“Friendship (Melting Emotion)”
Well, I think we know exactly how Ousama Game is going to turn out now. If last episode was not hilariously unmitigated train wreck enough for everyone, this week cranked that disaster up to 11 by doubling down on all the worst (best) elements. Problematic storytelling, ridiculous characters, and even more obscene orders; it really gives meaning to the phrase so bad it’s good.
As mentioned last week, the main problem with Ousama Game is its story. Adapting the sequel was always going to be an issue given few viewers likely ever read the source novel (let alone all of them), and what we got effectively proved the point. Thankfully the show recognized this aspect and made an honest attempt filling in missing details by pulling material from the prequel starting last week, but ironically only made matters worse. If we are going to receive flashbacks running the full extent of weekly runtime, what is the purpose of even adapting the sequel in the first place? With two weeks of this strategy now under our belts I honestly do not know, the prequel is hilariously terrible sure, but it progresses logically in the manner the supposed “actual” story here currently does not. We could have received a better tuned story with greater focus on each individual round of orders (you know, for suspense), but instead received this rushed amalgamation with little time for accentuation or focus on important plot components. With two stories competing over the space of one, there is just no time to properly present either of them in detail.
For all the story issues, however, what winds up keeping Ousama Game fun(ish) are the characters, and oh boy does this episode go all in fast. Defenestrating yourself over a class vote, getting your girlfriend to give your best friend a quickie? Ousama Game was already ridiculous as hell, but this episode had me in tears far more than it should have. Take that sex scene, if Nobuaki cares so much for Naoya, why doesn’t he just screw Naoya himself? You’re friends, what’s a little pegging between
butt best buds if it saves that precious too good for this world life? In fact, why not even go the distance and make it a threesome with Chiemi? It’s wholesome fun for the entire family, the best of both worlds. Seriously, I don’t think Nobuaki thought that one through enough…or is too much of a hypocrite when it comes to his must save everyoneTM mantra. Eh, probably the latter to my chagrin. At least Kana is slightly more intelligent when it comes to sexual matters (i.e. doing it herself), but never trust her around windows, the poor girl winds up losing her mind—literally. If this is only tip of the character iceberg for Ousama Game, I’m at a loss to think what could be coming next. With characters already this crazy, how do you even begin to top them? Guess we will just have to wait and see.
Having witnessed the full fury of Ousama Game these past few weeks, I think it’s safe to say I will not be covering this one further. It may be the best unintentional comedy of the season and the greatest horror train wreck this side of Mayoiga, but I’m not sure I can muster the strength needed to write about this between the tears of laughter and bashing my head against the desk. Ousama Game is a show better watched than dissected, and if this episode is anything to go by, the best scenes are yet to arrive. It might only be mindless popcorn entertainment, but as pure unabashed fun (if only unintentionally), Ousama Game has it where it counts.