Yuruyuri – 07
I’m not too sure how to translate the title for this episode, but it sure sounds like a dirty play on words for “Christmas” when the Japanese can be read as “finish and repeat”. Or if you prefer, “do the deed over and over again.” In hindsight, that translation isn’t entirely random, since Chinatsu would’ve been all for it had she been paired up with Yui for Kyouko’s brilliant lesbian dating idea. Ravage or get ravaged — she looked pretty keen on either possibility to help celebrate the New Year. For me, I wasn’t too enthralled about stitching together all her lesbian fantasies, so I’m kind of grateful that she wound up with Kyouko instead. The outcome wasn’t too shabby either, since Kyouko turned out to be the most dependable one as far as dating goes and managed to win over Chinatsu to a certain degree. The real blow, at least for me, was a missed opportunity for Ayano, who probably would’ve been completely lovestruck if she received a present from Kyouko.
It’s too bad Ayano didn’t take the initiative like Chitose imagined, rather than wasting away with Yui as the sensible girls out of the group. As such, the only real amusement I got from those two are when they realized they don’t have their comedic flair without their respective counterparts. Akari on the other hand was fun to watch, largely because she can’t be ignored when she’s the only other person there. Granted it was more cute than anything else, since her date with Chitose was so normal that our human blood fountain started looking like a sweet old lady. Comedy-wise, the possibilities are pretty limited with those two, leaving Sakurako and Himawari as the tried and true pairing to grab some breasts and show us the way. Compared to Kyouko and Chinatsu, it was pretty messed up how they had more yuri-esque moments. Suffice to say, this episode didn’t turn out like I hoped. It was too uneventful for my liking, which spoke volumes about how the light lesbian twist of the series only comes into effect when certain combinations of characters are involved. (Almost all of which involve Kyouko.)
As far as changing up the usual formula, this episode was refreshing in that regard. Chinatsu surprised me with her new-found interest in Mirakurun, whereas Kyouko made it pretty clear that she wears the pants in any relationship. (She has a tomboyish charm to her.) Other than that, I still haven’t grown tired of listening to Chitose’s Kansai accent (care of Toyosaki Aki), plus she had me craving Japanese pickled vegetables after giving some homemade takuan to Akari. I’m not too sure what to make of the next episode though, where it looks like Chitose has a green-eyed twin. She seems to drool instead of getting spontaneous nosebleeds too.