Sell Me in 20 Minutes: Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun, Sabagebu, and Jinsei

I went all-comedy this Sunday, and am saving Akame ga Kill for tomorrow. The three new shows that I did watch will make a fun enough slate if they follow up on the level of their opening chapters.

Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun was decently funny, but not particularly dynamic/tight aside from a cool-riffs opener. I really liked what I saw of the source material, but the presentation so far seems fairly vanilla, if passable, oddball comedy. Gonna wait one more week and see how the rest of the cast gets handled in this one.

Sabagebu was a cute, rock-solid gag show, with a suitably oddball cast that carried off the first “newcomer joins the club” situation pretty well between bungee jumps and counter-bullying. And bonus points for kickin’ self-aware narration. I’ll be watching it for at least 2 more weeks.

Jinsei was talky in a good way and had overall solid writing, propping up clever scenarios with fun dialogue. Too bad about those fanservice cuts in the middle, though – the actual overconfident-speech jokes made during the water balloon fight were pretty funny, and those kind of ruined the scene. It’s showing a lot of both upside and downside at this point, so I’m giving it one more week to see whether or not the good side that made up 22 minutes of this episode is going to keep getting the screentime.

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