February 14th, 2014
Did they forget to include jokes this week?
Great. One of these episodes where they get all self-referential. You can’t even call it parody. All they’re doing is explicitly explaining how vapid and shallow marketing is, and then just barreling right ahead. I always wonder which comes first in these kinds of episodes, making the godawful cliche-ridden thing and then someone saying “Oh crap, this is a disaster. We better stick something at the start to point out that we know so it can be ironic,” or if they begin thinking that they’re going to make some cutting stab at the industry and simply lack the talent to do anything but emulate. I suppose that it probably doesn’t matter.
Even with that in mind though, this episode was pretty abysmal. I don’t even know what the hell the end of the episode was even supposed to be. It’s like they just gave up on the episode and put everyone in yukatas because they couldn’t think of anything else to do with the remaining minutes. Some really stupid puns and one goat ride was about it for the humor. So much of it was just spent on moronic exposition about how selling things works and how shallow the public is. Maybe I’m projecting my own cynicism towards advertising and such, but I don’t think there’s anybody that needs any of this explained to them, and certainly not at this length.