「アニケン, ズットテング」 (Aniken, Zutto Tengu)
“The Anime Club: Forever Snobs”
Kouki has officially become the most punchable person in Animegataris. He has been shady since the start, but manipulating the club’s supervisor to buy new tech with the money they were offered by the studio filming their news segment so he can blackmail the club into getting formally shut down by the principal is on some next level stuff. It is suspicious how soon he turned against them given that he did the same thing Tsubaki did by walking away and maniacally laughing. Tsubaki seems to have become weary of this manipulation given that she had called sick since the anime presentation, and issued a warning to Erika to be careful. There’s reason to believe that maybe Kouki wasn’t acting himself because of outside manipulation, but with what we’ve been given up til now, and his behavior in some circumstances, there is also reason for suspicion on whether he wanted the club to tank.
The pattern of the anime club’s rise is also something I’ve seen before in other programs; wait for their unrealistic peak to hit only to strike them down at their highest. It wasn’t entirely calculated to a T, but it was strange how the anime short slowly inspired the school’s clubs to take their advice and anime viewing regimen to create pyramids, rocket boots, and mechas. While it was a little eccentric, and still felt like they were mulling about before they reached the juicy part of the story with details on the universe’s lore, it did give some of the neglected members of the supporting cast a chance to shine such as Yui and Minoa’s homeroom teacher, Tooru.
It was also a good vessel for displaying how large of a power level their writers have. They did reuse some of the older references like Gurren Lagann and PreCure, but the swathes of clubs at their doorstep gave them some fun material to use like dedicating an information session to Yowamushi Pedal. They also included a fun homage to Code Geass at the end to cap off an episode about betrayal gloriously. Another fun part of the episode was around the beginning where the club members discuss how lavish after-parties can be for anime…unless you’re a screenwriter. It’s okay, Miko, maybe some day they’ll get the respect they deserve. Maybe someday. I’m just hoping that after this episode’s last scene, they’re going to start committing to explaining what exactly is happening with everyone.