This is a season chock full of excellent series that transcend the anime medium to become something real. Who Is Imouto?, Campione, Yuru Yuri Two Eighth-Notes, and Dog Days’ are among the most well-regarded series that the summer season has churned into the audience’s collective gaping mouth; but alas, they’re simply not enough to satiate our appetite for quality anime. No, we needed bigger. We needed better. We needed a show that dared to put everything else to shame and denounce the twin evils of originality and effective comedy.
It wasn’t asking a lot, and yet no shows stepped forward. Jinrui ended up being incredibly entertaining with biting satire. Binbougami decided to actually be good and provide Looney Tunes-esque slapstick that anime hasn’t been able to achieve in awhile. But one series dared to be aggressively mediocre. It stood on top of a shoddily-constructed box and screamed at an apathetic world “I’m not different! I’m just like every other shitty fanservice manga adaptation! Look at me with disinterest and immediately forget that I exist!” Campione eat your heart out, there’s an even more insipid show on the block—Ebiten!
Ebiten knows that people would simply expect more of it if it started out as genuinely entertaining, and the last thing that it wants is to be remembered as a decent show. So it starts on a high note by having the characters act like sex-crazed teenagers with the minds of six year olds, and never having them break out of this mentality. But lest you think that it’s just all pointless fanservice, Ebiten also asks the hard questions, ones that have plagued our ancestors since they first stopped trepanning to get rid of headaches. Not only that, it answers all of them with “Saint Seiya parody hahaha! Get it? Because astronomy is vaguely related to Saint Seiya in the same way that slime mold is vaguely related to people!”
Probably best of all, all the jokes segue together with little to no cohesion or logic. Stuff just kind of happens without reasoning, getting progressively nonsensical as it goes on. It’s like riding on a carousel that goes at about three miles an hour, only lasts two minutes, and yet still leaves you nauseous by the end just because it’s so terrible. Ebiten is the rare show that somehow overwhelms with insubstantiality, answering the audience’s questions as to why they’re watching it with the same Saint Seiya punchline. While it’s not the worst thing out there, it’s so insipid that it’d might as well be. Just what this season needed more of!