Well, here we are. Sekai Seifuku had the easily strongest premier of this admittedly weak-ass season, and though that first episode was mainly very pretty, very silly, and very endearing, this show is possibly the only one that shows the potential to go somewhere. That’s based on a couple very specific strengths, with the central one being the fact that it’s actually got a talented writer. That’s something you can’t fake – the first episode consistently hit a variety of styles of jokes, and even featured a solid speech from the protagonist that pointed to some possible themes while also demonstrating his own personality and bias in a very natural way.
But of course, this is also the show about a little girl in a ridiculous outfit conquering the world. So if it just remains the “I’ll share my snacks and the world with you” variety hour, that’s pretty okay too.
Anyway. Let’s see what we’ve actually got.
0:05 – Our villain marches down an ominous, low-budget CG hallway. Incidentally, I didn’t comment on the “secret identity” of our heroes/villains/antagonists from the last shot of the first episode, but I love how useless these costumes actually are. Not really much good wearing a mask when you’ve still go purple hair down to your hips
0:21 – I’m still liking this show’s dreamy, consistent color scheme. Coral-colored pastels as far as the eye can see
0:52 – Hence their stupid bird hats. Of course!
3:46 – Well look who it is! My mild-mannered classmate, Komadori-san!
4:26 – I like how little respect this show has for this other show that could easily be going on right now. Well, actually, it is going on right now, it’s just called Nisekoi.
6:35 – The radish definitely helps
7:17 – I’m very happy this show doesn’t point out its own jokes. That’s a pretty huge problem with most anime comedies
8:00 – And now the “you just told me your secret identity” running joke is tweaked for a visual gag. Humor!
9:54 – More “finding a place for yourself.” Also, Jimon’s “sorry I’m so normal” seems like it might be worth keeping in mind, too
10:08 – Nice embroidery
10:49 – Something tells me it isn’t just the stick-figure girls this show is peddling. They’ve moe’d this kid up good
12:51 – She enters from a high chair in the ceiling. Yes, this is a good show
13:07 – And again, they set up a gag expectation and then trip you by switching the word flubbed. The fact that they had to explain why this was all even a joke kind of kills it for us as sub readers, but it’s still well-constructed and not overplayed
15:01 – Yeah, I’m stealing that line
18:19 – A cunning plan
19:45 – OH SHIT! JIMON DOUBLES DOWN! Maybe he’s got supervillain potential after all
20:34 – This show is pretty great
21:18 – I love this guy’s design
Well, if that episode’s anything to go by, we’re leaning far more towards silly than anything else. But good silly is good! And this was very good silly – solid big gags and a ton of tiny little jokes that really made great use of this ridiculous premise. This show feels very confident – it doesn’t try too hard to throw humor at you, it just keeps chugging along, exploring new parts of its world and being funny and endearing all the while. If it can keep moving forward to avoid overplaying the same jokes, I think it’ll be a very pleasant ride.