Epi two introduces us to two new nutters as Ric finishes the much anticipated lost-and-found-baseball-and-Amazoness story and, later, meets the significantly more feminine-looking Captain of the something or other who basically doesn’t like aliens. Before Nino decides to greet him. Nino style.
Monologuing Ric is back and, after waxing lyrical about something to do with mazes, the epi proper opens with the promised conclusion to Ric’s encounter with the Amazoness. Who turns out to be a painfully high-pitched schoolgirl disguised as drag queen. Perhaps. Either way, the tranny and her trio of tengu-masked minions, are proudly guarding/ showing off a treasure chest of ice lollies. Until Ric tries to eat one, which is when he is knocked out by a well-aimed giant Watsit. He comes to near where he was playing baseball with the gang, who now disbelievingly fuss over him when he tries to tell them about the encounter, without sounding too ill or crazy while doing so. Meanwhile, the Amazonies are shown eating ice lollies while speedboating off as the tranny reveals that she is pleased to have protected the ‘real’ treasure, and then starts to take a ‘phone call from her ‘boss’…
Later, another prospective village idiot turns up after Ric finds said idiot splayed high up on the bridge and saves him from death by crows. Ric takes the young man back to Sister’s place, where he identifies himself as some kind of Captain who has put himself in charge of defending the Earth against aliens. After the Mayor and Hoshi turn up to inspect the newbie, Ric, jealously sensing that his position as the new kid on the bridge is being threatened, tries to scare off the Captain by claiming that he is a potentially Earth destroying alien himself. Oh, and that Nino, who the Captain has spotted sleepwalking/ wrestling the night before, is their queen. And that she’s an all kinds of awesome badass. Who can easily whoop his ass and destroy the Earth if she wants to do so. Unfortunately for Ric, Nino then turns up to greet the Captain and offers to force feed him various marine life that she pulls out of her bra. Understandably for the Captain, and more fortunately for Ric, the Captain runs away.
This is what I was waiting three months and one week for? A creepy, unfunny tranny with a fetish for bikini-topped tengu-faced minions, eating ice lollies and
pea- Watsit-shooting at innocent young men who dare to call a freaking head case a freaking head case?
Granted, most of the humour in the Saitama Vs. Amazon jokes were no doubt lost in translation, however this (wo)man was just plain creepy (*shudders again while remembering the short skirt
joke and the schoolgirl voice*). As was the bit when the tengu minions wanted to see some form of photo ID from Ric. Not so much a parody of inappropriately bureaucratic red tape laying pen pushers, but more a something even less appropriate and less funny, methinks. At least Ric was suitably and indignantly shouty in the face of such bathos.
At least the reaction from the other nutters was worth the previous nonsense. Even Hoshi’s remorseful look at letting Ric search for the ball on his own was a hilarious surprise (though, no, I still don’t like him), and the slo-mo sunset-backdropped running towards Ric with open arms was a treat.
The next part of the epi also fared much better, not so much because of the Captain/ Elvis lookalike, but Ric’s jealous and logically illogical reaction to him, and then the images of Nino in magical fish girl mode, fishzilla mode and, lastly, in Nino mode (i.e.: leme-show-my-warm-welcoming-side-by-force-feeding-people-fishy-things-mode).
A few other random things I enjoyed about the latter half included: the Captain’s rather astute comparison of Hoshi to a flower (of the pansy variety, I assume); the Mayor’s, rather paternal, fond patting of Hoshi’s rounded head; their impromptu a cappella rendition of the leech song; and how memorably scary real life Hoshi looks in the ED (*shudders*).
In short: a bit all over the place this week in terms of tone and humour, but at least two awesomely LOL scenes that made up for the dodgy first half. Let the randomly forceful offers of hugs and fish continue!