Monday, 19 May 2014

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour! - Episode 7

This week's The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour begins with news that there's a molester in town... the real shock here however is that the molester in question isn't Shiro.

While the female residents of the complex discuss their past experiences with molesters and the best ways to counter them, thoughts eventually turns to Ritsu, with her inattention putting her at severe risk of being attacked.  In light of this, the decision is made that she really should stop reading while walking to and from school - an idea so abhorrent that she instead votes that Usa serves as her protector, which of course he doesn't mind one bit.  This state of alert is relaxed once news breaks that the offender has been caught, but perhaps what they have isn't the real culprit, leading to the other residents springing into action to protect Ritsu in their own inimitable style.

From here, the need for a night off from Sumiko sees the group heading to a restaurant owned by a friend of hers - a meal out that turns into an unexpected job offer for Usa, as the proprietor of the establishment is looking for someone who can handle the "unique" customers which visit the cafe.  It's a job requirement which Usa certainly fits the bill for, but also one that he's decidedly reluctant to take on - he has to deal with enough oddballs as it is, after all.  Usa remain adamant that he won't take on the job, but Ritsu's reaction to his work uniform quickly changes his mind.

In comedy terms, the last couple of episodes of The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behaviour have been a little flat now, only this week there wasn't really any notable story to back it up either.  We've seen numerous comedy series of recent years sag in the middle, and this might just be another one - it feels like we're caught in a place where the characters haven't developed enough to broaden the show's humour, leaving it reliant on jokes which are starting to get overused at this point.

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