Since my review for the first season of this show garnered rather positive results, I thought I may as well write one for the second season.
Where shall I begin?
...To be perfectly honest, there just isn't anywhere I possibly COULD begin. Shin Strange+ is simply stupid fun. There's no story, no nothing. It's just more of the same from the first season. From Takuma's hijinks to Kou's cluelessness, nothing much has changed. (Oh, and Rusty Nail makes her big return. Hurrah?)
[Story: 1] (again, would be a 0 but I can't do that)
As I said, there's nothing new from season one, aside from a couple new characters. Otherwise, it's the same cast of the first season who have returned with even more hilarity to boot.
Nothing special. Other than Takuma going noodleboobs on some kidnappers. Now THAT'S definitely special.
Again, pretty much the usual. One thing to note - the outro is actually surprisingly catchy.
Psht, who needs character depth?
I'd say this is the only show which can possibly get away with veeery little characterization. I mean, I've seen miniseries with same-length episodes which have pulled off WAY more character development than Strange+. Shin Strange+ does very little to add to the characters from season 1 - except for making them even more random. And, as we all know from season 1 - randomness is something none of the characters lack even slightly. In all, however, I give the characters a 5 rather than a 1 or 2 just because of the pure hilarity of their various interactions.
My sides entered orbit so many times that they've gone and made their own space program.
Same as season 1, a solid 8.
Plot? Well, I guess it depends on which way you wanna look at it.
A giant syringe stuck up a guy's ass? You betcha.
Wait. Wait. Waaaiiiiit. What?
A giant syringe in a guy's ass?
Yep, you read that right. Welcome to the world of Strange+; enjoy your wacky, wonderful, and undoubtedly hilarious stay! read more
Shin Strange+ is the sequel to Strange+ and it comes bolder and more reckless than the previous season. New characters get introduced. Also the main cast gets some backstory, although the show quickly turns it into a source for jokes, rather than an actual story.
The art and the soundtrack have changed into more comical and even if it feels a bit overwhelming, the show still manages to turn out funny, laugh at itself and make you laugh too. The second season is not as vulgar as the first one. Not only there are less controversial scenes, but the gag art style softens their indelicacy.
References from everywhere, from Cinderella to the Alien, are used as a base for the jokes, so the show is more approachable for people less familiar with anime culture. The excitement from each episode might vary however. Shin Strange+ feels more like a rollercoaster ride - with it's low and high moments. It definitely has some dull scenes, but quickly after that it catches up and brings tears from laughter in your eyes. That said, this season tries to include conventional humour alongside the already established Strange+ extremes. Because of that, unfortunately, some people, who enjoyed the first season, might find this one not as funny.
To sum up, Shin Strange+ keeps its original charm, but also tries to experiment and appeal to more people. The overall enjoyment has not changed, but funny moments come as short strong bursts of laughter, rather than a constant giggle. It is still not a show for everyone though, because it is not only strange, but it is Strange+.