My biggest criticism of this show as a whole is just the fact that it hasn’t been able to constantly harness its potential and occasionally throws in a long-dull skit that breaks up the action. It became a lot easier to rate after the final episode, which was one of the highest-energy ones of the show.
Endings to comedy series are a tricky business. Because it’s sometimes hard to wrap up the actual plot of a show without getting serious, it’s often just better to save up a combo barrage of jokes and start firing, as Cuticle Detective Inaba did. That sort of low-risk, high-reward approach does fine by me. I don’t feel emotionally invested in the characters’ success so much as I just like them enough to smile every time they fall over each other in failure. Therefore, pure comedy is the name of the game.
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It was interesting to see the goat-skull wearing neet introduced in the second half interact with the main cast. It emphasized just how casual and good-natured the villains are, and even evoked some personal memories of Astro Fighter Sunred. Florsheim would totally have applicants get super-nervous during a job interview.
Still more badass than Peeled Shrimp
There were also a lot of spiffy small touches this episode that played up the ultimate punchlines with considerable deftness. The scene with Hiroshi in horror-stalker mode did a great job of using first-person camera and perspective swaps, a finesse that carried over to the introduction of goat-skull in the second half. It’s fair to say I’m excited for director Susumu Mitsunaka’s next work; he’s shown enough potential in just the right places over this series to make me believe he’d have a chance at whatever material he’d like to try.
Character Designs: 1/1 (Soft edges work well for comedy, also surprisingly capable of pretending to be dramatic.)
Soundtrack: 1/2 (Nothing that really blends in or sticks out, but not bad music.)
Writing: 3/3 (Character and their actions almost always felt organic, and that unpredictability lent itself to superb comedy.)
Direction: 3/4 (Sometimes bland, sometimes chain-lighting effective.)
Overall: 8/10 (Seriously fun, performed at a level well beyond the basic premise)