Shirokuma Café – 12
「パンダくん、ヒマに困る / パンダの悩み相談室 」 (Panda-kun, Hima ni Komaru / Panda no Nayami Soudan-Shitsu)
“Panda, Tired of Boredom / Panda’s Advice Room for Troubles”
Zanibas is currently quite busy so I’m helping out by covering Shirokuma Café this week, but everything will be back to normal next Thursday.
The first half of this episode focused on Panda being lazy – something I don’t find much interest in. I like Panda when he takes part in other characters’ stories, when he grows curious of others – not when the story centers around him. I don’t dislike Panda, but his personality and ignorance isn’t very fun to watch. Apparently this anime is going to be quite long so repetitive episodes are to be expected, but I hope the future episodes will have very few moments like this week’s. Good thing this half included Panda’s colleague to lighten things up. As I said before, Panda is at his best when he interacts with people (and those interactions focus on his partner, not him).
So apparently Panda likes mainstream pop music; he performed his single Bamboo Grass with the popular Yama Arashi (probably a parody of the boy band “Arashi”) on stage, in a dream. I’m sure Rin Rin would love that performance! Besides that, it seems that Panda’s colleague enjoys building models, not sure how a panda can build these without leaving any scratch marks…
Overall, this first half was quite plain, but it had its highlights. I enjoyed the pandas making fun of Handa even though I felt sorry for him – however, my favorite scene from this skit was probably Shirokuma ending Panda’s Shiritori with “goukon” (words ending with “n” – ん/ン means game over). So to sum it up, I guess this is one of my least favorite skits so far but it wasn’t bad.
The second half of this episode was really enjoyable and probably one of the best skits I’ve seen in this anime so far. It’s a bit ironic considering how uneventful the first half was.
This skit kept some of the elements from the previous ones – we have the pandas still making fun of Handa, but this time it’s about his love life. Handa being inexperienced when it comes to romance isn’t something new, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting things in this show.
Besides Handa, Penguin too has an uneventful love life, unless service tickets count as something romantic. But I don’t intend to dedicate this post to Penguin and his beloved Penko – today it’s all about Handa because he has finally made some progress.
When the ending theme for this anime changed to the current one, I suspected Sasako would become more important – and it seems that my assumption was correct. While Kirino told Handa that the girls from the goukon party were interested in meeting the guys again, I don’t think there will be anything more to that because there is a new couple to ship now: Sasako and Handa!
The scene at the end with Sasako offering Handa a cup of coffee (she probably left that blanket too) seemed like a good start for Handa’s “romance” if you ask me. It felt mature, artistic, and quite subtle – it’s very appropriate for a josei show like this one. I’m looking forward to how this “couple” will develop throughout the show. The shipping is on!
Note from Zanibas: Due to the real possibility of Handa x Sasako, I will continue blogging this next season.