Wow, definitely taken by surprise at how good this episode is. Character development is taken through the roof with added complexity to every character, and yet nothing takes a hit in return. The comedy seems even stronger than before and all the characters truly shine in this episode – quite remarkable for the limited air time. It relied less on cliches and stereotypes and made some wonderful moments among all the characters. Huge fan of the deeper dialogue as well. While SHAFT is generally known for witty scripts and a bunch of sexual innuendos, the dialogue here takes a split direction for a more somber and character-driven atmosphere; and it works!
The development here is everything that Arakawa Under the Bridge needed, and I hope it continues. But given the reviews I’ve read about this series, it doesn’t seem like the show will progress that much. Here’s to crossing my fingers and hoping for the best with what we’ve got.