New season and I could choose between Dog and Scissors, Sunday Without God and Gifuu Doodoo to cover for my opening first impressions post. I went for Gifuu Poopoo mostly because it is the easiest one to make fun of. Truly I am a shining example of anime blogger professionalism.
The episode starts with a party at the house of a man with a golf ball lodged in his skull. I would assume a party like that would be a bit of a downer since I’m sure this poor man doesn’t have long to live with the ball pushing against his skull like that, but I guess they were treating it more like an Irish Wake where everyone just gets happily drunk, except here the dead man is still around. Then a man who you know is a main character because his neck is larger than his head stands up and tries to chop down the house with an axe. This threatens to disrupt the entire party until another man, who we also know is a main character because he too has a neck bigger than his head, stands up and comes up with some bullshit excuse why the other man with the impossibly thick neck tried to demolish the man’s house. Something to do with teaching him a lesson about how everything will eventually lose its value because now that the axe man has damaged the wood, the wood will start to rot easier and threaten the structural integrity of the whole house.
Not a particularly useful lesson to the man with the golf ball lodged in his brain. I’m sure he had planned to give the house to his children in his will and they would sell it off, but now the children are left with nothing and will live a life of abject poverty thanks to this doofus and his axe. However the other party members were so impressed by this message that they too went out and told all their friends to bury their axes in their own house walls. This damaged the houses all across Kyoto, causing them all to collapse 10 years later and is the main cause of the infamous housing market collapse of the late Sengoku Era.
Then some mystical voice informs us that to be beautiful we need to dress up as a sheep or something, and then we transition to some other men with massive necks who may or may not be the same characters we met earlier. The character designs have the same problem as moeblobs from something like Love Live in that, hairdo aside, they all have the same character designs so I can’t tell who’s who. This is exasperated when one of the characters has his head shaved in one scene and a full head of hair in the next, which was my only way of knowing it was him. The animation is also pretty bad. Comparisons to Jojo are inevitable since Jojo’s had giant necks too, but Jojo’s got by its bad animation through colour and enthusiasm. Gifuu Pile-of-Poo is going for a more laid-back tone, which translates to boring scene composition as muscled men ignore prostitutes in order to stare lovingly into each other’s eyes.
Back to the story, a bunch of minor characters don’t get to ride a horse because the can’t crush coconuts between their biceps. The man riding the horse, who may or may not be the same character from earlier, dismounts and goes into a brothel in order to watch another muscled man play the shamisen. He was going to meet this man because some women were going to get into a catfight in a kitchen and he was hired to make sure they didn’t ruin the kitchen so bad (no seriously, that’s exactly it) but instead spent his time listening to the music while the two of them continuously farted a dark red gas.
Then a bunch of swordmen kicked down the door yelling rawr and were all killed by the mysterious gas they were farting. Honestly, some of the extreme manliness the episode had was amusing. The closer it got to being Jojo’s the better it became, but for the most part it was silly and slow and badly made and giant necks.