Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9 Review: Komi Wins By Doing Absolutely Nothing

The summer break is over as we prepare to head back into the school with Komi in Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9. The possibilities are infinite, and Komi’s admirers are intense. What went down this time around? Let’s find out in this review!

Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9 Overview

Komi Can't Communicate Episode 9 Title

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 eighth episode here! In original Japanese, this episode is also known as Komi-san wa Komyushou desu Episode 9 or Komi san wa Komyushou desu Episode 9.

– Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9 Review does not contain spoilers –

Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9 Review- Slowing The Pace Down A Bit

Nokoko Komi Can't Communicate

It is unfair to expect a show to go full balls to the wall in every outing, and most series have to slow themselves down before they fly too close to the sun and burn out. Breaks are necessary, and so are calm episodes that take it easy and focus on character interactions instead of going on new world-changing conquests in every episode. This outing of Komi Can’t Communicate was slow and deliberate, but it worked all the same.

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Komi Episode 9 began with the introduction of a new character to the show for the first time since Nakanaka came along in Episode 5. Out of all the characters in the show so far, I have only actively disliked Yamai Ren (Where are all my Yamai haters at?). However, Nokoko, the new character, failed to elicit any kind of response. She didn’t stand out much, and all her attributes were some that we have already seen on better characters in the show.

Komi Scared Komi Can't Communicate Episode 9

Perhaps her schtick of being a country bumpkin wanting to become a city girl is too regional for people outside of Japan to get, or maybe she just wasn’t written that well. In any case, while her segment in the show was great, she stuck out like a sore thumb. Her segment was also hurt by the fact that it was a straight lift from the Starbucks segment earlier on in the show. Since that wasn’t the only segment of the episode, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

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We then head to the Nakanaka’s household, the Chuunibyu, in case you forgot. A lively game of bootleg Super Smash Brothers ensues, which was hilarious and parodied anime fights quite well. Then a genuinely fantastic chapter followed where Komi decided to help out Najimi at their part-time job. The running joke of Komi being a pro at anything she tries is lovely and a highlight of every episode. Something like this would tank a lesser protagonist, but it fits Komi like a glove.

Komi and Tadano had the final segment of Komi san episode 9, a quite lovably awkward scene where they both tried to call each other by their first names. In Japanese culture, calling someone by their first name is generally reserved for friends and people close to you, so it was a testament to how close the two anxiety-riddled lovebirds have gotten. Don’t think that I’ve missed Komi wearing the sundress Tadano chose for her for the last 3 episodes, either. This was just lovely to witness.

Verdict

Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 9 was a decent outing by Komi standards, which is higher than most other anime. There were some great moments and some progress on the show’s main quest.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW

Overall

SUMMARY

Komi Can't Communicate Episode 9 was a decent outing by Komi standards, which is higher than most other anime. There were some great moments and some progress on the show's main quest.

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