What They Say:
The Hackadolls act as tour guides for a “foreign girl” who doesn’t speak their language. With strange gestures, the Hackadolls take her to the best spots. But there seems to be one place in particular this girl must go to…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fun of the KUROBAKO episode the last time around definitely helped the show to hit some sweet notes with what it wanted to do. In a way, it feels like a difficult time to be a show that pokes fun of other shows and various properties (looking at you, Osomatsu), but these are things that if done in small doses like Hackadoll that you can really find yourself enjoying because it’s silly and the right kind of skewering. Being able to change out which girls are used from time to time helps as well, though I admit I could do with less of #4 already as something about her just rubs me the wrong way.
With this episode, the girls are called in to help a young woman navigate the city as she’s speaking an alien tongue and her translator has now broken after calling in for help. This has the trio doing their best to figure out what she needs, which is help getting back to her mothership. An amusing enema misinterpretation is pretty spot on in its own way though. What they end up doing is pretty “offbeat” sightseeing in the big city, which is really just an extended shopping session to get her dressed properly for all the usual places. It’s not bad and has a decent enough montage sequence to it, but since you know the basic gimmick and how it’ll end it doesn’t drive the story much. The girls are all certainly amusing here in ways you expect so even while that works it’s just another overly familiar element.
Hackadoll continues to be an appealing looking show in general and this episode is no exception with what it does. The downside is that the story itself is just weak, especially after coming off of the whole KUROBAKO episode. It’s not bad but it simply didn’t do much for me even with all the right nods and winks towards various properties. It’s simply something that’s so trope-heavy that it can’t get out from under itself.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.