Congratulations on another NouKome episode!
NouKome impressed me with a pretty funny first episode, and characters that felt a lot fresher than their looks would have you believe. But this show is definitely one that could go either way, so how did the second episode hold up after the girl fell from the sky?
Way Bigger Deal Than It First Appeared
This is how she’s “helping”
So what was a weird happening has now gotten Kanade a call from god himself, and a ‘capable supporter’, who can’t remember anything. Not even her name. So she ends up being called Chocolat, and she does remember that she’s there to help him get rid of his curse. But they don’t really get into why he’s got a curse in the first place. Hopefully we’ll get more information about that later in series.
Why would you not stay like this?
But back to that call from god, how do you really know that it’s god calling? Especially if he sounds like some goofball slacker? Well, maybe he could do something, you know, like turn Kanade into a girl! Here’s where I (and probably everyone) figures that Kanade made his first wrong choice. But that’s how it goes, and he’s back to a guy. It’s a shame that god doesn’t know more about what’s going on, but apparently he’s new on the job (wait, what?). Just that Kanade has to keep completing missions and his curse will eventually go away. But fail to complete a mission, and he’s stuck with it for life. Easy, right?
Starting to wonder what Furano is feeling
Not so much. The first mission is to make stoic, snarky Furano laugh from the bottom of her heart by the end of the next day. And that seems like something that Kanade’s just not up to, in between having to make choices to keep naked Daiko (that sexy neighbor…) from appearing bound in the classroom. The best he can muster is some lame jokes, and Chocolat’s idea of a last resort of tickling Furano into laughing (this doesn’t work, btw).
Sensei’s going for the kill
But of more interest to me was the exchange between Kanade and Douraku-sensei. She seems to know an awful lot about his Absolute Choice, including the conditions of the curse, that we didn’t really see Kanade tell her. Either she’s jumping to some pretty coincidentally correct conclusions, or she’s got something she’s not telling us, especially after finding out that Chocolat fell from the sky. Does she have some connections with god? It’s also intriguing how she’s the one adult who seems to know about it, and will we find out that she is the one who approached Kanade about it and has something to do with this whole situation?
Back to the misson, at the end of the deadline day Furano finally excuses herself only to be followed up to the roof by Kanade, where he’s surprised to find a crying girl lamenting the fact that ‘he’ will think she’s weird. Of course, the million dollar question is whether Kanade heard what she was crying about, or whether he just saw her crying, and thinks that he made her cry. The other thing that doesn’t make sense is what causes Furano to act the way she does toward Kanade. She’s obviously got some sort of crush on him, as she’s blushed pretty hard multiple times when seeing him, and also looked concerned when he reacts badly. Is it just that she is a weird person? Or is she afflicted by something supernatural as well?
This is a really good image for the show
Moshi-moshi? Kami-sama desu!
One thing I’m really starting to appreciate in NouCome is the obvious and non-obvious references that are thrown in. A lot of them were related to god’s appearance in this episode, from his call ringtone (part of the New World Symphony) to the mail notification (Bach’s Toccatta and Fugue in D Minor) to even the picture on the phone when he calls, a rendering of the Borja Jesus fresco restoration.
This look isn’t working for me
On the other hand, it seems like the show has stuff that just doesn’t work each episode too. “Kanarin” running around the house with Chocolat following him / her was terribly animated and completely unfunny. Fixing it by standing on his head and shouting “John Manjiro!” wasn’t bad (although I had to look up who John Manjiro was), but it made a concept I find interesting (turning a guy into a girl) and made it a bit tedious. I’m also not really a fan of some of the artwork, particularly the closeups of the girls eating. Something about their lips just seems wrong and not cute or pretty. There were also some pretty bad continuity derps, like putting Chocolat on the convenient side of the table when Kanade was standing on his head.
Sensei definitely knows more than she’s letting on
Overall another fun episode of NouKome. On balance, the humor worked, and tried to move away from ludicrous choices in favor of straight character comedy setups. Finding some of the more hidden things was fun, and the different ED animation, this time themed on Furano, was nice. I think that one of my favorite things overall is the flow this show has, and how the characters just go with it, especially Ouka, who I think is my favorite character even with a limited appearance this episode. But Furano was definitely cute when worrying about what Kanade thought of her. I want to see what her story is.