Potemayo: Holistic Retrospective, or, Honi Honi Honi Honi Honi

Yes, I know. I watch things slowly. Get used to it.

Potemayo was, for me, a real charmer of a show. I always love watching a well-done comedy, and Potemayo, as far as anime is concerned, pretty much has my style of comedy down pat. I mean, it’s about a cute little cat-human…thing. That grows flowers on top of its head. It doesn’t even try to make any kind of literal sense, it just creates its own little world populated with ridiculously rich girls voiced by an extremely high-pitched Kugimiya Rie who enslaves boys who confess to her (even accidentally; poor, poor Mudo) and totally ignores her older brothers who apparently have some kind of massive sister complex. Oh, and Guchuko.

I had a feeling the series would be a laugh riot from the get-go; the best gag in the entire first episode had to be Guchuko taping things. First she busts out of Sunao’s refrigerator, and tapes the door together with three pieces of tape. Then she busts out of Sunao’s front door, and tapes the door back together with three pieces of tape. Then she goes to the park, and Kyou throws her a truffle. Startled by the truffle, Guchuko chops it in half.

At this point, I think to myself “she is so totally going to tape that truffle”. Which was exactly what she did. With three pieces of tape. It was a moment of epic comedy the likes of which haven’t been seen since Shinji’s pantsu SEED burst during the onsen epiosode of Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu. Somehow, for me, guessing what the punchline is going to be a split-second before the punchline is actually given always makes a joke about 100% funnier. It’s some kind of weird combination of expecting the unexpected, and seeing that not only was your guess correct, but that the show did justice to it.

The remaining episodes lived up to the heights of comedy promised in the first episode. It’s the rare anime comedy that holds my interest more than a few episodes (most of them rely too much on I AM GOING TO YELL A LOT AND THIS WILL SUBSTITUTE FOR ACTUAL COMEDY, or on what American fans love to call “it’s so random“), and the ones that do I generally just find more pleasant to watch than actually hilarious. Since it’s such a rare thing, it’s a real pleasure to watch something that is genuinely hilarious. The only comedy from 2007 that meets Potemayo is Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, and that’s basically cheating since a post-Hidamari Sketch Shinbo Akiyuki is directing.

This kind of turned into an aimless rant, but that’s okay. Conclusion: Watch Potemayo. You’re missing out on quality humor and entertaining characters if you don’t.

Also, I have no idea what bearing the title has on the actual content of the post, but, hey, “Holistic Retrospective” is a cool phrase. And I’m all about cool phrases, even if they have no actual bearing on anything whatsoever.

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