Sunday, November 28, 2010
Review MM! 9
I've been watching MM! for several weeks now, and I am impressed that the show has not gone stale by now. The writers continue to bring in good ideas, which is good for a show with the kind of idea that they're going with, that idea being a show about trying to cure a masochist.
MM! tells us the story of Tarou Sado, a “hella masochist”, Mio Isurugi, a girl with a god complex, and Yuuno Arashiko, an androphobe. It also relates their activies in the Second Volunteering Club, whose sponsor is, amusingly enough, a sadist. The fact that these three are even in the same room together is a bit frightening, because the androphobe might kill the masochist, who'd creep out the god complex girl. No matter, on with the review!
It's finally time for the school festival, filled with fun and games, but with some twists and character development thrown in. Seems the writers decided to switch it up and focus on developing Mio Isurugi a bit, which isn't a bad thing. We have a threatening letter from an unknown entity, which the Second Volunteering Club, namely Tarou and Mio, decide to investigate.
The nice thing about this show is the many different options the writers have. One option, which we've already seen quite a bit, is the mindless comedy centered around Tarou's masochism. Another option, which we've seen a couple times, is the character-centric episodes that provide most of the character development. This time we got a character episode, focused on one of the other girls, Mio Isurugi. I wasn't exactly laughing this time around, but that's expected, given the focus on Mio, rather than the masochist. It was very well-written, as usual, and the interesting plot twist of the threatening letter kept me interested, though it was a bit easy to figure out. The change of pace to a character episode was a welcome relief from the M comedy of the last few episodes Mio's character-centric episode reveals that she is, in fact, afraid of cats, and cannot go to a maid cafè filled with cats as a result of said fear, which I found rather amusing. But aside from Mio, it was a standard-fare school festival episode with nothing special happening, aside from Tarou's incestuous family trying to win a date with him.
Overall, I'd say this one was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. With no redeeming events other than the character development, it was average for the series. However, this is not an episode to skip, by any means. It's worth watching for the psuedo-date between Tarou and Mio.
Plot Advancement: 3.5/5
Episode Plot: 4.5/5
Character Development: 5/5