Posted on 6 August 2011 with categories: Kami-Sama no Memo-Chou



The entire theme of this week seems to be doing things against expectations. After the previous episode I expected another mystery story where Alice had to solve another case. Instead, we got this strange mish-mash of slice of life, character development and… organizing the stage for a band. I’m not sure where that all came from, but it was definitely something different for this series.

The thing with this episode is that the characters got side-tracked A LOT, however the things it got side-tracked with are actually pretty unorthodox and creative. They range from being ordered by Alice to go to the zoo, picking up a new apron, doing the laundry, meeting this strange rock guy and again: promoting this indie band. It’s a pretty whimsical episode and whether it’s good or not entirely depends on the length of this show.

The thing is, that for a 13 episode series it’s just goofing off too much. For a 26 episode series however this was some great material to flesh out the characters. It’s all going to be a matter of waiting what it’s going to be.

Now, as for the JC Staff cliches, there was a good thing and a bad thing about this episode. The good thing is that the main character isn’t just randomly running into females all the time: it’s actually nicely balanced at this point with that rock guy. The bad thing however is that for some reason beyond me, the creators are trying to make Alice into a Shana-clone! Thank God she’s a lot more eloquent than her counterparts, but it’s really getting annoying to see that JC Staff are trying to shoehorn the same bloody character in every bloody show of theirs. I keep complaining about this, because it really feels like someone took a look at the script and changed Alice to act more like every other bloody tsundere, especially after how different she was in the first episode.
Rating: * (Good)

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  1. Jérémy says:

    Alice is really getting on my nerves at this point! I found this episode barely watchable. I really didn’t care much for what was happening. Where are those intense mystery cases like the first episode?? And am I the only one who got a “ex-boyfriend” feeling from yakuza-chief (cant remember his name) and the guy at the shop where Narumi went to get the apron. But once again, that must be just me imagining gay characters everywhere!

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  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    *Communion stupid spell check
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    @Emma: On the Road based on Jack Kerouac’s landmark novel of the same name.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:28 AM)
    @Emma Wholly Communication? It featured Allen Ginsberg and numerous other Beat poets. Very short documentary though.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:24 AM)
    There was another movie about the beat era wasn’t there? An earlier one, but the title escapes me.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:23 AM)
    It’s like the depictions of Hunter S Thompson in cinema:
    -Where The Buffalo Roams was too campy and heavy on comedy to portray the darker sides of Thompson’s personality.
    -Rum Diaries was to uneventful.
    -Fear ‘N Loathing in Las Vegas nailed it exactly on its head!
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:21 AM)
    Oh the authors are great, I just feel that the movie couldn’t connect thematically to the literature that stemmed from those individuals.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:15 AM)
    I did feel a connection with those authors.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:13 AM)
    I even watched Kill Your Darlings just for it being a rendition of early Beatnik history. It was meh tho; a little thin on substance but heavy on the pretentiousness which seems ironic given the postmodernism of the people it tries to depict.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:12 AM)
    Emma, I have a feeling you’d enjoy Ginsberg’s works; they often criticize materialism, sexual repression, conformity, etc. I recommend his epic “Howl” first.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Aug 28. 2014 07:11 AM)
    I saw a biography film called kill your darlings about William S Burroughs.I have alot I mean as a writer ALOT of respect for him.

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