OP: 「YES!!」 by 大橋彩香 (Ohashi Ayaka)
「MISSION1 / 入部! / 入部と言ったな?あれは嘘だ / 本当はリアルなサバゲをやるつもりでした」
(MISSION1 / Nyuubu! / Nyuubu to Iittana? Are wa Usoda! Honto wa Riaruna Sabage wo Yarutsumorideshita)
“Mission 1 – Joined the Club! / Didn’t your Join? I was Lying! / I Really Wanted to Play a Real Survival Game”
I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into when I hit the button, but all I know is that I really, really liked it and want more.
When I first heard about a slice-of-life kind of show that focused on girls who were crazy into survival games, I had no idea what was going to happen. Would it be a show that took itself super seriously and fill itself with a ton of flashy explosions and a barrage of gunfire? Or would it be super disappointing with school girls awkwardly trying to wield handguns and fuwafuwa-ing around? Amazingly, the show managed to hit a perfect middle ground with a combination of eye-candy, humor, and the breakage of the fourth wall.
Momoka and the Narrator
If there were anybody or anything that made this show work so well, it’s definitely these two. Starting with Momoka, she is literally the reason why I made it past the first few minutes. Not only is she how I envision a realistic school girl would be — nice and cute on the outside but wicked and nasty on the inside if you poke hard enough. And as if watching her get revenge on the nasty geezer who tried feeling her up on the train wasn’t enough, I had a field day when she finally snapped and paid back those two bitches in full plus some change.
On the other hand, the Narrator in this show does such a good job at poking fun at things that I wish other shows would do it more often. From calling out characters when they derp on terminology to actually appearing in the show as a Guile/Sagat inspired character, he does a great job at reminding us not to take things too seriously and take the show for what it’s worth.
After watching Barakamon earlier today, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be another show that would grab my attention and have me wanting more. Boy, was I wrong! Somehow, this show manages to combine two things, slice-of-life and action, that are normally on the opposite ends of the spectrum and brings them together with a glue made up of interesting characters, really funny jokes, and gun eyecandy. Toss in the random moments where the fourth wall is almost broken and the “imaginative” scenes when the gunfights happen and you have a pretty awesome show. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be coming back for more next week!