Kamisama no Memochou Episode 3
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Series Premise: Kamisama no Memochou, or “Heaven’s Memo Pad”, is a 12-part weekly television series aired between July and September 2011, based on a light novel series by Hikaru Sugii. Narumi is the new kid in school, and soon finds himself caught up with a reclusive and diminutive detective named Alice and her coterie of assistants as they run a “NEET Detective Agency”.
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Spoiler-free Episode Summary: The yakuza arrives to shake down the ramen shop, intimidating them to return Meo and the missing 200 million yen. Meo runs off, and Narumi chases after her, but they are only saved when Yondaime intervenes. Yondaime and Narumi form a bond of brotherhood, and Alice devises a plan to trick the yakuza into returning Meo’s father. Confronting them head-on, Alice and the other members of the NEET Detective Agency jump into action.
My Impressions: Ummmmm…meh? Kami-Memo is turning out to be okay, I guess, but I am really bothered that Narumi, Alice and everyone are getting in way over their heads without realizing it. Well, okay, Alice realizes it, but to everyone it is almost like this is all some sort of big, grand game.
But these are the yakuza we are talking about here — you seriously don’t fuck around with organized crime (didn’t anyone of these guys watch Black Rain?) For two hundred million yen, there are plenty of criminals that would not bat an eye at making someone vanish. And not only are the NEET Detectives running around like this is some non-serious game instead of a life-and-death situation, you have Yondaime as the head of his “pet” gang as well. The way his followers act, it’s really hard to take them seriously as nothing more than amateur street thugs who like to pretend they are bad-ass.
In three episodes we have Narumi going from someone who is lazily just drifting through his meaningless life, to getting caught up in serious life-threatening situations with people he just barely met, the de facto second to Alice, and now forming a goddamn brothers-pact-for-life with the head of a low-level thug group. Can you say, “Way over his head?”
Well, despite all my bitching I must admit that I am somewhat entertained by all their antics, and Alice is not as insufferable as some of the other similar character archetypes we’ve seen that are like her recently (*cough*cough*Victorique*cough*cough*). I just really wish that they would all take everything as seriously as the situations deserve. We’ve already had at least one suicide, yakuza shakedown, money laundering and death threats. This isn’t some game, guys.
The verdict: – not exactly an enthusiastic approval.
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- If you like this, you might also like: Durarara or Death Note.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Ultimately, it’s an anime, the good guys have to win, and nothing too violent can be shown. I just wish they hadn’t used it as an excuse to write such a flimsy storyline.” – How I Met Your Otaku
- “After the first episode I thought the show could actually deal with adult topics, with all the prostitution (paid compensation) and what not. But apparently not. This second arc quickly devolved into a Sket Dance like do-gooder parody. I laughed out loud about a third of the way in, when the Yakuza try to put some pressure on Min (who they know is harboring Meo), and they do so by spraying graffiti on her shop. Graffiti for fuck’s sake! Of all the episodes of the series I’ve been watching this summer, and in my opinion, this one is by far the worst. It stunk up my weekend.” – Moe Monster
- “This episode wasn’t really that fun, and I was just waiting for it to be over. I think too much happened with not enough explanations provided. I also feel as though the story is being told with the assumption that I care for the characters, which is wrong. Alice doesn’t get enough screen-time and Narumi doesn’t feel strong enough to be able to carry the series. I’m a little disappointed with this anime at this point, to be honest.” – Days of our Past Megaten Lives
- “Although there were some snappy segments to this episode as it went about its violent business, it never really showed the same kind of smart storytelling as its first episode managed so well.” – Hanners’ Anime Blog
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SUMMER 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Mawaru Penguin Drum, Kamisama Dolls, No. 6, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memo-chou
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dantalian no Shoka, Nekogami Yaoyorozu
Coming up next: Nurarihyon no Mago Second Season, Natsume Yuujinchou-san, Usagi Drop