Posted on 6 March 2011 with categories: Mitsudomoe



It’s rare for a comedy sequel to be better than the original. Here is one, though. The original Mitsudomoe had its moments of hilarity, but it also had many problems: milked out jokes, trying to be way more disgusting than what was tolerable, and the endlessly repeated forced misunderstandings between the characters. Those problems are actually fixed in the sequel, Mitsudomoe Zoryouchuu.

The keyword here is balance. In the sequel, the creators make sure that no character is overexposed or milked out. Everyone gets some decent time to show off his collection of quirks and jokes. Most episodes are separated into five sketches, and those sketches either centre around one theme or are completely random, but they continue to be different and dynamic. Even the final episode still is hilarious.

The humour in this series works especially well because of how it uses its characters: in the first season it relied a lot on innuendo humour, but this too is much more varied here. The series is at its best when there are a lot of different characters involved who all play off each other, where their emotions quickly change from one to the other. At these points it becomes incredibly dynamic and fun to watch.

The more solid execution also makes the characters a lot more down to earth and likable. The first season was way too full of toilet humour for this. The second season still has that, but it’s much more restrained. The result is that now, the characters in this show are much like your typical children with their childish antics and sometimes perverted minds. Most series about children in elementary school age try to portray them innocently, but Mitsudomoe goes out of its way to show their bratty and naive sides. The second season makes it surprisingly easy to relate to.

In Mitsudomoe 1, the ratio of sketches that worked versus the ones that didn’t work was about 50:50. In Mitsudomoe 2, this is around 75:25. Most episodes have one sketch that is absolutely hilarious, and several others that are quite funny. As for the bad ones though, those are the ones in which either the creators don’t try hard enough, the joke they use just falls flat, or the creators just fall back into the flaws of the first season by repeating jokes for too long. or just being disgusting for the sake of disgusting.

I wouldn’t recommend checking out Mitsudomoe 2 without having seen the first season, as it relies on running gags that were started in the first season. However, if you’ve seen the first season, then watching Mitsudomoe 2 will only make this show better. It has a number of bad sketches, but those are vastly outweighed by the good ones. It’s a much more solid and enjoyable comedy.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Hilarious, solid and varied comedy, knows most of the time that it shouldn’t milk its jokes.
Characters: 8/10 – Some characters are just bad. Most of them are pretty good though, especially their chemistry is on fire in this season.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Bridge’s debut could have been much worse.
Setting: 8/10 – It’s an elementary school. Yet much more believably presented than in the first season.

Suggestions:
Muteki Kanban Musume
Ga Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Hanamaru Youchien

One Response

  1. Solaris says:

    I only watched to the first one, and dropped it. Care explaining the differences with Ika Musume and how this thing deserved almost Ika’s rating?

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:05 AM)
    I think I’ve got a love/hate thing with being scared, every since I was young.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:05 AM)
    Also, the basis of NervGear is the ability to intercept and alter the signals the brain receives from the senses. Altering and interpreting thought mechanically is far more intrusive and another step beyond VR.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @K-off: I think the awkward thing when meeting any new person is building up the trust with them and having to feel like you have to explain things all over again that you did with your previous partner and wondering “Is this something they should know about me, do I want to let them in that much”
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    @K-Off: I had this dream a long time before SAO.
    I don’t like being scared though, so escaping from such a situation makes sense. A good dream though, that I see no reason to end early.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:03 AM)
    Going back to the possibility of NerveGear for a second, I oppose that, since it’d lead to the creation of a real-life Thought Police. Having the ability to turn brain signals into code and even thought sentences is dangerous shit.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:02 AM)
    @K-off: In my case its a lack of sex drive, being a low energy person, not being emotional enough, too tired, don’t feel mature, committed or secure enough about it and I’d have to know for sure that this person would be the right choice.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 03:00 AM)
    As for waking myself up from dreams, I don’t like waking up ahead of time.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:59 AM)
    @Raggers That sounds like SAO, lol. The murderer guild episode in the first season.
  • Raggers
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:57 AM)
    It was a maniacal laughter, and to stop it I ripped his lower jaw off with my bare hands. The sound kept echoing in the forest, with me holding half a head by its long black hair. Fortunately at that point I woke up.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Sep 3. 2014 02:56 AM)
    I believe I accidentally cut myself before going to bed one night, wrote something about isis and then fell asleep. At the time I was also playing a visual novel called kara no shoujo which featured dismemberment so I guess all of these factors joined up before bed.

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