Genome The Ones Within: Episode 2 Review / Rant

Attention all she’s, he’s, and them’s, it’s time for an Anime Rant!

The second episode of Genome was even weirder than the first, with even more absurd and bizarre humor. This show won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, because so far, it’s just so silly. Plus, if were expecting a dark death-match game, you won’t find it here. As for me, I thoroughly enjoyed those 24 minutes. I can’t stop smiling.

(Lady Murasaki, Genome The Ones Within episode 2)

Paka makes 4 players partake in a nurturing game. They must take care of a giant egg, and after it hatches, nurture and tend to the girl who comes out. The 4 players are Akatsuki (main character), Makino (quiet, sleepy guy), Aya (grumpy guy), and Himiko (cute girl, short hair). Their individual wishes for what they want to see in the girl combine in a strange way. A kind-hearted panda girl with an afro and a sailor uniform is born. The episode is spent taking care of her until she’s content and disappears. The view count for the stream rises to around 3 million.

Humor is an important story element. There were too many amusing lines, events, and creatures to list them all here. But one of the funniest things about the episode was the panda girl (named Murasaki) and her cute quirks (such as her accent). The voice-acting is good and I noticed that Himiko sounded familiar. Turns out she’s voiced by Iwami Manaka, voice of Tooru in Fruits Basket (2019). Compared to last episode, I appreciated the art more, and I think it’s above average but not great.

(Himiko Inaba, Genome The Ones Within episode 2)

Then we have characters. Despite seeming very timid at first, Himiko has a lot of personality, becoming passionate, outspoken, and sometimes scary when it comes to nurtuting/raising games. She’s adorable, and she never gives up on loving Murasaki. Makino the quiet, sleepy guy actually speaks a few words here and there, and he’s funny. In addition, he’s cool and princely, able to bewitch people with his handsome eyes. When the situation calls for it, he will take action. Makino stops a weird teacher from attacking Muraski by knocking him in the head with a liquor bottle. Twice. It was fuckin perfect.

And that’s about it for the second episode of Nakanohito Genome. I look forward to next week’s episode. Now, I really, truly appreciate you guys reading this review! Thanks a ton! This is 7mononoke at Anime Rants. Best wishes for everyone! Mata Ashita!

Previous Posts About This Series:
Genome The Ones Within Episode 1 Review

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(Images from: Nakanohito Genome (Jikkyouchuu). Dir. S Oonuma. Silver Link. 2019.)

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