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Dagashi Kashi – 09

「わたパチとうんチョコと…/さくら大根とたまごアイスと…」 (Watapachi to un choko to… / Sakura daikon to tamago aisu to…)
“Watapachi and Unchoco…/and Sakura Daikon and Tamago Aisu…”

Note: I’m pinch-hitting for Stilts this week – he’s back on Dagashi duty next time.

Seriously – I don’t know what’s more amazing, that being an entire episode or the fact that it was so brilliant.

I admit it, I’m in love with Dagashi Kashi.  I’ve fallen hard for this series’ utter lunacy, triviality and blend of sweetness and naughtiness.  And the incredibly loveable cast of characters.  And too the fact that this is one of the most Japanese shows I remember – not just in its obsession with the minutiae of Japanese daily life, but in its bulldog obsession with minutiae generally (which, I find, is an important quirk of the Japanese national character).

This episode was definitely a showcase for Hotaru in all her glorious bakayarocity.  Saya has tended to overshadow her at times (much to the chagrin of manga readers) but I find Hotaru to be an equally winning character for totally different reasons.  In the first chapter the McGuffin is Hotaru’s mouth ulcer, which effectively allows Dagashi Kashi the opportunity to show us Hotaru mercilessly battering the sensible Saya with her relentless idiocy until poor Saya finally cracks under the pressure (as any of us would).

The dagashi introduced here are an interesting bunch (is there no end to them?).  First we have “Watapachi“, which seems to be a sort of Japanese version of Pop Rocks, except they start out as a fluffy, sugary mass.  Naturally this is the worst possible candy to eat when you have a canker sore – another shot across Saya’s bow – but that doesn’t stop Hotaru.  Then we have “Unchoco” – literally “Poop Chocolate” – which has understandably become a sensation among elementary school boys but rather offends Saya’s delicate girlyness.  Natch, Saya seems to have no idea (that’s a big recurring theme) of the implication of this candy’s name and design.

Things get even more hilarious when Kokonotsu is swapped out for Saya in Hotaru’s firing line.  First, she puts on a ridiculous charade about actually being from Osaka and occasionally letting her Osaka-ben slip out (Kokonotsu correctly guesses she’s faking).  All of this is (somehow) in the service of teaching Kokonotsu a lesson about how not all dagashi is just candy, sometimes it can be eaten with meals – which she chooses to illustrate with an Eastern-Japanese delicacy called Sakura Daikon (daikon with vinegar, another terrible thing to eat with a mouth sore).  The rimshot here is when Hotaru “leaves”, then re-appears a moment later with a “Maido!  Mokkari-makka?” greeting for Kokonotsu.

The capstone of the episode is a truly hilarious series of the double entendres Dagashi Kashi does so brilliantly, starting with Hotaru asking poor Coconuts “Do you like boobs?”  Well, of course he does – but this is Hotaru we’re talking about, so Coconuts’ mature act in answering falls flat (pun intended).  The snack at the center of this story is “Oppai Aisu” – boob ice-cream, though Coconuts insists that it should be called “bomb ice cream”.  Truthfully, I can see why either name would fit.

I don’t think much needs to be said about what the mere existence of this snack says about the delicious weirdness of the Japanese (who pretty much only use the “oppai” label for it), but in Dagashi Kashi terms it’s one of the funniest moments of the series.  “Breasts are for sucking” indeed – and I love the fact that what Coconuts remembers in this moment is eating the ice cream with Saya when he was a kid and her saying”You look just like a baby!”.  What really sells this is that even as Hotaru blurts out the punchline, she has absolutely no idea why it’s the punchline – or why Coconuts looks so uncomfortable after one of the dagashi explodes all over her face and chest

 

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March 12, 2016 at 6:56 am
13 comments »
  • March 12, 2016 at 10:32 amCarma

    It didn’t work as well for me, in fact I think is the first one I hate. When Kokonotsu said “Why Horatu is so annoying today?” I even said “Yeah” out loud.

    • March 12, 2016 at 11:29 amTrippwire

      I did that, too, but it made me laugh. It’s like everyone–the characters, the show’s creators, and the audience–knows that Hotaru is being extra annoying, except for Hotaru.

    • March 12, 2016 at 5:51 pmRocks

      I found her cringey fake accent hilarious. I bet even I could do a better Kansai accent than that.

  • March 12, 2016 at 10:50 amxxvan

    More Saya in the episodes the better.

  • March 12, 2016 at 11:57 amzrnzle500

    Nice to see the key hole sweater again. Fan art has moved on to other clothing memes, and I thought it had been forgotten.

  • March 12, 2016 at 1:22 pmTechim

    Hmmm, another episode / show this week where Stilts was supposed to cover, but missed out on, and it turns out to be better than usual? Wonder if the ecchi blogger is going to scream into a pillow….

  • March 12, 2016 at 3:14 pmGP1301

    http://randomc.net/image/Dagashi%20Kashi/Dagashi%20Kashi%20-%2009%20-%2002.jpg
    That’s no mouth ulcer, that’s a dick-slap!
    With all those long, phallic candies that she’s been blowing all this time combined with the creamed boob-cake, it’s a miracle that only her mouth is all sore.

    WELCOME TO THE BONERCAST!! THE ONLY PODCAST THAT GUARANTEES ERECT BONERS!!

    勃起キャスト へようこそ!! 直立へまを保証のみ ポッドキャスト!!

  • March 12, 2016 at 7:09 pmGrant

    Humor on the chocolate falls flat if you really don’t like scat humor, like me. As for the rest, it’s alright but it feels like most of the episodes, a humorous advertisement for Japanese snacks and not much of the plot.

  • March 12, 2016 at 8:04 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    Wow that last part just created about 100 doujins in one fell swoop.

    • March 13, 2016 at 9:44 amGP1301

      This series / manga is begging to have the Rule 34 treatment.

  • March 12, 2016 at 9:24 pmMihashi Nishizawa

    The humor didn’t really work for me this time around, but the scene at the end where the ice cream (do you even spell that with a hyphen?) just exploded all over her face and chest had me bursting out in nervous laughter the moment the episode ended…

    Also the more episodes I watch, the more I start to remember that I’ve eaten or seen a majority of these things before. And frankly I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing…

  • March 13, 2016 at 8:44 amRichie Kim

    So far this series has shown the most erotic episode of all time.

    Not sure whether two (which are REALLY EXOTIC) of the dagashi from this episode exists in real life.

    • March 13, 2016 at 11:16 amMihashi Nishizawa

      The show serves like a paid advertisement for all the dagashi that they’re showcasing, so I’m pretty sure that what you see in this episode are also real. I mean like, dude, the candy that crackles in your mouth, those actually exist bruh, though not in some cotton-candy form exhibited by the brand showcased in this episode. Like the ones I ate in my country, they’re straight to the point, just the crackling candy pieces no?