Friday, 10 June 2011

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko - Episode 9

The summer break is here for Makoto as Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko's ninth episode kicks off, which seems like the perfect time to build up adolescent points aplenty.

Certainly, he has no shortage of things to enjoy during the course of this episode, as he gets both Ryuuko and Maekawa's phone numbers, with the former asking him to cheer her on in any basketball games she plays for the school club during the break while the latter invites Makoto to come and play basketball with her local team while she dresses as a giant fish in the name of comedy.

Of course, we can't forget Meme and Erio in the midst of all this, with Makoto's aunt being as... well, "interesting"... as usual, while Erio spends her time on astronomy and stargazing until Makoto's talk of baseball leads to her plucking up the courage to play with the team herself.  This second game of baseball for Makoto proves to be rather an eventful one - not only for Erio's appearance, or even for Ryuuko to pop up and sulk about not being invited along, but more for the random appearance of a person in a spacesuit who joins in with the game until a stray hit from a ball struck by Erio leaves them cold.  Is this another oddball to add to our collection?  It certainly seems to be, so perhaps the bigger question is what they know about Erio...

In truth, we really can't pretend that this particular episode of Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko is all that much more than an excuse to watch cute girls doing cute things in a cute fashion - a label you can apply to the whole series in all honesty, but one that seems to stick that much more firmly on this occasion given the amount of borderline fan service it has to show for itself.  That aside however, Makoto's one-liners and interactions with those around him remain as entertaining as ever, as does the sheer randomness of a series that has a classmate dressing as a fish, a visit from a "spaceman", and a character called Hanazawa for entirely obvious reasons as soon as said character opens her mouth to speak.  It's daft, but it's pretty to look at and fun, and that's plenty for me to enjoy to the fullest on a Friday evening after a tough day in the office.

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