Striking The Wrong Note: Kill Me, Baby

This one’s gonna be a little hard to talk about, guys. Not because it misses the mark by a small amount, or because it’s esoteric, or any of the usual reasons. It’s hard to talk about because, what the hell can I say about it that the OP itself doesn’t say?

Alright, so, for those who don’t know it, Kill Me, Baby is a 13 episode, 2012 series from J.C. Staff (Slayers, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Azumanga Daioh, Toradora!, Aoi Hana, other things that are good) based on a four panel comedy manga by Kaduho. So, right there, you know not to expect anything too serious.

This, though. I dunno. This is a whole new level of just plain bad.

The show itself is okayish. It’s kinda cute, and kinda funny, in small doses. I didn’t hate it, but as comedy goes, it certainly wasn’t anything on the level of, say, Konosuba, or Gintama, but it had it’s moments.

The show follows an ordinary high school girl, who befriends an assassin and a ninja who also attend her school. Slapstick ensues. It’s all very random, and there’s no real plot, or purpose to any of it, which is fine. Comedy is a pretty open field, after all, so as long as you manage to make it funny, there’s no real wrong way to go about it.

This OP, though. Christ on a pogo stick, it’s just awful. The song, “Kill Me, Baby” is performed by the two lead voice actors, and must be one of the most annoying things I’ve ever heard. This isn’t any kind of a diss to the actors, who are probably very capable singers, but to the song itself, which is terrible. It’s like having a pissed off cat crammed in your ear.

The visuals try to tell a story, but it makes little to no sense, and just feels idiotic. Worst of all, however, is that it doesn’t prepare you, at all, for the mostly random nature of the show. If the series actually had big events on a regular basis, that’d be one thing, but most of the episodes are just the normal girl playing pranks, or trying to get the assassin to do normal high school things.

It’s misleading, on top of being grating as fuck. Probably worst of all, is that it isn’t even terribly funny. It’s an OP that makes you want to hit skip the second it starts, and put me off the show for a while. I did eventually end up watching it, but the OP made that hard to do.

Sometimes, good ideas on paper end up being terrible in execution. This is one of those times.

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