The Laughing Salesman Series Review

Overview:

This is an episodic anime with two stories per episode linked together through the character of the salesman, Moguro. Each story he meets someone new and offers to heal the hole in their heart. This is usually followed by the person abusing the gift they are given and revealing their true and ugly nature before suffering some form of punishment.

I reviewed this show week to week so if you are wanting to know my thought on individual episodes please click here.

Review:

There’s something to be said for simplicity and The Laughing Salesman certainly has that going for it. There’s no gimmicks here. No sudden twists or turns or attempts to develop Moguro or to understand him or his motivation. He is the plot device offering a new character each story exactly what they think they want and then flipping things at a critical moment to lead us to a fairly tragic end for each and every character. It works very effectively and for week to week viewing this is quite a relaxing story to take in however it is equally forgettable. There’s no reason to care whether you catch the next episode or not or even if it takes a month or so to get around to it. The story isn’t ongoing and you won’t forget any crucial character information because other than Moguro and a bar-tender there are no repeat characters.

Salesman8c

It makes this an interesting anime to try to recommend because I actually don’t recommend this to buy on DVD or binge watch. It isn’t the kind of story suited for marathon viewing or repeated rewatches. Each story is interesting as a once off. You go in, you meet the person, see their true face, see their consequence and then you move on. So while I wouldn’t recommend this for DVD or binging I do strongly recommend watching the occasional episode or two in-between other shows. And seriously, don’t try to binge watch this. The repetitive nature of the story will most definitely do you in.

Salesman5b

The characters are caricatures and archetypes. There’s no getting around that. You won’t find a single well-developed, well-rounded or realistic character anywhere in this series. But that’s kind of the point. Each character we meet has a vice or an inner selfish desire that just needs a little bit of encouragement to come out. The simplistic nature of these characters makes them relatable to almost everyone in the audience because we’ve met someone with that tendency in the real world. Which is kind of necessary because it takes a simple story and gives it greater meaning.

Salesman5c

The artwork and character designs also need to be noted. At first I found this show fairly ugly. Not unwatchable, just had that old timey anime feel and that never really goes away (I assume this is due to this being a remake or something similar). That said, by the end of the series I was used to the odd visual choice and actually found it quite striking and interesting (still not pretty though). Mostly, I remember The Laughing Salesman visually because it was different from everything else I was watching.

Salesman3c

However, my favourite part of this show is undeniably the music. I loved the opening theme and that just got better listening to it each week. The music within episodes was pretty basic but did the job, but the ending was also kind of interesting. Still, an episode of this show is worth checking out if for no other reason than to bop along to that opening song.

Salesman11b

That said, I need to touch on some negatives. I’ve already pointed out the show is very repetitious. Don’t expect any kind of surprise reprieve or change in the status quo. This story has its formula and it is sticking to it regardless of what might be a clever twist that just seems easy enough to slip in every now and them.

Salesman4

The other negative I will point out is Moguro. He could have been such a fascinating character. While it is nice in a way leaving him as an enigma, he’s really the only recurring character (other than bartender guy who I’m pretty such has zero lines) and gaining some knowledge of Moguro other than the fact that he actually is quite sadistic would have been nice. Early in the season I would have given him the benefit of the doubt but as the show progresses you realise that no matter how bad or good the person is, Moguro is going to force their inner ugliness to the surface and exploit it for all its worth. A few half-hints about Moguro would have been lovely. Just enough to kind of watch again looking for that additional information to piece together his story. But sadly, this is lacking and with Moguro, what you see is what you will get and he is as unchanging as the plot formula.

Salesman9b

So yes, definitely worth trying an episode or two, but nothing to write home about. If I were a rating kind of person I’d hit this one directly down the middle of whatever scoring system I used. It functionally works as entertainment and a narrative but that is pretty much all it does. For me, I enjoyed it for the mental break it gave me each week and the novelty factor as it was just that little bit different from the other series I picked up during Spring.

If you’ve watched it, what were your thoughts?


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

Advertisements

The Laughing Salesman Episode 12

Review:

While I’ve enjoyed this anime this season, I’m kind of glad this was the final episode because while its been enjoyable enough it was starting to become a little repetitious. It would have been nice to see the mould get broken once or twice but I’ll save further discussion of that for a whole series review.

Salesman12

The first victim this week is someone who likes to play the victim after a chat room incident but given just a little bit of power became a first class bully. He didn’t even need much of a push from Moguro. I did like the representations of the avatars sitting around chatting though.

Salesman12c

The second victim needed a much harder sell initially but was just as rotten really. Both stories ended appropriately and Moguro went laughing onto a plane and away, somewhere.

Once again, neither character this week elicited much sympathy and there’s kind of a casual satisfaction in watching and waiting for the fall.  Anyway, I will post a full series review of this shortly.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

The Laughing Salesman Episode 11

Review:

If you’ve made it this far through the series you already know the formula that this show is going to follow. Our first contestant this week is a salaryman with self-destructive tendencies. Even after being shown the error of his ways, he still pursues a touch of danger and so Mogruo, being the helpful soul he always is, let’s him have exactly what he is after.

Salesman11

Then we meet the ultimate idol stage mum who is essentially forcing her dream on her daughter despite the daughter not being all that interested.

Salesman11c

This second story worried me a bit because it seemed at first that the one who was going to end up hurt would be the daughter but we got another twist and as usual, Moguro’s customer (victim) is the one who faces the consequences.

Another week and another two hearts filled, though I’m starting to think the hole in their heart is being filled with sheer terror of sales people at this point. Good fun but pretty predictable.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

The Laughing Salesman Episode 10

Review:

Story one follows a guy who right from the start walks into his own catastrophe by first falling ‘in love’ with a girl in an image, secondly by dismissing her friend as serving only the purpose of making her prettier, thirdly by dating said friend in the hopes of getting close to the first girl, and finally by taking advantage of the friend after being warned to not get her hopes up. Even if Moguro hadn’t delivered his just deserts this guy kind of had an unhappy ending coming.

Salesman10b

That said, the second story this week was kind of heart breaking. Focussing on a lonely man, Moguro takes his phone and puts a service on it that sends him messages from his ‘grandchild’. While at first the old man dismisses it he slowly becomes attached.

Salesman10c

While he does do something stupid later on in the story, I couldn’t help but think about the number of old people who find themselves in a position where they don’t really have any family or anyone to look out for them and they kind of are alone. A service like the one on the phone isn’t exactly an ideal solution given its entirely fake, but certainly some method of helping them forge connections would be needed.

Once again however, whether they are asking for trouble or not, both characters this week ultimately fall victim to Moguro’s brand of healing and his mocking laughter. Another fairly standard set of stories but I’m continuing to enjoy this series in a very low-key manner.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

The Laughing Salesman Episode 9

Review:

There’s nothing wrong with predictability when you are an episodic kind of show and set each part up as a formula from the beginning. No one is expecting much other than a new spin on that formula as you venture into each story. That said, this week The Laughing Salesman kind of felt like it was very much going through the motions. The first story featuring a man looking for the perfect bath-house painting just felt incredibly half hearted and he didn’t even actually do anything that could be construed as inviting trouble. He didn’t ask Moguro for anything until nearly the end of the episode and then what he asked for was reasonable and he didn’t break any promises. That didn’t change the outcome of that story though.

Salesman9

The second story featured someone incredibly stupid (considering he was a researcher) and to be honest he got exactly what was coming to him. Who actually believes someone when they say they can just use an entire research facility?

Salesman9c

Anyway, possibly it was mood this week, but I just didn’t derive as much enjoyment from watching these two get taken for a ride as I usually do. The theme song is still incredibly catchy though.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

The Laughing Salesman Episode 7

Review:

The past couple of episodes have been interesting but have made me seriously question Moguro’s purpose and methods and the first part of episode 7 merely continues that. Moguro is outright turned down by his target and so he steals his bag and runs into a bar forcing the man to follow and that is when he essentially forces a deal upon him.

Salesman7

This seems needlessly malicious given how many people jump to take advantage of Moguro’s shady offers and it definitely feels like this show is making it clear that the Salesman is not acting for any kind of higher moral purpose.

The second part however decides to return to the theme of having people get what they deserve when a housewife makes a really unreasonable request that her neighbour get every thing she wants.

Salesman7c

Anyone who was not totally disengaged could probably have seen how that one was going to end up and sure enough the episode delivers a satisfying conclusion.

These stories continue to be interesting and while some of the ‘customers’ do not deserve the pain being heaped upon them, it doesn’t take away the overall amusement and entertainment of watching these accidents waiting to happen. You know the end will be bad it is just a matter of how they get there.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar

The Laughing Salesman Episode 6

Review:

Given Moguro is the only recurring character in this series, figuring him out has become kind of my main goal each week. Originally it seemed pretty straight forward that he was finding people who thought they were lacking something, giving it to them, and then pulling a be careful what you wish for manoeuvre. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that many of these characters don’t actually deserve any of what happens to them.

Salesman6b

The first story this week featured the wannabe actor, and yes he did want to be an actor but he made no promise with Moguro, didn’t become a horrible person when tasting a tiny bit of success, and generally was a nice guy. That didn’t stop Moguro from literally turning him into a monster in what was probably the most unfair consequence this who has served up yet.

Salesman6c

While the second guy had a little less self-control and was probably already headed for the usual consequences faced by someone who can’t align their schedule with societies, he also didn’t really deserve any particular supernatural consequence (and I question whether the girlfriend’s choice was hers or one inspired by Moguro which opens up a whole other discussion).

So, no closer to actually figuring out Moguro unless he really is just a sadist, but then why target the earlier characters who were already relatively unhappy.

The Laughing Salesman is available on Crunchyroll.


Are you a fan of 100WordAnime.blog?

If you like this site and you like what I do, consider becoming a patron.

patreon

Thanks,

Karandi James.

avatar