「やっぱり異世界」 (Yappari i Sekai)
“This Really Is Another World”
This show is bad for my health. The amount of hilarious hijinks coupled with heartwarming moments, hints at the growing plot and a harem lead who actually deserves his harem all combine into a perfect storm of hilarity and awesome!
Class Is In Session
The classroom sections were a bit of a mixed bag this time. First of all, the first classroom scene wasn’t very good. Shinichi being a colossal otaku is something we’ve all seen before, so this added nothing. I’ll watch a rehash of something if it’s sufficiently funny, sexy, or otherwise entertaining, but without that it feels like a waste of time.
On the other hand, the other classroom scene was great. It added something new, which was not only funny but significant. While the children were still throwing around rather unkind words, this time it was not out of the pure hatred of institutionalized racism, but the pure nerd rage of a bunch of fans. There’s a twisted kind of equality among fans, because while they – okay, let’s call it like it is, we – will argue vehemently about whose fandom is better or why this or that work is amazing, there’s a certain level of equality inherent in arguing. People who truly feel they’re better than others don’t argue with them, because they’re lesser beings, and whose argues with a lesser being? I certainly don’t argue with a dog or a fish. Simply by arguing, they’re tacitly implying – probably unconsciously – that they’re all individuals worth arguing against, that they’re all equals. It’s not a matter of who’s better or worse, it’s a matter of who’s right, and that’s a whole different beast entirely.
Plus it was just funny. Having that group of dwarves admit that all dwarven men are eternal lolicons? HAH! Though I mean who can blame them, when their women are like this. Bonus Romilda-chan picture, because she’s awesome!
No Immunity Against the Disease
The idea that the Eldantese people don’t have an immunity to otakuism is an amusing one, though seeing as there’s no particular cultural or sociological reason why they should be any more predisposed to it compared to any other society, it’s something you have to take on faith. Sakaki-sensei only rarely requires us to take his plot points on faith though, so I’m willing to follow along, especially when it leads to Petrarca trying to act tsundere any failing to raise a Shinichi flag, or Minori converting Galius to otakudom via BL!!! Hilarity was once again not in short supply this episode, and I loved it!
It Has To Be Shinichi
The nice thing about the dual serious/silly atmosphere of this show is that when Elbia got all scary, I actually believed something might be going on. A good troll doesn’t work if you don’t think they may be serious, and they had that down for sure. It was only during the dream sequence where Myuseru-who-turned-into-Elbia talked about liking Shinichi’s smell that I realized what was going on. It was even foreshadowed – Elbia talked about how she suppressed her hunting instincts through drawing in much the same way as Discworld Black Ribboners (vampires) suppress their compulsion to feed through replacement – sorry, I had to make the Discworld comparison because I love those books so damn much. Deal with it – which implies that her animal instincts have a strong hold on her. Really though, it was just hilarious to see Minori and Myuseru rush to the rescue only to find a scantily clad Elbia crawling all over Shinichi HAH! And her speaking like it has to be Shinichi-kun, followed by Minori teasing Myuseru ohhhh man!! This show is going to be the death of me!
A Harem Lead Who Deserves It
The thing I like about this show is that, unlike shows like Infinite Stratos, all the girls that have fallen for Shinichi have really good reasons for doing so; Myuseru because he treated her like an equal and she has seen his kindness, Petrarca because he doesn’t kowtow or try to take advantage of her and treats her like a normal person, and Elbia because he also treats her like an equal and his kindness saved her life and gave it purpose. Rather, they all have good reasons for taking notice of him, and then his personality, passion, and kindness won them over from there. Shinichi is a harem lead who actually deserves his harem (as much as anyone can deserve the love of multiple women, that bastard), which is refreshing to see.
Bonus: Shinichi doesn’t get all the girls. This is important! The fact that Minori hasn’t fallen for him makes her the exception that proves the rule, because unlike the others she knows how Japanese men are and doesn’t see anything especially attractive in Shinichi (other than as a match for Galius). The other three fell for him for Eldantese reasons, but they’re good ones and he is a nice, principled, and passionate (and his hobbies) guy at the end of the day.
Myuseru Still Best Girl
All that said, Myuseru is still best girl. I had such trepidation when Shinichi asked her whether she still wanted to go back to Japan with him whenever he had to leave. That’s the point when many stories would, for some flimsy and contrived reason, partially reset their relationship to keep the uncertainty going (“No, because I want to become a meido worthy of your love”…or something like that), but Outbreak Company didn’t do that. Myuseru is earnest and as honest with herself as she can be – she still hasn’t shaken all of her social conditioning off, after all – and that moment was just so sweet. Plus Myuseru calling me sempai was pretty sweet. Calling Shinichi sempai I mean. It’s not like she’s going to do that tonight in my dreams or anything. No siree, no ecchi dreams like that for this blogger, certainly not!
Looking Ahead –
Soccer Association Football
Blah blah association football blah blah something shady with Elbia blah blah next episode will probably be good. I don’t say anything of worth in these sections, so this time I’ll just point out the magical kemonomimi end card! Myuseru still and always best girl.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Eldantese have no immunity against otakudom, while I have none against Myuseru. Also I’d let Elbia attack me any night, rowr~ #ob_c 05
- Understated comedy is great. The prolonged comedic pauses were good, but I especially like Minori casually asking when they would teach BL, and then quietly getting it put into the curriculum thanks to corrupting Galius. Clever girl!
- Don’t fire a gun indoors Minori that’s dangerous what are you doing.
- “I don’t bat for both teams.” No one believes you, Galius.
- But perhaps the best moment was at the very end when, after teasing Myuseru about Shinichi x Elbia and watching as Myuseru actually let her guard down and admitted she’s after Shinichi–!!, Minori called out the harem route Shinichi is swiftly moving down. Seriously Shinichi, take them all back to Japan and visit Petrarca on the weekends. Just don’t get too close to Galius – a little longer and Minori will make him into a full-blown fujoshi, oh noes!
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