The WINCEST GARY STU MARY SUE GOODNESS continues with its hilarity, and the next episode will be the beginning of a new arc that is supposed to be far better than this first one. Meanwhile, Mekakucity Actors has for the first time actually entertained me for an entire episode. The introduction of various characters along with its roundabout method of storytelling really hurt my experience with the show. Finally, at least for an episode, it settled down.
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Since my opinion with the previous episodes is fairly different from my opinion of this one, it’s only right that I explain why this is the case. If you look back to my previous review of the second episode of Mekakucity Actors, I said that one of the biggest problems that needs to be addressed is the pacing. The three episodes after that don’t address this issue particularly well, but there are noticeable improvements in the fifth episode as it became more focused on the group as a whole. Looking back at the lengthy dialogue sequence between the teacher and Momo, I find that it isn’t just the length that disturbs me; the chemistry between the two characters is simply quite stale. It feels like it tries too hard to be funny instead of letting the two naturally converse with their individual personalities. Thankfully, this time around, with Kano, Kido, Shintaro, and Ayano involved, the character interactions are a lot more engaging. Each of them have a distinct personality that meshes with Ene’s in different ways creating character development and some nice points of intrigue like how cocky Shintaro is in this episode even though he was shown to be very reserved.
By taking a look into the past like this, the show also contrasts what things were like and how things are now giving foreshadowing and hints about the chaotic order of events that actually interest me instead of just perplexing me. Now, some of you will probably say that this wouldn’t have been possible without the previous five episodes. After all, isn’t it because of those episodes that I became more acquainted with the characters shown here and thus found this episode more interesting? Yes, but it took far too long to get to this point. What this episode accomplished could have been done a lot sooner than the six-episode mark. If Mekakucity cut a lot of the pointless dialogue and other unnecessary moments, this episode could have been done two episodes ago, if not even earlier. All that was needed for this episode to work out was a few episodes of Mekakushi Dan together so we can at least understand who these people are to a lesser extent. It seems like Mekakucity Actors is supposed to be an interesting story about these individuals each with their own problems, their own past, their own motivations, and their own quirkiness. Their lives all intertwine and a strange story is born. That’s the vibe I got from this episode, and that’s what I think this anime is aiming for along with other bizarre factors like the time loop. Now that the chaotic introductions are probably mostly done, perhaps future events will actually let me be more invested in the characters instead of overwhelming me with lengthy dialogue between characters I’ve just met with no interesting events to drive such interactions. Is it getting better? Yes. Does it mean much? Not yet. The anime had nowhere to go but up. The question is, for how much longer can it keep going up?
In this episode, the foolish characters facing Tatsuya Stu realize their incompetence in the world of TatsuyaStuMiyukiSue goodness. At first, you may laugh at them, and truth be told, I couldn’t help but do so as well. At the same time, however, I do feel pity towards these insignificant weeds who can only rely on shoddy tricks instead of their own Stuness. If anything, the major theme of this episode is the powerlessness of these pitiful creatures in the presence of the blinding greatness that are Tatsuya Stu and Miyuki Sue. Alas, they are not blessed with Miyuki’s words of “Onii-sama” that allowed Tatsuya Stu to reach into his Gary heart and find his Stu that made him who he is today. Alas, they do not possess the luck of the WINCEST that pushes Tatsuya Stu beyond barriers of mortality. Indeed, just as Tatsuya Stu says himself, he is no man; he is far more than that. But did he choose to be such a monstrous WINCEST machine? No, he became the Stu because he is the Stu. That’s life. It’s a hopelessness that the side characters cannot overcome. Look at Mibu. She reveres the Stu. She loves the Stu, but she soon relinquishes her preposterous ambition to seize that ideal because it is just that, an ideal. She herself is not the paragon of virtue nor is she at the acme of existence. It’s only natural that the Stu is too blinding for her to even exalt. She settles for someone more suitable, and while a tinge of sadness shall forever remain because the Stu is forever out of reach, there is also a feeling of acceptance towards her state of being as she is where she belongs. At the end of it all, she revered the Stu, she loved the Stu, but she will never be the Sue.