SHOGUN’S NOTE: We’re still taking a break from our regular episode-by-episode write-ups in Watch & Learn to cover as many new shows debuting this season as we have time for. Read our blurbs on…
- SILVER SPOON 2 * NOBUNAGUN * NOBUNAGA THE FOOL * WIZARD BARRISTERS
- PUPA * Z/X IGNITION * HOZUKI NO REITETSU * MUSHI-SHI OVA
At least this show has some self-awareness about the… * AHEM *… limitations of the micro-series format. When one of the leads goes ahead and hangs a lampshade on how a certain gag won’t make sense to new viewers, the show’s clearly fessed up to its niche appeal.
That doesn’t change the oft-confounding nature of these things, though.
I presume that STRANGE+ is a continuation of a previous series - - just titled STRANGE, perhaps? - - and I’ll guess that it’s been about a bunch of goofy mercs who’re better at striking poses than hitting targets. It’s all only conjecture, of course, because the show never troubles itself with introducing its cast, Nor establishing its premise, beyond the admittedly generic intro (seriously, it looks a lot like HUNTER X HUNTER's).
And it all whipped by so frantically that I wasn’t totally sure what I’d just watched when I got to the end of episode 3. I saw of bunch of flashing lights, random scenarios and frantic characters mouthing off, but couldn’t tell you how they added up…
Oh, I did like the set-up of this gang of gunhands having to chaperon a spoiled rich girl to a fast food joint because she really wanted to go to one, for whatever reason. But that's a half-remembered blip. Once again, though, the micro-format cuts things off so quickly that the joke really isn’t allowed to develop enough. I question the point of doing two-minute sitcom gags with four doofuses who aren’t that immediately distinguishable from each other, as opposed to say… funny animals you can “get” immediately?
Watch the first episode “Thief” and decide for yourself.
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