Phantom World #06 — Teddy Bear Picnic

February 10th, 2016


I honestly am not sure why I found this episode especially infuriating.


This is no doubt one of my pettier complaints ever leveled at a show, but holy Zeus, was her ridiculously stupid hair seriously pissing me off by the end of it. I remember rolling my eyes in previous episodes, but the way it kept jutting out into shots a foot in front of her face, and just existing at the completely impossible angle that it did kept wearing me down as all other characters were excised from the episode except for Blando and Terrible Hair.

And worse, this whole episode was nothing. Goddamned nothing. They fall into Teddybear Land, mope around while going through some exposition and flashbacks, and then, when it finally comes time to try… just to show up for the fight… she immediately wins. Handily. And everyone trundles off. The struggle was not against the barbearian king in a giant robo-bear, it was simply to show up. You cannot keep doing this, Japan. Struggle, fail, learn/grow, try again, overcome. You cannot just handwave over most of that and end up with the same narrative. And especially not by jettisoning your only strength, the animation, to faff around with some goddamned teddy bears and waving around those godawful hair.

Posted in Phantom World | 6 Comments »

6 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • DoucheBoss says:

    Lots of great Ruru shots, so it’s excusable.
    A bit.

  • LUNI_TUNZ says:

    Ant-feeler hair notwithstanding, I feel this episode would have made a great episode of some children’s anime, in which most to all of the setting is this, or at the very least a children’s movie, that Disney would inevitably cast one of their current teen idols *shuffles cards… Dove Cameron?* to voice Kurumi.

    This episode was just ridiculous enough that I kind of liked it… until Haruhiko started expositing.

    And man, that green haired girl sure has used her post-not getting abducted by Rabbits screen time well.

  • Sanjuro says:

    I think you’re just jealous that you’ll never get to go to Teddybear Land.

  • The Phantom says:

    The girl is fucking annoying, I was hoping this would be over by the half episode mark, but NOO, they had to waste the whole episode in this stupidity.

    Can that fucking teddy bear ever turn on her and splat her like the goddamned annoying brat she is? Please be gone and never show up in this show ever again.

  • algorithm says:

    This show needs more fairy butt.

  • Yyi says:

    I really don’t understand why annoying-hair is undergoing a struggle to participate in combat when its the bear who is doing all the fighting for her. It’s not like she can magical-girl her way out during real battles.