Oh boy, another tough one to write. I get the feeling that even if I was fluent in Japanese, I’d be stumbling through this episode just because of all the subtleties.
Konata starts the episode off by showing us why it’s a bad idea to study in your room. How can you concentrate when hours of raids and power leveling is about three feet behind you? I gotta say though, at least she wasn’t studying at her desk – probably would’ve lasted a full thirty seconds before the aura of persocon creeped in. Pojito na
Well, it’s a good thing Kuroi-sensei is online to intercept her. Don’t you get the feeling that Kuroi was just like Konata when she was in high school? It’d be kinda interesting to see an episode about Kuroi and maybe Yui’s younger days. Or Konadad’s upbringing.
Pan over to the Hiiragi house, where Kagami is helping Tsukasa study. Tsukasa’s effort is admirable, but some people just have their limits. Like a 9pm bed time. Tsukasa puts on a few more epic faces, making me very happy.
Then we have this whole thing where Kagami doesn’t do too well on her test, but Tsukasa does pretty well. Only thing is, Kagami still did better. See, this puts their dad in a rather tough position. Can he reprimand one daughter for doing poorly, and congratulate his other daughter for doing well, even though she scored lower? Welp, you both tried, and that’s what’s important.
Some more food discussion – this time, we see what kind of sushi each girl is most suited for, according to one of those online sushi horoscopes. Results?
Miyuki: salmon roe sushi
Tsukasa & Kagami: Kappa sushi (not a water imp roll, but rather a stick of cucumber)
Konata: gari, aka the pink ginger stuff you get with the wasabi
I’m pretty sure the joke goes a bit further than I understand it, but I’m probably completely off.
Next, the 3 girls go to catch SAW III (or some Japanese version of it) in theaters. I was fully expecting some uguu variations from Tsukasa, but no such luck.
Afterwards, they go eat some cake. A lot of cake. Dunno, there’s something fetishist about girls stuffing themselves. You ever see those kaiten sushi eating contests they have in Japan, and the big guys never win it? It’s always the little 80 pound Japanese girls that walk away champs…I always thought that was pretty hot. No idea why; it’s either the “little shy girl doing unexpected things” appeal or just the fact that she can “take” a lot more than it appears she’s capable of (interpret that however you want).
After some incomprehensible conversation, we have Miyuki having problems with her eyedrops. Konata takes over with some evil look in her eye – well, it was still hilarious to watch Miyuki’s huge eyes try to take a drop from a tiny bottle.
Lucky Channel: Akira-chan, Akira-sama, and Shiraishi introduce Tsukasa.
Ending Song: Kogarashi ni Dakarete by Koizumi Kyouko (1986). Sung by Konata – Hirano Aya’s pop group prior to turning big-name in the seiyuu business, SpringS, did a cover of the song way back when. Check it out here. Let’s just say…it was a good thing she went the seiyuu route…
Notes: expect a similar delay between airtime and summary for the next 2 weeks – I’m in Taiwan now, so it actually airs late at night for me!
More dialogue means less antics, less antics means less comprehension from me. I’m guessing this episode will be a lot funnier to in-the-know Japanese than those who aren’t, like me. Still, it was more of the same fare. Oh, and a sighting from one of the older Hiiragi sisters too!
Is it just me or is Konata getting cuter every ep? Maybe Hirano Aya is really settling into her element. Either way, Kiddy Grade 2 rolls around the end of the month, hooooooooooo
Seen the live-action version of the Lucky Star OP?