Airing date: 3/10/2021 (Sunday release)
Genres: Horror, comedy
The story centres on Miko who is a typical high school student whose life turns upside down when she suddenly starts seeing monsters. Instead of showing her fright she pretends to act coy whenever these monsters appear. But the charade is hard to maintain especially when her close friends get embroiled in her drama! Mieruko-chan is an anime that mixes comedy and horror.
The series opener does a good job in building a good amount of suspense as we are never quite sure what we are witnessing in the early scenes. This feeling of uncertainty plus the anticipation of jump scares keeps you on the edge of your seat. Things reach a crescendo when we can no longer doubt what we are seeing. The horror on Miko's face is real! But instead of showing her fear Miko puts a brave face and pretends it is nothing. It is amusing.
These games continue into the second episode where the emphasis is now on the comedy rather than the horror that was a bigger feature of the opening episode. I will say whilst the first episode had some fanservice with its interesting choice of camera angles things heat up in the second episode as the service shots becomes more prominent due to the nature of the scenes shown. Overall it is a decent start but the first episode was the stronger of the two. I hope things get better going forward.