I figure I’ll keep going with this. The last one got a good response from you lunatics and it’s only 12 episodes long, so it’d be a tempo-balancing follow-up to these double-sized opuses I’ve been so preoccupied with as of late. Plus, the plot’s a nice change of pace from the vast majority of the material I watch on this site. High school comedy! On an even more basic level, I’ve liked what I’ve watched so far and I just want to see more of it.
Of course, intentions are well and good, but then you’ve actually gotta follow through on them and maybe this show’s actually tougher to comment on than it is to simply enjoy. I mean, the climax of the episode revolves around the rulings of a beauty contest. This show’s kind of like a hyperactive version of ARCHIE with regular fits of head busting. It’s perfectly diverting entertainment, sure, but it doesn’t exactly lend itself as easily to episode-by-episode analysis. At least, it’s not as easy for me.
That said, I did find it kind-of amusing how this episode more-or-less conflates (or confuses?) the story of the Ugly Duckling with that of the Tortoise and the Hare. Once again, I wonder how prevalent these stories are in Japan, because they’re being treated here almost like they’re some sort of exotic foreign mythology. Turnabout’s fair play, of course, and I'm sure this is a response to all the time American ooh and ahh over familiar shinto folk tales in their entertainment. I will say that I appreciated the rather observant (and somewhat cynical) notion that even people who act like they’re above appearances fall pray to the same allure of cosmetics when the chance to spruce up their look is offered to them.
Huh… maybe there is plenty of pick apart here, after all.
Watch this episode, "Okami-san Gets Caught in the Fight between the Tortoise and the Hare,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.