The Surprising Brilliance of Mitsudomoe
I must admit, it took me a few episodes to truly grasp the uniqueness of Mitsudomoe. However, once I did, starting with the brilliant episode three, I couldn’t help but be fully hooked. It was as if the Marui sisters held the power to command my attention and keep me entertained throughout the entire series.
A Pleasant Surprise
This series can proudly stand alongside other hilarious comedies of the past year, such as Seitokai no Ichizon and Baka-Test. But what truly surprised me was the level of intelligence, darkness, and complexity hidden within Mitsudomoe’s comedic facade. While it presented itself as a sketch comedy, it offered so much more.
Of course, as with any comedy, there were ups and downs. However, after a few initial missteps, the show consistently delivered astonishingly funny moments. There were countless highlights that left a lasting impression, like the uproarious “silent movie” sketch and the unforgettable line, “Shin-chan, you gotta nail me in the butt again sometime – it felt great!” from episode 9.
What set Mitsudomoe apart from other comedies was its ability to seamlessly switch between diverse styles of humor. Whether it was misunderstandings, sight gags, double entendres, character-based humor, slapstick, or parody, this series excelled in every category. It knew exactly how to balance the cringe-worthy edge with genuine laughter.
Unveiling the Depths
Initially, I was concerned that Mitsudomoe would be nothing more than a mean-spirited show lacking any genuine enjoyment. However, to my relief, the series presented not only the ugliness of its characters but also their vulnerabilities. Each of the three Marui sisters was a delight in their own unique way.
Futaba, in all her disastrous glory, wreaked havoc with her superhuman strength and super-baka denseness. Hitoha, with her adorable awkwardness and bookish nature, melted hearts when it came to her hamster, pussycat, or color-coded superhero. As for Mitsuba, beneath her bluster, she proved to be an incredibly soft-hearted individual, always looking out for her sisters and classmates in her own secretive way.
A credit to the series is the director’s association with Minami-ke, as both shows boast an impressive supporting cast. The slovenly and scary-looking Papa Soujirou, who is constantly harassed by cops, turns out to be a sensitive and loving father who adores his daughters. The honor student/pervert Shin-chan, his clumsy group of admirers, and ero-boy Chiba add their own unique flair. Additionally, the class as a whole plays a vital role in creating the perfect comedic alchemy. And let’s not forget poor Yabechi, whose panicked humiliation is truly brought to life by the talented Hiro Shimono. Even he garners attention from Hitoha, adding an extra layer of humor.
An Overlooked Gem
Regrettably, many viewers may have given up on Mitsudomoe after the mixed bag of the initial two episodes or even dismissed it based on its premise and art style. However, that is a grave mistake. This series offers smart and fearless comedy, a rare gem that should be celebrated.
It’s important to note that Mitsudomoe did not achieve great commercial success, which doesn’t come as a surprise to me. To truly appreciate the hilariousness of the series, one needs to engage their mind and dive deeper into the humor. But for those of us who joined the club and embraced the darker side of comedy, Mitsudomoe has been an incredible ride, leaving us eagerly anticipating Season 2 in January.
Mitsudomoe is a prime example of a comedy series that surprises and exceeds expectations. Its ability to balance intelligence, darkness, and layered humor sets it apart from its peers. While it may have flown under the radar commercially, those who ventured into its world were rewarded with an unforgettable comedic experience. So, give it a chance and let yourself be immersed in the hilarity that Mitsudomoe has to offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Mitsudomoe suitable for a high school audience?
Yes, Mitsudomoe is suitable for a high school audience, but parental guidance is advised due to some mature humor and themes.
2. Who is the funniest character in Mitsudomoe?
Opinions may vary, but many viewers find Futaba Marui, with her combination of superhuman strength and comedic denseness, to be the funniest character in the series.
3. Will there be a second season of Mitsudomoe?
Yes, there is a second season of Mitsudomoe scheduled for release in January. Fans of the series are eagerly awaiting its return.
4. Can I appreciate Mitsudomoe’s humor without prior knowledge of Japanese culture or anime tropes?
Absolutely! While familiarity with Japanese culture and anime tropes may enhance the viewing experience, Mitsudomoe’s humor is accessible and enjoyable even for those who are new to these elements.
5. Are there any other anime series similar to Mitsudomoe?
While Mitsudomoe is unique in its brand of humor, anime series like Seitokai no Ichizon and Baka-Test share some similarities in terms of comedic style and high school settings.