「スーパー姑大戦 実習篇」 (Suupaa Shuutome Taisen Jisshuu-hen)
“Super Mother-in-Law War: Training Stage”
No really, what?
To start, let me say this. Despite all of its flaws, I will continue to blog Nourin. Though stable plot and characters are literally nowhere to be found, the sheer enjoyability of seeing people mess around with each other is amazing. Before we expand on that though, let’s get the gripes out of the way.
I decided to blog this show under several conditions. I had to promise myself this–ignore the plot as much as humanely possible. I need to flush out of my mind the fact that it’s very uncanny seeing Ringo already making the moves on Kousaku even though she really shouldn’t know that Kousaku sent her letters. I need to ignore just exactly where Minori gets her costumes and why she seems so open to stripping for the sake of Kousaku. I need to abandon the hope for a proper illumination of Ringo’s backstory–no hints whatsoever have been shown to us as to her sudden change of life choices. The plot is too unstable right now to rely on it as a source of judgment–hopefully in the future that sentiment will change.
Once that plot is completely ignored, then enjoyment of the show can commence. All the seiyuu show perfect execution of their lines each and every episode, with the intonations of their lines full of gusto and attitude. Kousaku easily transformed from the idiot to the straight man for episode three, having to deal with the crazy and mindless love rivalry between Ringo and Minori. Whatever I said about comparing characters to those in Baka to Test can go straight out the window, because everyone in this show is an idiot. No one is safe–the teacher is sexually desperate, the male friend is an eccentric do-it-all, the childhood friend is highly competitive, the quiet one is willing to show her dark side with mindless efficiency, and the idiot can actually be a consistent straight for some time (without losing his idiot self). This is beautiful though, since it offers boundless energy through their interactions, with each person trying to out-idiot the other through sexy and lewd actions, all in a vague agricultural setting.
Since this show has surprised me so much, defying expectations in both bad and good ways, I have to continue covering this to see where it goes. Despite all its problems, it’s still an enjoyable show to kick back, completely turn off the brain, and relax. It is a pleasure watching the well-crafted joke visuals as much as I do closing my eyes and listening to the excellent cast go all-out. For anyone looking for a plot of any sort, now’s the time to turn back, but if you enjoy the sexy, the comedy, and the stupidity, welcome. Though much suspension of belief is required, the payoff may just be worth it. It isn’t anything above a B-level offering, but it’s an interesting comedy nonetheless.
ED2: 「みのりのぞっこん未来予報♥」 (Minori no Zokkon Mirai Yohou ♥) by Hanazawa Kana