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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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The Laughing Salesman Episode 8

Review:

The first part this week focussed on a man plagued by nightmares. It may just be me, but I felt Moguro’s salespitch was a little weaker this week. Either that or the character just too readily agreed. Regardless, it just felt like that phase of the episode was a little rushed.

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Nothing suspicious about that bottle at all.

Anyway, the end of this first story was kind of brutal and while I expected it to go badly (given every other story has), I wasn’t actually prepared for them to take it that far and so while it isn’t in anyway gruesome, it kind of caught me off guard. You expect an ending like that when watching a horror but this show usually has more karmic consequences.

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The second story was pretty straight forward and while you did feel kind of sorry for the taxi driver, like so many of the earlier characters, he readily got off on the power trip given to him and leapt to his own demise. No one to blame but himself really as Moguro didn’t really appear to push him into anything in this instance.

This show continues to be perfectly enjoyable to indulge in on a weekly basis. Each new story brings a new character and new possible ways to see them fall. I wonder if anyone will ever outwit Moguro and actually get away without a consequence?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spring 2017 Week 5

Well it has been an incredibly busy week with the anniversary and all, if you missed any posts they are all tagged anniversary so please check them out, particularly the follower features. However, regardless of what else I’m doing, the Spring anime season is marching on and there have been some great shows to check out this week so below is my list and my current thoughts. Love to know what you are watching and how you feel about them so be sure to comment.

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Must Watch

Natsume Yuujinchou 6 (Episode 4)

Natsume delivered a great part one of a story this week and given my favourite exorcist has made an appearance in this episode I’m pretty thrilled. So far this series is giving me exactly what I was looking for in another season of the show so I have no complaints.

Kado: The Right Answer (Episode 5)

Kado may very well pass Natsume on my list of must watch shows next week. It isn’t that there is anything wrong with Natsume, more that Natsume always maintains a nice, sweet story, whereas Kado gets just a little more thrilling each episode. My only concern is where Kado may end up going because Natsume will end well, I already know that from experience, and Kado may very well derail itself as so many anime do. Still, loved this episode and love how the tension continues to build in this series.

Attack on Titan Season 2 (Episode 6)

Another show that may just topple Natsume next week. Episode 6 was pretty thrilling and the reveals were fantastic. While the first season started strong and then kind of meandered, season 2 is taking the opposite approach as it builds just a little bit more each episode. If this continues for the whole season, this is going to be a great watch.

The Eccentric Family Season 2 (Episode 4)

This is still a must watch but I have to admit in terms of which show is moving along and getting me excited for the next episode, Attack on Titan is definitely stronger at this point. Still loving the relaxed approach to narrative this show has and the characters are fantastic, but it doesn’t really drive forward as it is happy just to meander along its own path. That makes the experience fun but individual episodes less striking.

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Usually Entertaining

My Hero Academia Season 2 (Episode 19)

This was a fairly nothing episode if you think about grander plots and the like and yet I thoroughly enjoyed this transition between the second and third competition in the tournament. The character moments were well handled and because we moved between several different groups and scenes it never felt like it was standing still but rather like we were still driving forward. This second season is still being quite fun and I’m hoping it continues.

WorldEnd (Episode 4)

I’m thinking by the end of this show I’m going to want a rewrite. Take all the good parts of it that have been engaging and fascinating, cut out some of the filler cute moments and the parts that just kind of feel like they are there for the obligatory light novel adaptation check list, maybe trim down the cast though we’ll see if all of these characters actually do serve a point or not, and repackage the whole thing as WorldEnd: Will You Watch if We Remove the clichés? Despite that, I’m still enjoying this quite a lot so I’m guessing my complaints are pretty half-hearted.

Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor (Episode 5)

This episode continued to be surprisingly good. I really do have to write episode 1 off as an anomaly at this point and just accept that this show is actually entertaining. It isn’t brilliant and you are certainly going to encounter a whole barrage of clichés, but it does the job and is actually kind of decent at times. As a definite plus, the world continues to be more fleshed out and there’s some quite interesting back story coming into play. The minus would be the radical re-characterisation of the protagonist after episode 1.

Sagrada Reset (Episode 5)

While Sagrada remains very intriguing, it is becoming increasingly problematic in terms of delivery (and it already had enough problems with characterisation and pacing so it really didn’t need to add in any more issues). There’s still hope that this show might be quite good but episodes 4 and 5 have kind of left me thinking this show is going to end up more of a failed attempt at something and I’m not sure yet what that something is.

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Okay, I Guess

The Royal Tutor (Episode 5)

This one is now firmly entrenched. Much like The Laughing Salesman, this is pretty set in its position. There’s certainly the mystery of who Heine is that could become quite an interesting plot point, or the show might just give us more semi-funny/semi-sweet family moments between the princes and either way I’ll probably enjoy it enough but it isn’t really making me fall in love with it. Definitely watchable and cute, but that’s all.

The Silver Guardian (Episode 6)

This show is surprisingly decent. It would be better, I think, just to watch it in one hit. Given the short run time on each episode and the fact that it is one continuous story, watching it in a binge fashion would probably make it far more entertaining, but at episode 6 this is actually pretty okay.

The Laughing Salesman (Episode 5)

While I think other shows will bounce either above or below this title, it is pretty set in its position at this point. There are a few interesting ideas that might later be explored or it may remain episodic and either way this is watchable but not exceptional.

Granblue Fantasy (Episode 6)

There’s only so many times you can say that something is mostly harmless before you realise it really is just bland and there’s not a lot of reason to continue watching. That said, I won’t drop this show, but it is certainly falling down the list, not because the quality got any worse, but just because I get a little less enjoyment from this particular slice of nothing each week.

Grimoire of Zero (Episode 4)

Episode 4 is kind of good in building tension and drawing the audience in to anticipating what is coming, but doesn’t really do anything else (we learn a tiny bit more about magic and some of the character background but not in any depth). This series remains watchable and there are a few signs that it might be able to build a half decent narrative, but at the moment is still just kind of nothing.

Alice & Zoroku (Episode 5)

Mid-season final battle? Kind of felt like they were wrapping up the whole story in this one episode so wondering what the plan is going forward. More importantly, one of the reasons I actually wanted to keep going with this show, to find out what the whole shady organisation was up to, kind of just got punctured and tossed to the side. They could revive this plot line but it seems like they effectively shoved it to the side in favour or Sana learning how to be a cute girl who sings to plants.

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They Made This

Sword Oratoria (Episode 4)

Episode 3 I nearly dropped this into this category and at episode 4, while I am really close to just outright dropping this, my questions about why this even exists remain. Ais is so incredibly boring. Loki as a goddess is absurd (even more than Hestia because at least Hestia was kind of amusing and cute even while clearly being fanservice bait and little else). None of the other characters have given me any reason to care about them. And what is the story? DanMachi it was clear that Bell wanted to be a hero and an adventurer (even if part of his motive was to pick up girls). The story was about him getting stronger. Every episode contributed in some way to his growth as a character and every encounter led to that outcome. What is Sword Oratoria about? Girls who don’t understand the function of armour wandering about and occasionally fighting monsters? This is an unfocussed mess and I am nearly done with it.

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Tried and Dropped

Tsukigakirei (Episode 2)

Eromanga Sensei (Episode 2)

Armed Girls Machiavellism (Episode 2)

Sakura Quest (Episode 1)

Love Tyrant (Episode 1)

Clockwork Planet (Episode 1)

Which sequels are you watching and which ones have made the strongest impressions on you so far?


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The Laughing Salesman Episode 5

Review:

I kind of thought this during episode 4, but Moguro is definitely becoming more aggressive in how he pursues clients and how he sets them up to fail. The first couple of episodes featured obviously flawed characters who pretty much instantly abused what he gave them, whereas the last two episodes have had characters who seem mostly happy (but for the normal niggles of everyday life) who have then been given quite a hard shove to end up where they do.

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Also, Moguro’s depiction is at many times in this episode monstrous. While we haven’t learned any more about him as a character, his tactics and actions are becoming increasingly villainous. In early episodes I could suggest that he was merely creating a situation for a lesson to be learned, he now seems to be actively encouraging people to give in to their vices.

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This actually made these two stories a bit more interesting as I wonder if they will pursue this path further or if is simply a couple of stories with a similar theme before we move to the next.

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The Laughing Salesman Episode 4

Review:

Moguro is quite a cruel person when you think about it. Neither of the characters this week particularly deserved the outcome of their story, unlike previous characters who have had some deep character flaw. Story 1 has a guy who has fallen in love at first sight but insists it has nothing to do with the girl’s looks.

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Salesman4cIn the second story, the guy is actually a kind of nice guy. You could claim his motivation for sharing his paradise with the girl was that he was attracted to her, but even if it was a friend, he had something that was working well for him and he wanted to share it.

This makes the stories this week different int tone from the previous ones where the characters either deliberately asked for trouble or acted in ways where the consequences made you feel strangely satisfied. Still enjoying these strange little stories each week.

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