Kodomo no Jikan – 05
Summer vacation has finally rolled around – and when summer happens in anime, that usually involves hot weather, leading to a craving of large bodies of water, leading to showcases of various swimsuit styles and breast sizes. (un)Fortunately for us, the girls in this anime are too young to head for the beach on their own, and their breast sizes are inconsequential compared to that of Boin-sensei.
So what’s this ep about, anyways? Rin is feeling pretty down cuz she won’t get to see her darling sensei all summer, but Aoki works his big brother magic and tells her that since he’s a loser teacher, he’s always at school, so she can visit him any time.
So anyways, the girls run off and have a good first couple days of vacation. Naturally, Rin gets bored as hell, so drags everyone to the school pool, where easypickings Aoki is on lifeguard duty. Boin-sensei shows her triple F cups off while Rin continues to get more and more self conscious about how she presents herself to Aoki.
An evening reunion at the school pool reconciles the two jailbirds, under the glow of the fireworks festival. Well, that worked out surprisingly well.
As close to filler as this show can get – not really much in the way of plot or character development. But a good excuse to show the girls in their two piece swimsuits, school mizugi, and yukata. Depending on how many episodes this show is gonna be, this is either the “beach ep” or not… either way, we’re still missing an onsen/bathhouse ep, school festival ep, and the imminent flashback eps.
This was an odd ep for me, mainly because the focus wasn’t as clear as the previous ones were. We saw the girls get hyped for summer vacation, then go on vacation, then end up coming back to school to hang out anyways. Aoki gets some quality time in with Boin-sensei, but blows her off at the slightest hint of Rin. I mean, eps before always had a central issue or conflict that everything revolved around, and this one – well, it’s probably a little tougher to identify.
If I were to pick one thing out, it would be that moment in every young relationship that happens when an initial break in everyday contact occurs. Summer vacation is what usually ends up happening in a school setting… at any rate, it serves as a sort of abrupt limbo in a steadily progressing relationship, where nothing really happens. And during this period of no physical contact, the strength of the relationship is really tested – we see here the depth of the relationship between Aoki and Rin as neither are really capable of forgetting about the other for extended periods of time. And what could have ended up as a summer of no contact has Rin forcing her hand and tossing Aoki into a pool, which somehow turns into a romantic star-studded moment between the two ala FFX Tidus x Yuna in some deep ass pond.
I’ll even go as far to say that Kodomo no Jikan has set a new standard for these loli shows to follow. It walks the hair-thin line of fanservice and real drama boldly and seemingly with little falter; 5 episodes in and still going strong. I’m impressed, frankly – the effort behind the production planning is really starting to shine through.
But once again, it’s not for everyone. Depends on how badly you got corrupted by shows like uh… Fairy Musketeer Akazukin and uh… Moetan (but nobody watched that one so it’s hard to say).