July 23rd, 2012
I don’t think appeasing the Japanese rain gods is one of them.
Poor Mecharin. We hardly knew her. And as usual that was easily the high point of the first half. Ayano can occasionally be amusing paired with Kyouko, but pretty much always comes with certain unwanted baggage, and this time was no real exception. Her stuff with Sakurako was slightly better but still not particularly funny. The meido (underworld) maid almost made me chuckle with just how terrible that pun was, but that was about as good as the humor got. Ayano had the seasonal sniffles and… uh… had to borrow some tissues from Kyouko and then… uh… had a little squabble with Sakurako? It was not a memorable half.
The second half wasn’t a whole lot better. I have no idea what the entirely-too-long flashback about Nishigaki’s mechanical dog ‘dying’ was for, and leading up to the punchline of "Just kidding" just made it even worse. At this point, they decided to just dump all those characters (somewhat thankfully) and go play Kyouko’s personal boardgame for not even one entire turn before it was on to talking about Yui’s return present for Valentines. I guess it was a fairly spastic episode all around, but not in the good way. Just in that they couldn’t seem to stay on the same topic for more than two minutes. Except when it was time for long painfully dumb flashbacks.