「だけど, それがいい」 (Dakedo, Sore ga Ii)
“Still, That’s Fine”
Part of me is inclined to revise the fantastic reviews I gave last week’s episode. Not because that episode became any worse for the week that has passed, but because, when one realizes it was the penultimate episode of this season – a fact I didn’t realize at the time of writing – some of the choices made there become suspect. That is something that extends into this episode as well.
Back in episode three, I complained that the whole voodoo dancing joke was too abruptly introduced, and fell flat because of it. In this final episode, we had that problem again – Dai-sensei’s test to see if Ayumu could become a full masou shoujo (like becoming better at cross-dressing is something he wanted to do :P) emerged from nowhere. That is, not only the test itself emerged from nowhere, which was fine, but the very concept that there would be a test also emerged from nowhere, which was less so. That lessened the impact of what was going on as I spent my valuable focus wondering where the hell this all came from.
Still, there was some punch to what they did. The slime part was, of course, hilarious. What is it with me and covering all the ecchi slime anime? D: Anyway, I especially enjoyed when Orito called out that the slime was leaving the girl;s pantsu and socks on, which I was thinking was a silly plothole about three seconds beforehand. But even after Dai-sensei dispelled the slime and Ayumu lost his memories, the abruptness of the whole thing didn’t totally diminish what happened during Ayumu’s second chance. Seeing Haruna, Yuu, and Sera traveling through Ayumu’s subconsciousness to save him was silly – especially when Ayumu’s personal personifications of the seven deadly sins popped up, and proved to be so laughably weak – but when Belphegor (Sloth) took over his body…well, I’ll admit, I started to get really into it.
I have to give some credit to the OST here. Though I usually don’t notice such things, it did a good job of setting up the “off” feeling when Belphegor was in charge of Ayumu’s body. Another part of it was because this is a lovu-lovu harem anime to its core. Seeing Haruna, Yuu, and Sera dive into Ayumu’s mind was one thing, but seeing Yuu don the masou shoujo outfit and fight all out to save Ayumu – to the point she even cried while she did it – was touching. Part of a harem anime is seeing all the girls love the main guy, and this one really drove home how much all of them – even Sera! – care about Ayumu. D’awww!
Yet still, where was the resolution to that whole Chris thing?? This whole season we were waiting to see what role Yousei-san would play, and then when we found out, we went to wondering how Ayumu would save her, and then…nothing. Same with the weird old guy who kept coughing up blood. What about him?! I…I…augh. Let me just say this – I truly did enjoy this episode. If this was the 10th of 12 episodes in this season, it would have ranked fairly high, though the “finalistic” tone would have been weird if there was an episode coming week. However, as the final episode of a season that didn’t build up a Ayumu-getting-taken-over-by-inner-demons plotline beforehand, it felt random and tacked on. Almost anime original, even! It’s painfully obvious that this show was adapted from source material that keeps going far past where we’re at, which…I should be talking about this in the final impressions. More on that below! for now, let’s put this episode to bed with a quote:
“A person’s true nature is revealed by their underwear.”
Truer words have never been spoken, Dark Ayumu. Well, probably they have, but I like to imagine that this one is true. Especially with what Dai-sensei was wearing. I don’t know what that says about her, but I like it!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – That’s the end of #korezon season 2. The final ep was a bit abrupt & didn’t resolve much, but I still enjoyed it. Season 3 plx?
- Mix in something like a philosopher’s stone with the eggs? How many people died for those bentos you’ve been making, Haruna?? D:
- I enjoyed Dai-sensei’s “Since you saw my pantsu, I’ll have to kill you later!” comment. It was just a side note. Nothing important, just a super powerful masou shoujo saying she’s going to kill you. Clearly not important.
- I can’t believe Dark Ayumu let the cat out of the bag about Ayumu’s feelings for Yuu…sort of. Well, he did, but he covered for it just to mess with people, hah. That Dark Ayumu, always be trollin’.
- Speaking of, Yuu confessed that she loves Ayumu!! If only it didn’t happen when Belphegor was in charge, and, you know, in her thoughts. Ayumu finding out about that would have made this episode truly epic.
- It looks like we have a KuguRie loli interested in Ayumu, ufufu~
- I would say it’s amazing how many women love Ayumu, but he’s one of the few harem protagonists who truly deserves the love he gets. Well, maybe not all the love he gets – he has an implausibly large harem, and the number just keeps on growing every season – but he definitely deserves some large percentage of it. Except when he’s in super pretentious bishie sins mode. Then he deserves nothing but their scorn!
Ahhh, korezon. When I first read about the first season on this very site, I knew I had to watch it simply because of the ridiculous amount of ridiculous they were throwing into the very premise. Zombie magical girl (guy) living with a mute necromancer, a genki genius magical girl, and an super-tsun vampire ninja? I’m there! And as the first season went by, even when the plot got a sketchy and I wondered where it was going, the comedy held true. Thus, when this season arose and I was deciding what I wanted to cover, Kore was Zombie Desu ka? was at the top of the list. Actually, Fate/Zero was, but only because I was trying to fight Verdant for it, which obviously didn’t go well. That was all a lie, though. It was always korezon for me, baby. All you.
Ahem. Comedy-wise, this second season was if anything far better than its predecessor. While season one had to lay the foundation for later jokes, this season got to frolic in the fields of prepared hilarity while occasionally adding a few more to the arsenal whenever it felt like it. Starting off from the very first episode I as laughing my ass off, and I don’t think there was a single episode that went by where I didn’t literally laugh out loud at least once, and usually multiple times. As a comedy, korezon was good. There’s very little arguing to be done there. Korezon = funny. Case closed.
Plot-wise, we had something I like to call the “failure of the last mile.” While the first part of the season was weak plot-wise, that was because it wasn’t really focusing on that – this is a comedy above all else, and that’s where their attention was. That’s fine. It was only at episode six that the plot started ramping up, and in comparison to season one, it felt much stronger. That held for a few episodes, started to stumble last week, and totally fell on its face in this last episode. Where was the resolution to that whole Chris thing?? They did well 90% of the way through, but they fumbled in the last mile, and that diminished their work. Looking at it, their choice of an ending point was so weird. It was so abrupt that you would almost think a higher-up told the director to shut off production 2-3 episodes early. Or, more likely, a resolution doesn’t come until far later in the source material, so Studio Deen was hamstrung with what they could do. I don’t know, but CONFLICTING FEELINGS!!
Why do I say “conflicting feelings” when this is a pretty textbook case of mediocre storytelling? Well, there’s more to storytelling than just the plot. There’s also the characters, making us love them and care what happens to them, and crafting a world around them that we want to come back to time and time again, even if those dictating what we see fuck it up a bit occasionally. In that area, Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? has always done right by me. Ayumu, Haruna, Yuu, Sera, and all the others have never ceased to entertain and endear themselves to me, and for that they earned a lot of leniency. In our recent (and inaugural, check it out if you haven’t yet!) podcast, I mentioned that Yukinori and Taeko were my favorite female characters of the season, and I stand by that statement wholeheartedly – seeing Yukinori blush over receiving that ring from Ayumu, and Taeko do the same when Ayumu hugged her, were both a-friggin’-dorable. Haruna’s crying and being jealous, Sera’s conflicted feelings, Saras’ ass-love and deredere, and then of course Yuu, both the mousou Yuus and her mental confession this episode. Oh, and also Chris and Nene looking after Ayumu, and Dai-sensei doing the same, and loco Kyouko-chan, and Orito and Miharu as the solid B-couple, and, and, and…!! The characters here have always been so vibrant, full of life, and above all else likeable that I will forgive many mistakes if I can see more of them.
So, let’s bring it back to a question I was once fond of asking so long ago (i.e. like three months ago): was this entertaining? Forget any pretentious thoughts about storytelling and artistic worth and crap like that, lest we end up like Ayumu’s subconscious. Only one question: was it entertaining? The answer to that is an unequivocal yes. First and foremost, korezon is a comedy, and week after week I was laughing my ass off. Second and second-most, korezon is a harem show, and here it once again excelled, as Ayumu’s harem is full of lively, varied, and interesting girls, and Ayumu actually deserves some large percentage of the love they give him (and all of the abuse). Korezon’s plot and other such things might be on the weaker side, but in its prime objectives, korezon excelled week after week.
You know, I sometimes wonder about the shows that I blog, about whether I would watch them as quickly if I were merely watching them, or if they would languish for a few days while I got around to them. For Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? OF THE DEAD, I’ve never wondered: I would watch it faster if I weren’t blogging it. Then I wouldn’t have to prepare, and I could watch it just as soon as it came out! Maybe I’m biased – in fact, I know I am – but I think that’s the highest praise a story can recieve
So when’s season three? =X