Sounds boring right? How Evil are the first three episodes of Chio’s School Road?
Miyamo Chio, a first-year at the completely ordinary high school Samejima Academy. Chio just wants to get through her school life without standing out too much, but for some reason, all kinds of obstacles await her along the path she takes to school. Her long-time friend Nonomura Manana, who’s trying to quit being an otaku; the flawless Hosokawa Yuki, who occupies the top caste in the school; and lots of nameless people about town find themselves in Chio’s path as she employs the (useless) techniques she’s acquired from her Western video games in her daily efforts to get to school. -Crunchyroll
That is completely accurate, in the first episode alone we see a lot of references from western games the most obvious being the Assassin’s Creed series. There’s an entire section of the episode with Chio jumping across rooftops to get to school on time. And why is she running late? She stayed up late to play this world’s version of that series and surprisingly she does make it to school on time but she does end up in a bit of a different situation.
Yes, that is a love motel she ended up exiting. Later in that same episode, she has an encounter with Yuki. Their interactions are so hilarious and awkward. Chio has no idea how to communicate with Yuki at all. When Chio is first approached by Yuki she thinks up four different scenarios about what is actually happening but she leaves out the possibility that someone would want to talk to her.
I’m starting to think this poor girl has no friends outside of the games she plays. I’m not going to go into everything at full here but things get funny fast. In the very next episode, Chio’s Gamertag is revealed and she somehow uses it to convince a bike gang member that she is a high-level criminal known only as…
It even comes back in the episode after that and I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of it either. Especially seeing how the legend just keeps growing. And then we get to Manana, the girl tries to use Chio to climb the social ladder and they are supposed to be friends that’s just cold. These two are a lot of fun together, they get into so much trouble and they are both terrible for each other. Look I’m not going to spoil everything in this that would be terrible. I’m just giving you the basics of these episodes.
Don’t worry I’m saving my favorite moment of these episodes for last. Chio and Manana start talking about some weird game called Kabaddi or something like that. It’s an extra version of tag from the explanation that is given in the show. But the game itself isn’t why this is my favorite. Chio and Manana accidentally summon a beast by mocking Kabaddi.
The creatures name? Madoka. Madoka is the Kabaddi club leader and she has mistaken the girls mocking for excitement about the game. So Madoka teaches them the rules and then challenges them to a game. There is a catch though if they lose the game they have to join the club.
Manana gets wiped out from the start leaving Chio by herself against a team of two. Chio manages to survive the enemy teams attack but when it comes to her turn she taps into her inner game knowledge and analytical skills. She even gets what looks like chakra blades from Naruto. Anyway, Chio defeats them both by herself and it’s glorious.
Overall, I’d say these episodes are about as evil as a Super Villian (10). There’s so much of this show I can’t bring myself to spoil. If comedy is your thing be sure to check this one out. If you want something besides comedy to check out my recap for Angels of Death. Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.
Chio’s School Road Simulcast on Fridays 10:30am EDT
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