The shoe at least partially dropped in this week’s Girlish Number, forcing Chitose to… well, quickly learn how to act at a light novel-ready level and thus avoid much personal growth altogether. I was still happy to see this episode challenging Chitose, even if its resolution was pretty convenient, and I assume this means things will hopefully get tougher for her going forward. Chitose is a jerk, and jerks who are unchallenged by the world don’t make for the best protagonists. As long as Girlish Number doesn’t let her get away with being herself, it’ll continue to be a very entertaining show.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my notes below.
The first conference here feels more real, likely because Kuzu talks less. The original creators’ anger is understandable, as is the perspective of the anime staff
Chitose’s arrogance already a problem
More great jokes about this awful source material
Chitose’s voice acting is really stiff and terrible – even in an awful scene like this, you can tell
Chitose is the worst. “Can’t everyone see how valuable I am”
Chitose really doesn’t want to believe she’s not special
Chitose learning that people don’t always mean what they say – she’s ostensibly cynical herself, but she’s always taken the complements of others at face value. And now she’s realizing sometimes it’s just easier to say she’s doing fine when she isn’t
The background art is pretty bad for this show
“Do you know any trick to get better super fast?”
She has to get into the character’s head
And of course, she gets lucky and immediately improves. That’s kind of the balance you have to go for with a character like Chitose – bruised enough to stay relatable, lucky enough to stay arrogant
I really like the pro mentioning how the studio actually just wants dull acting