Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Review: Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

The series showed a lot of promise in its first outing, and we could not be more excited for Mieruko Chan Episode 2. How many ghosts does Mieruko plan to ignore this time around? Let’s find out in this review!

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Overview

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Title
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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 2. If you would like to check out our review of the first episode, you can do so right here!

– Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Review does not contain spoilers –

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Review- Plot and Characters

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Mieruko Chan Episode 2 is absurd in the best way possible. There is no show in the world where you could experience this particular blend of unnerving and hilarious as you can in this series. I wouldn’t call the show “scary” by any means, as it is not likely to scare anyone anytime soon. It will, however, surprise you by the sheer strength of its concept and how it goes about fulfilling it in the best way possible.

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Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first- the show is very pervy. You get used to a lot of such tropes when you get around to watching a lot of anime, but it is always a little uncomfortable when it is high school aged girls that are being animated like that. The constant breast shots and lingering uncomfortable moments do break the immersion at times, but it is not that big a deal in shows like this. I just wanted to put this out here in case anyone thinks I’m deliberately ignoring this. I’m not. I just don’t care as much when the content is this good.

Ghost Mieruko Chan
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When I say the content is good, I mean it. Mieruko Chan Episode 2 could have easily been unrealised potential like many other anime with weird concepts, but it nails its aesthetic and gets most if not all things right in the story it portrays. The cherry on top is Mieruko herself, whose dry wit and aloof personality make her the perfect person to portray a character stuck in a situation like hers.

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Her friend Hana is another airhead in a genre full of them, but she serves as a delightful balance to the stoic Mieruko with her antics. Something is going on with her hunger, but we’ll get there when we get there. You feel for Mieruko when she tries to get rid of the (pervy) ghost stuck to Hana without making it appear that she can see ghosts, even if it causes another character to get stuck with the ghost instead.

Cat man Mieruko Chan Episode 2
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Speaking of ghosts, there are more ghosts in Mieruko Chan Episode 2 than there were hollows in any episode of Bleach, which seems absurd. What are this many ghosts doing in a place like this? They seem not to be causing any harm to anyone, so what is their purpose of existence? Maybe we’ll know everything sometime later, but it’s not a big deal if we don’t. Not every question needs an answer.

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The ghosts do help Mieruko out in finding out someone’s character in Mieruko Chan Episode 2, and it made for a truly magnificent moment that almost brought tears into some eyes. The way the episode ended with the cat and everything that implied was beautiful to witness and has increased my faith in the series to deliver a quality narrative tenfold. This anime deserves a look, even if you don’t go for anime like this very often.

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 Review- Art and Music

The visual gags in Mieruko Chan Episode 2 are hilarious, and the animation is perfect for a show such as this. The ghosts look scary despite almost always being put into absurd positions and entirely expected locations. The contrast between comedy and horror is fantastic, and the animation department deserves a lot of credit for that. The way the white ghosts are portrayed is great, and I hope we get to know more about the characters this way.

While the OSTs don’t sound anything special right now, the opening and ending songs are phenomenal. I love songs that were specifically written for a show anyways, and the opening of Mieruko-Chan portrays everything you would want to know about the show in the 90 seconds it lasts for. On top of everything, the song is sneakily catchy and will infest your mind for a long while. Is it too early to call OP of the season?

Verdict

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 did not get a step wrong in its quest to entertain the masses through ghosts and absurdism. The comedy, plot, and emotional beats the show hit were magnificent. Can’t wait to see what it does next!

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SUMMARY

Mieruko Chan Episode 2 did not get a step wrong in its quest to entertain the masses through ghosts and absurdism. The comedy, plot, and emotional beats the show hit were magnificent. Can't wait to see what it does next!

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