Remember kids, this story has a lead character that's a zombie, so don't try these things at home, which we're warned about at the start of each episode.
What They Say:
Masou Shoujo Haruna, necromancer Yuu, and vampire ninja Sera. Somehow I ended up with a harem. If my friend Orito found out about this, his delicate mind wouldn't be able to handle it. I need to keep him in the dark. Orito received a single text. The sender is a young girl who describes the person she believes is behind the serial killings. I know one person who sounds like this...
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Aikawa's life has certainly taken some odd turns, especially his zombification which we saw the origins of in the previous episode, but the most dangerous thing is that he's living with an increasing amount of very deranged women. As much as he tries to lead a normal life during all of this, having them there means it will be anything but, even though he could manage things fairly well if it was just him and Yuu. Haruna brought in enough bad vibes to be sure but the addition of Seraphim in the previous episode upped the ante considerably and the tensions as well. Having the four of them under one roof will not lead to anything positive, least of all for Aikawa.
The series does continue to have an amusing sense of humor about it though, which makes the characters very interesting to watch. Aikawa for his part still does his normal things like going to school, but he tries to keep things minimal, such as avoiding the heat for fear of his skin peeling away. As he tells a fellow classmate, he just doesn't get along well with it. The fanservice side of the show is pretty blatant when they want to draw it out too. During a bit of downtime, the girls play Twister, with Yuu spinning the dial, which means a far too brief of a period where Haruna and Seraphim are stretching and reaching from very intriguing camera angles as they try to win the game. You have to love a show that handles it so blatantly like this. Everyone seems to view them sexually though, even at a bowling alley with friends, so it's pretty much a given at this point.
A lot of this episode is about these kinds of silly moments and it goes by surprisingly quick. Aikawa does his best to hid the fact he's living with these girls but it doesn't take too long but before his friend realizes it and starts to figure out ways to horn in on the deal. The fun in this is watching how the characters all interact with each other, especially with the girls coming together to some extent and even Aikawa finding the right balance with them. It's interesting how the show plays things fairly light and kind of silly, but with an undercurrent of seriousness to it. It then slips in something far more serious towards the final part of the episode that changes how you view certain things, but that's what makes it work. It doesn't lay it all out clearly from the start but layers it throughout with a good mix of charm and humor.
Having Aikawa spend a good bit of his time away from the girls here works rather well as it allows him to stand on his own without being followed and dragged down upon by them. When they're together, it actually has a sense of fun about it that feels natural rather than filled with bad tension. The humor that the show employs continues to be spot on for the characters and material and I'll even admit I laughed and enjoyed the fanservice aspect early on. What I really liked is how is shifted to something more serious toward the end that wasn't entirely expected and gives us a clue as to the way the show can shift directions quickly to move towards something different than you'd guess.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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