「いや、帰れご主人様」 (Iya, Kaere Goshujinsama)
“No, Go Home, Master”
In a way, it’s hard to write about pure comedies. With a proper plot you can be objective, diving into the various storytelling tactics used and talking about how well they worked, where you think it’s going, etc. Not so with a pure comedy. With these, it’s more visceral, and there’s only one question you can ask – was it funny? And that’s subjective, of course. So please, excuse me if I’m less objective (and more gushy) than normal, because there’s only comedy (and fanservice) to talk about here!
So, let’s ask that question. Was this episode funny? Hellz yes! And please, imagine those words escaping in between bouts of breathless, full-bodied laughter. From the Full Metal Panic references at the beginning to the preview at the end, I was laughing my tail off the entire time. There’s still no plot to be found, but we got plenty of hilarious jokes and enough fanservice to tame a football riot, so I don’t care. Bring it on!
The centerpiece of this episode was, of course, the meido. I enjoyed Good Friend Orito bringing Ayumu to the cosplay cafe in order to realign his sexuality (dude, just because he likes to crossdress doesn’t mean he’s gay, though it’s fine if he was…and wait, he doesn’t like to crossdress anyway!!), but Saras quickly stole the show with some truly frightening business acumen. Packing this many high quality girls (not to mention herself) into one place? Genius! We need to keep her away from Wall Street, or we’re all doomed. Oh, or worse yet, Walmart. If Saras got in charge down in Bentonville, I’m pretty sure she would take over the world. Hopefully in a maid costume. Yum!
Past Saras’ continual sexual harassment of Ayumu, we had Reluctant Meido Sera and Bad Tsundere Yukinori. Of the two (and really, all of the girls), Yukinori continues to be the most adorable. Her not understanding the whole tsundere thing, but trying so hard any–erh, sorry, wrong screen cap…trying anyway was so cute! tehehe ;P
Which leads us to the contest! When I saw the black-robed figures, I thought what probably most of you thought – Sera, Haruna, Yuu, and Yukinori, not necessarily in the order. I’m glad I was right about those four, and even more so that I was wrong about the fifth! Yukinori failing at tsun was no surprise, but what was unexpected was how Ayumu went all genre savvy and drew out all the girl’s dere sides like a pro. That’s the sort of thing I would expect from half the cast of Ano Natsu de Matteru, not this show! Jealous Haruna was probably the most surprising of the two – Ayumu’s move with Yukinori was totally outside my projections – but I think Sera’s dere side was cuter. Totally worth eating a little nitroglycerin for, ne?
To me, one of Kore wa Zombie’s greatest strengths – and I think I’ve mentioned this before – is how quickly the gags fly. With a slower paced show (K-ON!, for instance), the gags build up slowly enough that you can think ahead and anticipate where they’re heading. Not so here. With Korezon, the jokes always come so quickly that even someone who delights at trying to anticipate events ahead of time (like myself) doesn’t have the time to do it! Jokes build upon jokes upon jokes, and soon you’re hurtling down a mountain in some kind of joke snowball, demolishing a bunch of metaphorical mountain villages along the way. I feel like Tsundere Yuu was like that. Had I had time to think about it, I may have anticipated the anticlimax. I mean, how can she be tsundere without speaking! Yet there was no time to think, so when the anticlimax happened, I was cracking up once again. Well done, writers. Well done.
And finally, there was the last meido, the formidable Mihara! I must admit that I have an odd affection for B-couples, so her unexpected reaction to Orito’s confession was simply delightful. Add onto that those twintails, and…well, I don’t know what she sees in Orito, but he’d be an idiot to let this opportunity pass him by!
Of course, it was all for a reason. Because she broke Ayumu’s model at the beginning of the episode, Haruna wanted to replace it…and she almost got it right too! (sort of). It’s the thought that counts, right? There, a heartwarming moment to cap off an episode of hilarity and fanservice. D’aawww!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Either tsun or dere is fine, I don’t mind. Just please, give me a break…my heart can’t take much more of this!! #korezon
- Ayumu’s “Ai shite iru ze, Kashim” (I hope I got that right) made me crack up. You’re getting a little too Gauron over there, aren’t you guy? Do not want!!
- Wow, Anderson just threw out the “I’m from the underworld” thing. It’s not too surprising, what with all the crazy people running around the area, but damn man, no foreshadowing! I’ll be interested to see if he becomes a more major character this season.
- About Mihara’s apparent attraction to Orito…I guess he’s really not that bad of a guy. He’s kind (ex: visiting Kyoko in the hospital back in season one), honest, straightforward, and a good friend through it all. If you get past the silly pervert thing, he’s really not that bad of a guy…and if there’s anything I know about anime, it’s that girls will always forgive an honest pervert (eventually)! In anime, at least. In real life? Less so.
- Looks like they’re capping it at three mousou Yuus. Makes sense. More than that on the screen at one time would have been really chaotic. Though we might be back to one next episode, heh
- Hands where we can see them, Ayumu.