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.
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?
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.
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