If you’ve not yet died from laughter, Kill Me Baby returns to finish the job in its second episode of highschool assassin affairs – sustaining topics and interests introduced from the first episode, yet developing them further.
This episode starts off in a manner all so familiar, the girl who is “more or less” a highschooler greets us in a language neither English nor Japanese – then shortly thereafter, she’s choked unconscious by her assassin friend, seemingly not having learned from last time. Quite rare for a comedy anime, Kill Me Baby carries on subjects brought up within a prior episode, and keeps at them – one will notice this with little effort as the “high school girl” requests her “assassin” friend to teach her some self-defense moves.
And not too much surprise, it doesn’t work out at all. The assassin is simply too grumpy in personality, perhaps a tsundere, preventing her from legitimately educating our high school girl with anything useful – rather, she simply ends up beating her up a few times.
One of the aspects to love about Kill Me Baby shines quite nicely here – no one ever gets the short end of the stick. While occasionally things may not go in favor of the high school girl, or the assassin, it always comes back around to strike whoever was let off free of harm in the previous skit – having a nice balance between at whose expense the joke will play out, and thus keeping the comebacks unexpected as Kill Me Baby doesn’t restrict its characters to certain roles like most comedy series.
Another point of praise which leaves us shocked to think something of this superb quality came out of JC Staff’s studio is how quickly the characters are familiarized with the viewers and made as distinctive individuals. Looking at the high school girl for example, one might notice she’s not your typical “baka” character as she occasionally has ulterior motives to her happy-go-lucky exterior – take for instance how she attempted to receive some training from the assassin with hopes of using them back on her.
Yet as we know, that fails – although at least the episode quickly moves on to other matters, sparing our high school girl from receiving any more physical punishment, at least not from the assassin.
As the two leave school, they encounter a bear – kicking off a series of panicking and running around as our characters are all afraid of the bear. Most amusing however is the assassin Sonya – contrary to her high and mighty extroverted attitude towards our high school girl, and other mere humans, when it comes to the likes of dogs, insects, and as we can see, bears, she’s a complete coward. While a cute facet indeed, this also shows she’s no different than a regular high school girl herself – regardless of any tough masquerade she attempts to employ.
Although we do enjoy seeing her creative assassin based methods to escape and hide.
Certainly at this rate, one will have to be resurrected from the dead if not merely watching from a hospital bed as Kill Me Baby is doing well to keep us short of breath from laughter.