We are the 2%!
|Have you been keeping up with Metanorn’s coverage of the Aniblog Tourney? Well, maybe you should go and vote now for your favorite blogs, and hey, if you could vote for us, I guess that’d be pretty cool. Meanwhile, I’ve got another episode of Medaka Box to cover. Can it deliver on the sparkles it promised us last week?|
Unfortunately not a lot of Shiranui, but we got to see her getting her required 5l daily dose of ramen.
This is another episode of 2 parts, though they’re connected this time in that they focus on Zenkichi’s past and his history with some enemies.
To start, Zenkichi has started to get a reputation due to joining all the martial arts clubs for a day at a time, though he skips the judo club as Shiranui notices. This is when Kanoya, the loser in the election that saw Medaka win 98% of the votes, approaches him with a proposition to take Medaka down. He’s under the impression that Zenkichi doesn’t enjoy being lapdog to this “monstrous girl” and is going to different clubs to blow off stress. Unfortunately for him, Zenkichi is loyal to Medaka, and when pushed comes to shove, he easily defeats Kanoya and his posse without Medaka even having to intervene.
Zenkichi shows everyone who’s the boss… which is Medaka. And he’s her (proud, ferocious) lapdog.
The 2nd half gets kicked off by a request in the box to help the judo club pick a new leader to replace the one who’s leaving. We get introduced to yet another character with AB blood, Kouki, who was the reason Zenkichi avoided the club in the first place. Apparently they went to the same middle school, where he idolized Medaka – much like everyone else. While Medaka takes on all challengers from the judo club as a way of filtering out who’s fit to be the leader, he and Zenkichi go at it with words. Zenkichi does his tsundere shtick about just getting unwillingly dragged around by Medaka, and Kouki pounces on it, offering to replace him in the student council. Obviously Zenkichi doesn’t want that, but Kouki also has the support of the judo club president who has taken quite a liking to Zenkichi and his loyalty. She proposes a judo match to determine whether or not Zenkichi and Kouki have/get to switch places.
Not the best of friends, these 2.
But that works out perfectly for the retiring judo club prez.
Medaka sparkling is kind of old hat by now, I guess.
But this week we got introduced to this fine looking gentleman.
Who’s pretty sparkly to begin with, but gets even moreso when Medaka is with him.
And there’s that gag again. Only one this week, though.
Well, Medaka Box continues to trudge along. The positive thing I could say about this episode is that it had focus this time, connecting both halves and using them to tell us more about Zenkichi and his feelings for Medaka.
Unfortunately, he and Medaka are kind of boring. I’ve seen Zenkichi’s protective and loyal act a thousand times before. And he looked to be just as overpowered as Medaka too, of which we had seen a hint in the 1st episode when he ended the fight with Hyuga in one blow. At least he got a rival now, as well as an admirer, who can hopefully add some flavor to this bland show. What little spice it had with Medaka’s lectures about goodness of humanity and all that seems to have been dropped for standard high school punk cliches.
Based on the fact that Kouki got a character card but judo club president Nekomi didn’t (and the fact that he’s in the ending sequence), I’m guessing the former will be the one sticking around. A shame, because the latter seemed a more fun character to watch, similar to Shiranui in her mischief. And if she formed a genuine love quadrilateral – how fun would that be to see?
I feel like I’m supposed to be hyped up for the duel that will go down next week, but I’m just… not. The animation this episode certainly didn’t help. The show was pretty mediocre looking from the start, and it seems only to have gotten worse by the episode. So many speed lines, unnecessary slow motion and stills, as well as off-screen action. Gainax, is this really you? If this show is going to have an action focus, this level of presentation just won’t cut it.
Rebel 1… Action!