Been meaning to get to this show for a while now! While I didn’t cover it in my seasonal look last time, it was something I was watching off and on throughout the run. Now that it is finished I can give you my thoughts on what was something quite a few people enjoyed. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the series Mieruko-Chan!
Watching this show, I couldn’t help but think back to my experience with Kakegurui, in that the first few episodes had me on the edge of my seat and glued to the screen. But as things went on it became clear that the show only had really one card to play, and that your enjoyment is based on how much you love that card. Mieruko turns out to be very much like this. It has one thing going for it, and if you don’t like that one thing, then chances are you won’t like this show.
The thing revolves around high school girl Miko Yotsuya, a seemingly normal girl, being haunted by dead spirits. Everywhere she goes, everything she does, her entire life is spent being surrounded by monsters that feel right out of a horror book. Yet instead of screaming her head off, Miko decides to keep her head in the sand, ignoring the creatures and trying to go about life as normal as she can. What follows is twelve episodes of gags and events solely around that single premise. Will Miko be able to resist not seeing them forever, and what about her friends and classmates? Will they know what is going on? And what about that mysterious teacher who might be a cat abuser?
Like I said at the top, if the idea of Miko not reacting to the creepy creatures around her interests you, then you won’t like this show. Furthermore if your interest in the shows wanes after a few episodes, there is little else here to change your mind. I was wholly invested in the first handful of episodes, laughing at her reactions and wanting to know more, but as the series dragged on and the same gags and plots repeated themselves, I found myself caring less and less about the characters and world. Much like Kakegurui, this is an anime that places all of its eggs in one basket. It expects people to either be on board with its singular premise, or get bored and leave.
It is a game of absolutes, and there is no room for anything else in the show. Despite some cute fanservice, and an adorable supporting character in Hana, you shouldn’t expect the anime to get into any real meat or ideas about what is happening, why and how to stop it. There is some time given to three ‘good spirits’ that give Miko three ‘get of jail free’ cards, but there isn’t much explanation of why. It is only in the last handful of episodes where the plot regarding the teacher and the cats does the show start to get interesting, leading into some ideas that the spirits are deceased people unable to move on. It’s a cool idea, but the show leaves too much unexplored for it to have any real weight, especially since the anime just ends after it is finished.
Mieruko-Chan ended up being an overlooked anime for many last year, with people either loving the show or not caring for it at all. I loved it at the start, but by the end I couldn’t bring myself to really care. It’s a shame because the character designs are cute, the fanservice is decent, the dub is solid, and the opening theme is an absolute banger. Still this was an anime that needed more than one thing on the menu, because what is there can get quite stale after a while. Still if you like seeing a cute girl not reacting to horror book monsters, give this show a look and see what you think. But I think you’ll only need to watch three or four episodes.