「ゲーマーズと全滅ゲームオーバー」 (Geemaazu to Zenmetsu Geemu Oubaa)
“Gamers and Wipeout “Game Over'”
Is it just me, or did the animation get shifty this episode? In fact, the first half of this episode felt off to me, and I’m not sure why. Probably because there were multiple issues. The animation for one, and the pacing felt choppy. Lots of close ups too, and the gags weren’t as on point as usual. For a series that has been firing on all cylinders so far, it was an odd change, like maybe the extra run time really threw them for a loop and they were having to scramble to make it all work.
The payoff, though, was well worth it. The entire second half was a glorious wealth of reaction faces, with one for every character and mood (as long as that mood is freaked the fuck out). A lot of the time it’s not a good idea to belabor the joke or spend too much time setting it up, but this was definitely a time where it was needed, because showing exactly how everyone’s wild misconceptions were spinning out of control was crucial to setting the stakes for the final scene. None of the accidental confession would have worked if we didn’t know why Tasuku, Aguri, and Chiaki were freaking out, or what put Keita and Karen in the position to act as they did. The foundation had been laid by previous episodes, but they had to fill in the rest for the knockout punch to work.
And work it did! The pacing still felt disjointed throughout the episode, but good writing and a hilarious payoff can cover for many sins. I was howling with laughter during the second half, and especially when everything spun out of control. This is movement! This is chaos! The status quo is destroyed, and now we get to live in the glorious post-apocalyptic future! Tendou is going out with Amano, and her reputation is toast! Aguri and Tasuku both think the other is cheating, with members of the newly minted couple! And Chiaki thinks Aguri and Tasuku are cheating with each other! Everything is different, but it’s all still the same, because everyone is spending too much time in their own broken heads and not enough talking to each other!
Let this be a lesson to you, boys and girls. Talk to each other. Talk to your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your friends. Don’t keep things buried inside. Or, at the very least, and if you do, maybe don’t immediately jump to the worst conclusion because of your crippling low self-esteem? Just a thought. Because if there’s one stat all of these people need to level up, it’s that.
- Male bathroom etiquette rule number one: Don’t talk in the bathroom. Yes, it’s the first rule, before things like, “Please wash your hands” or, “Maybe don’t pee on the wall.” Don’t talk in the bathroom!
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