「一回の戦闘でレベルが連続で上がるとめっちゃ気持ちいい」 (Ikkai no Sentou de Reberu ga Renzoku de Agaru to Metcha Kimochi ii)
“It Feels Awesome to Gain a Bunch of Levels After a Battle”
Two episodes in and I must admit: I’m pleasantly surprised how Jaku-Chara is turning out. Sure, it won’t be for everyone given the style of dialogue and somewhat rigid nature of characters and development both, but an introspective rom(com) which sacrifices cynicism for a little positivity? I think we might be onto something here.
With Fumiya having been given his objectives last week, no real shocker this one was devoted to fulfilling the first part of them—except maybe for how smoothly the process went. Make no mistake, the cringe (both the embarrassing and hilarious varieties) you anticipate from individuals like Fumiya was firmly on display throughout, however it rarely extended beyond a few seconds whenever it cropped up. Whether down to Aoi’s tactical involvement or the sheer (and fun) chaos of rambunctious new girl Minami (Hasegawa Ikumi), Fumiya got through things pretty damn well, and with the sense of tangible development to boot. There is surprising amount of honesty and optimism in the approach of training Fumiya in the ways of socializing so far, and I hope it continues.
Where matters may become debatable though is in terms of execution. While Jaku-Chara arguably has the atmosphere down pat, its clinical approach to both playing conversations and dissecting them does come across as dry and somewhat uncanny (I guarantee that joke scene played out better in the author’s mind). It’s a similar issue some had with the likes of Oregairu, where in the desire to play to its premise, the show don’t tell axiom is effectively sidelined in the rush to get things started. Does Aoi need to really break things down so much? Does Fumiya need to be walked through every little step with accompanying explanations? Or can the guy be provided a little more freedom? Organic moments Fumiya had with Minami and Fuuka (Kayano Ai) show he can think while still getting the message across, something which would be nice to see more of as things progress. The real tell will naturally be once we hit girlfriend territory—i.e. drama time—and/or get Aoi’s full story, but how long it takes to get there is up in the air.
Well, at least for the moment; given how quickly the prospective pairings for Fumiya are popping out the woodwork, I don’t think we’ll have that long to wait.
ED: 「あやふわアスタリスク」 (Ayafuwa Asterisk) by DIALOGUE+