After the last episode of Yakushiji Ryoko No Kaiki Jikenbo offered a definite improvement over what had come before, can episode five of the series continue in a similar vein?
Thankfully, in a sense it can, with this fifth instalment offering an arguably typical, but still none too shabby surrounding a runaway robot and Izumida meeting with his ten year-old cousin. There can be little doubt that anyone could pull apart the reasoning and programming behind said robot (only basing its attacks on looking for people with guns isn't going to help much with terrorists, and shutting down said robot so easily with a single bullet makes it more or less useless anyhow), but despite that the episode moved along smoothly, quickly and in a reasonably entertaining fashion.
While a lot has been made about the inter-relationship between Izumida and Ryoko in this series, I don't really see the draw of it, particularly when the latter is something of an insufferable know-it-all most of the time, and it is perhaps this that has left me to rest my hopes on the show's occasionally flimsy plots. Still, when it can come out with something at least half-decent and watchable such as the past couple of episodes (even if this offering can't really be labelled 'supernatural' in any shape or form), I can forgive it for some of its other transgressions.
There's no way I can mark this down as some kind of fantastic series by any stretch of the imagination, but on the strength of the past couple of episodes Yakushiji Ryoko No Kaiki Jikenbo is at least starting to pull its weight and offer up some half-decent plots to entertain us with.