Welcome to Winter Watch, a look at the latest anime season. Atsushi is playing a demon for the winter solstice bean throwing. What could go wrong?
Episode 5: Atsushi and the Bean-Throwing Festival
Summary: Atsushi has to dress up as demon for the winter solstice bean throwing. Atsushi is proving to be a very good demon, almost too good.
Air Date: Feb. 02, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Feb. 09, 2012
Run Time: 3:00
Warning: This article may contain spoilers. We suggest you watch the episde HERE first.
For the day of Setsubun (a Buddhist ceremony on February 3rd in which beans are thrown at a demon doll to ward odd evil/bad luck) Atsushi needs to dress up as a demon for school. He goes to his next door neighbor Take for a costume. Oddly enough, Take the perfect costume. At school Atsushi is such a good demon, he scares every single kid in school and manages to make his teacher uncomfortable again by falling on top of her. Afterwards he is again thought of a pervert when showing Hina-chan his performance of a demon. Atsumi returns the costume to her neighbor only to find out that the guy is unemployed and his mother blames the actual devil.
This time around the events in the episode didn't feel too crammed but they weren't all that funny. To be honest, I feel like the notorious boobs-in-the-face situation is played out. While Atsushi's innocence was something to laugh at, it didn't really serve a purpose for the story other than: it was there. The siblings' neighbor, Take, is an interesting character. He seems to be this show's Ms. Bellum (from the Powerpuff Girls), since you can never see his face.
At the end of those three minutes, it is just that: another three minutes of Atsushi and Atsumi. I don't feel a whole lot of satisfaction, but I don't feel like I've wasted my time either. Accusing Atsushi of being a pervert has been used too much now. I truly hope the gags get better.
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