October 9th, 2013
Yes. I understand what multiple choice means. Please stop now.
A goddamned nearly four minute montage? Really? Any joke that stretches on for four minutes has done something horribly, horribly wrong. It’s kind of a shame too since it wasn’t the most horrible of the self-narrating protagonist openings of the season. Yes, I know. The bar is set rather low there, but at least instead of complaining about his life and doing nothing, he celebrates the little miracles of random street porn flipping open in Japan’s strange world where the internet doesn’t exist and leans headfirst into his magical nonsense. Far from good, mind you, so let’s call it the higher end of bad.
The animation’s not great, but it’s not horrible either, although that could be from the four minute montage keeping costs down. This show also has a bit of a oral fetish. Maybe it’s something about this season. Obnoxiously long montage aside, it’s pretty much like I feared in the season preview. The choices pop up constantly as really thin excuse for author manipulation of events for ‘hilarious’ results, as in "I thought of something funny but can’t think of a way to set it up. Uhhhh. Author power forces him to do it!" I do think the humor works a bit better here than in most of its shouty brethren and that’s primarily because the entire cast barring the 10 year old-looking teacher is equally spastic so you don’t have long lulls punctuated with being screamed at. It has a bit better grasp of slapstick and visual humor than most too, but again, I wouldn’t go so far as saying it was well done.
It made me chuckle a few times, but I think both the gimmick and internal narration were getting in the way of the gags more than helping.