July 22nd, 2012
Why isn’t there more deathbread?
This wasn’t much better than last week’s episode, and I’m really kind of starting to dread episodes. This early that’s not a great sign, especially with multiple other Sunday shows. This may get not-so-quietly shuffled under the rug if I can’t think of anything interesting to say next week. Maybe it’s just the two rather dull self-referential episodes in a row. Spending entire episodes talking about how much you know about your own and/or related audiences is up there with amnesia and extended flashbacks in things I wish Japan would just stop doing forever.
Ahem, which brings us to the struggle to say anything interesting this week. This one was more about manga in general than the more doujin-industry, but with all the talking about what audiences like, how to manipulate them, and the references just thrown out without any actual joke attached to them… yeah. The whole formula of "Say what you’re about to do, explain it in theory, do it, explain it further" is not the fertile ground for comedy that this show all too often seems to believe that it is. It seems hellbent on taking fantasy and stripping everything that makes it fantasy out of it besides the character designs.