Despite the obvious linkbait, I’ll get into a bit more detail about the whole episode in a short while. First, I’d like to say that after Ao no Exorcist’s cooking episode, I started to dread the day another anime would follow suit. And oh god, we have it right here. I never thought Denpa Onna would go into cooking, but in an anime about UFOs, cow mutilations, and weird ET-wannabe girls, what do you expect?
First things first, we finally learn who has been launching all those plastic bottles into the air near Maekawa’s part-time job. It turns out it’s this dude, however, we’re never given a name. It’s that or I didn’t pay nearly enough attention to the episode. We also get a glimpse of Maekawa’s boss, the cute Komaki, though she’s probably not going to show up ever again.
When Maekawa finds the man launching plastic rockets, he instantly hires her to make more for him, all the while calling himself a big “fan” of hers. Maekawa takes the job offer and heads over to Makoto’s house in order to start making them. What follows is a few scenes where Ryuuko, Erio, and Makoto try to create said rockets and appearing to be awkward about the whole situation at the same time. After everyone finishes dinner, Erio invites both Maekawa and Ryuuko to stay over to sleep over, citing “aliens” and “UFOs” as reasons to not venture home in the night.
Judging from this episode, it’s easy to see the direction this anime is going to take over the course of the next few weeks. Sure there was a scene showing foreboding storm clouds, but I don’t think this anime is going to get into drama any time soon (We have AnoHana for that).
SHAFT is well-known for its relatively offbeat anime with wacky characters and aesthetic designs, but this seems to be the dud of the bunch. Bakemonogatari was great for its mixture of traditional Japanese folklore, Maria Holic had us all in the biggest trap of alltime, and Puella Madoka Magica was apparently revolutionary, according to a lot of people on the interwebz. Taking that into account, Denpa Onna doesn’t have much to show for itself save Erio and a few other characters. But to each his own.