After bringing us such a good twentieth episode of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, I'd almost forgotten how hit and miss this series has been, which left me hoping for more of the same this time around. Boy was I disappointed.
A sunny late September weekend probably isn't the best time to watch a Christmas-themed episode of any anime, but this is particularly the case when that episode is, quite frankly, rubbish. The story surrounding the grand-daughter of Santa, who decides that she hates Christmas and sets herself up as a kind of anti-Santa, before being caught in a trap of Kyouka in the hope of getting presents and.... Oh, I can't even be bothered with the rest of the synopsis, so let's just say it was all a bit cliched and dull to the point of becoming irritating.
To be fair, this episode wasn't entirely devoid of humour, as it gave us Ouka dressed as a reindeer, Santa being shot down by an RPG and a guard refusing to shoot said Santa as it'll "make him a naughty boy", but that's just about where the laughs ended, leaving us back at the mercy of this wretched episode. If the last episode of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki was a minor masterpiece, then this particular offering is a minor travesty.