Look at those eyes: Those are the eyes of a high schooler who knows his adult life will be shit and has decided to get a jump start on it.
(P.S. I am going with Commie’s rendition of this show’s title, because holy fuck long anime title.)
Perhaps it’s because I had zero expectations going into this series, but I found this first episode . . . shockingly decent? Not particularly pretty to look at, mind (it’s mostly talking heads), but the interactions are sort of amusing. People being jerks to each other makes me laugh, what can I say? I actually got a genuine laugh from the “Source: Me” comment, and while I wouldn’t say the rest of the back-and-forth is hilarious, it didn’t make me want to throw up my hands and quit, either. That’s definitely something at the beginning of a new season.
There’s at least the potential for amusement with the premise, too. Believe that I am being non-ironic when I write that it’s difficult to screw up two friendless jerks volunteering to better the lives of their fellow students. We’ve already got the seeds for it here: Our beloved club leader trying in vain to raise people to her level and getting frustrated when humanity inevitably fails. Then Creepy Eyes comes up with something vaguely inspirational out of nowhere because the plot needs to end and people need to learn some sort of lesson — people other than the main characters, that is, because what fun would it be if they learned anything? How often do you and I truly learn anything, friends? It takes years of mistakes pounding me in the face to actually learn life lessons!
But, hey, in general I find that I’m more apt at dishing out life lessons than actually heeding them myself, so Creepy Eyes dropping the knowledge isn’t unusual or anything. (P.S. I am not good at dishing out life lessons, unless said lessons are about living a life wholly inappropriate to contributing to modern society. Then I’m basically like Jesus throwing out parables everywhere.)
Anyway, I think Maou-sama‘s first episode is funnier, but this at least didn’t make me drop it before the end credits, which is more than I say for Crime Edge, Red Data Girl (Reading’s most popular anime!) and Photo Kano.
(Newspaper image courtesy of @Swabl.)