What’s the show? Endro! Episode 3.
How’s this episode? It’s just four happy-go-lucky friends on quests to go rescue cats. It couldn’t get much more cute than this episode was!
And that’s it for the whole episode is it? Pretty much, but to be fair they do have to find a lot of cats. Also the last cat they have to find is being held to ransom in a tower full of monsters and being guarded by a boss monster. So don’t pretend like saving cats isn’t difficult work!
Okay fair enough but what else are you going to talk about if all that’s happening in the episode is rescuing cats? I thought about this for a while and I figured out why this show feels different to normal CGDCT/slice of life shows and why I’m so drawn to it. It’s because mechanically and narratively this series has more in common with RPG games than the aforementioned genres. But rather than wholesale lifting every element such as numerically levelling up and keeping track of how much money is being earned and spent this anime plays it a bit looser with the logistics and is content to stick to references and meta-commentary rather than inundating the audience with the comparisons. And for me it helps sell the immersion of the world and its characters over say an isekai that over relies on those elements.
Right, but what else? What else? Well like any good RPG it’s about ~the journey~ rather than the destination, obviously this episode isn’t just about rescuing cats, that’s just the quest goal. Rather it’s about the difficulties they come across along the way, the way they work together to overcome their obstacles–be they monster or even food related. And, like a lot of great journeys it’s kind of hard to talk about all the little things that contributed to making the adventure memorable–you just kinda had to be there, or rather had to watch the episode for yourself.
Fair enough. Anything else you wanted to add? Our demon loli Mao is MIA for this episode–undoubtedly relishing her retirement and as much as I like her character, I don’t think this episode suffered at all for her absence–which I guess just goes to show the quality of our foursome. Also something about the episode I didn’t like (minor as it may be) was when the quest giving guy at the ‘Adventurer’s Guild’ looked at our four and said “four girls in your party, that’s unusual” I felt like that was a bit of unnecessary sexism thrown in for no reason, unless of course the show’s going to have ‘casual sexism’ as a common thread for the girls to fight against–in which case, you girls show ‘em you can hit just as hard and be just as smart as anyone else! But other than that another great episode!
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Categories: Winter 2019 Anime