Yuruyuri – 10
「修学旅行というが、私たちは一体何を学び修めたのだろう」 (Shuugaku Ryokou to Iu ga, Watashi-tachi wa Ittai Nani wo Manabiosameta no Darou)
“It’s a School Trip, but Exactly What are We Supposed to Have Learned?”
Yuruyuri has always been a mildly amusing series, but this is the first time an episode had me laughing helplessly, stopping to catch my breath, and then laughing helplessly again. I mean come on, Chitose’s bleeding through her eyes! How is that not funny? I could probably just leave my impressions at that and I’d be completely happy with this post, but there were actually some other humorous moments throughout this Kyoto school trip episode.
For one, I just love how the episode introductions by Akari are widely understood as the character graveyard, so much that the series will take that ongoing gag and run with it. On the yuri side of things, there were plenty of Kyouko and Ayano moments to go around. Chitose was always nearby and constantly a victim of her own wild delusions and even some actual ones she had no chance against. What really surprised me is that Kyouko isn’t oblivious to Chitose’s lesbian fantasies, seeing as she went straight for the kill by putting thoughts in Chitose’s head during the pillow fight. I thought it was pretty funny when Yui told Chitose not to die in the bath, but knowing this, I really think that Kyouko could kill Chitose if she… uh… raped Ayano or something. At the very least, I’d expect to see more geyser-like explosions of blood a la Bakatest. I wouldn’t mind seeing Chizuru fall victim to some inadvertent Ayano x Chitose scenarios either, just so I can say I’ve seen a massive pool of drool in anime before. On that note, it’s kind of weird how she likes to ship her sister with Ayano, because it’s almost like she’s picturing Ayano doing this and that to herself — being twins and all. That’s kind of kinky in its own way now that I think about it.
As for Kyouko, she was an absolute riot this episode. She was like a hyper-active little kid, who would be bouncing off walls the second you took your eyes off them. From Yui’s standpoint, it’s little reconciliation knowing that Kyouko loves letting loose and playing the fool, but from mine, it’s all in good fun when she owns herself and tries to keep up the act. I also thought it was pretty funny when she and Ayano started busting out feminine Japanese during their pillow fight, especially when they went all out. It’s kind of interesting how that came about, since I didn’t anticipate Yui to be the one Ayano’s stipulation was targeted against. Kyouko is a pretty big tomboy after all. Anyway, this is easily one of my favorite episodes to date, reaffirming that the second-years are where all the comedy is at. The next episode looks interesting too, with glimpses of the girls during their childhood years.