Mieruko Chan Episode 5 Review: No, She Is Not Dead

Miko’s dad has been a ghost this whole time, and I’m still not okay with it, one week after the episode aired. What other zingers does Mieruko Chan Episode 5 have planned for us? Let’s find out in this review!

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 Overview

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 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 5. If you would like to check out our review of the fourth episode, you can do so right here!

– Mieruko Chan Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 Review- Plot and Characters

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Since Episode 1 of Mieruko-Chan, there has been a foreboding presence in the background of a couple of episodes, waiting for a moment to reveal herself to be another one aware of the plight of Miko and dealing with the same struggles that she has been. Everyone, say hello to Yuria Niguredou, for she is here to do something that the show has been missing for a while- be part of a storyline.

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However, Mieruko Chan Episode 5 doesn’t go quite the direction I was expecting it to, as Yuria didn’t feature in a manner that one would expect. She and Miko didn’t really develop a relationship and still didn’t know each other by the end of the episode. She wasn’t even in the entire episode, as her role ended in the first part when Miko moved on to better things. Admittedly, this isn’t the change I called for in my review of the previous episode.

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However, their interaction was still pretty solid. Yuria is a very distinct and intriguing character on her own who acts as the polar opposite of Miko, interacting with and even using ghosts for her benefit as Miko still tries to ignore them out of existence. There is still plenty of time left for them to have a more meaningful interaction, and most of all, get more information about the predicament they’re both stuck in.

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Seriously, the knowledge about the working of this universe has been sparse at best and deliberately secretive at worst. I loved that it led to a fantastic plot twist at the end of the last episode and a phenomenal second half of Mieruko Chan Episode 5, but I would still like some answers. You can’t hide behind being a slice of life forever, especially if you’re a horror anime as well as a comedy.

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The horror element of the show was used to perfection in Mieruko Chan Episode 5, as Miko discovered a new use for her power in one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in quite a while. This show is frankly absurd in the manner it juggles so many different genres and still manages to churn out a well-written and effective episode every week. If you’re sleeping on this one, you shouldn’t. This is legitimately fascinating television over here.

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 Review- Art and Music

The show does a great job in building its horror aesthetic, using sparser colours when ghosts are on screen, and being bright and colourful when they are not. Characters all look very distinct and have tons of personalities that are reflected in their designs as well. Miko and Yuria are designed to look as far apart from each other as possible, which comes across as very natural and intuitive in establishing Yuria’s character before she even says a word.

The music was also top-notch in Mieruko Chan Episode 5, including some great OSTs in the background of important moments. While I wouldn’t call it the best thing about the show, it still does its part in making it as thrilling and scary as it is. I must say that the comedy element of the show is reducing every new episode, and I’m interested in seeing what the show is by this season’s end.

Verdict

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 was a solid outing for the show, but it failed to provide the fresh outlook I was looking for with the introduction of a new character. Oh well, I still liked it, and there’s plenty of time remaining to do that.

Click here to read the review of the next episode. It’s a good one!

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SUMMARY

Mieruko Chan Episode 5 was a solid outing for the show, but it failed to provide the fresh outlook I was looking for with the introduction of a new character.

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