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「シロクマくん動物園へ/パンダくんの悩み」 (Shirokuma-kun Dōbutsuen e / Panda-kun no Nayami)
“Polar Bear at the Zoo / Panda’s Problems”

The good episode has arrived in the nick of time. Proper animal jokes? Check. Good character synergy? Check. Sasako smashing rocks on her chest? CHECKMATE.

Upping the absurdity and exaggeration levels was definitely the primary redeeming factor this episode. All the animals presented their quirks with just enough repetition that the flow didn’t suffer. Polar Bear and Penguin definitely saw improvement in executing jokes more naturally, scrapping their dry and slightly forced puns for more “cover for each other” situational humor, something that was repeated in the episode tastefully. The “round table” animals also had their share of improvement, each one taking just enough time to describe their woes whilst also finding time to drag Sasako-san into their antics. It’s wonderful that the show treats all of its characters with ample screen time: the varied cast is not something to be wasted.

This show has taken its sweet time, but has managed to finally shape itself into a show that matches expectations. I have said that those on the fence should wait until the third episode; boy was I right. Shirokuma Cafe is above all a cute comedy with a ridiculous touch. I’ll admit, the first two episodes didn’t thrill me, but this episode properly fulfills the expectations many of us took in the beginning. If you’re still disappointed at this point, that’s alright. This is definitely more of a niche show than most, so no hard feelings if this wasn’t your cup of caffeine. Thanks for trying it out ^^.

However, for the rest of us, the cast of animals grows and awaits, whose humor get better every episode! If you thought animals freaking out at a civil bear this episode was all fun and games, the preview tempts us with themes such as smartphones and driving. In terms of this fantastical animal world, this can only have one result…

Epic. Shenanigans.



April 20, 2012 at 12:33 am
  • April 20, 2012 at 1:24 ambelatkuro

    This goes to show that animals have their own problems, whether big or small. We need to pay more attention to them and listen to them once in a while.

    On another note, Panda-kun sure has the best job ever. Sleeping on the job and getting paid for it. Just…wow.

  • April 20, 2012 at 1:35 ammtle

    Poor Polar bear – not allowed to see the cool animals.

  • April 20, 2012 at 3:46 amZen

    On another note, Panda-kun sure has the best job ever. Sleeping on the job and getting paid for it. Just…wow.

    Just like any other lazy teenager (I think he’s around that age?)- except he’s too cute to stay mad at…

    • April 20, 2012 at 9:18 amAkito

      I for sure wasn’t getting paid for taking a nap as an teenager ._.

      • April 20, 2012 at 12:26 pmZen

        That’s cause you’re not as cute…XP

      • April 21, 2012 at 1:36 amJunglepenguin

        But you got free meals… Right..?

  • April 20, 2012 at 6:30 amHungryKoala

    Animals visiting a zoo to see animals.

  • April 20, 2012 at 7:38 amKentaiyoshimi

    I wanted to see Penguin visit the penguin exhibit. There`s no doubt that would have been rather interesting.

  • April 20, 2012 at 8:36 amXumbra

    Being an animal is suffering.

  • April 20, 2012 at 9:08 amAnanas

    That Panda is as cute as it is disgusting, “cuteness, behind the stage”. Be natural.

  • April 20, 2012 at 12:05 pmOutcast

    Haven’t watched the show yet but i didn’t see a mother trying to vacuum her kid panda, which worries me.

  • April 22, 2012 at 4:19 amRio

    I like the fact that although each episode is pretty a much a self-contained event, there’s still continuity as well e.g. Penko was mentioned again, Panda still being uncertain about what exactly his ‘natural state’ is :)

  • April 22, 2012 at 2:10 pmPM63

    I really like those figures in the preview :p

  • April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pmrandom viewer

    An otter!! One of the highlights of this episode.
    The whole episode was for Panda to act naturally when it isn’t natural for pandas and the other animals to be living like humans. That is to say, this is the best episode so far. Polar Bear was great at breaking the rules here. And Penguin’s secret was already out in the open already – cute.