「あいつは俺を知ってる」 (Aitsu wa Ore wo Shitteru)
“He Knows Me”
Yondaime’s group is planning a concert for their girls’ indie rock band, and they ask Narumi for help promoting the event. Of course, it’s not as simple as it sounds, as the band has issues with another Yakuza group. I’m not sure why they giving such important tasks to Narumi though, as he’s still mostly useless and gets walked all over like a doormat. He’s pretty good with computers and web design, I’ll give him that, but it doesn’t save him from being a really dull character overall. The only fresh aspect of this episode was Renji, an eccentric but skilled fighter who’s favorite thing in the world is going to Disneyland with someone else’s money. Narumi bails him out of a bar fight, and they agree to become friends. Friendship seems to become a recurring theme throughout the episode too, and my guess is that Renji will help out with the Yakuza problems that Narumi is running into again.
On the other hand, Alice’s main problem in this episode was doing the laundry, which apparently involves some life and death issues like fixing her stuffed animals or preventing Narumi from touching her clothes. Her high and mighty tsundere antics are getting a bit old, and the NEET detective should just focus on what she does best. They do ask for Alice’s help, but as I’ve previously complained about, she never reveals her logic and reasoning while working through mysteries, instead just ordering her team around then stamping a quick explanation and “case closed” at the conclusion of each case. The “follow along with the detective” aspect is usually one of the major draws of mystery and crime stories; its absence is disappointing to say the least, and I can’t help but wonder if it would have been better if this series was told from Alice’s point of view instead.
This episode by itself wasn’t terrible, but it’s not a good sign when the case fails to bring viewers back to see how it concludes. I’ve personally never been a big fan of J.C. Staff’s productions, with a few exceptions, and unfortunately that trend seems to continue as Kami-sama no Memo-chou has failed to develop into a show that I want to watch. The detectives + NEETs premise was promising, but the result here feels very mediocre overall. I may have been a bit biased when approaching this show, and perhaps it’s the fault of the source material, but with neither memorable characters nor an appealing story, I’m not coming back next time.
P.S. Did anyone else notice that random hip-hop insert song? I swear I heard “99 NEETs” in the lyrics.