Kids are growing up faster and faster these days and if they're anything like this, we're all in trouble.
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Episode 3 - At the Height of your Perversion
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Exposure to Mitsudomoe is certainly something that could be a mixed bag. With the third episode, I find myself getting another very different look at the show compared to the first two. The Gachi Rangers left me very cold, though I can understand the appeal to a good number of people, while the second episode did a very hectic but fun introduction to the fairly large cast that's here. It showed more of the basics of the humor and covered a lot of ground which in turn shifts considerably with this episode as the sexual nature of it is ramped up significantly. That the show opens with the elementary school kids dealing with nude portraits and Shin is completely uninterested in sketching one of the girls, or any of them really, naked, he finds himself beset upon by them. To the point where the sisters have a wide variety of underwear thrown out in front of him to go through. And, apparently, to put on him as well.
The short form nature of the stories again helps to really let the show have a lot of fun without being stuck with a particular gag. One sequence deals with earthquake preparedness as the teacher suddenly throws them into one, though it's obviously not real, and they have to deal with the situations. From the earthquake to the fire, it hits the gags pretty well, especially as the teacher gets tasked with carrying out the number of 'corpses' that are now there since they don't want to really participate. It's another instance where doing something to help them sort of backfires on him in a way, but he's able to make it into something of a teaching moment. His use of what appears to be magical sweat from Mitsuba is priceless.
After the first episode, I definitely hold some affection for the father of the Marui sisters since he has to deal with a lot. As a father myself, I totally get both the protective nature and the way you feel so overwhelmed by it all at times. So the way he goes through things and acts feels so accurate in a twisted sort of way. In some ways, it's very much a dads job to embarrass his kids and Soujiro certainly accomplishes this at the school sports day with how he gets involved in the three legged race with Hitoha. There's definitely an affection there for each other as they do what they have to do and really bond over it, but the reactions of everyone else as he progressively loses clothes in front of them is the icing on the cake.
While the show certainly has its pervy moments, it's easy to understand why some will dislike the adult humor that makes it into the show, especially the second to last gag in here with the issue of bras coming up and moves to be made regarding them. With almost none of the girls wearing them at this point, Yudai finds himself unable to show the moves he's got. At least until one of them does have one and actually wants to help. It's highly comical seeing this situation play out and the way both sides of the genders react to it. But there's skirt flipping involved here and gags about bras with young kids which can turn away some. At the same time, this is pretty much a part of Mitsudomoe and one of the things it wants to do is to push the acceptable envelope for some folks. Many will find it hilarious, but a lot will cringe from it at the least. Shows like that have their place and if you're in the right frame of mind, it can be a whole lot of silly fun. Because kids really do go through stuff like this, just not quite as exaggerated of course. It's that kernel of truth that makes it work.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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