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「新学期 – Abnormal Circumstance」 (Shin Gakki)
“New Semester – Abnormal Circumstance”

In what feels like an answer from the gods, everything’s been turned upside down and inside out — but in a fun and entertaining way. It felt really refreshing to get a closer look at some of the side characters who populate this show. Instead of constantly watching our group of four live their lives, I was overjoyed to watch Miho and Yutaka get nearly half the episode to themselves. First off, it’s hilarious just how tight of a chain Miho has over Yutaka. Not only does she control Yutaka with nothing more than a stomp of her foot but apparently she’s smart enough to alienate Yutaka from entering a conversation. But if that wasn’t enough, she isn’t as brash as Yutaka and is pretty good at reading the situation — sounds like the perfect girl to me! She’d probably end up being really popular is she got more screen time.

With Kitou-sensei, Kamade-senesi, and Satou-sensei things felt a bit more interesting. With Kitou revealing her somewhat serious teacher attitude, Kamade continuing to give off that “Yakuza” feel, and Satou being equally normal and weird at the same time, all the teachers seem to complement each other fairly well. After this episode, it’s a little bit harder to see if Kitou and Satou actually have feelings for each other or just like picking on each other a lot. Even though Kamade pokes fun at the pair’s constant bickering, I think that teasing can only go so far. At some point it becomes a competition and true reason is lost somewhere in-between.

What caught me totally off guard was the fight that Tooru and Run had and its effect on everyone. At first, I was nearly in shock when Run didn’t have that trademark smile on her face, but as the details were revealed and even though the reason for the fight may have been really dumb, I was still amazed that two best friends were actually fighting each other. What really sold it to me had to be a combination of Run’s depressed face (and lack of o_o faces) and watching Tooru try to drink her problems away. With the entire world fretting over what to do, I’m glad that Tooru and Run managed to solve their problems by themselves. And even though their methods of apologizing to each other felt corny, it worked perfectly in my opinion.

It goes to show you that a colorful cast of characters can really enhance just about any show. Even without the entire argument section, I think this episode could have easily held its own by continuing to focus on all of our side characters. With such awesome characters like Miho and Kamade-sensei just asking for a proper introduction, I hope that we get more episodes like these.

INS7: 「翼はないけど」 by るん & トオル (Run & Tooru)
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May 28, 2011 at 4:57 am
11 comments »
  • May 28, 2011 at 5:52 amAisu

    I can never get enough Satou-sensei.

    Also looking forward to the next episode. What’s with the ugly-cute doll?!

  • May 28, 2011 at 5:57 amBass.EXE

    Did you watch the two OVA mini-episodes? Tooru trolls so hard…again XD

  • May 28, 2011 at 6:29 amKarmafan

    This is a great series. I even like it a little better then Nichijou as that show can be uneven at times. I love Run and her O_O face too.

    • May 28, 2011 at 7:47 pmShirt

      It’s funny. When your actually watching either show, you tend to lean a bit more towards it. xD

  • May 28, 2011 at 6:56 amBabyChooChoo

    A surprising amount of Yutaka and Miho. Lord ChooChoo es muy pleased!!!

    This is easily one of my favorite episodes so far. Kamade had 2 of my favorite moments this episode. I wonder what was really in that notebook? If it made Kitou that embarrassed, it must be something good. Also, it was nice to see Kamade’s sweet side at the end of the episode. I thought leaving the coffee for Kitou, while she was slaving away at whatever it is she was doing, was a really cute thing to do.

    Ah, I love this show.

  • May 28, 2011 at 7:33 amPeepQ

    I think Miho is my favorite character now.

  • May 28, 2011 at 8:08 amNine

    LOL how many drinks did she have??

  • May 28, 2011 at 7:45 pmShirt

    1. Tooru is Boss.

    2. Ohmy GAWD that’s CUTE
    -> Tooru is murderous in that first preview shot.

  • May 28, 2011 at 7:49 pmShirt

    On second thought, I think the can apology was pretty slick. I’ve never seen that one. An apology with a fizz? I’d buy it. :P

  • May 30, 2011 at 9:57 amZaku_Fan

    Nice episode. The little fight was endearing. If only they started the series at episode 3, i would think it would be a lot more popular.