Sunday, 24 August 2008

Telepathy Shoujo Ran - Episode 8

Telepathy Shoujo Ran thus far has proved to be one of those series that never looks like even going up the driveway of greatness, let alone knocking on its door, and seems to prefer just sitting in its car across the street wondering what goes on inside its house. Thus concludes today's bad metaphor.

Anyway, episode eight of the series certainly doesn't do anything to assuage those feelings, as it delivers another reasonably solid showing that can only ever really be described as okay. In short, Midori disappears off to some eating contest, leaving Ran and Rui with some quality time together doing homework (these crazy middle school kids and their life of debauchery, eh?). Of course, this doesn't last long before Ran gets herself involved in a story involving as couple of school-mates being bullied, one of whom is leaving and the other refusing to pay attention to the girl who is about to move's feelings.

Normally, you or I may dispense some advice on the subject in that kind of situation, then leave it well alone, but of course this series being what it is we end up with Ran and a returning Midori (via teleportation no less - When did this show become Teleportation Shoujo Midori exactly, and why has she not used this power before?) working together to fix the situation. They do, and everyone lives happily ever after. Ahhhhhh.

If that synposis sounds pretty run-of-the-mill, then I've obviously described the episode well, as it was pretty much a poster boy for an average, undemanding and just about bearable episode of anime. Part of me does wish that the script writers would keep Ran and Midori's powers at least somewhat grounded and static though, as we seem to be moving fast from merely the realm of telepathy into that aforementioned teleportation amongst other things, which is only going to devalue the spirit of the show as an entirety if you ask me.

If you've enjoyed the series so far then chances are you'll have enjoyed this episode too as it keeps things ticking along well enough, but in all honesty I can't really label it as anything other than mediocre.

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