Overrun by Stray Cats! #12 — Rise of the Blooats

June 22nd, 2010


Nozomi… what?


This was rather weird. I’m glad that they didn’t completely succumb to the melodrama, particularly since it ended up being pretty trivial, but it was a very odd juxtaposition to have "NOZOMI IS SUPER AWESOME AND NEEDS HER CRACK TO LIVE" sitting next to more athletics festival stuff and Nozomi’s unholy bloomer/spats combination. Meanwhile, Horie (I still have no idea what her name is) and the new pres character from last week spent most of the epsiode draped around each other like some kind of sloppily made chick lasagna.

I also found the irony of Fumino of all people giving Nozomi the "be true to your feelings" speech at the start to be more than a little bizarre, if not outright wrong. I think that the writers realized that they didn’t have a Fumino quote for the finale montage and had to quickly create one. It all just boiled down to the expected "Nozomi’s our family" bit anyway, and the woman just wanted to give Nozomi her meds and have her call every now and then. Can’t say that I expected too much different, but… eh. Whatever.

Final thoughts at the bottom.

Final Thoughts:

I never really expected much out of this show and it never particularly surprised nor overly disappointed me. It remained at a realtively constant level of brain-deadlessness (which if it isn’t a word, should be) throughout the entire run. The gimmick of switching up directors every week was a little interesting, but it really didn’t do the show any favors. I’m still not sure what the mech episode was supposed to be or how anybody would have approved something like that without even the most tenuous tie-in like it being a dream sequence. It’s just… there…

The characters range from cliche to unremarkable, as did the production. Every now and then there were glimmers of some real character development, especially in the opening few episodes, but that got reset with nary a backward glance before the completely random middle 9 or so episodes took over. There’s nothing wrong with being a gag comedy, but it’s also hard to build up any kind of momentum or good character jokes when each new director handles the characters differently. Nozomi’s meowing and cuteness can only take the show so far on its own.

It’s forgettable. There are worse things to be, sure, but in a month, I doubt anybody’s going to care about this one way or the other. I’m not going to remember the show with any real distaste, but I can’t imagine recommending anybody go out of their way to watch it either.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Silver says:

    Watching this show makes me want to read the actual source novels and the reason for that is not because the anime was great or good but rather what it could have become. From what I hear, the novels itself is pretty good and watching this series, you can pretty much tell that they … did it their own ways. However, as you said, this series was not particularly bad but not good either so I guess it’s still pretty good at maintaining that througout the entire season. Anyway, now time to get my hands on the novels.

  • Aex says:

    The only thing this show has going for it is Nozomi. Without her, this wouldn’t have even been close to tolerable. Still pretty bad, and compared to the manga it’s absolutely horrible, but I shall remember Nozomi fondly!!

  • Anonymous says:

    The more enjoyable episodes for me were the ones with absolutely no plot. I guess because the characters were completely uninspired that you really couldn’t take them seriously. Good jokes though.

  • Solaris says:

    The manga has cameos character from To-love-ru. Did we see some cameo in the anime too? I don’t remember it. After all this anime is all than worth remembering :(

  • Fate says:

    Yup, totally forgettable.

  • ark noir says:

    I hate Ike Turner for what he did to poor Tina, but I’d of paid him to beat those harem girls senseless as they were annoying(especially Fumino), then beat some personality into Takumi.


    Terrible,terrible anime! Too much cliche and the tsundere thing in general just annoys me(though this hypocrite like tsukiumi out of Sekirei) .

  • cutemi2 says:

    speaking of which, where’s the DVD special anyway