Girlish Number should have been an OVA. Or a movie. Or something shorter than a twelve-episode series. After the latest episode, I am in loss of interesting things to say, because you have seen everything in the last four episodes.
I’ve put some inspirational music to help me come up with something to write in this review. Let’s talk about Episode 5, Chitose the Joker, and her rough estimates.
Japanese Title: ちょけった千歳とぼこぼこ評価
I feel like I have so many things to say about this episode, but none of them is about the plot. The episode was so slow that the sloth that they showed could have been its mascot. Oh wait, was that on purpose? I don’t think so, but the fact is that Chitose lefts us with few things to talk about. If you feel the same way, then you must be wondering if there was any plot development. There was, but you had to dig deep to find it.
Here is what we learned in this episode:
- Chitose may be arrogant but she is not bullet-proof to criticism. Quite the opposite. She is deeply hurt by all the negative comments that far surpass the positive.
- For the first time, we hear people saying what we all felt from the first scene of the trailer in the in-series anime. It sucks. It really, definitely sucks.
- Chitose is unemployed. The recording stopped, so she must be. Unless there is a season 2. Did I miss any mentions for a season 2?
- Chitose has no friends. Yes, it may seem like Koto and Yae are here friends, but it seems like they are closer to each other than to Chitose. And Momoka always pairs with Kazuha. And her brother always makes fun of her. Poor Chitose.
I think that’s all. Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments.
Author’s Breakdown: This was definitely the best part of the episode. The anime is so bad that the original author loses his marbles. He is in complete denial and believes that the anime doesn’t exist, to the point where when his assistant mentions the word ‘anime’, the author is delighted that his work is finally going to be adapted. Sad, but hilarious.
Themes & Trivia
Internet Comments: People are relying too much on the internet. So much in fact that they are sometimes deceived into believing that they can talk about stuff as though as they have experienced them first-hand when in reality they just read about them on the internet. People expressing opinions based on comments they read online is such a common thing today.
Kuzu: It was brought to my attention that the name of the lovable producer means ‘trash’ in Japanese. I am certain that he was named as such on purpose. He is acting like trash, from the way he behaves to his coworkers to his attitude towards the things he supposedly helps to be created.
The episode was boring. There was no character development, and the Chitose of the previous episode, the Chitose that had realized that there was maybe more to this job that whining and bitching others around, turned back to the selfish, arrogant fool of the first episode. Does it count as character development if it goes backwards? Everything else was more of the same: Production has problems. Check. Chitose cares only about herself. Check. The writer of the original work suffers from depression. Check. Chitose’s brother is trying to ‘hit’ sense to his sister. Check. Chitose mentions sister complex. Check. I could have included a dozen more ‘checks’, but I’m sure that you felt the same way. Maybe the last episode should be called ‘Chitose the Selfish Seiyuu and the Boring Series about her’.
Ok, enough bitching from the terrible reviewer. Time for the good things, which of course, are still there even if the episode decided not to build too much upon them. In my previous reviews I’ve said that I would love to see Chitose have an epiphany. I thought about it, and I changed my mind. I don’t want Chitose to have an epiphany. I want the anime to end with her having failing miserably and having a reality check, but without the whole training montage and her ascension to being the star she always wanted. I want this show to be about a Chitose that gets slapped in the face by all the negativity online, a Chitose that gets depressed because things aren’t as easy as she thought they would be, a Chitose that bit by bit stops being a self-arrogant prick not because she realizes her mistake, but because the people around her realize what a terrible person she can be.
Girlish Number is different. We knew it was different from the first episode. I was disappointed by the very slow pace of this episode, but that doesn’t mean that I gave up on the series. Chitose lives in a fantasy she sincerely believes in, one that she finds very hard to leave behind.
Old Same Chitose
I hope that there are some plans to bring a few obstacles in our heroine’s way and one or two interesting plot twists, unless they want Girlish Number to have the same fate as the anime they feature in the story. Ok, I’m being a little melodramatic here; that anime’s so awful that there is no way Girlish Number will fall to mediocrity. But if it continues like this, it will fall to boredom.
What did you think of this episode of Girlish Number? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check the rest of our Fall 2016 reviews.
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