OP: 「あの娘にドロップキック」 (Anoko ni Drop Kick) by Jashin★Girls (Suzuki Aina, Oomori Nichika, Kubota Miyu, Kozakai Yurie, Omigawa Chiaki, Sasaki Rico, Iida Riho)
Jashin-chan Dropkick is the story of a devil who is trying to kill the human who summoned her, so she can go back to hell. Jashin-chan (Suzuki Aina) is the devil; she’s got a snake tail, she’s terrible at planning, and she can regenerate, which is very good because she needs it a lot. Hanazono Yurine (Oomori Nichika) is the human, a gothloli with a horror fetish who is soft spoken and real good at murder. Also in the cast: Medusa (Kubota Miyu), the gentle, shy, and kind-hearted devil who’s wealth and trust is abused by Jashin-chan (and who dresses like she’s an Egyptian pharaoh, for some reason); Pekora (Kozakai Yurie), a meek and constantly-flustered angel who lost her halo, and so can’t return to heaven until she finds it; and Minos (Omigawa Chiaki), a cow devil who is also there. Together they eat hot pots, and witness the one-sided brawl between Yurine and Jashin-chan.
I lay all that out for you because the show doesn’t, at least not initially. It does by the end of the episode, you learn all of the above by then, but it starts with Jashin-chan having already been summoned, and her stated goal of killing Yurine already in progress, and starting in medias res didn’t work for me. Which surprises me! It feels like a lengthy introduction shouldn’t be necessary for a comedy to work, but I didn’t crack a smile until I learned everybody’s names and figured out who they were. That’s not to say it was a bad decision—in fact, for a lot of people I expect it was the right call—it just didn’t work for me. Comedy is subjective, etc.
As for the type of comedy, it’s heavy on the slapstick, where Jashin-chan has a bad plan, executes it badly, and Yurine punishes her for it. Not much more to say right now, the show hasn’t used its central shtick often enough to need to branch out, so this episode was mainly that. If violent slapstick isn’t your jam, this may not be either. Though I can’t say what the comedy will extend to once more characters and situations are added.
I probably won’t be covering this series personally (I need a quieter season after the last one), but I’ll probably watch a few more episodes at least. Thanks for reading!
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ED: 「Home Sweet Home!」 by Yutarou Miura x Hyadain