「まぼろしの料理人」 (Maboroshi no Ryōrinin)
“The Phantom Cook”
This extension of a simple mid chapter special was not only incredibly hilarious, but even managed to make some connections to pad the story. At first, I only expected a decent chuckle here and there. It helped that the “problem” of the episode was really simple, having only to do with food, so I wouldn’t have to sit through rushed exposition, climax, and finale like typical fillers. Plus, I already like the setting of Exorcist, I like the characters, and I dig the humor. Now, the humor wasn’t that prevalent in the previous episodes, having only on occasion one or two jokes that had me bursting into laughter, but this episode was fantastically filled with it. I’m not exactly a connoisseur at comedy, so my best guess as to what type of humor is employed in Exorcist would be a mixture of deadpan and slapstick (apparently my favorites in anime). All I know is, I was going into conniptions at almost every joke they attempted, and enjoyed a less serious side of Yukio, who proved he can be just as ridiculous as Rin. One particularly good one that comes to mind was Rin dying from Mephisto’s food, sees his grandma, and Yukio remarks that they’ve never even met her. ..Yeah it’s not really as funny when I’m dryly explaining it. But I mean hell, this joke was done like three times, and it still got me every time.
What threw me for a loop was how the show started to connect things near the end. Incidentally, I totally forgot Rin could cook, so I was like, “sweet, cooking’s an awesome trait.” Since I haven’t read the manga, and don’t really want to skim to see if they explain any of this in the future, I figure most of the plot created this episode is anime original so if I’m wrong, let’s pretend that I’m not for the sake of the post still making sense. To begin with, they gave what didn’t seem to be a big deal of having meals made every morning a reason, which lead to Ukobach, lending the demon side of the series. His design is pretty cool, and the created camaraderie between him and Rin reminded me of One Piece, since they do the friendship from battle thing a lot. Giving Yukio a complementary plot with the girls extracted a lot of hilarious behavior from the two brothers, but explaining that Rin’s love for cooking actually originated from Shirou was a pretty good move for an emotional blindside. Anime original or not, it makes perfect sense. I’m really impressed with the material here.
Next week appears to return to the main story, and the short few pages I accidentally gleaned while reading the chapter special showed Shiemi trying to make some friends. It’s just… she chose the tsundere… good luck.