OP: 「七つの海よりキミの海」 (Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi) by 上坂すみれ (Uesaka Sumire)
「瀬戸際のむろみさん」 (Setogiwa no Muromi-san)
“Muromi-san on the Brink”
Here’s this show in a sentence: laid-back atmosphere with funny characters who tell silly jokes to pass the time. I laughed!
The first thing I noticed about this show was the atmosphere. It has this sort of silly fun vibe which, coupled with its simple backgrounds and nostalgic art, feels as relaxing as I’m told fishing is supposed to be (though I never got that from the sport myself). Which is good, because that’s really all this show has to support its comedy. It certainly doesn’t have much plot…any pretense of that was blown away when Muromi-san (Tamura Yukari) got attached to Mukoujim Takurou (Mizushima Takahiro) within minutes of him fishing her up. No matter though…at 12 minutes a pop, there’s not enough time for much plot anyway, so a nice relaxing atmosphere will do just fine.
Side note: bonus points go to the OP sequence, which was what I can only describe as “silly epic”. It’s not often that you see a bunch of mermaids flying through the air to save the world from a giant meteor, but that’s what we got! Combined with some similarly silly-epic singing from Sumipe, and the fact that they actually failed to save the planet, and I was smiling by the end of it, if a bit quizzically. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it was fun!
As I expected, I was smitten by Muromi right off the bat. She’s flirty, silly, crazy, and definitely an idiot, which are all great attributes in a comedy heroine. As for Takkun, he’s saddled with the tsukkomi role, so it’s no surprise that he didn’t stand out as much as Muromi did. Still, he’s both kind and throws out the tsukkomis when they’re needed, so he’ll do.
Since this is a comedy, everything comes down to one question – is it funny? That’s subjective of course, so I can only say that I laughed quite a few times during this first episode! From the embarrassed starfish to the bra hook to Muromi’s problems with her many and varied predators (powered up seagull, AHHHH!), they made good use of their main duo’s comedic potential. Be warned though, ye of weak constitution – these jokes are a bit raunchy. A little lotion play isn’t a bad thing though, right? And that jellyfish bit…Muromi-san is an M!!
At 12 minutes a pop, the combination of a laid-back atmosphere + silly humour delivered by talented seiyuu looks like a winner. This is one of the shows that I know I’ll watch because it’s so easy to do so – when I have a few minutes to burn or just want to relax at the end of the day, I’ll pop this one in, have a few laughs, and then call it a day. Light and refreshing, that’s the ticket…and a little deredere Muromi doesn’t hurt either.
There are currently no plans to blog this on a weekly basis.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Laid-back atmosphere + silly-flirty-crazy Yukarin-voice mermaid + good jokes = a winner! Only 12 minutes an ep, though #muromisan
- That’s not the kind of romance you want to get involved in, Takkun. Ruuuuuuun!!
- Note: I will henceforth be referring to Takaii as Takkun. Or Taka-chan. Or lover boy <3