Donbrothers episode idea: Tarou gets his normal and Don Momotaros personalities switched, so he's all 'Wahaha' while in his normal clothes but becomes his normal calm self while Avatar Changed. This is a problem because now Don Momo refuses to strike enemies but Tarou will not stop attacking the untransformed DonBros to train them.
personality swapped tarou out delivering packages yelling "think fast >:D" and chucking them right at the recipients' heads
kinda seems like tarou has his donmomo personality in this wack-ass highschool au so i hope it’s like
class president sonoi giving a speech about proper student etiquette at the morning assembly only to be interrupted by a WAHAHA from the back of the room for the 3rd time this week and he crushes his notecards in his fist and is like curse you momoi tarou.... <- secretly wants him so bad
i love codependent relationships in fiction i love watching two messy people unforgivably in love with each other shatter the world around them i love seeing interpretations of love as a cosmic disastrous redemptive force i love watching love consume people whole i love looking at romantic relationships and going "oh that is so fucked up! good for them"
this is the result of Drama Roulette where i use a random number generator to try to find something to watch that’s outside my usual. i guess... not super outside my usual in this case. but i do typically only go for cop shows if there’s a) a hot old guy in it, b) some kinda cop romance that appeals to me or c) both. so technically this one is a little beyond the norm.
(as a result of picking it at random i didn’t realize it was a sequel until halfway through. but uhh. s1′s only 4 eps long so i couldn’t have missed that much, right?)
i’m surprised by how funny i found this show. it suffers from real Straight Guy Writer(s) Syndrome with being kinda stupid and weird about women and there are definitely some jokes that are beaten into the ground or bad but there’s just something about oshii as a protag. he is like a harem anime protag except i actually understand why women want him. i want to hold him in my hands like a little hamster. absolute hidari shotaro tier goofy fictional detective.
that said while generally funny and with fairly interesting mysteries it does feel tonally off a lot of the time. oshii acquires his own personal moriarty who’s like heehee let’s play a game of crime >:3 and oshii’s like solving crimes is no game! these are people’s lives! ... except the main cast consistently act like it is, in fact, a game? bc it’s a stupid comedy? they generally show zero care or empathy for the murdered victims they’re investigating which is fine enough when it’s Rich Old CEO Man who died but feels rather callous & cruel when it’s an average college student. (whose appearance they make disparaging comments about, even)
i think if you’re going to do Funny Murders consistently you need to make the world at large a heightened reality one. where the characters getting murdered and many of the suspects are all real weirdos. but in this show only the cops are weirdos. everyone else is relatively normal. which makes the energies not align right at all.
overall: ehh? i had fun with it and if you’re an inukai atsuhiro fan this is another entertaining Smug Boy role for him but it’s in real YMMV territory re: how it handles being a funny cop show
finished “mental tsuyome bijou shirakawa-san”. i initially only wanted to watch it since 2 of the supporting coworkers are my queen akimoto sayaka and mr durandal from saber, and i’m bisexual for both of them. (and shirakawa herself is yaiba yua for any 01heads.) but i ended up liking the show as a whole a bit more than i thought i would.
i’d describe it as like... tokusatsu gagaga for normies. much less funny, but the vibe is still kinda similar. with this energetic lead girl who ends up accruing a group of female friends at her workplace. and she and kano both have this figment of their imagination they interact with, though of course shishileo is a delightful guy whereas shirakawa-san talks to this horrid stuffed animal that like represents her secret less positive thoughts.
that’s one part of the show i’m a little conflicted on. the fact that shirakawa’s super gungho #unbothered “mentally strong spirit” is kind of just a faking it til she makes it thing? and when she goes home her social anxieties of the day catch up with her. (and later we learn she was bullied as a teenager and such.) there’s a part of me that wishes it was 100% real. that she was just born as this legit force of nature. like the godai yusuke of office ladies or smth.
but it makes sense. the target audience for this show would logically want her to be both relatable and aspirational. “inwardly she just like me fr so maybe i could become more like her outwardly too.” and her hidden inner turmoil does make for a few emotional moments when the new friends she’s helped turn around and help her in return.
it starts off on a not so great 2 eps with talk of dieting and ~who does the cute guy at work like~ but once it gets going i found it to be a mostly nice watch. the other women in the office are written like such cartoonish middle school tier mean girls it’s kind of insane but the central friend group is sweet. the vibes between shirakawa and umemoto in particular compelled me... could’ve been f/f ship of the year for me if they’d gotten a few more good moments