May 3rd, 2012
The first half was… okay, I guess. It took a long time to get going and fumbled around for a while with very generic Mayoi ramblings. Yada yada breasts, etc. Whatever. You only amuse me when you’re either pulling out strange inventions or being embedded halfway into the drywall. The whole volleyball bit also suffered from the same as all volleyball bits in anime, being forced to the gold standard that Galaxy Angel set down waaaaaay back when. No show’s ever come close to matching that. This one had a few moments; the suplex and associated trauma, and some of the ‘assists’, but the game took too long to start and wasn’t anywhere near long enough. I also expected a much better punchline for the little soccer bit than just calling a handball. At least they didn’t set aside time to explain the rules.
The second half was a bit more even, although it certainly wasn’t one of the better segments in the show so far. It’s still having a few issues making all the jokes and segments flow well instead of practically showing the panels from the source in place, which was very apparent through the early parts. They also didn’t really do anything creative with playing catch. Just the usual "Throws comically fast, smacks people in face, errant throw smashes someone else in face. On to next bit." I expected a little more from Io’s cat swarm too, especially with Tsumiki. Work that animal magnetism. But no, she just sat on the sidelines besides just wandering up once and meowing at him. Cute, yes, but not enough to carry the entire segment.