Natsuiro Kiseki – 04
「ユカまっしぐら」 (Yuka Masshigura)
“Yuka’s At Full Speed”
I’ve made a big thing about the yuri vibes in this show, but this week they went completely in the other direction. So Yuka likes Takashi-kun – her cousin, as it turns out – enough to cutely panic when he appears. The only problem? He likes Saki. That problem + a conference around the big rock brings entertaining consequences.
I can’t say the basis of this episode was original. More than anything, it reminded me of the shows I used to watch on Nickelodeon as a kid. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, anyone? I’m sure they did this one there. Still, originality isn’t the end all, be all basis by which enjoyment is measured. Even if it has been done before, I still really enjoyed this episode. Yuka-in-love was really cute, and the friendship vibes we got between her and Rin were really sweet as well. D’awww!
Really, I feel for Yuka a lot. How many of you have been in the situation where the person you like has eyes for someone else? I would wager the third parry usually isn’t a close friend like it was here, but the situation is still quite common, so it resonates quite well. In Yuka’s wistful face I saw my younger self, so her wish to be the person she needed to be to get the guy she wanted was understandable. Who else hasn’t wanted to change who they are to get the guy / girl of their dreams? I can’t blame her for that, even if it would only give her happiness for one day…
In other news, as much fun as it was to see Yuka enjoying her new body, the other girls had some fun stuff to show as well. Angry Saki (in Yuka’s body) was quite amusing, especially with how well Tomatsu Haruka switched from her happy-go-lucky voice to sell the role. I also really enjoyed when Natsumi was talking to Yuka (in Saki’s body). Though the yuri vibes decreased this week, they didn’t disappear completely, as Natsumi was definitely throwing out some flags for one of the Four Seasons idols. There’s still hope, yuri fans!
But of all the non-Yuka girls, Rinko (in Natsumi’s body) was the sweetest. Rinko is a fantastic friend. She’s throwing out flags that could be construed as yuri, but whether that’s true or not, the fact remains that she’s a phenomenal friend. Yuka’s wish is her wish…that kind of unconditional friendship is rare. Would that we all were lucky enough to have a friend like Rinko.
Of course, Yuka’s date had to end on a tragic note, one way or another. Even if she got the guy in Saki’s body, she would have lost him when she was back in her own. Thus, Rinko’s interruption was the best thing that could have happened. Part of me wishes it had been Saki (in Yuka’s body) who interrupted them, because I think that would have helped Yuka out with Takashi-kun more, but this better showed the strength of Rinko’s friendship, since she was willing to get in the way even though she said she wouldn’t. Wait, I thought I wanted Yuka to get with Rinko?? I don’t know…excited and happy Yuka is just so infectious, I want whatever will keep her all cheerful!
Either way, we’ve gotten a few Saki & Natsumi episodes, and now a Yuka one. Next up is Rinko! Not much is clear other than the fact that she’ll be sick, but I do know that any loss of faith I suffered from last episode has been restored. Natsuiro Kiseki isn’t breaking new ground, but I’m still enjoying it. Can’t wait for more!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Body switch plot? I feel like I’m watching a #Nickelodeon. In a good way, though! Ganbatte Yuka! You’re a good friend, Rin. #Natsuiro_Kiseki
- Natsumi and Rinko switching places was very random. If I had to guess, maybe Rinko wished for it when she reached for Natsumi’s hand? So that she could be closer to Yuka for the duration of her wish, that is. That’s a total guess, though. The only thing we can say for sure is that only one person is required to make a wish. This can only lead to more fun >:D
- I liked the subtle touches that illustrated how the girls had switched places. Takagaki Ayahi going into her super-genki-mode voice was an obvious one, but how Natsumi’s face got all chill when Rinko was inside was a nice touch.
- So far, every episode of every anime I’ve watched this week has been great. Mind you, that’s not too many – I’m still behind on my shows this season – but I’ve really enjoyed the ones I’ve seen. Maybe I just finally caught up on my sleep? I don’t know. Either way, could not be happier! Keep bringing on the home runs, my Japanese brothers and sisters. I’m ready for more!
- Those twintails. Can’t wait for next week. Can’t wait!
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