The comedy undoubtedly has improved since the first two episodes. While I’d rate the humor as high as adequate (still hit/miss for me), it corrected some of the issues I brought up in the last post saying that most of the comedy was clichéd or weak. This episode provided a bunch of random and creative gags. The typhoon half had some fairly original material with the girls trying to practice in the dangerous weather. If finally felt like this show had some unique flavor for it instead of just being a generic comedy/ecchi anime. I can’t say the same thing about the second half of the episode but it did some other things right instead.
While the hot springs segment is an overused theme in anime, the highlights of these scenes were due to the pacing. It seemed like the show knew what it wanted to do this time around. If a joke wasn’t going to work, it moved on to the next one without dragging it out and killing the mood. And if the joke actually be humorous, then it wasted no time getting to the laughs. The comedy came at a pace that works for this anime. Sure, there are still some kinks to work out (still a bunch of generic humor) but the anime is moving in the right direction when evaluating the comedy. Let’s hope it stays this way.
On the other hand, I don’t really have anything nice to say about the censorship. Virtually the entire episode was inconsistently censored. You get scenes where the panties are censored and scenes where they aren’t. It’s like the censors are only doing their job when they feel like it. Well, I guess that’s true since it’s the studio that’s doing the censoring rather than all the stations. The supposed methodology behind this silly tactic is that it’ll raise BD/DVD sells or whatever since they believe some people can’t live without complete fanservice. But does that really work? That approach may work for like the 20-30 people out there willing to spend big bucks for a couple of ecchi scenes but is that worth irritating the fans who actually like the anime for what it is? Those are the people who drive the BD/DVD sells for the anime, not the ones who need to buy all the ecchi anime they can find. And even then, they’d only buy it once they finish buying all the other anime that is more ecchi/censored. But I suppose it’s worthwhile since the fandom for Softenni is so small that any additional sells are meaningful.
Oh and it appears the recognized name for the anime is Softenni, instead of what I’ve been using, Sofuteni. I’m not going to revise the original two posts but I’ll update the category tag for the blog. But it’s not like anyone ever clicks that, but whatever.