Mayoi Neko Overrun Episode 6 – A New Low
Due to most anime writers being complete hacks, and many shows constantly scrambling to look good while staying within razor-thin budgets, there are plenty of episodes where absolutely nothing happens. It’s something that occasionally happens even in otherwise good shows: Tenchi Muyo, one of the first anime I saw and a true classic, has a few episodes that are a complete waste of everyone’s time.
One of the more famous examples comes from seminal anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, where the animation studio ran out of money at the end and threw together two bizarre episodes that consisted mostly of voiceover over still frames. Considering that the majority of Evangelion’s animation was already voiceover over still frames, and combine that with the surreal subject matter involved, you have two of my favorite episodes of the series. Pretty much everyone else disagrees with me, though, even director Hideaki Anno, who came back with a bigger budget and remade those two episodes as the film End of Evangelion.
All this is to say that anime filler has a long and storied history, even among otherwise great shows. Mayoi Neko Overrun, if you haven’t noticed by now, is not one of those shows, which makes yet another tedious filler episode all that more aggravating.
I’m not even going to bother explaining what happens. Since they don’t have an idea what they want the club to do, Chise talks everyone into making a promotional video for the club so people will know about the club, and come up with an idea of what they’re supposed to do?
I don’t know, it’s completely meaningless. This is just setup for…absolutely nothing. There are a few lame jokes, but they’re either beaten into the ground thoroughly by the end of the episode or obscure obscure sight gags that you would miss if you blinked. There’s no story to speak of, no character development; just a few scenes with a loose connection to each other. And then it’s over, but not nearly fast enough.
The once-good animation has also dropped another level in quality. Last week’s “lazy moe show” aesthetic has given way to “late-night perverted fan service anime on the cheap” which, to be fair, is exactly what Mayoi has become.
At this point, I should mention that there are seven Mayoi Neko Overrun light novels to draw from, and it’s only a 13-episode season. Even if they had to put in a boring filler episode, they could have at least told one of the stories from the novels. I guess at this point I shouldn’t assume that the novels actually have stories: maybe this is a completely faithful adaptation.
That last thought is depressing the hell out of me, so I’m going to wrap this up. This is the worst episode yet of an already bad series. It’s a complete waste of time. Writing as much as I have about this episode is an utter waste of my time. It almost makes me yearn for some offensively pandering fan service.
Okay, I lied. There is one good moment, which I’m going to link to a YouTube video of so no one will have to watch the rest of the episode. It’s provided with as much as context as is given in the show itself.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go do something productive.