Milky Holmes is proving to be surprisingly fun. This episode has to be my favourite yet. When I found out that Tatsuya Yoshihara would be the animation director for this episode (and would therefore be contributing significant amounts of key animation), I was motivated to catch up! Tatsuya Yoshihara is a pretty well-known animator coming into prominence. A MAD of his key animation on various TV-anime can be found on youtube here. His style is really interesting and easy to distinguish. He uses blurs in movement a lot and often has an exaggerated, sharp form, but not to the point where it degrades the character models. I was interested to see what he could do in this show, and I was even more interested when he tweeted that the schedule he had to work with was in a terrifying state. He warned that we shouldn’t expect too much from the episode! But I really enjoyed it, both from a content perspective and a production one. Sure, there weren’t a huge amount of drawings, and some shortcuts in animation were evident, but, if the schedule was as bad as he said it was, he should be commended! There was plenty of fun animation which worked really well for the gags, and he imprinted his own style on it with flare!
The content was really entertaining. It was a typical fairy-tale type story – a princess runs away to avoid a marriage and wants to enjoy her dream of living a normal life. The pink-haired Sherlock takes her place, and the fun starts there! The princess screws around with the other girls, going shopping, eating meals together and sleeping together, while Sherlock lives the life of a princess with the bizarre twist of an oncoming marriage with a pervert! There is a ridiculous amount of cuteness packed into this episode. The adorable girls remain its greatest asset. The sugary sweetness of Milky Holmes is ever intense! One stand-out thing this week was Sherlock’s perverse play with the fiancee, which involved her in nekomimi getup calling him goshujin-sama and then, in a strange twist, ending up playing the sadist in some hardcore SM fun, complete with candles and whipping. She seemed to get into it.
Milky Holmes is cute, with a hidden adult flavour and, with episodes like this, some interesting animation!