Anime Review: Kamisama no Memo-chou Episode 4

Anime Review:
Kamisama no Memochou Episode 4

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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: Stranger visits the ramen shop regularly, takes one sip of the soup and leaves, infuriating Min and driving her to improve her menu. At the same time, a thief invades the ramen shop and steals her bra…again. The NEET Detective Agency jumps into action, revealing the two events are not really related, and Alice uncovers the true identity of the mystery customer.

My Impressions: Awful, awful, awful, awful.

After a quite impressive first episode, followed by a rather tepid two-parter, this fourth episode has convinced me that whatever potential it showed early on was just a fluke.

At first I was slightly hopeful that this episode was going to turn into a mini-anime version of Tampopo (one of my favorite movies, by the way, Juzo Itami was a fucking genius, RIP). But NOPE! it ended up being a character building episode around the busty ramen shop owner that shamelessly played upon her ample assets the entire time. I was literally embarrassed watching this episode — not for myself, but for the writers, the animators, the voice actors who were forced to put this together.

And as for the dual “mysteries” that were revealed…yeah, a double order of facepalm, please. First you have the lingerie designer who is soooooo into his craft that he mustmustmust steal Min-san’s chest-reducing sash because it doesn’t do her glorious rack justice. And the mystery soup-sipper turns out to be Min-san’s father…yet he never reveals himself, and despite intense, repeated scrutiny she never has the slightest clue who he is. Her. Own. Father. You know what, this deserves more than a double facepalm. I think we’re somewhere in quadruple facepalm territory at this point.

Kamisama no Memo-chud is not turning out as I had initially hoped. I don’t like the softer direction it is heading. Best to cut my losses here.

The verdict: – This show is so fired.

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Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “And yeah, that could have been better, and it could have been worse. I mean, it’s obvious that a show like Kamisama Dolls is better at these kinds of scenes because it’s got an actually good comedy director, but I do like that this episode tried to be serious despite having such a silly premise. It did make the revelation of the true culprit strangely contrasting and funny.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
  • “Very little happens in the fourth installment of KamiMemo. I shouldn’t say little though, because Min’s huge gigantic boobs are at the heart of this fluffy episode. I didn’t hate it, which is more to do with liking Min’s character than anything else. In fact, she may be the only character I do like. Maybe the school-mate girl. What’s her name again? Exactly.” – Moe Monster
  • “Plain and simple, the guy behind the sarashi incident would be some random underwear fanatic who was pissed because the G-cup sized Min-san refused to wear proper underwear. Queue the facepalm from me. Seriously, they wasted an entire episode on this? =_=;” – Emory Anime Club
  • “Obviously though, I have to nitpick the fact that one of the episode plotlines is a completely “FOR FANSERVICE” plotline of no real significance. Kamisama seems to have a habit of lightly sprinkling fanservice here and there in the previous episodes, without going to the same lengths of shows like Mayo Chiki or YuruYuri to show them. But it’s the other plotline with the secretive sunglasses man that I enjoyed watching. It’s just the sort of interesting plot that I like seeing. I also like the fact that I totally called the ending of said plotline from a bajillion miles away, but you know.” – Glass Reflection
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