Sasami-san@Ganbaranai Episode 2 Discussion: To be honest, I’m not sure what to think of this show. While I really enjoyed the first episode, I would have hoped it to be more a teaser/in medias res plot device than a formula for future episodes.
This episode in particular was kind of quirky and off-kilter in its own manner, as we seem to switch focus from the characters to some random plot. And while the first episode’s plot was strong in establishing the world’s ethos and the brother’s siscon complex, this plot barely does anything except pander to otaku/gamers. I do have an affinity for the art style though, and it continues to be as breath-taking as it was in the previous episode.
Gave E01 an (8/10) in hopes that future episodes will flesh out the details and cast. Seems like that isn’t the case here, and am gonna have to give this one a big fat “meh”.
Score: Okay (5/10)
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai Episode 3 Discussion: Pretty decent story. The backstory and development finally being introduced is a huge plus in its own right. However, it did feel a bit rushed given how the problems and conclusions were all done so quickly in one episode. I feel like they should have taken out E02 altogether (which was utter crap and contributed nothing to the series), and elaborated on all the fine details of this episode.
The drama was decent but nothing inherently interesting coming from how forced the whole thing feels. The sister trio introduction was done decently as well, but it still felt far more contrived than it should have been. E.g., so Kagami just happens to be an experimented upon human and our big moe Tama is also just a part of Tsurugi? SHAFT, you could at least put some effort into the supporting cast.. On a plus, the animation continues to be amazing, and with the crazy (albeit kind of useless) shrine battle, the visuals were an absolute delight to watch. But that aside, I’m this episode has some decent characterization and overall good but flawed drama.