It’s looking to me like JC Staff used all their ammunition in the first episode of Kamisama no Memochou. Nothing since then has captured that indefinable something that made the premiere work. At this point I’m going to drop if from the blogging rotation – not because I dislike it, but because there’s just too many good shows to blog on the weekend.
It’s not as though there’s anything offensive about Kami-Memo as it exists. I don’t get angry at it, I don’t hate any of the characters and it isn’t grossly stupid. It’s just not very interesting right now. While the premiere had a compelling sense of style and some very clever dialogue, the subsequent eps have felt very routine and anything but extraordinary. Is this simply a case of JC Staff finding their level? Could be. It’s not as if they’re incapable of doing pretty good series, but their efforts do tend to bleed towards the generic end of the scale more often than not for me.
As for the episode itself, it had the virtue of being focused on ramen, which is a personal passion of mine. It also focused on Rin, who is one of the livelier and more interesting members of the cast. But while a treat for fans of underboob, it didn’t manage to produce much of a spark. Narumi is still a doormat, for starters, which I’d hoped we’d see marked improvement on after the last arc. The mysterious customer and the underwear salesman didn’t represent much of a mystery, really, except (as Major had the sense to ask) just why Rin didn’t recognize her own father just because he was wearing sunglasses. I’m fine with a light-hearted mystery for a change, it’s just that this one wasn’t all that interesting.
And that, in essence, is the problem and why I’m dropping Kami-Memo. I’ll probably watch for a few more weeks and who knows, maybe something of that first episode magic will draw me back into blogging it. I should have known something was wrong when “Colorado Bulldog” was dropped as the ED, but I ignored the warning signs…