Shirokuma Café – 17
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「キャンプに行こう！／ 女子高生とリンリン」 (Kyanpu ni Ikou/Joshikousei to Rin Rin)
“Let’s Go Camping!/Rin Rin and the High School Girl”
Kugimiya Rie strikes again as the unnamed high school girl, adding another all-star name to this show…as if the show didn’t have enough already. Her acting in the second half created a very enjoyable scene of “Rin Rin being an insensitive charmer“. I feel sorry for all of those girls who actually get caught in his obsessions…they’d never be able to catch up to his pace. I find it funny how Rin Rin talks to this girl the entire day…but doesn’t bother to ask her name at all! Apparently he’s never been on a date before, otherwise key details like changing the subject during conversation or even focusing on the person wouldn’t have flown over his head! Hopefully Rin Rin can find someone who can share in his…energy, and unnamed girl can well…forget this ever happened. Overall a great performance by both of them: the introduction of new characters these past few episodes have been a treat.
The first half on the other hand finally made connections which actually should’ve been obvious from the beginning. Grizzly and Penguin both enjoy drinking and are bad drunks, both need to be the straight man, both overreact, and both even enjoy fish! I suppose the lack of interaction between them was why such an obvious connection wasn’t apparent before. The pairing they have together works well and I wouldn’t mind seeing them team up again. This creates a balanced group composition that downplays the trolling with the straight pair, something that in the past didn’t work as well, but here works wonders. It’s so nice when different species can bond together so well!
Overall, the shipping and the borderline illegal are at an all time high here, with overreactions abundant for maximum comedic effect. We’re seventeen episodes in, and though it hasn’t been the greatest laugh out loud comedy, it’s still been one that has made me smile week after week. Next week, Panda is running away from home…though we already know he’ll fail before the day is over, and ghost stories will be told, most likely with one troll story told by our resident white bear.