I’ve been meaning to comment on the style of narration in this show. Since the first episode, actually. It’s a great idea in theory. There’s a certainly much fun to be had in a narrator wryly undercutting what’s happening on screen. Something that plays a bit like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT or some such. A great idea, in theory, that doesn’t really work so well in practice. More often, the narrator speaks over the actual dialog in the show, turning the sound mix into a game of which track’s leveled up the highest. This isn’t a minor technical quibble - - it’s a stylistic choice that draws attention to itself, and it draws you right out of the viewing experience.
Sound issues aside, this was another fun episode. Another sweet serving for the anima to balance out the endless buffet that the animus has been getting so much of this time (and no, I really don’t care if this show technically counts as shonen or seinen.) I can honestly say that I’ve never come across a plot whose dramatic conflict centered on some characters convincing their friend that she shouldn’t be so eager to please everybody. Potential source material fairy tales aren’t as easy to guess this time around, but the moral certainly feels like something you’d otherwise encounter in yarns by the likes of Grimm, Aesop or maybe Anderson.
Also, as somebody who’s rolled his eyes many times about these particular premises and their frequency in anime, it was quite pleasing to hear the characters point out how the notion of a superhumanly subservient and grateful young gal showing up at a dude’s place sounds exactly like the start of a porn. Likewise, the explications about how awkward the guy would actually feel in that situation and how fellow girls would find it so embarrassing were so spot on.
There are too many characters and the sound mix is vexing at times, but this continues to be a greatly appealing show.
Look up this episode, "Okami-san and Otsuu-senpai's Favor Repayments" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.