Initial Thoughts about The Laughing Salesman

Welcome, all, again.  As we begin a new viewing season, I shall direct my attention towards The Laughing Salesman, a series which–in its first episode, at least–offered two separate and completely different stories.  (This helped convince me that I might justify a review so early on.)  The show’s main character is the titular salesman Moguro, who helps his clients find happiness.  However, he omits to explain that happiness is fleeting, just as he never quite discloses the full terms of sale until a potential client has already committed.  But then, we all know that the Devil’s in the details, right?

Still, it’s hard for me to conceive of Moguro as actually being evil, as I’ve already seen him described in some other early reviews.  In fact, he’s not even much of a trickster, and it’s his unflappable directness that makes the resultant calamities so delicious!  All he does is offer a vehicle for the manifestation of his clients’ greed.  Moguro’s clients, meanwhile, tend to seal their own fates with little if any further need of his encouragement or exertion.  One episode in, and I’d have to describe this series as a cautionary tale mingling and then exemplifying the well-known sayings: be careful what you wish for, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Simple as that sounds, however, this series shines stylistically, juxtaposing different styles of animation within the same scenes in order to emphasize its moments of gallows humor.  And as I’ve already mentioned in a review of this series on Crunchyroll.com, in premise it resembles to me a blending of The Twilight Zone with noir gangster films.

 

If this show has a weakness, it’s that–once the terms of sale are fully explained–the ending to a particular story becomes rather predictable.  But that does nothing to lessen the entertainment offered in watching the process completed!  Nor must we assume that all Moguro’s clients will succumb to temptation.  Most will, certainly, but who knows when one might surprise audience and salesman alike?  This series might be a tad cliched, but it’s still fun viewing as a polished bit of brief dark fantasy.

Author: David

Southern gentleman of Irish heritage. Family man--proud husband, father, and grandfather. Wiccan with a dose of residual Catholicism. Background in food service, military (US Navy), and law enforcement.

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