Poor Hare! Watching him go through panic attack after panic attack keeps viewers fixed on the action and gags throughout this episode. There isn't much story development beyond the introduction of several new characters in the way of Reggie, Hare's teacher, and the rest of his classmates. Even so, the action and humour is fast paced and highly amusing. With a good mix of visual gags, and action, the direction continues to be solid in this second episode.
The introduction of Hare's classmates adds more depth to the overall story, but since so many people are introduced at once, the rest of the classmates as well as Reggie aren't given much of a personality as of yet.
The only thing that raises the viewer level to date for this show is the humour. Very dry, ironic and tongue in cheek, it may go over younger viewers heads. However, the high paced action and Hare's antics will keep younger viewers attention well occupied. Very much for viewers of all ages so far.
While there isn't much background music, what is present is very well suited to the scene and does a good job at augmenting the atmosphere. Likewise, even more than Hare's voice acting, I find I really like Guu. Suitably dry, surly, sarcastic, or saccharinely sweet depending on the scene, her character really makes things worth watching and is a wonderful contrast to Hare's extremely exciteable self. Unfortunately, one of Hare's classmates laughs very much like a hyena and this starts to grate on one's nerves after repeated viewing.
Overall an excellent second episode, the direction in this show keeps viewers firmly rooted and highly entertained. Onwards to the next episode!
- JYN, 2001.09.17