Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu! – 01
「狙われた子供たち！日本滅亡カウントダウン！」 (Nerawareta Kodomo-tachi! Nihon Metsubou Kauntodaun!)
“The Targeted Children! Countdown to Japan’s Destruction!”
A series that needs no introduction, we are finally graced with the second season of everyone’s favorite comedy, Mitsudomoe (Zouryouchuu)! After a whole season without Hitoha’s evil look, Futaba’s ridiculous love for boobs, and Mitsuba’s stuck up attitude, I was so excited to finally be reunited with my favorite trio of siblings. But instead of giving me a triple dose of Marui madness, I get a full episode of the Gachi Rangers! As I slowly let my disappointment out, I admit that I’ve always wondered what it would be like to watch an entire episode of the Gachi Rangers. Even since the “Serious Squadron” was introduced, I’ve been really curious about what they were all about. Who would think I would get an answer so fast? (I never knew that Japanese animators could hear my inner thoughts..) Besides capturing the the whole Power Ranger feel with an over abundunce of flashy effects, random explosions behind characters, and bad guys that are beyond stupid, it almost felt like I was a kid watching men in tights again. What really caught me off guard though, was how stupid the Gachi Rangers were. It’s almost if real life transitioned too well into television. Almost as if the cast of any super hero show is usually well-built guys and hot looking girls who would normally be classified as stupid or airheaded but are impossibly perfect. The Gachi Rangers on the other hand are comprised of well built guys and skirt wearing girls who are all complete idiots. Of course, it makes for a ton of laughs that stem just from their idiocy.
Take for example how stupid Gachi Red is. One would expect the leader of the Gachi Rangers to be somewhat smart. After he’s put in a situation to defuse a bomb to save a group of little kids from being blown up, I was expecting some impressive heroics. Did I mention that he has thirty minutes to do it? Did I also mention that the bomb isn’t stuck anywhere but can be picked up and moved away? Instead of maybe disposing of the bomb somewhere far away from civilization, he decides to take it apart right then and there only to have the bomb explode right in his face. While Gachi Red manages to escape in style, I can only imagine what happened to those little kids. Besides also watching, Gachi “I have a 200IQ” Blue fail to navigate around a simple road and Gachi Pink somehow managing to drive a bus full of kids over the edge of a mountain, I couldn’t help but laugh and watch as only the Gachi Rangers manage to always escape safely (and in style). The funniest part of the whole episode had to be right before the final boss gets “giantized” after being nearly defeated. Except in Gachi Ranger land, being defeated means having the Gachi Rangers beat the living crap out of you over and over until they get sick of that and decide to thrust you into a boiler and light you on fire with a solar ray gun.
While the episode focused mostly on the Gachi Rangers, I still felt some of the humor that made the show so fun to watch last season leak out here and there. From the hilarious antics to how oblivious the Gachi Rangers are to the obvious, I was laughing pretty hard during some parts. I wish that Hitoha, Futaba, and Mitsuba could have got more screen time but beggars can’t be choosers right? Based off of Hitoha’s furious expression while watching the Gachi Rangers, I think it’s safe to assume that the Gachi Rangers aren’t normally as stupid as they seemed to be this week. I couldn’t help but chuckle as Hitoha vowed to get revenge against the people who ruined her favorite show (the producer and screenplay writer). Maybe we’ll get an episode with Hitoha fighting to save the Gachi Rangers from stupid antics? Besides Hitoha’s anger with the new Gachi Rangers, it’s always fun watching Futaba team up with her to combat Mitsuba’s snobby attitude. “FEEL OUR GACHI RAGE! (FATTY)”
I can’t wait for next week’s episode where our trio should be doing the stupid things that I love them for<3.