「丸井家！良い子 悪い子 恐ろしい子！！」 (Marui-ke! Yoi Ko Warui Ko Osoroshii Ko!!)
“The Marui Family! Good Girl, Bad Girl, Dreadful Girl!!”
Bridge may be a new studio, but makes a strong first impression with their adaptation of the elementary school gag manga centering around the sixth grade Marui triplets — Mitsuba (Takagaki Ayahi), Futaba (Akesaka Satomi), Hitoha (Tomatsu Haruka). This first episode pretty much covered the first three chapters of the manga, and boy was it ever a riot to see them animated and hear the girls voiced by Ayahi, Satomi, and Haruka. The driving factor behind a lot of the humor comes from their new and instantly victimized teacher, Yabe Satoshi (Shimono Hiro), who’s taken an interest in the new school nurse, Kuriyama Aiko (Saitou Momoko). For his welcome reception as their new teacher, Satoshi figured playing “Anything Goes Basket” — a game somewhat similar to musical chairs — would be a good way to have some fun with his new students. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t aware that he got stuck with the Marui triplets, where Mitsuba is precocious sadist, Futaba is a perverted muscle girl, and Hitoha is a mysterious gloomy girl — none of whom any sensible teacher would want to be in charge of.
As I mentioned back in the Summer 2010 Preview, this series is reminiscent of Kodomo no Jikan, except none of the triplets actually love their teacher. Instead, they’re just out to make his life a living hell, which sucks for him but leads to good times for me. It never hurts to have a victimized lead played by Hino in a gag-type series either, who excels at such comedic roles. What really surprised me this episode though was how well the music was used with the over-the-top depiction of Futaba’s interpretation of “Anything Goes” as a free-for-all battle to the death. It was overly dramatic in a poking fun at itself kind of of way, but Bridge really went all out with her fight sequences, making them a real treat to watch. In addition, it made the reactions from Satoshi all the better, especially when he finally stopped her and told her this isn’t a war. Hilariously enough, it was too late by then as the “battlefield” was littered with bodies. That was just an opener for the laughs to come too, as Mitsuba showing her sadistic nature by using another student as a chair and Hitoha refusing to hand over her book that’s actually an erotic one in disguise proved to be just as funny.
The absolute highlight of the Anything Goes Basket game had to be when Satoshi was the “it” and played with fire by throwing out the Marui surname stipulation on who has to get up and switch seats. In pure Dragon Ball Z style, Futaba and Mitsuba got all fired up by charging their Ki in preparation of going all out, while Hitoha simply decided to change her surname so she wouldn’t get involved. I was seriously laughing to the point it hurt when Mitsuba made a dash for one of the chairs and Futaba flew at her DBZ-style, grabbed her legs, and face-planted her right through the chair. The sound of the blood spilling out was absolutely hilarious because it sounded like it was coming out of jug. Heck, I laugh looking at that screen capture even now. Mistake number two for Satoshi proved to be going for Hitoha’s chair as she slowly walked towards it, which resulted in him getting owned by the erotic contents of her book. How anyone can even see anything with a book pressed up against their face is beyond me, but it did lead to some uncontrollable nose-bleeding and Satoshi being the loser in the game and getting three times the homework… as the teacher.
The remainder of the episode shifted to the much lewder jokes when Hitoha came up with the bright idea to hook up Satoshi with Aiko by busting his balls (literally) and having her treat them. Futaba’s inability to show any restraint caused some concern from Mitsuba about Satoshi becoming a woman, but that didn’t really stop the latter from hopping on the bandwagon since she’s a sadist after all. I would’ve really liked to see what would’ve happened to Satoshi if Futaba’s “Shoryuken” landed, but things did end with Satoshi sacking himself on Aiko’s head. It looked like it was a really square hit to the family jewels too, as he was foaming from the mouth right away. Without Aiko’s glasses however, his package didn’t really win her over and instead made her think that Satoshi’s a fourth grader, much to everyone’s dismay.
As amusing as all that was, the nice thing about this series is that the humor doesn’t only come from stupid things happening on screen. There are a lot of wordplay type jokes as well, which their new class hamster who the perverted Marui sisters named “Nipple” (Chikubi) went on to show. You have to have a bit of a dirty mind to get any sort of amusement out of it, but the misunderstandings that Aiko got from overhearing the class tell Hitoha that “her nipple” belongs to everyone and how they all want to touch it and see it “stand up” had me laughing until it hurt again. The misunderstandings were great, especially when Satoshi thought things were finally settled with the hamster, only to find Aiko just outside his class. Oh the hilarity. The next episode looks like it’ll entail the students’ urine samples, so I’ll let you imagine what happens with an air-headed nurse in charge of them. Anyway, this series is good laughs all around if you can handle the slightly adult-oriented humor alongside the more innocent parody ones.
* The opening sequence is pretty well done even though the song itself is just downright quirky. Tomatsu Haruka sounds pretty adorable singing as Hitoha though.