Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru 02
A straight up episode review.
To tell the truth, I thought ep 1 was okay, but nothing to write home about. The opening and ending sequences were terrific, but while Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru seemed like it had potential, the first ep didn’t fulfill said potential. It had some nice bits, but was overall better than “meh”, but not at all “yay!”.
Ep 2… well, episode 2 just rocks. I can now put Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru comfortably amongst the likes of Shinryaku! Ika Musume! as the best shows of the season thus far. It’s rare to get genuinely funny shows, and this here is one of ’em. What makes the show funny isn’t so much the jokes or gags, although those are inherent. It’s just that the show has that rare quality of comedic timing.
A gag can be funny or entertaining without comedic timing, but even flat jokes can succeed if the timing’s there. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru has that timing. Yesterday was Mecha Guignol’s anniversary. A lot of the gags that happened in the ep are pretty mundane, some might even call it predictable. Like the local shopkeepers saying no one will fall for the arrow trick, or how ninjas and shinobis are the same thing. But somehow, it worked. There was just enough pause for the absurdity to fester in the viewers’ minds before the show points out the obvious.
Oh, by the way, the bit where the two girls chat in the beginning? Now that’s believable. They’re talking about homework and a DEEP view of the meaning of life and stuff, but the way the conversation mutated was natural and therefore believable that normal kids might have such a conversation. Contrast this with just about every other attempt in anime to have people converse in normal conversation, and well… there’s a subtle difference. They’re talking the same kind of thing you’d see from K-On or Lucky Star even, but you can believe real people might have such a convo.
Also, prior to that, it’s one of the more realistic and therefore awesome interpretation of sibling relationships. To all you only children out there, that’s how siblings REALLY are and why we want to commit fratricide more than we want to fuck our little sisters (who are not at all cute because we’ve seen them do icky stuff that all humans must do, and we’ve seen ’em do it every frikkin’ day of their disgusting lives).