It’s just so, so silly, but I can’t stop myself laughing.
I think this may have been my favorite episode of Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love! so far – it was certainly the funniest, start to finish. I’m still not sure if this is a show that’s going to be bloggable every week, but it sure it watchable. The tongue is far enough in-cheek and the commitment to the premise is strong enough for the series to pull this off. With Takamatsu Shinji directing I always felt pretty good about that, but after three eps I think it’s safe to stop worrying about it.
Among my favorite moments this week:
- Kinjou and Midousuji transplanted, with Kouji Yusa joining up as the Caerula Adamas dupe-of-the-week Kuratori-sensei.
- Kurotori-sensei in general – a ludicrous popinjay of a ballet teacher hired because the principal thought he was hiring a volleyball teacher. Then again, this is the same principal who holds a monthly “pretty boy” competition in an all-boys school.
- Yumoto’s “I love seeing it – and showing it!” approach to life.
- Zandar’s plan being built around convincing boys to love other boys, and thus stopping the human race from propagating. Is he from Ikebukuro?
- Kinugawa’s “Did you just come out?” reaction to Yumoto’s confession that he loved seeing young gang leaders in yakuza movies.
- Yufuin’s reasoning for why it’s better to be loved by men than women.
- Ryuu’s method of romancing the Triplets (Mizushima Takahiro) – and the results.
- Io’s urinal reveal – whipping out his long, fat bank statement.
- Kurotori’s “Give me hug!” moment – not to mention his “I love me!” epiphany.
- The very idea that the resolution consists of convincing a raging narcissist that loving himself is the key to happiness.
Make no mistake, this is pretty clever stuff – it has to be to embrace its essential baka nature as unreservedly as it does. Binan Koukou knows exactly what it’s doing here, and it’s doing it very well indeed so far.