「キミの名は」 (Kimi no Na wa)
“Your Name is”
After having cameos in the last two episodes, our postwoman with no sense of direction finally makes her appearance.
Since ditching the mamba look, Kanako’s popularity amongst the guys at school has all but skyrocketed through the roof. While her attitude towards Junpei has improved, our misfortune-filled protagonist still has his eyes set on the Kaede prize. A week after the school festival, Junpei finds himself helping the local postwoman/university student, Mochizuki Chizuru (Satou Rina). Thus begins his eventful day, where he finds himself being teased by an older woman and helping random cats along the way. However, his real problems begin when he has to avoid being seen with Chizuru, whom his friends are bound to ask about. Needless to say, he fails to do so and is spotted by his sister Suzu, Kanako, and worst of all, Kaede.
The comedy was pretty good this episode, with Chizuru harassing Junpei and making fun of his drawing skills for much of the first half. Satou Rina really plays the “onee-san” character well, especially when Chizuru teases Junpei about kissing Kaede and such. Kanako on the other hand is also showing her true colors now that the misunderstanding with the friendship doll has been cleared up. She’s a lot more fun to watch now that she gets jealous about who Junpei’s with.
The highlight however had to be the flashback about how Junpei first met (and fell for) Kaede. Watching Kaede fall from a tree and perform a perfect dismount onto Junpei’s stomach was pretty funny in its own right, but watching Kaede slap the hell out of him was some hilarious stuff. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Iguchi Yuka flipping out like that and not sounding like Index, which is a big plus in my books.
Story-wise, they finally introduced Ichinose Nagi (Kobayashi Yuu), the senpai character who seems to have something for Kaede and everything against Junpei. The preview showed a whole flurry of things to come with Kanako scrapping it out with Nagi in a lot of scenes, so I’m looking forward to seeing that.
On a separate note, I’ve decided to continue blogging Nyan Koi alongside Kampfer on Thursdays. I originally wanted to cover the remaining half of NEEDLESS, but two shows a day is more than enough. I’d be a lot happier with one, but I didn’t want to leave Nyan Koi high and dry. Also, while I can’t guarantee it’ll be a regular thing, I’ve included captions for this week’s episode. Simply click on the images if you want to see them.