Alright, guess we’re meeting Asuta’s sister? In a normal show, the fact that she’s clearly a member of White Light would reflect back on the show’s central theme of family in a thoughtful, generally coherent way. But this is Sekai Seifuku, so who knows what the fuck is gonna happen. Let’s get to it!
0:20 – Screen to screen. Ain’t give a damn
5:03 – Too adorable can’t stand it
6:03 – Yeah, it’s great. If you’re gonna be wacky, be really wacky – make your world totally surreal and never apologize
7:48 – I find it amusing on multiple levels that the prize for a kid’s show coopted by adult male nerds would be decided by strength test
9:17 – Cake feuds run deep
12:25 – Poor Yasu isn’t worth hypnotizing. Figures their most deadly foe would have a parallel to the Conquer Power
13:29 – Loved that little bit of action choreography. I actually like that we’re randomly getting a chief backstory episode at the same time the base is being invaded. It’s a comedy show, it can get away with having a distinct A and B plot
17:05 – I really like how this episode’s direction is just completely tonally different from the usual stuff. This story works because it’s told with a straight face, and tone dictates that
18:50 – I guess everybody in this show knows each other. It’s all one big family squabble
21:38 – So sad.
Man. That fight was awesome on its own terms, and it also raised any number of questions about the true relationships between the whole cast here. And I loved that “your dream is dead” – cut to Nee-san dying – cut to “world conquest gave me new life!” I didn’t expect Goro of all characters to be given a compelling backstory, but just like with Natasha, when it wants to, this show can use the fewest strokes possible to tell ambiguous but resonant little vignettes
21:51 – Wonderful choice of shot. Like Pierre’s cake, their base doesn’t look like much, but it means everything
Yeah, that goes on the good pile. This is an inconsistent show, but its high points are quite high. This episode’s details bounced from whimsical to poignant, its story performed an excellent deception (starting out mascarading as a Jimon episode, but actually being a Chief episode the whole time), and it matched excellent direction and fight choreography with the understated character writing of the show’s fourth and arguably best episode. Feels great to see this show can still pull off an episode like that.