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「クッキングババ」 (Kukkingu Baba)
“Cooking Grandma”

Well, it was definitely good enough to start full-capping this episode. It’s a start!

Nourin continues to be just as random as ever, but I’d say this episode was an improvement. For all the struggles that Nourin is going through with its character stability and transitions, the show reveals its strong points best when it cuts restrictions on comedy. Unmarried women are painted unlikable. The flat chested and the enormously endowed are ridiculed and objectified. Everyone shows their fetish and is mocked. But hey, it’s all quite funny, at least worth a few chuckles if not some outright laughs! Those laughs are not necessarily directed at witty dialogue or well written scenes, but the sheer limits of making all the characters suffer is just a waft of fresh air that happens to elicit a smile.

For example, it’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen a teacher so…deprived of her happiness and sex. In our world she’d be swept up in a heartbeat (some people do stick their thing in crazy), but in Nourin, everyone be sick of her terrible advances. She can’t teach, nor cook, nor stay normal for at least five minutes. She’s been overwhelmed by the powers of loneliness and as a result she takes it out on every single youthful and happy individual in this world. The last occurrences I could ever remember this happening was in Azumanga Daioh or Lucky Star (yes I’m aware there may be more recent examples), yet even those were not to the scale of crazy that this teacher achieves. Naked sushi anyone?

This…I like. Oftentimes the teacher role gets largely ignored in a school-set anime, where sensei takes a backseat to her energetic gakusei. Here we get an episode specifically aimed at the teacher herself, where all of her nastiness and fanservice takes center stage, mocking AKB48, middle age, and the sexually desperate all at once. Hers is a humorous caricature that Nourin has worked on well, and it’s quite a shame that we don’t get to see her more often, nor will we ever get a moment to develop her character–although brief, her moments in the past leave a lot of questions to be raised, such as, “why in the world would such a cute girl get shunned by her classmates?”

Overall, the addition of Natsumi-sensei has brought up Nourin another notch in its comedy, just as the last episode had done with pushing the boundaries of yuri and mocking the stereotypical protagonist-protagonist hookup. The boke-tsukkomi was strong this week, the parodies were off the charts, and the random just keeps getting randomer. Sure, it’s all a bit hastily put together and could use some polishing, but Nourin is definitely shaping itself better with each passing episode. Now does anyone still want that sushi? Any takers? I swear it’s hygienic.

Full-length images: 17, 18.

 

ED3 Sequence

ED3: 「ポニーテールの四十」 (Forty Ponytails) by Bekki (Saito Chiwa)

March 2, 2014 at 10:06 pm
38 comments »
  • March 2, 2014 at 10:21 pmDualash

    I feel so bad for Becky, going through forty years with nothing exciting happening to her and staying single for so long. However, doing those stunts, including that one involving nyotaimori was a little disturbing. XD

    Plus, those facial expressions are like looking into one’s soul *shudders*

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:23 pm~fineyristensen

    This was definitelty one of the most random anime episodes I have ever seen and I gotta agree with Zanibas, that the show is keep getting better and better.

    I just loved the Princess Mononoke reference in the beginning and it was funny enough at the moment the students, which threw Bekki outta the window, how at least one of them touched her ass while doing that lol!

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:24 pmLGrey

    but the sheer limits of making all the characters suffer

    I just realized that schadenfraude is one of the main ingredient of Nourin’s comedy. LOL

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:33 pmPancakes

    This episode was definitely out of left field. More in line with the humour of South Park than anything, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The immortal discussion of which breast size trumps all and the numerous Becky face references made this episode though.

    • March 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm~fineyristensen

      I am definitely voting for W-Cup

    • March 2, 2014 at 11:39 pmPancakes

      C-cup, just enough to fit in your hands.
      Now that is a W-cup in my books :)

      • March 3, 2014 at 1:36 amCrook

        All hail lord Pancakes.

    • March 3, 2014 at 1:37 amBenigmatica

      I think a W-Cup sized breasts would look like a tumor already in real-life, so no.

      • March 3, 2014 at 7:55 am~fineyristensen

        Geez, not W-Cup sized breasts literally ughhh (I believe such big ones dont even exist)……………………….meaning of World Cup as in THE Best sized ones like the real C or D cups of course !

  • March 2, 2014 at 10:46 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Funny thing is, I’m sure there are a number of single, (near) middle-aged adults out there who wish they could just let themselves out like Becky-sensei does. Maybe not nearly as overly-sexually, but just acting out and such.

  • March 2, 2014 at 11:22 pmVsAllGaming

    Ms. Becky is the best teacher ever lol

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:20 amtsukioniisan

    This episode made me laugh from start to finish xDD

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:25 amricz

    Best episode of Nourin IMO!!!

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:36 amMgMaster

    Becky steals the show for me whenever she’s on screen so an episode dedicated to her is most welcome!

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:50 amZhinvu

    - Way to go Zanibas for mentioning Azumanga Daioh. Now I wonder who’s more of a terror, Becky or Yukari-sensei(I’d say Yukari mainly because of her trauma inducing driving). Also I’m not sure if it was intentional or not but this has got to be the second time I’ve seen Chiwa Saito voice a blonde teacher also named Becky, only the Becky in Pani Poni Dash is a child genius that somehow gets along with her students.

    - http://randomc.net/image/Nourin/Nourin%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2024.jpg

    At first I thought Becky got into lots of fights in High School, but since this anime does parodies a lot I’ll assume she also suffered from Chuunibyou.

    • March 3, 2014 at 8:13 amCrook

      Not sure what the police would have to do with chuunibyou, though. I think she was just an aggressive person. She still is actually.

      • March 3, 2014 at 3:10 pmZhinvu

        Yeah, you’re probably right. It’s more likely she was brought in due to a fight than being a chuunibyou, unless maybe if she was disturbing the peace or something. It was because of Becky-sensei’s eyepatch that the chuunibyou theory came in.

      • March 3, 2014 at 3:33 pmZanibas

        Eyepath + bandaged arms actually :3. However, Chuunibyou wasn’t the first to do it, nor did it popularize the look first. I do see both sides though–maybe the dual references were intentional.

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:57 amHatame

    LOLed hard at repeated Haruhi moments in the ED.

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:36 amP Ko

    Oh Becky… Becky, Becky, Becky..

  • March 3, 2014 at 3:44 amAnonymosity

    The comedy in this episode was… I don’t know, hit-and-miss?
    While Becky is an awesome character, sometimes she’s a bit… Much for me. And sometimes I just don’t find her funny. Most of the time I do though.

    For example, I didn’t really like the first part in the fields. I didn’t dislike it either though, it just didn’t really leave me with any kind of impression.
    However, the second part in the classroom was awesome.
    And the cooking class scenario was at times funny, at times not.

    All in all, I enjoyed this episode, not just as much as others seem to have.

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:01 amJ-Luke

    http://randomc.net/image/Nourin/Nourin%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2046.jpg
    Carrier on the left: watch your hands! Judging from her blush, sensei is not unpleasantly surprised…

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:20 amkei

    I guess becky’s flashback was a lot more detailed in the novel….

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:28 amzztop

    The title’s a parody of the Cooking Mama(クッキング ママ) Nintendo game series.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_Mama

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:30 amleatherhead333

    I find it funny when i see comments about how the guys were gay for not taking Natsumi invitation. You might be in it for the sex but you’ll leave with a knife in your jugular if you end up trying to dump her lol. I’d imagine that she would be pretty obnoxious too. I kind see her as a more extreme version of Koko from Golden Time xP

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:39 amThe Hergula

    Nice blog, seriously enjoyable, and I love your overall format.

  • March 3, 2014 at 7:59 amGermanguy

    Btw, the Scene from Picture 04 to Picture 10 is from “Princess Mononoke” Studio Ghibli.. (i know it, because it is one of my Favorites)

    start:
    http://randomc.net/image/Nourin/Nourin%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2004.jpg
    end:
    http://randomc.net/image/Nourin/Nourin%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2010.jpg

    • March 3, 2014 at 8:05 amGermanguy

      Here the proof:
      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Soy4nujwW14/Tb3F20gHdvI/AAAAAAAAA50/XTliDEdaPas/s1600/mononoke.jpg

      Both are in here. The Dark “thing”, and the Guy riding on a “sheep”

      Sorry, i try to be Spoiler free. but then, Princess Mononoke ist a klassiker, schon zur meiner Jungendzeit

    • March 3, 2014 at 8:12 am~fineyristensen

      As I already stated above in my comment……..but thx for the proof anyways

      • March 4, 2014 at 8:58 amGermanguy

        Yes, i saw your comment. But then Words are Powerful. But, words combined with Visual things like Pictures, are more Powerful. Our Eyes see more then your Mind can read

        Not to be mean

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:14 amGiorno Giovanna

    Not a single comment about Ro-Kyu-Bu here.
    Fine, I’ll say it.
    Grade schoolers really are the best!

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:57 amSmithCB

    Haven’t seen it yet, but did one of the students (after she piled all the food on her body) actually say something like “No! You’re ‘way past the ‘best used by date’??? That’s COLD!!!!

    • March 3, 2014 at 3:25 pmgoldcut

      Kousaku said that.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:15 pmR334

    http://randomc.net/image/Nourin/Nourin%20-%20ED3%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    For some reason, when I see this screenshot, I think of Tohru Fujisawa and his magnum opus, Great Teacher Onizuka…

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:56 pmTheLastIdiot

    as expected just like how they returned to comedy after episode 4, nourin is back to its comedy only plot after the serious episode 7. and being someone who haven’t read the LN, i wonder if all of this comedy will be main plot important later or is actually necessary. because i really believe that the anime would have been better if they maitained the same blend of emotion from episode 4 and 7.

    i think that, there would be a serious episode on 10 or 11 (just like other 1 cour anime)but i dont know, perhaps i should expect the worst given the amount of remaining episodes which is 4 and is too short to make a one final push for a climax..

  • March 4, 2014 at 8:24 pmcbhl

    I think the image link “flat chested” contains an extra “]” in it…

  • March 6, 2014 at 5:34 pmFuu

    THAT WAS NOT “PONYTAIL AND SHUSHU”! 0-0