless comedy in the middle and then we go into the final part of the episode where it seems like things might actually get dangerous. This final part of the episode is actually really interesting because you know everything is about to go wrong and yet they pace it quite well to keep you in suspense without dragging. And then, unlike every other episode so far, they don’t rush a conclusion but rather let it end on a cliff hanger. All and all this episode is definitely a step up.
A note on Chuta’s power. We were told that he can imagine what he wants to happen and we’ve seen that in the previous episode where he used ice instead of sewing. The problem seems to be that Chuta apparently lacks imagination because he defaults to sewing almost every time we’ve seen him use his power.
While there isn’t anything wrong with playing clichés for laughs, parodying earlier time periods, or even being derivative, if that is all you are offering and you aren’t particularly funny then your show is in trouble. Chuta may gain some confidence as a person this week but as a character he is pretty unimpressive. I’ll leave it to Misuzu to put him in his place though, either that or a soccer ball that remarkably didn’t hit him square in the face only because they wanted to go lower for their laughs.
Then we have the monster of the week who kind of looks pretty much like a villain from the Powerpuff Girls or any of the shows around that time.
Before Misuzu gets her very own magical girl transformation (alien girl transformation?).
Needless to say I wasn’t too impressed with the happenings this week and while the show could have legitimately had every single cliché it rolled out and still been good, the visual issues, pacing and, fairly flat delivery made this amusing but only in the laugh because they are trying so hard kind of way.
Review Episode 3:
I wonder if the writers realise that when someone says ‘cue the violins’ they are usually being sarcastic or metaphoric? Probably not given after Chuta messes up we are stuck watching him go through semi-depression while we get a strings piece in the background. Honestly, a lot of this episode was painful and I was kind of thinking I was done, and then the last 5 to 6 minutes of this episode happened kind of giving me some hope that this story might actually be ready to do something. I’ll probably be disappointed but I’m going to give it another episode.
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