What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 8.
So how’s this episode? Nostalgic.
How so? The second half of the episode focuses on the three adult characters of the show. They’re all in their 20’s but are all involved with manga, though none directly on the drawing or writing side. They go out drinking together and reflect on their youth and their failed attempts at becoming manga authors. There’s a melancholic feel to these scenes and it’s very clear that the real life mangaka for Comic Girls is nostalgic for her youth, but is also appreciative of her experience.
All assumption of course. Of course, but the depth to these scenes as well as other similarly contemplative moments in previous episodes makes it abundantly clear that this series is at least passingly autobiographical.
You skipped to talking about the second half of the episode pretty quick, did nothing interesting happen in the first half? Oh quite the contrary, the first half is the most laugh-out-loud funny this show has ever been!
Care to elaborate? It’s hard to review comedy at the best of time but basically Kaos-Chan’s storyboards are rejected by her editor again and so she enters depression mode, second-guessing her abilities and questioning whether she should even be a mangaka at all—
—sounds like a real laugh riot… Hey! Don’t interrupt, I was getting to the comedy, it just needs context. So the other girls in the dorm try and cheer her up, but end up only making things worse! Afterward Kaos and Koyume try and study for their exams, but realize they don’t know how to study properly!
Uh-huh… Listen, it’s much funnier than it sounds! There’s one moment in particular that had me laughing so hard and I’m not even sure why it was so funny. All I know is I’ll never be able to hear “This is a pen” again and not keep a straight face!
Guess it’s all about context huh? Maybe. There’s also some really great stuff with Miharu-Sensei, the homeroom teacher who’s also Tsubasa’s biggest fan and is kind of obsessed with her—or more specifically her work. And that perfectly ties into the second half of the episode which we’ve already talked a little bit about.
But given how funny you found the first half, does that make the second half tonally jarring? I may have oversold the melancholic nature of the second half, it’s also plenty funny too. These women are ~realistic~ drunks, not the stereotypical nonsensical slurring or overtly loud kind. Again, evidently based on the mangaka’s personal experience no doubt.
Fair enough. So how’s this episode compare to the others? As far as slice of life/cute girls doing cute things shows go I don’t think I’ve seen such a seamless blend of genuinely funny comedy, cute and adorable moments (that kitten of theirs is absurd) character development and genuine emotional moments. Just how much better this show has gotten since the first episode is astounding, and I never imagined from such humble beginnings would sprout a true contender for one of my favourite CGDCT shows of all time. Specific to this episode though this is probably my favourite episode thus far and in-fact I’m going to go watch it again!
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