Jashin-chan Dropkick Episode 1 First Impression Review

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Jashin-chan Dropkick is a violent slapstic comedy about a delusional gothic lolita, Yurine, who summons a demon girl with the tail of a cobra, Jashin-chan. They’ll have to live together until Yurine finds a way to send Jashin-chan back to hell, or until Jashin-chan kills Yurine.

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 Are we sure that was Episode 1? So we’ve got a topless devil with a snake tail, a goth loli, a Medusa, maybe a fallen angel, and a minotaur. 4th wall breaks were pretty fun but I’d like to know how any of this came to be. As a manga reader: Why? Why did you start at the middle? Why not just follow the manga and start from the beginning and introduce the girls slowly just like the manga did?Don’t get me wrong. I liked the episode! But only because I’m already familiar with these characters. For someone who isn’t, it must be a bit jarring just to jump right in without any context as to who these girls are. Hopefully this is just a taste and we get to go back to how things started in the next episode.

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Honestly, I got bored pretty early. It felt like the jokes didn’t have enough punch. Perhaps I should have said “not enough kick” to really reel it in. But the punchline delivery consistently felt a little wanting, as the jokes were too absurd but too restrained in delivery – at least compared to some of the solid comedies we’re getting this season, but as a fan of the manga I had a good time anyway and will be looking forward to the rest of the show. At least they aren’t shy with using blood just like in the manga and the never ending suffering of Jashin-chan continues So I guess they at least got a couple of things right.

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