What’s the show? My Sister, My Writer. Episode 3.
So how’s this episode? Things are improving—which is to say this show is less trash than it was in the previous two episodes—but ironically enough, in getting ~better~ its gone from being ‘so bad, it’s good’ to ‘mediocre’.
Oh? That doesn’t sound good. Well it’s not all doom and gloom; the upside of the writing getting better is there’s a legitimately interesting exchange at the start of the episode before it devolves into a seemingly never-ending cosplay changing montage.
And what is this “legitimately interesting exchange” you speak of? Well Suzuka has come to Yu for some help with the second volume of her light novel series, her editor has told her that among other things the second volume has to include “panchira scenes” and Suzuka doesn’t know what this is. (I’m ashamed to say I didn’t recognise the Japanese term but should have guessed as much given the spelling). Yu awkwardly explains that “panchira” means “panty shots” and bless Suzuka’s innocent little self she didn’t even know boys were even interested in seeing a girls panties. So in order to better understand how a panty shot occurs she has Yu instruct her on how to best re-create an ~accidental~ panty shot by sitting with her knees up on the floor. Yu averts his eyes because he’s a gentleman (also that’s his little sister) but she insists he looks because “it’s not a panchira if someone isn’t peeking at them, right?”
Ah, so that’s where your review title comes from. Don’t you think that’s just such an interesting concept though? That fan service isn’t fan service unless it’s observed. That’s some deep stuff right there!
I mean maybe, if you’re twelve years old… Bah! What do you know?!
So what about the rest of the episode? You mentioned something about cosplay? Yes, another of Suzuka’s editors requests for Volume Two is a second heroine who ~isn’t~ the protagonists sister. But rather dryly neither Suzuka or Yu has any idea what kind of character they should be, so he invites Ahegao Double Peace Sensei and fellow light novel author and classmate Mai over for some ‘ideas’. Which basically means Miss Double Peace has brought a bunch of sexually suggestive costumes over which she models, and I don’t know why but for some reason the anime decides rather than having the slow pan up the length of the characters to give a full but visually kinetic view of each costume, it’ll just tilt the camera 90 degrees for every costume reveal. Which, well it’s efficient but it’s also just lazy and ugly looking and made my neck hurt for the many minutes this scene went on for.
Uh-huh, any more complaints? Not really, the rest of the episode just kind of happens with very little interesting moments. And a part of the problem is, once Double Peace and Mai leave around the halfway mark it’s just Yu and Suzuka and they don’t exactly make for the most dynamic couple to focus on. The most interesting thing about these characters is that they’re brother and sister—beyond that there isn’t much chemistry between them. Which isn’t helped by the stale animation, which, while improved from last week, is still lacklustre.
So thoughts on the episode as a whole? Are you considering dropping it? God no. I love this trash—I’m just kinda hoping it leans more heavily into the harem elements as that’s the most interesting thing this show is capable of at the moment. But I get the feeling it’s wanting us to buy the romance between Yu and Suzuka and yeah… not buying it yet. What I am buying is any possible anime merch that has Mai in that sexy little demon girl costume she dresses up in, more of that please!
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