YOU FOOL! ANYTHING UNDER 2000% ISN’T NEARLY FABULOUS ENOUGH.
|…This may be the best episode yet, if only for the fact that this megane-centred life apparently also has it’s own deity now. Also, I wish those glasses cleaner machines existed over where I live. They look really handy.|
Obligatory “it’s over 9000!”
So what does the club do without Akira? … Not much, apparently. I don’t even know if that was supposed to be screw sorting or what, but it looked tedious as hell and had nothing to do with glasses. So clearly, it wasn’t very productive. Meanwhile, Akira battled his arch nemesis and we saw his tragic past with it. Yes, I can relate to Akira’s childhood trauma over bugs. I, too, accidentally unleashed bugs upon my household due to childhood
stupidity ignorance (though in my case, it was spiders. …Which aren’t technically bugs, but still. SPIDERS. ALL OVER. OTL). You have NO idea how glad I am that I don’t live in a climate that would support mantises. Akira could have easily been me.
On a more serious note though, the art direction this episode was brilliant. Watching a guy freak out over a bug for half of an episode can obviously get boring pretty fast. But with the over the top animation here, the scene of Akira freaking out over the same thing for like, 10 minutes, became really amusing. Also, that whole horrifying flashback scene was really nice in both the animation style, and the audio. Even if I hadn’t had a similar experience to relate to this, I’m sure the extent of Akira’s childhood trauma would have come through just as clearly. I’d love to see what the director could do with a more serious and maybe psychological (or really, any genre) anime since she uses the budget so creatively. …On that note though, she also seems to have a thing for bright colours and BL intonations. So maybe she’s better off sticking with this genre (though Kuuchuu Buranko was just as visually trippy as anything in this, and that was a psychological anime). Plus I think I remember reading in an interview somewhere that she likes these kinds of series best.
As usual, the idiocy continues with the 5 person bike. Though I’m beginning to deeply question Akira’s motives here, since we have had absolutely no mention of trying to see naked women, and he seemed awfully excited when they saw the random passerby without his clothing. …It’s probably just my imagination though. There’s nothing even remotely gay about this series. Nope. …I’m rather curious as to how the the bike managed to turn corners, but this episode was surprisingly free of bike crashes considering the people who were riding it.
Every once in a while, slice of life shows have those bits of dialogue that I can easily relate to. The part about the glasses in the rain was one of those. I… don’t actually have much else to say about that, other than I really sympathized with that conversation. So yeah, be careful not to anger the great god of megane, or you’ll be cursed to be foreveralone or totally oblivious or… something. How Hayato managed to miss several conversations that were happening right beside him is beyond my comprehension.
I liked this episode. I really did. But there honestly isn’t a lot to talk about. Daily life things happened, I sympathized. Maybe I enjoyed this episode so much since it was topics I could relate to, unlike the previous episodes of ghosts, hover machines, and wanting to see naked women (not that the last one is even a thing anymore). Ridiculous things happened and they were funny. …And that’s about it. Though that seems to be all these episodes seem to accomplish when they aren’t going into back stories. Er, I guess this kind of had a backstory about Akira, but it didn’t involve glasses in any way, so it doesn’t count. Anyways, like I mentioned above, the animation this time around was really fun to watch. I had a hard time figuring out the screencaps this episode, since there were so many that I liked.
…I can’t tell if this is supposed to be metahumour or not.