What’s the show? Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!? Episode 2.
And how’s this episode? There’s a certain fear that comes from a comedy having a predictable gimmick, I mentioned it briefly in my review for the second episode of ‘Ao-chan Can’t Study!’ as well–but comedy often works most effectively when it’s unexpected. Sure some classic comedy can be funny no matter how many times you watch it but some comedy relies on ‘shock factor’ to garner laughs and ‘Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!?’ walks an uneasy line between being clever enough to warrant multiple views (or just multiple turns at a joke) and being a one-trick pony banking on the lowest common denominator.
That sounds like a criticism… It might be, but I’m just being honest. I think this show is genuinely clever with its turn-of-phrase and comedic timing and VA performances and it also happens to trade in the kind of silly/sexy shenanigans that people write off as juvenile. A “thing” can be multiple things, a “thing” can be smart ~and~ dumb.
Kinda sounds like you’re just making excuses to defend some horny show you like. And is that so wrong? It does what it does extremely well… it also has some surprisingly romantic moments which makes all the shenanigans almost serve a purpose beyond the facile. I mean, we go from boner jokes to having Kana-sensei meeting Kana’s kid sister and mother in the space of a few minutes! (Yes, I know there’s more to it than that but I’m trying to make a point here!)
So this episode is still focused on Sato and Kana–didn’t you say last week that there were four teachers and four students? Yes, and that’s still true, I just think the show is going to more or less wrap up the story for each of the characters in 3 consecutive episodes before moving onto the next pairing. In a series that obviously wants to forge a connection between the couple in question and the audience this is the smartest narrative strategy–even if it makes for a slightly more repetitive experience overall. Personally I’m just excited to meet the tanned teacher in the swimsuit, I already know she’s best girl based on looks alone!
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