The Mis-Fits Have a Race
A race as a means of introducing characters and their traits makes sense when you have a largish cast mostly because you can have them all involved, they don’t actually have to be confrontational so only those who have that as a core part of their personality will go for it, and there’s a clear goal so you don’t have to worry too much about motivation. As we get a very brief introduction to Iruma-kun’s new class we swiftly move to a race to determine their ranking (I’m wondering how many days of school these kids have had before they’ve even gone to an actual class).
Anyway, this is all pretty straight forward. The three new friends walk to school, and for once they actually asked Iruma why he keeps walking but quickly came up with their own answer, and then they go looking for their new class. Much like with every anime mis-fit class it isn’t part of the main building and they end up following a blinking arrow down and past a collection of garbage before entering a shabby room. I just wonder why this became an ongoing thing in anime because it just seems so weird for the school to deliberately not maintain a building or to have an isolated classroom in such a location.
Naturally there’s one muscle head in the classroom and while there are some other characters who might become more interesting later, other than a roll call, we really don’t see much of them in this episode. Muscle head on the other hand gets himself into trouble fairly quickly in the race and I’m pretty certain Iruma is going to end up inadvertently saving him next week.
Asmodeus and Clara are growing well in their role as the odd-couple companions and they bounce off of each other nicely. One by themselves would be a little annoying but the two together are a decent combination. That plus breaks in their screen time because of the expanding cast have made them fairly endearing this week. I wonder what Asmodeus’ reaction is going to be when he figures out Iruma is human?
The race doesn’t finish this week though we see that Iruma seems to be tripping and falling his way into good luck again. After being nearly eaten by a bird and helping another bird with an injured leg he’s now got a ride. Maybe that will take away questions about his lack of flight though it is still fairly suspicious. This one continues to be relatively light entertainment and it works well enough even if it is a little predictable.
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Images from: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun. Dir. M Moriwaki. Bandai Namco Pictures. 2019.