Beware girls and their favorite trading card games.
What They Say:
Playing the Immoral Game
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The weather outside is frightful with a really strong thunderstorm working its way across the area, sot he girls all come together for some indoor activities with all the darkened skies so that they're not exactly frightened or anything. There isn't really any fear, but it's a good chance for them to get together and have a little fun. Of course, the initial round of ideas of what to do is pretty bad, from certain kinds of stories to Romance of the Three Kingdoms cardgames that push people away from wanting to do anything with them. It is amusing that the storyline is called out because it always involves one husband with many, many wives.
The card games become the main path for entertainment and everyone has their own type that want to try and get others to play, including one about matching young cuties together which feels mildly disturbing. Mariya has a fun little game that feels pretty disturbing as it's revealed with its use of punishment, morality and more, but it definitely fits his personality and freaks Kanako out all the more. In fact, Kanako really can't handle this situation at all as she just wishes for some amount of normality, which is amusing coming from her. Of course, just as she freaks out the most, Father Kanae arrives to help her create her own game, which has a bit of a small panic since he's in the girls dorm and that's simply not allowed.
Maria Holic alive however isn't connecting as a whole here this time around and the second episode seems to reinforce it. First episodes of second seasons tend to be a little off so I don't judge them quite as harshly since they're going for different things depending on the audience. Here, with the second episode of the second season, I'm find the show feeling like even more about a whole lot of nothing. Kanako's adventures in the first season as the pervy girl taking the role of the pervy boy we usually get was welcome, but here she feels reduced and even more spastic about things. Her interactions with Mariya are fairly minimal overall as well which hurts it a bit since I liked how they played off of each other. The show just feels off at this point.
The fun of the card games certainly has its merits and I like some of the things that they call them out on at times, and the use of Father Kanae when nobody expected it. Beyond that segment, the rest of the episode felt rather bland and more about Kanako crying and screaming than anything else. That can work at different times, but her reactions across the episode were just too regular for it to be fun after the first couple of minutes. So far this season has yet to draw me in like the first one did and it's almost pushing me away. The look of the show is spot on overall and the characters are what we're familiar with, but it's not giving me anything in the story department to really latch onto in any interesting way.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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