What’s the show? Asobi Asobase, Episode 11.
So what happens in this episode? Remember how in my last couple of reviews for Chio’s School Road, specifically Episode 10 and Episode 11 I mentioned that the show was getting a more cohesive, character driven feel about it and the world was expanding and feeling more like a show rather than a series of random sketches and how that was absolutely a good thing?
Yes, I probably recall that, why? Because the same thing is kinda happening to Asobi Asobase except it’s kinda not a good thing…
Oh dear. So what exactly is happening then? Basically this entire episode, all three segments within in it follow on from the final segment from last week—that being the girls working on a film for the school’s cultural fest. And that segment wasn’t the best to begin with but now we’ve got a segment dealing with them trying to get the school council president to approve their movie, as well as the school council president trying to deal with the vice president, a slutty girl who’s dating six members of boy’s school’s school council across the road and also what the Occult club is doing for their display.
So in other words it’s all about the school festival or things adjacent it? Which would be fine if it didn’t feel so samesy, like it feels like they dragged out what would have been enough content for maybe two segments and put it into four. It’s not that the jokes aren’t funny it’s that they don’t have the same breakneck intensity and insanity that previous episodes had. Plus it falls victim to something I was afraid would happen and mentioned in a previous review.
What’s that? It overuses its one-note characters—specifically Maeda and Olivia’s otaku brother. While Maeda’s often a highlight, here he’s just dragged out to do a kind of funny joke with his butt laser, while Olivia’s brother just has a pretentious speech then drools over middle-schoolers having a physical altercation. And, I can’t believe I’m saying this but it just didn’t feel very smart.
Oh? You’re looking for “smart”… in this show?! Be snide all you want there is intelligence in good comedy, even in dumb, shouty comedies—it’s all about timing and spacing to deliver perfect reactions at the perfect time but this episode felt way off the mark more often than not. That’s not to say there weren’t some great jokes and one-liners, the stuff with the witches of the Occult club was pretty funny but this was by far the weakest episode of the series—and the fact that we haven’t even gotten to the cultural festival makes my expectations lowered for next week. Hopefully though the comedy will be more consistent and the pacing will be better!
Previous Asobi Asobase Reviews:
Laid Back Insanity – Episode 1 Review
Scarier Faces Than Any Horror Anime – Episode 2 Review
It’s All Fun and Games Until Somone Gets Compound Fractures Over Their Entire Body – Episode 3 Review
So Much Butt Stuff – Episode 4 Review
Youthful Transgressions – Episode 5 Review
A Boyfriend Built By Grandfather – Episode 6 Review
Getting It Off Your Chest – Episode 7 Review
Like A Batsu Outta Hell – Episode 8 Review
Brother’s Creeper – Episode 9 Review
Cunning Linguists – Episode 10 Review
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