Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko – 04
「右腕骨折全治一箇月」 (Migiude Kossetsu Zenchi Ikkagetsu)
“One Month to Mend a Broken Right Arm”
Through various dialogues in a hospital, everything up till now is passed on to the rest of the “harem,” and in a rather entertaining manner. There’s no random nonsense this time, so I really enjoyed everything, as the dialogues cycle through sexual harassment, quirky jokes, sarcasm, and just bizarro. I mean, the question is still there for me, “why the hell are these two girls still attached to the guy?” And the answer is still obvious, it’s because the author wants more girls in the show with some sort of link to the main character so the viewer can get sexual stimulation, sexual dialogue, and sexual tension. It’s typical, it’s exceedingly obvious in this show, but I enjoy it because the characters enjoy it (Meme is a prime example, I applaud Makoto’s restraint). They sure as hell don’t keep it a secret that they like him, and openly tease each other about it without much deliberation, which cuts all the normal social limitations (or annoying limitations) of “keeping it to yourself to someone you don’t really know that well.” So it’s more like, how can I make these characters say whatever the hell they want, but still keep enough coherency enough to get a point across? I figured the author would be more of a story depth kind of guy, rather than a dialogue-centric one, but since he loves Nision Sin so much, maybe Denpa is his way of trying out a homage. It’s still only four episodes though, so the plot definitely has an enormous amount of time to deliver, but it’s hard to say if it’ll ever reach a gripping sort of status.
Man I just absolutely lost it when Maekawa walked in the room wearing an eggplant asking “you getting bored?” as if saying, why yes, I wore this eggplant to entertain you. The comedy is definitely one of the high points of the show, and although the hit/miss ratio is like 2 to 10, those two jokes are usually so hilarious they make up for the lacking ones. Seriously, Maekawa’s eggplant was a knee-slapper (not sure if this is a good term for making my point, I did hit the desk). As far as unique goes, Denpa’s cast does succeed the realm of mediocrity, but not by much. They did avoid the cliche of Makoto going, “since I broke your dreams, I will now take it as a responsibility to protect the void in your heart,” which leads to Erio blushing and finding some sort of attachment to a sentence any shmuck can say with the right timing. I’m glad Erio’s taking it quite well, with even appreciation, but if Makoto can’t help with her memories, what the hell are we going to be watching for the rest of the episodes? Launching water propelled rockets? Heh, well it’s never a bad sign that I don’t know what’s in store.
Next week, Meme turns 40. Mid-life crisis?