OP: Yuumaga Doki「ユウマガドキ)」by Soraru and Rib
「ミギとダリ」 (Migi to Dali)
“Migi and Dali”
The first episode of Migi to Dali is a surreal comedy about twins who must methodically plan out their day-to-day routine to assume the identity of a single child now that they’ve been adopted by a wealthy elderly couple. While it has the unsettling undercurrent of the two boys Migi and Dali robotically planning their next moves and executing them with aplomb, it has a surprisingly sentimental undercurrent as they and their new parents experience the bliss of domesticity as a newfound family.
”YOU AREN’T STEVE JOBS!”
There’s something very hilarious about the offbeat, unsettling tone the story has. Where the aesthetic emphasizes a dramatic, creepy feeling that only appears on the surface. The boys are unsettling as they craft new situations to experience, and talk about their new parents like they’re guinea pigs for a fun new experiment.
At the same time, Migi and Dali wind up being so goofy and eccentric that you can’t help but be disarmed and give them a laugh. Their eccentricities have a creepy vibe to them as they play up their innocuous, innocent side to their parents. It’s hard not to smile when they’re acrobatically switching places so that they can both enjoy jambalaya or have one brother play up their fear so that the dad would be too distracted to notice that the other brother is helping him set up a birdhouse on piggyback.
It has the same kind of mind-bending comedy that creator Nami Sano put into Sakamoto desu ga? where so much thought is put into making these characters extraordinary. Just as Sakamoto had his own elaborate way of surviving high school with ease, Migi and Dali are left to brainstorm new convoluted ways of learning about their parents or sharing the bliss they have from being treated like a beloved son.
”YOU AREN’T STEVE JOBS!”
It’s through these actions that make Migi to Dali surprisingly wholesome. Even when Migi and Dali are scheming each interaction with their new parents, you can tell the parents put so much on themselves to provide a nurturing, fulfilling life for Hitori in spite of their age. While Migi and Dali research and plot their every next move with their new parents, they learn little details that humanize both the couple and the twins.
As much as Migi and Dali put on their mischievous faces while plotting their next interactions, there is a sense of joy they share in being taken care of and treated fondly under the shared identity of a boy known as Hitori. The emotional beats of the episode hit hard, especially when their foster father is crying at the prospect of being able to handle carrying his son at an age where his back isn’t in the best shape.
Whether the twins truly love their new parents or are just in it for the luxury, it is genuinely sweet to see them fulfill their parents’ dream of raising a child before they’re too old to handle parenthood. Nonetheless, Migi to Dali is one of the more promising comedy shows that debuted in this fall season. I would be very excited to follow this one and see what direction the story goes when the next episode arrives.