Nazotokine continues to be watchably ho-hum. At least the riddle was sort of riddle like this time, though without actual context knowledge it isn’t as though the audience could have tried to unravel that one so mostly its just watching her strain her brain until she gets to her eureka moment.
Plus, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are hoping the girl herself will be the draw as she goes from that ridiculous outfit inside Quizin (Quizun?) to wearing fairly revealing sleep wear while texting her friend. I’m starting to wonder if there is any bigger story here or if she really is just going to keep repeating the process of getting drawn into the other dimension, solve a riddle and get thrown out. This one is definitely not a high priority to pick up if you haven’t started it.
Well, at least I don’t know the answer to the riddle yet. That’s a plus. Mostly this episode follows Tokine around her normal day as she gets herself fired up for a late night of work before rushing for the last train. It was interesting seeing what happens to other people when they are taken into the game, though I guess we aren’t getting any explanation about why Tokine is an exception other than that ‘chosen one’ rubbish the magic pig thing keeps throwing around.
All and all, seven minutes for an episode doesn’t seem like much and yet they are still managing to waste minutes and the story is progressing at glacial speed. Oh well. I guess I’ll find out the answer to the riddle next week (or if anyone else watched the episode they could just tell me).
In Nazotokine, a perfectly ordinary secretary (except that she’s secretly an otaku) gets trapped in another dimension and is told she has to solve some riddles to get out.
Review Episode 1:
This I didn’t mind. At only 7 minutes we barely got the introduction of the story and it’s all about as generic as it comes but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. The presentation wasn’t bad and it didn’t seem to be trying to aspire to anything more than what it was. I guess the real question becomes, can it make the riddles that supposedly need solving interesting?
Given we didn’t get to see any examples of the riddles that is definitely still in doubt and could really make or break a show with this premise. That said, it certainly made me want to watch what happens next to find out (at least for now). We did however get a totally unnecessary transformation sequence because I guess allowing the main character to stay dressed as a secretary was just too much to ask for.
Review Episode 2:
You would think a show about riddles would present one you couldn’t answer instantaneously and the fact that she has a near orgasmic experience from solving it (similar to the effect of food in Food Wars) seems just a little over the top for a basic letter rearrangement. We also, of course, waste most of the first part of the episode arguing about the outfit.
That said, the short run time is definitely in this show’s favour as it manages to hold my attention for the duration. And I was surprised that after one riddle she returned though they’ve clearly indicated that this is a temporary situation. Definitely a case where being the chosen one is not a good thing.
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