Joshiraku – 01
OP: 「お後がよろしくって…よ!」 (Oato ga Yoroshikutte…Yo!) by Goku-Rakujokai
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「普段問答/ふく違い/叫び指南」 (Fudan Mondou/Fuku Chigai/Sakebi Shinan)
“Normal Dialogue/Different Clothes/Shouting Instructions”
Did you like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’s coverage of random topics? Is Seitokai no Ichizon’s ‘skit in a room’ format in good taste for you? Are you alright with ‘cute girls talking about random stuff’ as a guilty pleasure? Finally, are you ecstatic when meta-humor is used? If so, welcome to the show that’s about Rakugo, but not really.
After some experience with other productions with J.C. Staff this season, I came into this a bit wary. It seemed like the lowly publicized type of comedy that was meant to be brushed under the rug. Granted, it has staff credentials, such as the director who did Another and Ika Musume (Mizushima Tsutomu), the author who penned and inked the Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei manga (Kumeta Kouji), as well as voice actors from Yumekui Merry (Sakura Ayane), Haganai (Yamamoto Nozomi), and Yuruyuri (Goto Saori), but even then, I was still hesitant.
By the end of the episode, my brain was fried (in a good way) from all the metahumor. The opening was just like that of Seitokai no Ichizon’s own–both are self-depreciating–but it’s been so long and underused that it’s still a fairly fresh way to open.
However, just like its predecessor, the premise is a risky road that labels it as a hit-or-miss sort of show. When Seitokai came out, Divine expressed his doubts with episode one, whilst I immediately thought “this is a keeper.” The ‘antics-in-one-room’ format just doesn’t work for everyone. I considered writing a more in-depth post like I did for Nobuna, but after many attempts, I feel that the best way to decide is to note the following:
- Like I’ve said above, if you enjoy random discussions about random things in an enclosed dialogue-heavy setting, this is for you. If not…get out quickly. The show likes to use meta-humor, Japanese culture, and language puns to a high degree. Although they may be presented in a fairly rapid-fire fashion, if you are not able to get a chuckle out of say, the placement of the last stroke in 犬 or the implications of what direction you’re facing the sea when you yell “You idiot!”, this may not be the show for you.
- If you’re looking for any original characters, you aren’t going to find any here. The group of five basically consists of five core character templates: the curious cutie, the serious megane, the quiet introvert, the reactive idiot, and of course the responsible straight. If you enjoy the chemistry between these archetypes, then give it a shot. Otherwise, look elsewhere for groundbreaking comedy troops.
Although I encourage people to see this show if they enjoy random and dialogue-heavy quirk comedy, for everyone else, if you’re feeling curious and are not completely turned off by the above: give it a shot. Since the format allows one to stop at any time without missing any development, there isn’t any pressure plot-wise to complete, meaning the three-episode rule doesn’t apply here–the format the show will take has fully matured by the end of this episode. One episode should suffice for you to judge whether or not to add this to your watchlist.
ED: 「ニッポン笑顔百景」 (Nippon Egao Hyakkei) by Momoiro Clover Z
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