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Mayoi Neko Overrun! – 10

「迷い猫、待ってった」 (Mayoi Neko, Mattetta)
“Stray Cat, Waited”

I haven’t placed much bearing on the production staff changes every episode in this series, but when hints of Satou Takuya‘s work in Seitokai no Ichizon came through, I instinctively took notice. With all the timely comedic transitions, back and forth bickering, and appearance of a new girl, this was easily the funniest episode thus far. To Takuya’s credit, he also worked on Toradora, Slayers REVOLUTION, Minami-ke, Ichigo Mashimaro, Genshiken, and various other comedies, but this was by far the most reminiscent of his recent work in Ichizon. Taking on director, screen writer, and storyboard responsibilities here, he delivered both a small plot and non-stop gags that had me laughing more times than not. One subtle aspect that I particularly liked was the added emphasis on facial expressions in almost every scenario, whether it was purely humorous or sarcastically serious. As a result, the characters seemed much more animated than usual (cheap pun intended).

The guys were noticeably absent for most if not all the episode, except for Ieyasu’s sudden phone call explaining how he’s got a special “training regiment” for Takumi, which was pretty damn funny in its own right. I’ve always found Ieyasu quite the riot as far as otakus go, so it’s nice to see that remains the case when he’s not even around. Be that as it may, the beauty of this episode was how it approached the comedic and dramatic aspects on two different fronts. For the former, Fumino and Chise absolutely stole the show with the way they were fighting over Takumi when he’s not even there, arguing about whether or not Otome is a child abductor, and standing off Mayoi Neko Fighter style following an incident during doorbell repairs. For the latter, Nozomi was focused on taking care of the new girls Otome brought in, Honoka (Hidaka Rina), whom she believed was an orphan just like herself. To that end, she even made her a welcome cake, which Chise humorously had to take a picture of and call up Satou and Suzuki to check what “bienvenue” means before acting like she knew from the very beginning.

Surprisingly, when everyone found out Honoka just got separated from her mother while chasing after a bird to draw, it didn’t take too much away from the slightly more profound moments she shared with Nozomi. If anything, Otome’s trip to the police box thirty minutes away that took an entire day disrupted the mood more. Regardless, the day spent with Honoka reminded Fumino, Nozomi, and even Chise (to a degree) how they don’t have parents, which helped reiterate the series theme that was lost for a good chunk of episodes. Of course, it wouldn’t feel right without Fumino telling Takumi to die two (million) times over, so lo and behold we have just that when he returns from Ieyasu’s with a huge haul following his brainwashing. Overall, this was really nice improvement over some of the more random showings and had great laughs throughout. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’ve put the series on indefinite hold or decided to drop it.



June 9, 2010 at 12:50 am
  • June 9, 2010 at 1:02 amsupremebull


    Is everything in that screenshot a shout-out to the director’s previous works?

    I see a definite shoutout to Ichigo Mashimaro

  • June 9, 2010 at 1:19 amPLH

    Seitokai no Ichizon staff did this one!?
    *off to find RAW*

    Season two where!? T_T

    • June 9, 2010 at 7:53 amOmega

      Well, there’s a Second season of To Aru Majutsu no Index: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-06-07/toaru-majutsu-no-index-2nd-season-green-lit, if you are watching.

      Btw, i wonder if divine does the same thing as Omni whenever there’s a new season of some animes, he’ll let people know.

      • June 10, 2010 at 3:10 amdivine

        If you mean in a news-like post, it really depends on what it is. There are plenty of good resources out there focused on providing anime news, such as ANN, so I usually don’t feel the need to regurgitate stuff like that unless I’m personally excited about it.

        Neither Omni nor I are all that enthused about a second season of Index given it’s needlessly complicated plot (we liked Railgun much more), but the second season of Sora no Otoshimono that Click mentioned below I actually am excited about.

  • June 9, 2010 at 1:43 amAlec

    ive lost faith in this anime… i will either drop this or watch it till the end like a loyal fan and delete all episodes in my harddrive when the series is over.

    its only redeeming point is its earlier eps…the rest are going downhill

  • June 9, 2010 at 2:08 amClick

    I was pretty surprised that Ieyasu got his hands on a Grand Braver season 1 dvd set. That’s like, totally ultra rare lulz.

    Down, Right, Right + Square, HADOUKEN

  • June 9, 2010 at 2:59 amDendoh_fanboy

    lol @ mockup of Mazinger Z and Gundam.

  • June 9, 2010 at 5:26 amcrazystudyguy

    This series had me in high hopes after a few eps but yeh down hill from there

  • June 9, 2010 at 5:57 amcutemi2

  • June 9, 2010 at 8:49 amjoshua

    And last week was so promising too! I wonder how the fans in Japan are reacting to the direction this series is taking…

  • June 9, 2010 at 6:18 pmClick

    Speaking of second seasons, Sora no Otoshimono’s was announced a while back (almost creamed my pants when I head about it =P). Hopefully To Aru’s second season turns out well or better than the first.

  • June 9, 2010 at 11:15 pmZhemos

    Nothing can fix this train wreck IMO. Why couldn’t they have just stuck with the story and setting of the first few episode. :\

  • June 11, 2010 at 9:06 amLithium

    Most anime OSTs are terrible cheese-fests in general, but this show’s OP has gotta take the cake. Truly the worst song I’ve ever heard. >_<

  • June 11, 2010 at 5:19 pmZanibas

    Such hate, wow. I long ago abandoned the hope of an actual plot, and just enjoyed each episode of its own qualities. So far this one has to be one of the best of them all, although I am just a sucker for the obvious slice-of-life episode here.

    • June 12, 2010 at 11:58 amRockmanshii

      Although I’m not a sucker for slice of life I think the same ,just watched ep9 and 10 and it was good like always for me at least.Got a lot of laughs from this one and Otome being portrayed as a mayoicon was good.And all of Chise’s imaginative scenes were funny as hell saying to Fumino she’s like THAT for Otome and that she wants her all for herself.

  • June 12, 2010 at 4:40 amFlash

    Second season of Sora no Otoshimono? Hell yeah! I started reading the manga cause I wasn’t expecting that.

    Btw, does anyone know which anime were being referred to in this screenshot ?

  • June 12, 2010 at 12:00 pmRockmanshii

    Looks like Chise is quite an otaku too at the end in her room we can see some expys of Sailor Moon, Gundam and Kamen Rider Faiz(look at that pose).Maybe she will end up with Ieyasu they get along pretty well.