In this week’s installment…
We sink our teeth into a whole lot of vampire action this week with Dance With Devils and Owarimonogatari exploring their respective backstories. That’s not necessarily a good thing. At least we always have Osomatsu-san and Miss Monochrome around to keep us amused.
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Artemis: See, now this is how to work in side-characters like Iyami and Chibita – they’re crap on their own, but when they interact with the sextuplets for the whole skit then it’s suddenly worth a watch. I don’t know that it was worth a full episode, and I think the half-episode gags work better for Osomatsu-san in any case, but it still kept me entertained for the most part. This show is generally at its best when it goes for a blend of light-hearted idiocy and social satire, so combining the sextuplets with the whole rental girlfriend phenomenon (still very much a relevant topic here in Japan) felt like a pretty good move. Though I’ll admit, there was something truly disturbing about seeing Iyami prance around in a bra and garter belt.
Jel: Artemis is probably being too modest to plug her recent article about compensated dating, so I’ll go ahead and do that. It’s an interesting read that gives some context to Inami and Chibita’s actions this episode, especially if you’re not familiar with the concept. That said, I feel like they could have tried to pull any type of scam and the results would have been basically the same. Most of the humor this episode came from the over the top reactions and visuals, which were incredibly dumb but admittedly quite funny. It was a much needed bit of levity after last week’s heavy episode and a friendly reminder that these are all horrible people we’re dealing with. I have to wonder if next weeks’ Christmas episode, possibly starring Ichimatsu, will give us another heavy dose of pathos. I’m ready either way.
Dance with Devils
Artemis: Resorting to bullet-points once again, because dear god how is this series not over yet.
- Why am I still watching this?
- Everything that happened over this twenty or so minutes could have been easily told in less than half that. Then again, the whole show is like that so whatever.
- If Lindo wasn’t so possessive and creepy then he’d probably actually make a decent love interest. Then again, the whole show is like that so whatever.
- The one highlight of this episode for me was that awesomely ridiculous musical number. Then again… well, you know.
- Did the rest of the devils literally just call Rem an ‘emo liar’? Whoever came up with the script for this deserves some kind of medal.
- Aaand of course Ritsuka decides to follow vampire-kun when he mentions her mother, because why wouldn’t she? After all, it’s not like she should have learned any better by now- oh wait.
- Why am I still watching this??
Jel: Awww, Rem-sama’s boys just want to know if he likes a girl and he’s too shy to tell. How adorable. Maybe he should write one of those notes with the “do you like me?” yes/no check boxes and have them give it to Ritsuka. Speaking of Ritsuka, I’m all for her wanting to end things with her own hands but wow she has got to understand the concept of stranger danger. She also took the news that the Devil is her father waaaay too calmly, but once again we are not here for realistic and meaningful characters. We are here for ridiculous song and dance numbers that un-ironically use terms like “emo liar”, in English no less. Dance With Devils never fails to deliver on that front so it’s all good.
Miss Monochrome – The Animation Season 3
Jel: This episode reminded me of season 1, back when the show was about Monochrome not really needing to be an idol because idols are dumb and she is pretty amazing. I’ll dig more into that after the show wraps, but in the meantime it was pretty adorable to tap into Monochrome’s more vulnerable side. The big gag of the episode was pretty good too, I have to admit I actually did not see it coming. Questioning the ceiling on Monochrome’s success this late in the game is a good sign they might be coming full circle with the series’ original theme, but my gut feeling is they will just give her the successful ending most people probably want. We’ll find out soon enough.
Jel: Well that was disappointing. I was hoping for some big series altering twist and got Gaen spouting a whole lot of nonsense trying to justify the existence of this arc. Having this Samurai thing just be some nameless dude in Shinobu’s past gives the audience no emotional connection to any of this and I felt nothing when he apparently bumps into Arararararagi at the end. Not even a fourth wall breaking comedy interlude could save this episode, it mostly just annoyed me. Sad how quickly I went from being really excited last week to now being back to wanting this series to end already. Maybe they can bring back Kaiki or something to cheer me up.