Yuruyuri – 11
「わたしたちのごらく部」 (Watashi-tachi no Goraku-bu)
“Our Fun Club”
I always thought Chinatsu was a troublemaker, but it’s nice to finally get confirmation of it here. History doesn’t lie! Once a brat, always a brat! There’s little doubt in my mind that if Yui wasn’t Kyouko and Akari’s childhood friend, there’s no way Chinatsu would would bother hanging out with them, which is why I enjoyed seeing Yui kick her over more than words can describe. I say if they’re not making Chinatsu cosplay against her will, she deserves a “Certain-Kill Yui Kick” for my personal enjoyment. Who knows, she might like it too. I really wish Akari told everyone that it was Chinatsu they bumped into that day, because I would’ve loved to see everyone’s reactions, including Chinatsu’s. Kyouko’s stark change in personality leads me to believe that she would’ve had all kinds of payback in store, mostly in the form of having her way with Chinatsu. They could’ve devoted an entire episode to just that and I would’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Even after the flashback with all the playground hijinks, this episode seemed to be filled with quirk moments throughout. From Kyouko’s random outbursts of “Yui, you jerk! Chinatsu, I love you! And Akarin!” to the girl’s questions on who the hell this diligent Kyouko is, and then Ayano’s disbelief to Himawari’s wish that it happened to Sakurako, it’s pretty impressive how they able to switchover from that to a very somber mood over the “new” Kyouko’s decision to get rid of her club. I was holding out for the possibility that Kyouko had already returned to her normal self and was continuing to troll everyone — in which case she would’ve gotten quite a beat down afterward — but things turned out much better in the end. As far as comedies go, I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better development in the second to last episode. We had a little bit of drama with a constant comedic touch. The Akarin discrimination at the end was good too.
This episode could’ve easily been the finale as far as I’m concerned, but when the preview shows Chitose locking lips with Ayano, I’ll have to reserve judgement until I see they really have in store. It’ll be pretty hard to outdo this episode from a “series appreciation” standpoint; however, there will be a whole new kind of appreciation if they go all-out with the lesbian stuff. One can always hope!