Sket Dance – 45

In the first half, J-son comes requesting help for another omiai. The woman he meets with is instantly terrified by him, and his nervousness only exacerbates the situation. Communicating by earpiece, he mixes up the text messages and emails from Himeko and Bossun. Then more emails appear in Switch’s inbox, which J-son recites, making the woman flee in horror.

In the second half, Chuu’s notes have helped Remi stop flubbing the morning announcements. She tells him she’s going on a date, but when he says he is too, she gets jealous. On her date a middle schooler crosses paths with her, uncovering her date Tobishima’s plot to capture video of her upskirt. It turns out to be Chuu, who took a youth serum. His “date” was with his daughter, who recognizes Remi from TV and takes an instant liking to her.

One story this week was about a man for whom it is utterly impossible to ever have a relationship with a woman – save the gloomy Yuuki, that is. All of his potential suitors have fled in terror of his spooky looks, his yelling, and his general creepiness. There was simply no way the Sket-dan would be able to help him, especially not with an overly confusing system in which commands about what to do and what to say are mixed up so easily.

But the other story was much less ridiculous and both optimistic, involving Chuu and Remi. They’re an intriguing couple: him with his laid-back attitude and unconventional inventions; her with her penchant for mistakes and bottomless cheer. It was nice to see her get worked up over learning Chuu was going on a date, clearly she’s got a deep admiration for him, something he may not have picked up on due to being so immersed in his experiments. Chuu also showed he’s not as unobservant as he seems by busting the pervert who asked Remi out. He may be eccentric, but he’ll be damned if he’ll let anyone take advantage of his sweet co-teacher. His daughter is also flippin’ adorable.

Rating: 3

Baby, Please Kill Me! – 07

Concerning culture fest, breath-holding, record-breaking, water sampling, starting pistols, jumping pigtails, the useless character, the old man at the bottom of the human pyramid, UFO jitsu, juggling beanbags and knives, organ-grinding, pot-balancing, and the art and challenge of swatting mosquitoes.

On Kill Me Baby, dead horses are rarely beaten, because the comedy jumps from one thing to another so quickly, and never dwells on anything inordinately long. Sometimes the segues between items are a bit forced if not random (including many a bizarre transition card) and serious yet funny narration stabs. This episode’s attention span was as short as Yasuna’s, but it had its share of charming moments.

The way Sonya’s hair reacts to a pistol shot, the way Rie Kugimiya’s red-haired character was dismissed just as soon as she appeared, Yasuna swatting aimlessly at a bug while making soap bubbles with the swatter – all nice details. Sonya even screwed up a few times, failing to kill the mosquito, dropping a dutch oven on her head, and even letting Yasuna score a slap square in her face. Of course, Yasuna paid dearly for it, but we’re just excited she landed a hit at all. Such things are rare.

Rating: 3


Bakuman 2 – 19

Meeting her father so he can ask him permission to marry Kaya, Takagi learns that her father was best friends with Mashiro’s uncle Nobu. After meeting with both Takagi and Mashiro, he gives his approval. At the Jack party that night, all eyes are on Iwase and Niizuma, further firing up Ashirogi. Natural+ gets of online buzz and on its first day Jack is sold out everywhere and it hits first place. When the next issue comes out, Tanto #1 only gets fifth, then descends from there, levelling out below both of Niizuma’s manga. At their new flat, Takagi and Kaya are visited by Iwase, who comes to ‘congratulate’ them, then suddenly names Hattori as her next ‘interest’. Niizuma stops reading Tanto, apparently bored with it.

It’s a mixed bag this week, with good news, bad news, and some serious coincidences. This anime program would have you believe, for instance, that Kaya’s dad was best friends with Mashiro’s uncle who pined for the mother of Kaya’s best friend Miho, who Mashiro has promised to marry. Small world, yeah? But while it’s good news that Takagi and Kaya can finally tie the knot (I guess Takagi’s parents are dead, or something), there’s still the matter of making a living with manga, and Hattori, Niizuma, and Iwase aren’t making it easy.

In fact, Ashirogi is shown no mercy whatsoever, as the cool indie Natural+ screams past their comparitively childish gag manga, which Iwase says proves Takagi doesn’t have talent anymore and therefore she doesn’t love him – because that’s what loves all about AMARITE? Hinamaru even has his Otters 11 turned into an anime, albeit a late night one, while Crow already has one and Aoki’s manga has a shot at adaptation too. With all the mounting hardships, Takagi is even finding it hard to come up with ideas, never good when you’re already behind. And apparently their manga is so uninspiring, Niizuma, their #1 fan, has stopped reading. Really not good. This week almost seemed like piling on.

Rating: 3.5

Car Cameo: In front of the venue for the Shounen Jack party
sit a trio of stately Toyota Crown Majestas.