Summer vacation is finally here! Let’s see what the girls are up to now.
To start off, Kuroi-sensei dishes out some thoughtful advice for her students regarding the upcoming vacation – turns out she just doesn’t want any more trouble, cuz it might cut into her break!
Konata keeps the ball rolling by commenting on Kuroi-sensei’s tendencies on that MMO they play. More online action to follow!
Summer festival time – and you know what that means… yukata! Each girl has her own unique color and design, complete with handbag. There’s some quip about how their obi (the big waist-strap) are tied…no idea what that’s about
Next, they meet Yui-neesan, that carefree yawning police girl in the OP. She’s really cute! Turns out she’s Konata’s friend – and she’s supposed to be on patrol, but cmon! There’s hot dogs to eat, icys to slurp on… and one of those shooting range things to play. Local police should have weapons training, so this pea shooter should be a piece of cake, right? In fact, Yui is so skilled, she does it…one handed…with a hot dog? It probably makes more…or less sense…whatever, it was cool
The girls continue their romp through the festival with such staples as cotton candy, colored drinks, and of course, goldfish scooping. Kagami shows off her skills! Later, Kuroi-sensei shows up and shows off her hot Caucasian body as Yui looks on in envy.
Back home, konakona is running through her virtual world (has anyone figured out which game she plays) when nanakon (Kuroi-sensei) logs online. After a brief exchange of words incomprehensible to me but surely of a borderline hilarious yet dangerously realistic nature, Konata is left speechless, wondering how nerdish her teacher is.
Next, Konata visits the Hiiragi house, as she greets Kagami at the door with a “chiwassu~!” last seen uttered by none other than the legendary Horie Yui-played Shirakawa Kotori from Da Capo, which brings back all the painful memories of watching one of the most awesome anime girls ever get tossed aside by that incestuous loser Jun-1. Anyways, the next scene involves Konata humming through an electric fan…something I’m sure all of us have done countless times.
Another Yui sighting as she visits Konata right as she’s doing her math homework. After a failed attempt to helped Konata, Yui relegates herself to playing her NDS (sounds like meteos or one of those puzzle games where you use the stylus) while Konata does her =_= face trying to do her homework.
Lastly, we’re back in Konata’s room, where she’s taking her 30 minute break from homework to go do log into her game and do some magic finding (while mutter-singing bouken deshou deshou… brilliant). So she’s happily clicking alon…omg! RARE DROPU! It’s the Sword of 1000 Truths! ::cue divine light and holy music:: Must tell everyone!
Lucky Channel Part 5! Akira seems to be back in her groove after an awkward showing last episode. Today’s postcard asks if Akira likes to play those online games as well. Akira goes reminiscent-mode as she starts spouting a bunch of MMO-speak, leaving Shiraishi once again hot and bothered. The segment closes with Akira hyperventilating over Shiraishi’s appearance in the actual show again…
Ending song: “Cha-La Head-Cha-La,” the original DRAGON BALL Z theme song. Konata snatches the mic back and does an epic version of this classic song. God, I wish I could see Hirano Aya’s expressions as she was recording this…
I totally dug this ep, perhaps more than any of the previous ones. Perhaps it was due to the new director (or not? Was this ever confirmed?) – while everything that happened was just like the previous episodes, this one seemed to have that extra bit of bounce to it, that spirit and vitality I felt might have been lacking from previous episodes. Whatever it is, I hope they keep it up! In terms of fluidity, it was definitely all over the place, but I’ve pretty much gotten used to that quirk about this show. Yui was a welcome (and very awesome!) addition to the cast, suggesting that the other characters in the OP might make their appearances soon.
Perhaps more apparent in this episode because of the yukatas, but I really love how the characters have different clothes on depending on what’s going on. It’s details like these that separate the great shows from the good ones…remember Pita Ten?
Omni’s note: This was amusing (especially if you’ve seen the commercial for Lucky star)