First up on the chopping block, ’emergency preparations’. When Nami suddenly announces that it’s her birthday, the rest of the class, who didnt know, try to give her some ’emergency’, last-second gifts, however they are all terrible. She ends up with random volumes of manga people happened to have in their bag, deodorant, sanitary napkins… and Nozomu explains how the class is good at facing ’emergency’ situations although it doesn’t necessarily mean that what they come up with is decent. After more examples, Nozomu remembers that the school board was coming to visit the class; although a freak accident ends in his ‘death’, for which Chiri takes ’emergency’ action…
Next, Nozomu hosts a game-show built on the idea of how the ‘right’ answer is still not the best one to say; in other words, a games-how where the right answer must be politically correct.
The last segment has Nozomu and Rin showing the girls how to play their own bizarre game of ‘golf’ in which neither clubs nor balls are used; a target is selected and one sees how far their ‘range’ is…such as how far a man can go dressed in a sweat suit, or how far Meru can go without her phone.
Also in the episode is mini-skits from ‘The Melancholy of Manjiru’; short conversations lampooning the prevalence of ‘-tans’ in anime and manga, or buying dvds to help Japan’s economy.
This episode seemed to go over really well with a lot of fans for using a style of humour a bit more in tone with the original series of Zetsubou-Sensei. However…something about it just didnt leave me as satisfied as the others. The ideas behind the jokes were amusing, but I think that the ‘politically correct’ joke dragged on a little too long, and I only really smiled a few times. Of course, there were a bunch of references I probably didn’t get as well. It wasn’t a ‘bad’ segment, I just won’t rank it among my favourites. Nozomu going back and time and being sent to prison for saying that the earth rotates around the sun was pretty funny, though, and probably one of the best examples of the truth not being the ‘right’ answer, at least for a certain time period. The first segment about ’emergency preparations’ was amusing, though, and a good start to the episode, and I especially loved Chiri’s insane murderous rampage resulting in the entire class being replaced by dolls in their likenesses.
What mostly disappointed me about this episode was the first ‘Melancholy of Manjiru’ segment in which they discuss ‘-tans’, with a very knowing wink to Hetalia. It was the buildup for a fantastic joke; the girls started discussing ‘-tans’ or personifications of anime companies (“I’ll be Kyoto!”… and yet it ends there. If it had gone on longer; added more of a punchline, it could have potentially been one of the funniest skits of the series. I would have loved to see what kind of personality Kyoto Animation would have (some kind of yandere troll, I imagine), but perhaps it was a little risky.
The skit with the surreal golf game about ‘range’, however, was fantastic, and one of the highlights of this third season. The man running in his underwear nearly made me laugh until I cried, and it gets even more points for incorporating the girls in (or at least Meru and Matoi). It also ends in a cliffhanger (how far away from home will a hikkikomori go to buy Jump?) so I’ll be looking forward to see the conclusion in episode 10. As for the drawing song; just when I worried that the joke had worn thin, Oora makes it one of the funniest so far with her terrible off-key singing.
A mixed bag, mostly; I would normally give it just a little bit less but I found the last skit golden enough to lift the rest of the episode. Out of 5,