「泣き虫少年，テガミ少女」 (Nakimushi Shounen, Tegami Shoujo)
“Crybaby Boy, Letter Girl”
Is it just me or is the no underwear (nopan) theme contagious this season? Letter Bee is the last show I would’ve expected to see it in.
As bad as that may sound, it was actually pretty cute here in an innocent sort of way. Lag, who’s now five years older and has passed the preliminary Letter Bee exam, leaves the low class area Yodoka and makes his way towards the middle class area Yuusari for an interview. Escorting him there is his town’s designated Letter Bee, Connor Cuhl, a unique individual with a touted pornographic magazine collection. Due to Lag’s newly elevated status, he leaves Cambel with no idea when he’ll return and is seen off by the townsfolk and a tearful Aunt Sabrina. However, Lag endures the difficult departure in hopes of becoming a Letter Bee and seeing his mother Anne and Gauche again.
As they make their way through the country of Amberground, they stop at Athion Coal Mine Station to catch a train the rest of the way. There, Lag comes across a blonde-haired blue-eyed girl who happens to be a package just like he was. Unlike him though, she has an incomplete packing slip and insufficient postage, meaning she’ll be kept here for a bit before being let go. Being the kindhearted boy that he is, Lag decides to deliver her to the nearby town of Rent, where he believes her intended destination is an orphanage named “Love Someone Down”.
On the way there, Lag learns that the girl’s quite a handful but very capable of taking care of herself (more so than him anyway). He inadvertently learns that she doesn’t have any underwear on too, but gets her to wear a pair of pants after telling her his own story and saying she’s beautiful. With Lag being the first person to ever get her to wear pants, the girl decides to go with the name he’s given her — Niche.
While things were pretty uneventful this time as well, seeing Lag’s heartfelt departure from Cambel and the introduction of Niche made this episode all worth it. Despite her bratty child-like attitude, Niche (Fujimura Ayumi) doesn’t get on my nerves in the slightest. In fact, watching her reaction to being told that she’s beautiful was very cute, in addition to her accepting the name Lag gave her. In more ways than one, we already know who wears the pants in this relationship. Niche is very pushy and Lag is way too soft, but it should be pretty fun watching the interactions between them because of that. I pretty much expect Lag to be on the receiving end of things all the time, but I can see Niche slowly opening up to him along the way.
As suggested in the episode, Niche’s destination is not the orphanage Lag has in mind, even though “Love Someone Down” would be a really clever name for one. Instead, it’s some sort of side freak show you’d probably find at a circus. Knowing Lag, he won’t be able to leave Niche alone after he finds out what he’s delivered her; however, I can’t say I blame him because I don’t think I’d be able to leave a cute girl like Niche alone either. Seeing as Lag hasn’t any success training a dog or another animal to be his Dingo, there’s no rule saying it be a person, and that the next episode is titled “Lag’s Dingo”, it should be pretty obvious what Niche’s role is in the bigger picture.
On another note, the single for HIMEKA’s “Hatenaki Michi” is scheduled to come out on November 25th, which is a long ways away. For now, we just have this commercial to tease us with some scenes from the PV.