Duckkake. Cattrap. Anamorphic ahoge. Animality, duck form. Erokitten. Whew, what an episode.
The duck sneezes and it gets all over Ink. Must have been holding it in for weeks, given the sheer volume of fluid. The nose… it came from his nose. What, does it look like something else?
In this episode, we’re introduced to Kuroi Sumi, our second loli and eternal rival to Ink. She’s one of those delusional rich girls that’s bored as hell and contrives false overcompetitive rivalries in her mind. Kinda like Runa-chan in Seto… except Runa doesn’t have a shape-shifting ahoge and an abusive maid at home. How do they come up with these masterpieces?
Those who are familiar with Moetan can probably enlighten me on this one, but I just noticed that each girl has a different ornament on the side of their skirts. Ink has two huge buttons, while Sumi has two huge zippers that look like the side cannons on the Strike Freedom. Makes me wonder what the rabbit chick has – Velcro?
Ink tries to get it on with that loser guy again this morning but fails once more. Sumi is watching the whole thing behind a telephone pole with a flier that continuously changes. The one shown above in picture 6 with the catgirl reads “But I’m a boy… even then, is it alright?” Sorry, cattrap. Nekotrap. Trapcat. Hell, I dunno, what did they call Hayate when he dressed up like that? Still, it’s quips like this that give this show its attitude and flair.
At school, Ink gets a call on her magical cell that someone is in trouble! After the ero duck gets an eyeful of loli transformation (with Sumi spying on), they whisk off and save a dude who’s pinned against a wall by a pink hatchback. It’s got irony written all over it, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe something about being saved by a little girl while having stupid car troubles… ugh. Ink busts out her “power” mode and lifts the car right off.
The action doesn’t let up as they are abruptly thrust into some alternate dimension, where this nasty looking panther shows up… and promptly turns into a rather sarcastic looking kitten. He’s got a huge bell on his neck and one of the Keroro anti-barrier stars on his head. Apparently he’s an enemy of the duck’s from the same world, and the two duke it out with some Marvel vs Capcom fury, until the duck finally pulls his finishing move. Silly. Back to lolis.
That evening, on her way home from school, Sumi sees a kitten surrounded by a gang of unsavory looking dogs. She chases them away, and the cat thanks her. Eh? You talk just like that duck! The cat (Kaa-kun) recruits Sumi to be her own mahou shoujo, so naturally we’re treated to another MA-rated sequence involving some strategically placed stars, very tight clothing, and a cat with a nosebleed.
This show continues to shamelessly flaunt lolis and their tight-fitting clothing (or lack thereof), but at least they do it in good humor. It’s not surprising to see that the director of Moetan is the same guy that does Hayate no Gotoku, who is probably the source of all that unnecessary-yet-funny randomness.
While the comedy does seem to have much similarity with Hayate, the show I thought most resembled this one was the classic Nurse Witch Komugi, which was released a whole five years ago, and yet I can’t think of another satirical mahou shoujo show like it since then. It’s rather interesting to point out that these two satires have a much higher production quality than the traditional mahou shoujo shows… namely those known as “Nanatsuiro” and uh… “Nanoha StrikerS.”
Anyways, had Komugi been a full TV series or had been released in the last 2 years, I’d probably write off Moetan as something that’s just too similar in nature, but it’s been long enough and the ones who latched onto Komugi have probably graduated on to more illegal stuff since then. I dunno, like Aishiteruze Baby.
And then again, Komugi never had a duck. 99% of the time these mahou shoujo mascots just end up being annoying, but THE DUCK… having already pulled the huge sneeze card, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.