FURRY EPISODE FUCK YEAH
Wow, what the fuck, that was such a weird episode. It was also seriously disjointed, as we went from a catboy from a lost civilization to hospitalized children singing gospel music. Oh, and SHINING SAOTOME in a loin cloth.
So, Red-Hair may be annoying and bland, but at least he’s nice to Fish Eyes and is straightforward about things, unlike a certain not/Hayato-sama. And he’s been nice all along, not pulling this “I was mean to you, but I’m sorry now, be mine or you’ll be sorry” shit we get with not/Hayato-sama. Okay, so maybe he didn’t say “make music with me” explicitly, but the whole thing did come off as standard fare wherein the asshole guy turns out to be just wounded at heart, so it makes him being a dick okay. Blech.
But, what’s this? Bill Clinton also asks Fish Eyes directly to work with him for the final graduation thing! ZOMG ZOMG DRAMA. Also, apparently this school only lasts for a year? After all, its a graduation thing, and there has been no evidence previously of there being multiple years, just different levels of classes based on skill, so…
If I seem like I’m leaping around, its since the episode itself was so disjointed. They get to the island, SHINING SAOTOME prances around in a loincloth before diving into the ocean with a torch in his teeth, and then things just go all over the place. Turns out Cougar Roomie already knows who she is going to work with, some guy she has apparently worked with before but whom we’ve never seen since Cougar Roomie is the token female friend in the piece! From what little characterization she does get, I think she’d be a much better lead than Fish Eyes, but I digress.
After that there’s some beach stuff, some bathing suits, and then, YES, Fish Eyes and Cougar Roomie sharing a bed! But that doesn’t last, as the episode swallows some LSD and Fish Eyes follows the cat into the woods and finds some ruins and… dude, the entire thing totally went off the rails at this point. The cat turns into a Catboy whom I swear had darker skin in the games and starts rambling about being a prince and a clan that was on the island and blah blah and Fish Eyes can accomplish something if she tries and there were sparkles and flying and flowers. If they were going to short-shrift Catboy so much, they honestly shouldn’t've even bothered, as it just served to interrupt the episode and give us another crappy J-pop song. I liked him better as a cat.
After that, then Fish Eyes catches up with not/Hayato-sama and there’s uguu uguu angst and tears and apologies, so the episode resumes in a more normal vein. But the disjointed theme doesn’t depart entirely, as we have this extended flashback sequence involving hospitalized children singing Amazing Grace. Uh, what?
Speaking of flashbacks, guess they spent their budget too much on the raindrops in the previous episode, as flashbacks run rampant throughout the episode, flashing back to episode seven and even the very beginning of episode eight itself. Wow, guess they all think we have goldfish memory. Thanks for having faith in us, A-1.
But amidst all the junk, we do get some more of those brief moments of genuine goodness in the production. The portion where Fish Eyes walks through the forest to the ruins was very well-directed, which I wasn’t expecting at all, particularly on the music angle. In a show where music is most often used as a shitty J-pop insert song complete with derpy dancing/flying/sparkling stuff, its weird to have music used to any actual effect. Too bad it was followed up with Catboy and Fish Eyes standing together and drawn completely off-model, all the more jarring since that hasn’t happened before in the damn show. At least the fireflies looked pretty!
Next up, more not/Hayato-sama angst, surely. Whatevs! I will not give up the fight for my ship!
EDIT: Wow, I was so distracted when writing this I completely forgot to mention the random shower scene involving Bill Clinton. HAWT. Or the fact that I got so bored during this episode I started picking dust out of my keyboard instead of watching it!