After an encounter with pure evil, we are back to familiar waters with Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 as Komi tries her hardest to make new friends and spends some time with her old ones. Let’s see if it helped in this review!
Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 Overview
Komi Can’t Communicate, or Komi-san wa Komyushou desu in original Japanese is a comedy and slice of life anime based on an extremely popular manga written by Tomohito Oda. It is being adapted into an anime by Studio OLM, a very well known anime studio known for bringing several well-known projects like Pokemon and Odd Taxi, among other things.
The anime is being directed by Ayumu Watanabe, a veteran director known for directing several critically and commercially successful anime such as Space Brothers and Doraemon. He is also being assisted in direction by Kazuki Kawagoe, another veteran director primarily known for directing Beyblade. You can check out our review for the fourth episode here! This episode is also known in original Japanese as Komi-san wa Komyushou desu Episode 5 or Komi san wa Komyushou desu Episode 5.
– Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –
Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 Review- Plot and Characters
Komi Can’t Communicate looks dead set to explore most, if not all, of the anime cliches and caricatures in the show’s unique style. This particular outing seemed the most like a normal slice of life anime than any other episode of the show so far. That isn’t a bad thing by any means, as the sheer amount of high school slice of life anime forces any show to make episodes about a few topics that have already been explored before. What matters is if you put your own spin on it to make it fresh and unique.
As if there was any doubt, Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 knocked its slice of life elements out of the park. There were several explored, which can all be dissected bit by bit for the tiniest of details. The first of them saw a fitness test, where the classmate Komi beat just the last episode without even knowing about it made another appearance. It was your standard affair without much deviation from the usual formula of the show.
The real magic came by in the next segment, where Tadano and Osana visit Komi’s house and meet her mom. It is also there that I realised that Komi is the last name and not a first name and that Shoko is Komi-san’s first name. I will probably still keep calling her Komi, as that’s what everyone else in the show calls her, and I don’t want to go against the grain in something this insignificant. Regardless, seeing Komi’s mom and how she contrasted with her daughter while still being so alike was awesome.
What followed was a standard slice-of-life fair as Tadano, Komi, and Osana went to a Ramen shop to enjoy each others’ company alongside some delicious soggy noodles. The show also revealed Tadano’s dark past that was equal parts cringeworthy and hilarious, alongside showcasing Komi being her best friend to a Chunibyu classmate and making another friend that way. The wholesomeness was in full force in Komi san Episode 5, which includes a gorgeous credit sequence that belongs under a separate headline.
Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 Review- Art and Music
Sometimes, shows go above and beyond in their opening and credit sequences, and it is almost always an enhancement to the show’s continuity and world-building. Komi Can’t Communicate went the extra mile and animated a full chapter of the manga to play during the credits, and I found it to be the best part of the show. Not only was the content revolving around Tadano and Komi’s developing relationship great, but the animation looked positively stunning.
The sequence being played alongside the ending theme provided a greater appreciation and understanding of that particular song and showed that, for once, we have a show here whose creators actually care. As an audience, it feels better to enjoy something that is actually cared for and fawned upon, and it shows. Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 was a product of love, like the entire show.
Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 5 was a fantastic episode that excelled in character development and animation and was great in most other departments.