What’s the show? Release The Spyce, Episode 8.
So how’s this episode? I don’t know if you noticed but all my review titles are James Bond movies but with the word kawaii in place of one of the words.
Yes, I’d noticed, but thanks for letting me know!–seriously though, I assume there’s a point you’re about to make since you brought that up? I like to compare things to other things, I find it useful in articulating a point when I can’t find the words to properly define something. It doesn’t always work for everyone though because not everybody has seen the things I’m referencing–so forgive me if you’re reading this and it makes no sense but this episode was like one of the ‘so bad it’s good’ James Bond movies. It was reminiscent of ‘Live And Let Die’ what with the tropical setting and the traps and the snakes and even substitute that movie’s “voodoo” for this episode’s “vikings” and it’s even more similar! (Shame I used the episode title “Live and Let Kawaii” for the Episode 4 review, d’oh!)
You say “so bad, it’s good”–that doesn’t really sound like a good thing? It depends how you go about looking at this show, if you go in expecting seriousness then you’re going to be disappointed. And yes, this show has dark subject matter sometimes and has impressive action scenes but it can do that and be silly with ridiculous villains and cliche traps and shenanigans because guess what that’s exactly what James Bond has been doing for over 50 years!
Okay fair enough, you’ve made your point. So how is this episode? Taken alone; it’s a lot of harmless dumb fun and that’s probably the best way to go into this episode. But compared to (some of the) other episodes and seen as a part of a more longer running narrative, it’s kind of mediocre. I mean it’s all well and good having a diversion to Okinawa (for swimsuit service, no-less) but nothing’s really gained from this episode, I mean sure they rescue some viking girl’s grandfather from some bad guys and kill a bunch of snakes but aside from that it felt like the show was just treading water until it was ready to advance the main plot some more.
But the question is, would you prefer this type of ‘not advancing the main plot’ episode over the character driven episode they’ve previously given us? Probably this, if only because this is more what I expected this show to be when I started watching it. I mean seeing Yuki beat up a group of henchman with a selfie stick was both silly and surprisingly satisfying! Though I don’t think they needed to introduce us to viking girl or snake villain man–this show already ~has~ villains that they could be utilising instead of introducing and then writing out new ones on a week-to-week basis. But maybe I just don’t understand what this show is going for…
Overall thoughts on the episode then? It’s fun as long as you don’t think too hard about it–which, you know, is kind of my job so I guess more fool me!
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
Live And Let Kawaii – Episode 4 Review
For Your Kawaii’s Only – Episode 5 Review
Kawaii Friends Are Forever – Episode 6 Review
GoldenKawaii – Episode 7 Review
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Categories: Fall 2018 Anime