Acchi Kocchi – 03
「無情なる雪合戦⇔調理実習（燃）」 (Mujouunaru Yukigassen to Chouri Jisyuu (Moe))
“A Ruthless Snowball Fight ⇔ Cooking Practice (Burn)”
For those following the golden give it at least three episodes rule, Acchi Kocchi gave a strong showing this week. If either the humor or the cuteness had been the main reason you’ve continued to watch, I’m sure this week’s episode immensely satisfied you.
If last week was supposed to be a Sakaki focused episode, this week’s was definitely a Mayoi one. While it’s obvious just how silly she can be, there’s only been a tiny bit of light shed on her ability to tinker with things. Up till now, we’ve only seen glimpses of her expert repair skills at work — like fixing a heater or the school’s PA system. Which is why I was blown away when she revealed her English speaking YKDM or Yukidama (snowball) system. Can you imagine how awesome to have an unlimited supply of snowballs in the midst of a snowball fight or how crazy would it be to have an automatic loading snowball bazooka? That said, I felt a bit of remorse for Mayoi after watching her creations get schooled by Io’s insane skill with spinning things and Tsumiki’s ridiculous strength. I’d still take the bazooka over innate skill any day!
Like I’ve continually said, Acchi Kocchi’s somewhat unique approach of handling Io and Tsumiki’s relationship will probably never grow old due to how many different avenues it can approach each situation from. More specifically, I suppose you could call it its ability to switch back and forth between humor and romance so quickly that it’s tough to see one or the other coming. For example, I could have swore that the second half of the episode was going to boldly highlight Tsumiki’s attempt to get Io to praise her. However, it instead turned into an exercise of who could make fun of Mayoi the best. And while my mind was focused on things like the power of onion juice and unfeminine stomach growls, I wasn’t expecting that cute switch at the end. Something about Io suddenly opening up toward Tsumiki and going as far as teasing her probably wouldn’t have felt the same had we expected it coming.
With another episode down and another one on the way, I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of us down the line. Maybe by the end of the series, we’ll see Mayoi piloting a homemade mecha.
P.S. You know, even though Io is probably the most gentleman-like person this entire season I could’t help but notice when he refused to help Mayoi after noticing she was wearing bloomers and not pantsu. I guess that in the end the urges of the male mind will trump over anything!