「究極と至高の野菜対決」 (Kyuukyoku to Shikou no Yasai Taiketsu!)
“Veggie Battle: Ultimate v. Supreme”
Alright, not much going on this week, but there are a few points I’d like to touch upon that weren’t so obvious.
First, a few inconsistencies to point out. Assuming that the principal tried Kei’s vegetables and preferred them over the supermarket ones, why was everyone so surprised when they tried the supposed mass-produced and assumedly in-supermarket brand of vegetable? Doesn’t it seem strange that everyone is completely shocked at what supermarket food tastes like, even though they’ve probably had foods like that for a good part of their lives? Yeah, I get that the point is to emphasize actual experience over rookie enthusiasm, but the show could’ve done a better job of emphasizing the skill difference between father and son without resorting to shocking revelations that create dissonance. Secondly, speaking of dissonance, is anyone still weirded out that the show completely glossed over the fact that Kei’s mother died from pesticides? If that was one of the driving factors for Kei to produce his kind of vegetables, why does that fact seem to suddenly disappear for both Kei and his father at the end of the competition? It feels like an unnecessary fact that gets completely ignored at the end, which distracts from the meat of the show.
Other than those inconsistent gripes above, the show is moving in a nice manner, developing each character specifically and letting them grow and take the spotlight without distraction. Actually, it’s nice that the show itself consistently integrates all the characters of the show–the Farming Four always seem to have a participatory role that continues to highlight their usefulness as characters, while Becky is always ready to provide the nasty jokes that have become a core part of the viewing experience. It’s the mark of a successful comedy to balance all its characters without neglecting any of them–everyone’s favorite characters don’t fade into obscurity after their star episode, leaving an overall happy audience where all the characters feel fleshed-out and well utilized.
As we finally wrap things up, Nourin is ending on quite the high note right now, having gotten into the rhythm of its humor and continuing to have top-level comedy seiyuu voicing. Just closing my eyes and listening to the audio is a pleasure in itself–the amount of effort each seiyuu puts into their character is applaudable, especially for Becky and Kousaku, whose high-energy voice carries many of the scenes in terms of audible humor. Things look quite good from this side of the end–let’s continue to cheer the show on as it crosses the finish line.