Spring 2022 1st Episode Impressions: Paripi Koumei (Ya Boy Kongming!)

Let’s get into it!

Oof…when I heard Crunchyroll was almost about to lock everything behind a paywall, I thanked my lucky stars I was now able to pay for it, after many years relying on free legal streaming. As of me starting this post, I haven’t shelled out for Crunchyroll yet, but if I clean out my spreadsheet in time for all the free episodes to drop away in a few weeks (it’s a big ask, considering I’ve just hit the busy patch in terms of uni – on the other hand, I’m now scheduling so far ahead I can kinda see the not-so-busy patches for the rest of the year now), I might cave.

What does that mean, you ask? Paripi Koumei is the only anime I’ll probably be following in the meantime, which is why you get a full post on it.

Spy x Family is meant to be one of my favourite manga. Ever.

So why has Paripi Koumei overtaken it?

Well…remember what I said about me not liking popular things as much?

Spy x Family is going to be one of the most accessible anime this season (see link above). It deserves it. It deserves all the love in the world.

That said, Paripi Koumei is a dream for those who are following the manga – it matches the storyline exactly, but also has great music and improves on the sometimes-shoddy artwork, elevating it to new heights.

It has a sharp sense of comedic timing and even knows to have its tongue planted firmly in cheek as Kongming (the titular “Koumei”) learns how to mix drinks and talk about blockchain currency in no time.

It’s even kinda relatable about how dead-end it can feel… (I haven’t talked about my job yet, have I? Basically, I have Eiko’s job, but it’s also a waitress job. That said, I ain’t complaining – I spent more years than most people at my level as an unemployed student, so I’m making up for lost time now.) Kongming’s commentary on EDM being an “inscrutable tootle” also attacks me, but…I can live with it. It’s a comedic jibe *sweatdrops*…

I’ve taken a look through the manga, due to a sale which made the first volume free on Japanese Bookwalker, and there are a few shots which might make people look the other way (one pillow shot of Eiko’s legs in this episode and a shot of Eiko’s senpai singer Mia a few chapters down from here), but for the most part, this series is devoid of that fanservice – it has its eyes squarely on the isekai-parody/ancient Chinese-meets-modern Shibuya vibes. <- That’s why I love this series. I love me a good fish-out-of-water series!

Even if half the references are going to go straight over my head, I’m going to use every tool at my disposal (<-read: mostly Google) to figure out what’s going on to the best of my ability.

Other notes:

  • Man, it’s been about 2 years since I properly tackled a simulcast (<- might be exaggerating, as I did Visual Prison and Takt OP Destiny almost live). Let’s get into it!
  • Did you know the saying for “speak of the devil” in Chinese mentions a guy called Cao Cao? That might be this dude…haha…Update: Yup, that’s the guy.
  • Qimen Dunjia.
  • Pinstagram…heh.
  • You know how El Melloi II goes on about how talent is not something someone is born with…? Is that why he’s bonded with Kongming in Fate/Grand Order…?
  • I don’t know much about alcohol in the first place, so I need to learn a lot from bar scenes in entertainment…heh heh… (sounds disappointed)
  • Fuzzy navel? What a silly name…
  • Woot! That was touching and funny, all in one. I don’t know if other people will take to it as strongly as I did, but let them be.
  • Update: Ohmygosh! I just looked at the manga again and I saw the BPM scene! It explicitly namedrops Sorry by Justin Bieber as being 100 BPM! *rolls on floor laughing*

So, what did you think of Paripi Koumei? Sadly, the buzz I’ve seen around it so far is positive, but I seem to be its only vocal fan around for a good long time…

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