Saturday, 17 October 2009

Nyan Koi! - Episode 3

Poor old Junpei... From having plenty of time to ponder his unrequited affections for Mizuno, suddenly he has so much more on his plate - First cats needing his help as part of his curse, and then all sorts of trouble with Kanako... whatever next?

Needless to say, episode three builds up Junpei's ever-increasing "harem" yet further. This time around, he finds himself spending time with Chizuru Mochizuki, a part-time postal delivery person and college student. All I can say is that it's a good job this series isn't set in the UK, otherwise Chizuru would probably have turned up about three weeks too late and ending up actually being an overweight Scotsman or something.

Anyhow, I digress... As Junpei helps to show the geographically deficient Chizuru around, so he finds himself bombarded with requests for help from various cats, and worse still caught in compromising positions by both Kanako and Mizuno. Yes, it's all very typical and cliché for this kind of anime, but I have to admit that the vein of humour running through the episode was actually half-decent and got a few laughs out of me, so I can't really fault it too much for that.

Come the end of that day with Chizuru, Junpei reflects upon how he met Mizuno, giving us arguably be far the funniest scene from this series thus far, as well as how to clear up any misunderstandings about what she saw. Good luck with that while Kanako is around though...

I think the phrase "clichéd but quite funny" probably sums up this episode perfectly - Yes, we've seen it all before a billion times, and indeed we've seen it done better elsewhere, but some good lines of dialogue and predictable yet amusing scenarios somehow contrived to save the day and make this the best episode of Nyan Koi! thus far, which in turn makes for a decent piece of entertainment in its own right. Like so many of this season's offerings, it isn't a keeper, but it's really pretty good for passing the time on a cold Autumnal evening.

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