What They Say:
Shinichiro Asano is a penniless high school student who decides to look for a job in order to pay his rent. His teacher suggests that he find work doing housekeeping. While working for the Shimazu family, he meets Sakuya, a beautiful girl who comes off as a bit crude and selfish. But Sakuya is also the 37th head of the Shimazu family and works as an exorcist, capturing and eliminating unwanted creatures. One day, Shinichiro accidentally frees one of these creatures and they must cooperate to recapture it. less
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Now that a few things have been revealed, though nothing shocking or surprising, there’s just a better sense of what’s going on with events that’s driving Sakuya and the others. The background material has helped a bit and getting things to even out a bit more between her and Shinichiro is definitely welcome, though it’s easy enough for them to fall back into old habits with how they interact. Our Western mage finally got named, bringing the title of the series into play at long last, and there’s a sense that things are moving towards the conclusion. Which is good, because with this episode included, there’s only three left in this ten episode series.
Now that the family power play is in motion, it’s amusing to see how Suseri is pushing things so that the children are considered more worthy than she is, and with the way her mother is acting, it’s no surprise that Suseri may sway some people. Suseri knows that the key to things is Shinichiro, so seeing her spending time with him for a bit in her deadpan style plays out as you’d expect, especially with a bit of shopping that involves random boob grabbing and running into classmates that can confuse the situation. And, of course, male “friends” that are over the top beyond words in how they view what’s going on. All of which in its weird way kind of gets to Suseri and it’s easy to see why she gets flushed over the whole situation.
While there’s a lot of little movements going on towards the larger goal, the second half shifts its focus to the action – with a bit of flashback material to show what Suseri has gone through over the years with regards to her mother and her style of teaching. There’s some decent moments to the action itself, but also plenty of force aspects where we get Shinichiro taken out easily – a given considering he’s pretty much ineffective in general – and that forces Suseri to really stand tall and face her fears and enemy. The episode does so much to try and make Suseri a character you can empathize with and want to like, but it does so on top of lots of bland material so far – for her and other characters – that it doesn’t really achieve its goal.
Another episode of ISUCA and another standard sequence of actions where we get some basic background, mild silliness, action, seriousness and conclusion. Granted, that’s standard operating procedure for many shows, but it’s more muted amid the events going on because of the storyline itself and the characters. Here, everything feels supremely superficial and without much to it that you realize its thinness all the more. With two more episodes to go, it’s easy enough to finish this out, but ISUCA is shaping up to be one of the least memorable series out there in recent memory for me. Especially since it hasn’t even been able to carry through on the promise of fanservice.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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