Never before have I asked to see a chubby old dude fight a pedophile flasher in a Street Fighter 2 style gag. But I got it anyways. And I’m unsure if I should feel bad or not for laughing so hard at it.
It’s been a long time since an anime gave me such a hearty laugh. This episode brought me that and more. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the first episode of the season, but it’s still of extremely high quality.
The plot to this one is extremely simple. Mob and Reigen aren’t getting much work, so they go to investigate some urban legends. Along the way, they meet up with a new psychic who, like Reigen, claims to be the greatest psychic of the century. Antics ensue.
This episode is much lighter on the drama than the last and much heavier on the comedy. Each joke, both the visual and spoken, lands super well, and they’ll either make you chuckle or laugh aloud. Typically for such prolonged periods of time that you won’t have caught your breath before the next joke happens.
That, or I just don’t laugh enough anymore. But that’s depressing, so I’m going to chalk it up as the series being genius.
Speaking of genius, let’s talk about the best thing in this episode. The one and only spoiler ridden subject I need to talk about. The Dimple fight scene.
If you ask me, Dimple is one of the best gag characters in anime. Not only is he hilarious, but he’s a genuinely powerful character among the cast. He doesn’t often get fight scenes, and they’re more played for gags when he does. This time, however, we get a genuinely great battle starring our little green snot ball.
And oddly enough, it may be one of the best in the series yet.
The art and animation take a huge spike upwards in quality during this fight, featuring some beautiful moving backgrounds, fluid character movements and fantastic choreography. It also puts the personalities of both fighters on full display, with Dimple primarily running away once he realizes he can’t win and his opponent rushing him with savage and brutal attacks. Plus, it has an incredibly interesting premise. It isn’t just a fight to win; Dimple needs to keep the person he’s possessed in order to fight okay, no matter what happens, which builds tension throughout the entire battle.
It’s incredibly short and it has little significance to the plot at large. But it’s an incredibly fun, interesting and tense battle nonetheless. If I were to rank the best fights in the series, this one would be pretty high on that list.
Aside from that, the rest of the episode is standard fare. Fantastic art and animation, wonderful gags and character writing, powerful directing, and everything else the series is known for are all on full display here.
We also get a new ED this episode, and it’s pretty cute. Each character is drawn in a new chibi art style, and it’s very cute to look it. It also depicts the emotional journey Mob has undergone thus far really well, as we see all the friends Mob has made throughout the series thus far. It’s simple, cute, and really appealing to look at. Just thinking about it alone has put a stupid grin on my face.
Which is a pretty accurate summary of this episode, really. It’s not super important to the plot at large, but it puts a dumb smile on your face from beginning to end. It’s just a shame that the only really substantial change the characters have undergone is ‘Reigen figured out he needs a web site.’
But this episode does have Reigen petting a cute dog, so I can forgive it pretty easily.