A lot of the time I talk about Smile being really bad in these release posts, and occasionally I talk about the really good episodes that crop up every now and again that kind of manage to keep you watching so you have to suffer through the bad ones. Today, however, I’d like to talk about bland.
This episode is bland. There’s no avoiding it. It’s dull, really made me feel nothing towards it (Actually, that’s a lie: I ended up sympathizing with a character the episode wanted me to dislike) and to top it off it’s a soulless retread of an episode that HeartCatch did around this time. And I don’t mean in concept, I mean as in “every part of the 3-act structure of the episode is exactly the same as HeartCatch 36.” HeartCatch 36 was a really nice, touching episode. This isn’t.
There’s literally nothing to be gained from watching this episode of Smile. It’s a boring filler ep that serves no purpose either as entertainment or as a contribution to the show’s… existence. I was considering the word ‘story’ there, but I’m sure you can tell why I didn’t use it.
As such, here’s my proposition. Go watch HeartCatch 36. It’s really good! It’s a nice little self-contained story, it has a nicer song at the end than this ep of Smile, the actual problem and moral message it deals with is, IMO, a lot more relatable, and quite frankly it’s an episode about Cure Moonlight kicking ass and taking names: what’s not to love?
So please, enjoy that ep!