It feels like Moyashimon Returns finished when it was just getting started. Even though the entire finale was dedicated to goodbyes in France and Hellos in Japan, Marie finding the perfect thing for her dad to do that will keep him interested in the business, and Hasegawa free to return home, only to wonder what’s keeping her at that school now that she’s free, and then finding reasons to stay, I got the feeling the series was over before it began. It’s the show’s fault. It takes so much delight in side bits that have nothing to do with the main plot, like the sideshows at the festival (my favorite bits) and the absolutely necessary lectures by our friends the microbes, that it doesn’t have much room for a story. The ones we got were interesting enough. It’s good that Hasegawa is free, and I never expected that she and Misato would bond a little. Not that the show needs much depth, but it’s nice that they did it. But it wasn’t enough, yet to add more story would have ruined the show’s charming, loony balance … Hmm, I have a perfect solution: Another season!
… By the way, did you notice that both noitaminA series finished with a creatures floating in a blue sky?
Not much to Polar Bear’s Cafe 24. Panda-kun searches for a master to apprentice without having to do any training. Even Sloth’s laziness is too rigorous for him. The second half feels like it could have been funnier, with all the animals together for an athletic festival. The three-legged race isn’t bad, with Panda and Penguin teamed together (random draw), and the end (meaning the last two members to cross the finish line) of the foot race was kind of sweet. But I was expecting something more. I mean, Grizzly was there, all the penguins, all the zoo animals, the entire menagerie. Oh, well.
In Kokoro Connect 11 we get the latest fun torture from Heartseed.
Just looking at it, it doesn’t look so bad. From 12-5 every day, two of the gang will turn into how they were as kids. We’ve seen this sort of thing in comedies before and always for laughs, and that’s mostly how they treat it this episode. It’s fun to see how they acted as kids. And of course they drop some innocent verbal bombs on the grownups. Inaba was a cute, shy little thing. Yui was, er, a young Yui. It’s Lori and Aoki who pose some problems. Lori fits in amazingly well no matter what age she shows up as (it can vary). She still has that multiple-personality fear of hers but outsiders would simply call her a well-adjusted girl who’s easy to get along with. I’m still not convinced that her problem is all that great.
The young Aoki drops the biggest bomb. Turns out he grew up with and dated a girl named Nana, who would look exactly like Yui does now. This brings up some interesting questions that Aoki and Yui worry about a little too much. When they “regress” and then return, their childhood memories become fresh in their mind. Aoki remembers how much he loved Nana and wonders where it went, or if he loves Yui that way. They don’t play up the question of whether Yui is a Nana surregate or not; maybe they’re saving it for next week. Anyway, Aoki is now in a funk. I’d point out the obvious to him: “That was middle-school, you idiot!” But even if he wasn’t a fictional anime character he wouldn’t listen to me. Meanwhile, Taichi doesn’t regress and was told by Heartseed #2 (now we got more than one of the bastards) that he must “be a knight” and keep the others out of trouble. So far, no problem, but I think the real trouble will begin next week.