After the busy episode with ancestors inhabiting bodies, Milky Holmes takes a slower turn.
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Episode 10 - An Unsuitable Job for MH
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Milky Holmes had an amusing episode in its own right last week as it brought out the ancestors of the modern day detectives and gave us a show that would have been more interesting than what we get on a regular basis. The all girls detective group who don't have their toys and come across as airheads isn't exactly the concept that I think they thought it would be on paper so when we got some rather smart people taking them over, the show took on a very different feel with characters that actually had amusing and engaging personalities. Personalities. Go figure.
As usual, the scenes involving the Gentleman Thieves seem to be the most interesting part of the show, as we see them in the midst of a heist with Arsene telling them they need to get their dignity back and start in on some really serious heists. It's one that they're definitely interested in as she plays with the illusion Toy, but it's still hard to see these guys as entirely serious from time to time with the way they can get just as bad as the girls. The way these girls interact with each other is different overall, since they're actually pretty snippy with each other at times, but the Thieves don't exactly get along all that well either a lot of the time, though they're at least bonded under Arsene.
The main focus of this episode revolves around the latest test that the students have to go through for school. Using their Toys. With no Toys on hand though, the girls have to go through all the obstacles and challenges without them and that means they fail repeatedly. It's a rather awkward kind of test in this regard and is the kind of giant, glaring hole in the plot that leaves you frustrated. Since the tests all require Toys, and they don't have them, they should fail automatically instead of going through the charade and wasting everyone's time. Or, you know, get them Toys again so they can actually be proper detectives in this school and go through the process. There's something very odd about the show in regards to all of this in that it's put them on the outside because of their lack of Toys and then abuses them because of it once in awhile. The focus is supposed to be on the girls themselves, but it seems that many seem to find them just as annoying as I do.
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes hits up another frustrating episode after the last one was amusing in its own way, mostly owing to the fact the core characters weren't in it. The fact that the girls are put through the test that requires Toys when they don't have them doesn't leave you scratching your head, it has you banging it against the wall. And the usually fun Gentleman Thieves are just about anything but with this one as they try to get more serious about their heists under Arsene's direction, which in turn leads to them fighting and arguing with each other a lot more than usual. And that's what seems to sum up a lot of this show. Bickering. Lots and lots of bickering and accusations against each other. So when it tries to have the girls being supportive of each other, it feels very self serving and hollow.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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