Because he’s really weird and making me really uncomfortable.
I’m not really sure how to go about starting this week’s review. This episode was just weird. Not interesting weird or funny weird, just awkward, uncomfortable weird. I knew we were in for some pretty awkward situations when Atsushi took over Hazuki’s body, but this is just a whole different level. We have him bursting in to tears several times, nearly gouging out his own eyeballs trying to remove his contacts, saying Rokka’s name over and over again until she’s (understandably) kinda freaked out. I figured there would be some manner of sabotage, but this is just second hand awkward to the nth degree.
The sub-plot with Hazuki in the fantasy world was really cute, and I really enjoyed the art style and seeing Rokka as a fairy. It was an interesting way to show what’s going on with Hazuki while Atsushi is running around with his body, and also a good way to shed a bit of light on Atsushi’s history. It also provided some much needed comic relief, and I actually would be much happier if the entire episode focused on Hazuki in the parallel spirit world.
The plot is moving along much better in this episode, but I was just so uncomfortable and freaked out by Atsushi sobbing everywhere and chopping off his own hair that it took away a lot of the impact. I couldn’t really even feel the emotion I should have at Atsushi getting to finally reunite with his wife because the whole thing was so over done. I do find it humorous that his attempts to distance himself from Rokka are totally backfiring, and I’m very curious to see his reaction to her suggestion that they bathe together.
I’m pleased with the change in Hazuki’s physical appearance, and as I mentioned above I was quite fond of the fantasy sequence, but other than that, I kind of want to drop everything and run away under my bed until Hazuki is safely back in his own body. I knew Atsushi was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, but this is just ludicrous.
GO Rating: 2.5/5