Monday, 21 September 2009

Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei - Episode 10

What came first, the chicken or the egg? It's a classic question, but (if you inhabit the world of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) it's also a question that can be posited in numerous other walks of life. For example, what came first - idol groups, or fans of idol groups; tea, or tea time? The answer might seem obvious, but with enough twisted logic you can never be sure, and if nothing else such bizarre logic made for a few laughs here (not least my own amusement at the portrayal of the emergence of the Great British tea time).

We then move on to the problem of a Japan that is rife with spies and secret agents, looking to destroy the country from the inside with every action; from having a big head at the cinema through to fiddling with change at the checkout, these agents of evil are everywhere! They must be stopped! Particularly when they're stood in front of me in the queue...

The final major chunk of this episode brings us a return to the golf "range measuring" game of last instalment, where we remember that Kiri really shouldn't be let out of the school building lest it collapse, while Kafuka teaches us all about the importance of using a "driver" within this particular game. To be honest this was probably the least amusing part of the episode, but as per usual with this franchise you can't win them all.

All in all, this episode definitely had some great gags (the idol one in particular made me laugh out loud, while there were a couple of nice moments of topical political fun-poking too), while I also got some amusement out of SHAFT's own despair regaring their current workload which kept cropping up throughout (and with work ongoing with this series, Hidamari Sketch and Negima OVAs and Bakemonogatari, and with Natsu no Arashi's return on the horizon I can hardly blame them), before the weekly Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei review's selection of "readers letters" (some of which I can fully believe were real) brought forth the wonderful advice to basically "go and watch Evangelion 2.0 if you don't like this series". If only I could SHAFT, if only I could... But for now, I shall make the most of my time by continuing to enjoy this show's irreverant and topical humour.

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