Live And Let Kawaii – ‘Release The Spyce’ Episode 4 Review

What’s the show? Release The Spyce, Episode 4.

So how’s this episode? I think this show is like allergic to it’s own villains.

What do you mean? Sorry I’m being sassy. It’s just this show is again prioritizing its protagonists development over its antagonists—which don’t get me wrong it’s important—I just kinda would like some more stuff with the female villains now! Sure we had a ~bit~ last week, but it’s not enough!

That’s a good reaction face!

Is it enough of a problem that it’s holding the show back from being enjoyable? No, I don’t think so, it’s a small gripe about an otherwise fun and entertaining show! However I can absolutely understand why other viewers might be frustrated about the show’s inability to focus on its overarching plot and devote so much time to character development.

Only person who can do that is you! (Well the writers, but you know what I mean!)

‘Kay, so what’s this episode about? It’s about Mei and Fu’s relationship, they have some arguments, there’s a mission in between, then by the end of the episode they make up and all is well. If it sounds like not a lot of consequence happens that’d be correct—which would be fine if this was ~just~ a club based cute girl show—in fact this episode felt more like an episode of Yuru Yuri than any of the previous ones. And it’s not a bad thing, it’s just not what a show that’s (presumably) trying to differentiate itself from the pack should be doing.

Like ‘friends with benefits’ “friendly”?

So you think the episode—and by extension the series—should be more spy and action oriented? It just needs to have more balance, I think while this episode was still fine and I ended up liking Fu a lot more than I had previously, it just feels like the show is too laid back for its own good. Binge watching this series would probably help too, as waiting a week for a minuscule amount of plot progression probably ~adds~ to the frustration. Nevertheless I’m still enjoying this show and I’m eager to see more! They just really need to get their plot priorities in order!

Still sweet though.

Previous Release The Spyce Reviews:

The Spies Who Kawaii’d Me – Episode 1 Review
License To Kawaii – Episode 2 Review
Kawaii Another Day – Episode 3 Review


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2 comments

  1. This is one of those two-sides-arguments that I don’t really come down on the same side as a lot of reviewers about. To me, character development is at least as interesting as plot development. Many times it’s far more interesting, because plots are generally not as unique as characters, and too often a whiz-bang plot is used to just shove a (usually uninspired) story along.

    But I acknowledge that there are a lot of people who just can’t sit back and let shows talk about the characters. “Nothing is happening!” Well, it is. They’re telling us about the characters. They’re showing personalities, relationships, connections. And they’re doing it for more than just the main two characters. People always call these ‘side stories’, but I think they should be considered the main story.

    And if they take their time with this, and maybe show us a story about Goe and Hatsume, maybe some more about how the three apprentices are bonding together, and maybe even more about how the three masters came to be friends, so we actually care about the characters, it will make the plot point they’ve been hinting around for the whole show a lot more interesting. If we know more about the characters, then why one of them is willing to betray their compatriots is a lot more important. I’ve thought that storyline was bad since they began it, but with more character depth, it means a lot more, and is less just a formulaic “we’ve turned one of their (interchangeable) characters to our side!”

    One thing that I think is important to keep in mind with this show: They’ve said that Moryo and Tsukikage have been fighting each other for generations. We shouldn’t have any expectations that either side will definitively win or lose in the time period of this show. They’ve set that part of the plot as essentially unchanging. I think if they spent more episodes with too much focus on the caper of the week, the show would get much more boring very fast. My overarching point is I guess it’s ok to want a show to do something different, because there are plenty of shows that I think would be better doing something different. But I always encourage people to watch the shows that they’re putting out, while trying to minimize how much they compare it to the show they think it should be in their head.

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