January 9th, 2013
Well, okay. But only if you buy me a drink first.
Perhaps more unusual than the awful Engrish was the fact that random NPCs went to an actual McDonald’s.
Unlike what the OP/ED would suggest, this is mostly an incredibly sedate show. Especially in the music department, which is kind of a shame how sparse it is since a lot of the BGM is quite nice in a sort of lo-fi video game style and actually remembers to stay in the background. Never let it be said that I am not a fan of violence either. There’s a big gap between the noisy female lead smacking the guy for an imagined slight and chewing his hand for being stingy with the comically oversized meat. Well, the former happens too, but at least she followed the foot to the face by mauling him. Therein lies actually pushing the bad joke of a pissy girl past the obligatory into over the top and something at least passable.
The technical production is also pretty high for this season, although definitely not a match for Tamako’s. This does add some actual directing effor put in. Nothing major, mostly actual use of the camera to enhance the occasional joke, but it’s more than nothing. I’m not sure that the format is doing it any favors though. The source advertises that it’s a LN of 4 page short stories, so it just kind of bounces around from one thing to the next, but unlike, say GA Art Class, doesn’t have the same spastic energy that serves to mask it. It could still probably stand to move a little faster/be a little snappier with the jokes. The niyari (evilish grin) thing towards the middle was probably the highlight for me, but the general cuteness and mischief of the lead female helped sell a lot too without pounding it into the audience’s face.
So I mostly enjoyed it, at least enough to certainly give it another week or two, but it’s not without its problems. The sedate atmosphere certainly can get a little tedious. It could use a little more energy and drive to push things along and connect them together. The male lead is also nothing to write home about. He serves his purpose of giving the females something to talk at and manages to keep from being an obnoxious, spineless mop about 65% of the time. Better than most, I guess, but still far from actually contributing to the show.