Two episodes in and I still don’t really know what to make of Majikoi, except it’s one of the weirdest shows I’ve seen in a while.
OP: “U-n-d-e-r–STANDING!” (真剣で私に恋しなさい)!! by SV TRIBE
This notion of dropping an anime audience right in the middle of a story without trying to explain what’s happening seems to be growing in popularity of late. It’s not a trend I’m crazy about, but sort of works here because the material is so bizarre that a sense of confusion lends something fun to the experience. While the first ep was something like an episode of Baka Test using sengoku combat instead of shoukanjuu, this one jumped right into the main plot (I guess?) without much acknowledgment that the premiere happened. After a pretty funny into involving Momoyo, Yamato’s bed and a cucumber (where’s Derek Smalls when you need him?) the episode focused on the search for a bizarre lost dog that’s dressed like a teacher.
Really, that was mainly an excuse for lots of chase scenes, lots of fanservice and some very well-animated combat sequences. Why is it that one of the girls in Yamato’s harem appears to be a dog in human form? Why is it that his group (Class F, I guess) apparently has robots in their employ? Why does one of the girls talk through her horsie cellphone strap? Don’t look at me – or the anime – for answers. I guess we’re just sort of supposed to accept at face value and let the insane wash over us.
And the thing is, it sort of works. If you’re going for random as your appeal, go all the way – and Majikoi does that. There’s clearly something up with the lost dog, who’s way too interested in the human female anatomy, way too smart and way too good at dodging arrows – in one of the coolest animation sequences of the season – to be a normal dog. We also have random shots of a guy with a bandaged face, Yamato flashing back to what looks like a homeless man (Jake Martinez – is that you?) who says he’s given up on Kawakami City, and Fujiwara Keiji – surely the busiest seiyuu in anime right now, even more than KanaHana – showing up as the leader of some sort of weapons smuggling ring.
Chalk this one up as another series right on the cusp, blogging-wise. I like it but I’m not sure I like it enough to cover it weekly. I’ll probably make a firm decision after next week’s ep.
ED: “Kimi no Maji wo choudai (君の真剣をちょうだい)” by Momoyo Kawakami, Kazuko Kawakami, Miyako Shiina, Christiane Friedrich, Yukie Mayuzumi