Shirokuma Café – 18
「カフェの怪談／パンダくんの家出」 (Kafe no Kaidan/Panda-kun no Iede)
“The Café’s Ghost Stories/Panda Runs Away from Home”
So close Handa-san, you were so close…but Fukuyama Jun strikes again as a giant inadvertant troll and cockblock! Anyone who recalls the crow scene in Nichijou will share my sentiment here. If I had to choose though, I would’ve preferred a sweeter scene than a trolling one, but you can’t win them all. At least all the other animals know what a missed chance this was.
It’s great that the series has the time to give a nod to this yet-to-bud romance, which was introduced many an episode ago. It’s inevitable that they’ll close the books on this relationship as they did with Penguin, but when! I demand my SasakoxHanda to come sooner and over the course of say, more than one episode. For some strange reason, even though they aren’t the most stand-outish of characters, I want to see them interact more; every time they do interact, it’s always charming and somehow mature.
Speaking of maturity though, it looks like Panda still has some immaturity stuck in him. It’s one thing to be lazy, but to also be sad that you’re asked to help out with chores and complain you do not get your snow cone machine….on time!? Like I say in one of the alt texts, I really do wonder how old Panda actually is. If he’s old enough to get a part time job, but not learn to help around the house, then that makes for a…sad case. The inferiority complex with his cute siblings is understandable, an issue some of us deal with at any age, but everything else… :|. Panda really is a like-dislike kind of character to me. Some episodes, he’ll have that redeeming and innocent side to him, but others just highlight a little too much of his spoiled nature.
In other news, there’s a new ED out, featuring what doesn’t sound like Handa-san, but instead his much more sexily voiced VA! I think I like this ED the best of all of them so far, simply because it’s just sung so well, despite being traditional.
Next week is another Penguin-centered episode, where we finally may see some more varieties of penguins. Does this mean we’ll also see Penguin’s family make fun of him? We’ll just have to see.
ED5: 「みちのく飼育ブルース」 (Michinoku Shiiku Blues) by Wataru Hatano (羽多野 渉)
Watch the 5th ED!: Streaming ▼