What They Say:
If he sees underwear, humanity will be destroyed!? An original anime series from the noitaminA block, PUNCH LINE centers on Yuta Iridatsu, a high school student, with a peculiar habit. When he sees a girl’s panties, he gets so excited he faints! After a certain incident with a ghost cat, his soul gets separated from his body. Using his special powers, Yuta watches the daily lives of the inhabitants of an apartment and sometimes plays tricks on them. Eventually, Yuta decides to unlock the secrets to why Earth will be destroyed and tries to save it!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There was a bit of an open question whether Punchline would have one or two more episodes, but this week the question is answered: There’s still one more episode yet to come, and it’s a good thing too, because it’s almost impossible to see how they could have wrapped everything up this week. There are no big twists this time, just a lot of animation that Mappa had been sitting on and fulfillment of character arcs.
Yuta has decided to stay and fight this time, and turns to Meika for help. Meika, super hacker, will take over ICBMs all over the world and fire warheads at asteroid VR-1, destroying it before it can collide with earth. But this will draw fire from law enforcement and spy agencies all over the world, so it will be up to MiyaKen to distract the police for the hour or two necessary to get the hacking job done. But Mikatan, Rabura, and Ito refuse to sit on the sidelines. They eavesdrop on Yuta and Meika’s meeting, and decide to find some way to fight.
But for the three of them, it’s dangerous: It comes out that in her physical, Mikatan is at her limit, and Uberfying one last time will kill her. Meika makes Mikatan promise not to Uberfy upon risk of aborting the operation entirely, allowing the earth to be destroyed, something Mikatan would never allow to happen. Rabura and Ito aim to serve as the watch, but as fate would have it, the inhabitants of Korai House ARE Justice Punch, and opportunities to be useful present themselves.
The police arrive as expected, but much to Justice Punch’s surprise, the QMay group has sent its own agents. Guriko arrives with a squad of completed W super soldiers, and the US Army also shows up, apparently infiltrated by QMay functionaries. When Yuta and Mikatan refuse to join Guriko and become Ws, a final assault on Korai House is launched. Ito is able to pilot Meika’s mech to fight off the US army, and Rabura is able to be possessed by Ghost Yuta to fight off the W squad. But when a bevy of missiles is fired at Korai House, can anything save it?
No answers here, just the ultimate fulfillment of the Justice Punch promise, with everyone’s fated role allowing them to play a part in saving the earth (Rabura being used as just a vessel is less than satisfying. I suspect her great triumph is yet to come, though). There’s some fantastic animation here, especially of Ito in her robot dodging Itano Circuses of missiles and throwing helicopters at each other. It’s a good ending, but the final Uchikoshi kicker still hasn’t arrived. Here’s hoping it shows up next week. With a fantastic, jaw dropping ending, Punchline will finally claim its place as a great series, and the saggy bit in the middle will be much easier to overlook.
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