Alright Sekai Seifuku. You disappointed me last week, but that episode was apparently not written by the series composer/principal writer, so that’s okay. Your premise is still great and you’re still really funny, so one episode where the only takeaway is “Zvezda’s enemies are the opposite of a family” is perfectly fine. Let’s see what you’ve got this week.
0:07 – Speaking of family. In the dictatorship that’s really just a family, he who cooks dinner is the most indispensable of warriors
0:48 – Cue transfer student?
1:05 – LINE ‘EM UP, KNOCK ‘EM DOWN
1:39 – The moe-est of robots
Oh. Oh, that actually makes sense.
Carry on, Kate
4:24 – Note to other shows: if you want to get back in my good books, making overt Utena parodies is a pretty good way to start
4:51 – She’s like a localized storm front of wacky misunderstandings
7:04 – Kate’s dialogue is always so pitch-perfect. Most “child” characters in anime don’t really act like any definable age – they’re either just smaller versions of normal characters or absurdly infantisized. But Kate actually talks and thinks like a kid
9:23 – Oh, this is interesting.
9:46 – Well that’s a brief and ridiculous backstory. Honestly, I don’t find Jimon’s life nearly as interesting as the Zvezda stuff, but I guess we’ll see where they go with this
10:40 – Toast in mouth and everything. She’s committed!
Of course, some of this stuff brings up the same question as last week’s – are winking versions of anime tropes really any fundamentally different from those tropes played straight? Yes, in some ways – obviously they’re drawing humor from the larger context here, where these characters assuming the identities of more generic archetypes is inherently ridiculous and funny both because we know they’re more than that and because it draws attention to how simplistic those tropes are in the first place. But is that terribly valuable? Well, in the context of a comedy, humor is its own reward – but unlike what this show did in the third and fourth episodes, I’d say there’s no greater value to that then the initial laugh. It’s like the argument that Eva is good because it’s a deconstruction – deconstructions aren’t inherently valuable, they are valuable when they use their choices to point to some greater truth.
Incidentally, it might seem like I’m ragging on this show whenever it’s “just being funny,” but I’m really not. I like this show, and if it were a pure comedy the whole way through, I’d enjoy it the whole time and give it a solid 7/10. It’s just that the show also has some more interesting aspirations, and so my frame of evaluation for it basically goes up to a higher tier than I generally apply to comedies. It’s a sign of my actual respect for the show that I expect more from it, but it’s still working fine as “just” a comedy. And it is much, much wittier and more creative than most comedies.
11:52 – I like that this could comprise the entire 12-episode plot of some other show, but here it’s condensed into a montage of interrogating the student council, three buff dudes, and a cat
12:07 – The writing’s just generally classy in this show. Constant little jabs here and there, even when they don’t make full gags out of them
13:30 – Interesting that the camera focuses on this character. I assume she’ll come up later
16:16 – My expression exactly
16:44 – The treasure seekers are pleased by your enthusiasm. Man, this whole sequence is surreal as fuck
16:58 – Dude it’s a recording
18:25 – HOOOOLY SHIIIIIT
19:25 – Yes
19:27 – Ahahaha
20:28 – It’s a joke, but it also works. Her ability to dream big and imagine impossible things with total conviction is her power
Welp, fine episode. Like the first couple – funny and weird and pretty deftly written. Not much more to say – it’d be nice to see part two spark some conflict between Egret and Robin, but far be it from me to guess what direction they’ll be taking this silliness. Adventure ho!