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Muromi-san and Yuyushiki Episode(s) 1: Not as Bad as Kill Me Baby

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I don’t know if anybody else feels this, but most anime comedy is kind of stressful to watch. Pacing isn’t exactly what people watch comedy adaptations for, but the mitigation of horribly-timed jokes is something that shitty comedy adaptations still sorely neglect. While I wouldn’t say that these two particular shows start off particularly well, they’re still head and shoulders above what we usually get, either because their content is well-paced, or because it shortens the runtime to give the audience a breather. Neither are Comedy Jesus, but they’re not Kill Me Baby, the Comedy Antichrist either.

Muromi-san commits the cardinal sin of thinking it’s the second coming of Comedy Jesus right off the bat, with characters talking at light speed and a mermaid hitting on the boring main character because he looked at her tail to the point that it all comes across as the re-enaction of a run-on sentence, much like this one. For what it’s worth though, most of its attempts at comedy actually threaten to work, especially the ones involving talking jellyfish, and Muromi intentionally letting herself be stung by them for a cheap thrill. Hell, Muromi works as a blatant metaphor for addiction, if anybody wants subtext out of their mermaid druggie shows. If it were a full 23 minute episode, it’d be way too much to digest in one sitting. As it is though, with fifteen minutes of reasonable zaniness, it’s just palatable enough to earn a pass.

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Compared to normal 4koma shit, Yuyushiki’s like an overdose of morphine that gradually saps away all stress—a soothing bath after a plunge in the North Atlantic. It’s a bit Nichijou here (improbable physics), a little Kill Me Baby there (two bokes for every tsukkomi), and with a touch of Yuru Yuri added in for good measure, but it manages to avoid the former two’s penchant for joke overdose while making what little content it has actually impactful. In the end, it knows that it isn’t the next Azumanga Daioh, and that it won’t die if it doesn’t make a joke every three seconds. Ironically, this knowledge of its limitations makes it the first 4koma adaptation that I’ve liked in quite awhile. Ultimately, it’s inoffensive and easily skippable, but is oddly endearing for that fact.

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11 Comments

  1. Karry
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    “Not as Bad as Kill Me Baby”

    Which was actually not bad at all, it does grow on you, not unlike a malignant tumor, but still.

  2. Posted April 11, 2013 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    “but they’re not Kill Me Baby, the Comedy Antichrist either.”

    Baaaaaaby pleeeeaaaase kiiiiiiiill meeeeeeeeeee

  3. Karry
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Speaking of idiots hating on decent shows, SEED Destiny HD just started. Must admit, it IS pretty fun watching pricks like Shinmaru getting heart strokes from extreme blood pressure.

  4. CureVylash
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    “Not as Bad as Kill Me Baby” Oh no you didn’t.

    • Inushinde
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      That I did!

  5. Posted April 11, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Shots fired.

    • Inushinde
      Posted April 11, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

      The blog post heard ’round the world.

  6. Fumoffu!!
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    “Muromi-san commits the cardinal sin of thinking it’s the second coming of Comedy Jesus”

    10/10 line right there.

    Anyway Yuyushiki was indeed very nice, it may be the first “cute girls doing cute things” show that I give above a 5 to since Azumanga Daioh, my expectation is that I won’t, but I live in hope.

    Mermaid-san was oddly likable, but I have no idea whether I’ll like it or not given more episodes.

    • Inushinde
      Posted April 12, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

      It’s probably a bit much to watch week to week, but yeah, Muromi’s not as shit as expected.

  7. Posted April 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I prefer Aiura over these two, but they are certainly not bad. Muromi-san was sakuga madness, while Yuyushiki was more calming (although the yuri kinda annoyed me).

    Say, go watch Aiura now.

  8. Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I also prefer Aiura over these.
    Yuyushiki just doesn’t stick together. Who cares if it’s a yon-koma adaptation. If you’re making 20 minute episodes you can either put in several paced gags or tell fewer stories, e.g. GJ-bu and Hidamari Sketch respectively.

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