Things are not how they seem in Mieruko Chan Episode 11 as we approach the end of this season. How much more trouble with ghosts can Miko get into? Let’s find out in this review!
Mieruko Chan Episode 11 Overview
Mieruko-Chan is a comedy, horror, and supernatural anime that has received an anime adaptation as part of the Fall Anime 2021 anime season. The studio behind it is Studio Passione, which has had its hand in various horror and comedy anime in the past, including Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and High School DxD. It is an adaptation of a very popular manga series of the same name written by Tomoki Izumi.
It is being directed by Yuuki Ogawa, who has prior experience directing Ishizoku Reviewers for Studio Passione. She has also directed episodes in FLCL progressive and Miru Tights. The episode is also stylised as Mieruko-chan Episode 11. If you would like to check out our review of the tenth episode, you can do so right here!
– Mieruko Chan Episode 11 Review does not contain any spoilers –
Mieruko Chan Episode 11 Review- A Subtle Masterclass In Storytelling
An expression has become quite popular with critics and commentators in the last few years. It’s an expression that didn’t get much use before the latest humongous busts in the form of Game of Thrones and Disney’s Star Wars. What used to be a much-respected trope of media turned into a horrible Frankenstein of trying to avoid spoilers and obvious conclusions, even if they make logical sense and were built for years into a coherent solution. I am, of course, talking about “Subverting Expectations“.
Predictability, while a turn-off for many, is essential for good storytelling. Imagine a show has been building towards a certain event, has put together a bunch of storylines to conclude in a certain manner, and then changes its direction without much rhyme or reason just for the sake of doing the unexpected- won’t that ruin viewers’ enjoyment of it? It was extremely common around 2017-18 and has thankfully gone away now as more and more stories are getting logical conclusions again.
The point of mentioning all this in a review of Mieruko Chan Episode 11 is that the show has managed to achieve what the exact opposite of “subverting expectations” is. It subtly laid the groundwork for a certain character to be not as they were portrayed in earlier episodes, and as all appeared to be crystal clear, revealed its actual machinations. Doing things a certain way ensured that even if some people caught up to what the show was doing, it had another ace up its sleeve.
The reason I’m forced not to reveal what it actually did was because of the strict no-spoiler rule I follow that prevents me from revealing anything that might hurt your enjoyment of the episode once you get around to watching it if you hadn’t already watched it before. If everything was too vague, let me simplify it here. The story of Mieruko Chan Episode 11 was phenomenally told and expertly crafted and contained everything one could ever ask for in this show.
It also cleverly skirted along with the TV Rating guideline and involved it into the storytelling, which blew me away. Mieruko-Chan does subtlety extremely well, and the manner it duped the viewer into imagining the horrible things that were happening when something else was going on entirely. I can’t say enough good things about the storytelling here, including how Mieruko managed her one last chance to save herself from a monster.
Even the usually bland music was in full force here, as there were some fantastic tunes here. There was a lot of variety here as well, as the usual horrifying sounds played alongside some emotional tracks in a certain character’s backstory. Mieruko Chan Episode 11 was firing on all cylinders, and while it wasn’t an absolutely perfect episode, it was close enough. No doubt, a highlight of this entire season. There is only one more outing left, and I hope that I’m not the only one who wants a Season 2.
Mieruko Chan Episode 11 was a fantastic display of storytelling prowess by one of the most underrated anime of this season. The story, music, and animation were fantastic and deserve more attention.
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