Summer 2018 Anime

No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk/Blood – ‘Dropkick On My Devil!’ Episode 3 Review

No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk/Blood - An Anime QandA Review of 'Dropkick On My Devil' Episode 3

What’s the show? Dropkick On My Devil!, Episode 3.

So how are things with your sadistic little cute girl show? More or the less the same as last episode, surprisingly less violent but somehow more sadistic.

Jashin-Chan is awful. The character, not the show.

Care to elaborate? Mostly in the form of Jashin-Chan being god-awful toward people—specifically her friend Medusa and poor little Pekola. I was so angry when Jashin-Chan stole Pekola’s food (she’s starving as it is!) that I was ~grinning~ when Yurine arrived to give Jashin-Chan her violent comeuppance, and some food for Pekola.

Someone needs to keep this sweet angel fed.

So the show is overtly hammering home Jashin-Chan’s bad personality and all-around awfulness so you feel good about all the violence perpetrated toward her? If it weren’t for the last part of the episode I would have said that’s 100% what they are doing however for some reason they try and pull a ‘redemption arc’ of sorts (albeit tongue-in-cheek) when Medusa calls out Jashin-Chan on her horrible behaviour. I was hoping it would lead to have character development at least on Medusa’s part but by the end they’re all buddy-buddy again and Jashin-Chan hasn’t really learned anything. This is much to Yurine and by extension—the audience’s—annoyance.

She’s a real charmer…

So are you concerned the series isn’t going to develop outside of the central ‘gimmick’ of the show? Oh don’t get me wrong there is actually a bit of world-building and character development here just not from our core-cast, the weird little snow woman returns with her big sister in tow to set the record straight and get some ‘closure’ after Jashin-Chan “abused” her little sister during her visit in the previous episode.

Don’t mess with someone’s little sister, lest you feel the wrath of big sister!

Oh no… how did that evil Jashin-Chan “abuse” the snow girl? Well she whistled in her ear and stuck a bread sticker on her back…

Umm… Yeah, Jashin-Chan isn’t exactly consistent with her ‘bad behaviour’.

Truly diabolical!

Right… So are you still enjoying the show? I don’t know… I mean I’m not not enjoying it if you know what I mean? It still feels kind of weird that a show like this is a full-length series, it hasn’t really shown any narrative legs and is too all over the place tonally to really work as a standard CGDCT show or slice of life series. However I still like Yurine and Pekola and Medusa and Minos and enjoy seeing them interact and the show is still really nice to look at—we just really need a lot more substantial world-building or character development or a semblance of a deeper storyline to coalesce otherwise I might find myself getting bored quickly.

She had it coming.

Previous Dropkick On My Devil! Reviews:

Snake Girl Sashimi – Episode 1 Review
Don’t Eat The Yellow Shaved Ice – Episode 2 Review

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