There is a discernable creative joy in the episode. Most of the criticisms probably come from the issue that the episode doesn't always use the most frames and isn't the smoothest animation, but in how it is conceived and storyboarded, it plainly isn't route or economical. Often the difference is in the effort spent on behalf of small things, like the complex swooning dance as a spider robot activates and leaps out of its holster or the oddly gap toothed teddy bears and misshapen stars that pop up for a split second when a character is hit on the head. And it's in the effects not typically used in anime, such as the Ren and Stimpy popularized gag of hyper detailed close-ups. As a one-off episode that introduces some reoccurring secondary characters, that is not far outside the repertoire of anime situation comedy Kobayashi's working off a pretty bare scripted framework. Imaishi handles speed and wackiness brilliantly. Kobayashi handles a quiet moment of characters lounging on the rocks, talking about their hunger, then bickering over a haunch of meet shaped cloud, and in his expressions and in the thorough designs of the parade of clouds passing through the sky, he makes it an endearing moment.