Moetan – 08
To be completely honest, trying to blog this episode is an exercise in idiocy, ignorance, and absolute futility. So I’m just gonna give you the quick once-over, and insert a bit of my own thoughts for the rest of it.
The episode starts with the writers of the show, caricatured with animal heads, sit there discussing the direction of the show. Needless to say, they give a collective “f*ck it” and decide to wing the whole thing. So, what do we end up with?
About 20 minutes of fanservice. Trivialities such as “plot” have been removed entirely, energies shifted into the more important things like “flat chests,” “duckakke,” and “chichi yure.”
That’s it. That’s all this episode was. Two bath scenes and some transit scenes. Nothing more.
What’s this episode got that the previous ones didn’t have? A clear focus, a determined purpose. And to that end it was very successful. The problem? By placing their entire focus on “f*ck it,” the producers have thrown all legitimacy and rescue of their show out the window, relegating their stance on the tv series to it being one big advertisement for the best animated non-sex loli hentai DVD series of all time.
Here’s the weird thing though – by shifting their focus back onto the audience’s needs (cravings) rather than their weak attempts at creating a legitimate anime, Moetan has regenerated its high-octane energy and hilarious insanity that it showed in the first episode. It’s come back in a much more young and undeveloped (pun intended) form due to a lack of a plot and overall scene cohesion, but that similar type of “ROFLMAO” is back. Just be careful that when you roll on the floor that you land on your back, because you might break something if you land on the front side.
I don’t expect the rest of the episodes in this tragic series to continue like this, but if this ep is any indication, this is the end of the anime known as Moetan, and the beginning of the censored hentai known as Moetan.
Definitely one of the more interesting offerings of the summer season, just for its greasy nature and all the shady dealings surrounding it.
In conclusion, if you’re curious, go watch it. But don’t feel too bad if you don’t. The raw will do just fine, as you’ll miss very little even if you have zero background in Japanese. If you need a reason to watch it beyond the brutally obvious, try this one: it’s the moment that an entire animation studio said, in one unified voice, “F*CK IT.” It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion – really quite fascinating.