November 5th, 2011
…We used to play this with garlic cloves and chocolate strawberries at the kitchen I worked in.
Shaft pretty clearly had a little extra animation budget floating around for this episode that they weren’t really sure what to do with, particularly in the second half beginning with that short little part about Yoshinoya slapping the principal with her butt as well as when the landlady scarfed the wasabi sushi. That much movement is beyond normal animation, particularly for this show, and into spasticville. Shinbo’s probably been snorting powdered erasers again. Or they finished early and had to have the animators do something to fill in the remaining hours.
Not a bad episode though, about the same as usual. Probably a little bit better than last week’s, although another poolish segment seemed a bit silly. They should have gotten to the bubble antics a lot faster to make that feel a little less recycled, not to mention spend a bit longer on it instead of splashing around in a couple inches of water. Or had Hiro tool around the yard in her blanket shell for longer. The second half was mostly centered around the landlady messing around with them. I can’t even remember the last time she had more than three or four lines in an episode.