「暗くなるまで待って」 (Kuraku Naru Made Matte)
“Wait Until It Gets Dark”
Junpei never gets a day off, not even when he’s on a school field trip in Kyoto. After helping a cat named Masa return there, Junpei soon finds out that word on the neko streets is that he can help them with requests. Before long, every cat in the city is seeking him out for help.
What starts as one request in Kyoto quickly multiples into more than Junpei can handle. Burnt out and at a loss on what to do, he checks Akari’s online delusional diary and leaves his number there asking for help. Within seconds, Akari calls him back in a stalker-ish voice saying, “Nyan~ I already know it.” (It was creepy but sooo cute.) Junpei asks to get Tama on the line so that he can figure out where Masa is and get him to stop telling all the other cats, but our calico cat proves useless. At the hot spring inn later that night, Junpei is rewarded for his efforts by the cats he helped earlier in the day, who reveal a much better peephole than the others are using. He attempts to resist his urges, but the thought of a naked Kaede gets the better of him and he ends up paying for it big time.
As repayment for Junpei’s lecherous ways and to improve Kaede’s opinion of him, Kanako makes him accompany them during their designated free time the next day. This of course includes treating them to food and whatnot, which starts digging into the money Junpei’s mother gave him to buy souvenirs. However, that’s the least of his concerns when he runs into a lost kitten he has to help out. As luck would have it, the little guy turns out to be Masa’s kid, Komasa. To show his appreciation, Masa leads them back to their friend’s place where the two of them live, which is surprisingly the Ichinose group‘s Kyoto home. There, Junpei is introduced to Josephine’s wife Cindy while Masa gets a beating from his wife for cheating on her. Watching those two quarrel, Josephine suggests that Junpei must have a hard time choosing as well, but he’s unaware that he’s referring to the girls around him. At the train station the next day, Junpei gives Kaede a cellphone strap from her favorite yakuza series as thanks for the one she gave him at the amusement park, causing Kanako to get upset about receiving nothing.
To be honest, I was at a loss on how to write this post and decided to summarize a bit to get some coherent thoughts together. This is primarily due to all the scene transitions this episode and bits of comedy littered throughout. At first, I just wanted to just mention specific scenes here and there, like the quirky opening where Chizuru let Junpei walk by without saying “hi”, but that was just one of many things that happened. Seeing as I couldn’t do just that, I’m pretty impressed by how much scene variety they jammed into a single episode. There was so much going on that it was kind of hard to focus on any particular part. You just had to go with the comedic flow and take it all in as it came.
Unfortunately though, this didn’t help make things as funny as previous weeks. It had its moments with Kouta acting all gentleman-like about peeping on the girls before joining Haruhiko and the others, Junpei nosediving into the girls’ side of the bath, and Junpei imagining the perfect mood with Kaede on the touted love bench at Kumogawa, but nothing else was “flying Tama” level funny. Things probably would’ve been better if Kotone and Akari were around (especially after their hilarious debut last week), but it didn’t really make a lot of sense to have them here. Hopefully the laughs pick up next time. Underwear seems to be involved, so that’s always a good sign.