To be honest, Charlotte always had to pull a bit of an inside straight to make the cut with me – there’s just so much about it that I normally just don’t find appealing. The second episode was pretty good, but this one didn’t click, and I’m having a hard time mustering any optimism.
Here’s the thing: as much as I disliked Angel Beats (which was a lot), my only recourse in watching this episode is hoping things get dark and serious real fast. And that’s because the comedy just isn’t working for me, even when the lolimouto isn’t involved. Maeda’s humor is always hit-and-miss, but it’s missing right now. It’s really a case of the devil I don’t know versus the devil I do, I guess – maybe once it fires up the angst Charlotte will surprise me (though with Maeda, tragedy is even more hit-and-miss than comedy).
For now, I’m out in terms of coverage – I’ll watch at least one more episode and re-calibrate if events warrant it.
Shimoneta – 03
It’s pretty rare that a seiyuu can ruin a show to the point where I’d have to consider dropping it, but for Arai Satomi I can make an exception. She’s an awful actor generally, though I suppose there is a tiny sliver of roles within which she can be tolerable. Alas, Saotome Otome isn’t it. It’s Arai at her most excruciatingly insufferable. The character might not be so bad in different hands (though I think it would still be pretty bad) but in hers, it’s plain torture.
The equation for me is pretty simply at this point – if Saotome is a major character going forward (it looks like she is), Shimoneta is dropped. If she’s on the fringe, there’s enough that’s funny and somewhat clever here to maybe keep me around. In an episode like this one, her presence infected everything so much that I really wasn’t able to enjoy a single moment of it. And though it also felt to me like the humor was starting to become repetitive in general, I don’t quite trust my judgment on that given the special circumstances.