Shirokuma Cafe – 05
「パンダくん張り切る/みんなのパフェ」 (Panda-kun Harikiru/Minna no Pafe)
“Panda Gets Enthusiastic/Everyone’s Parfait”
Let’s admit it: Panda is a whole lot more lovable when he isn’t being a little brat :D. Take that part away from him and what do you know? He’s a really likable ditzy clumsy character who lands himself in really silly (stalker) conclusions! On his own, Panda can’t function well as a character, but boy when the other characters start messing with him…he isn’t such a bad kid to watch!
I would appreciate it if this new Panda kept up for the rest of the show… but that’s not likely. For now, let’s just hope Panda’s antics attract the other characters, which this episode’s latter half did quite nicely. Although some of the jokes seemed a little tried, such as the Panda and Penguin V1 parfaits, most jokes hit 2nd or 3rd base. One home run was hit with one of the last jokes, as it speaks all too well to the reactions when eating a) food that looks artsy, and b) food that looks like you. Unbearable to destroy…unsettling to watch pretty much sums up the feelings upon consuming food art. It was nice to see the over-reactionary side-animals play their part in visualizing the other fail parfaits, with my favorite anteater hailing in high-tension awesome as always. It’s a shame they didn’t include sloth in this segment, as he usually brings down a good joke… albeit slooooooww——
I hope I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get really hungry when Sasako-san made those parfaits. When I finish up this post, I’m going to go down to my local market and get a parfait for myself whilst thinking “how could I make a polar bear parfait that good…” If any of you decide that you can make a parfait of this quality, you should post it in the comments for everyone to see! Heck, maybe this episode is where we start our RC cooking club…just a suggestion ^_^
Next week, each of the two segments will focus in on more of Panda’s dilemmas…where he finally realizes how much of a whitewashed and unfit Panda he is. If this suggests that we get to see some GAR Pandas…I’m excited.
Alt-texts: still doing ‘em. :3