「修学旅行」 (Shuugaku Ryokou)
Much like I’ve always suspected, the quiet ones are usually the wildest in bed. This of course is in reference to Mugi, who doesn’t hesitate when she’s alone in a room with three other girls during an overnight school trip to Kyoto. I bet you were thinking lesbianism, but unfortunately this isn’t that kind of show. If you have the mindset of a sex-driven individual in a certain other series however, Mugi’s playful pillow fight could have been seen as the beginnings of some yuri action. Granted, a little stretch of the imagination was needed, since it was probably hard for anyone to get into the mood when Mugi was doing some decent damage with her pillow headshots. The matching sweatsuits they were all wearing was another letdown and didn’t help to the desired end either, making me wonder why they had to end up staying at such an inn. I mean it’s fine to be on the rather conservative side of things, but COME ON, give me some yukatas at the very least!
Compared to prior weeks, I found the comedy a bit tamer this time around, but I did enjoy Ritsu trying to bust out the Kansai dialect just because she was in Kyoto. It was kind of prejudice for her to assume that people there wouldn’t understand normal Tokyo Japanese when asking for directions later on, even though I still found it amusing simply because her dialect sounded so forced. In comparison, I also got a good chuckle out of Mugi showing her how it’s done earlier on, particularly because Kotobuki Minako is from the Kansai region and I’ve heard her speak odd dialects in other roles before. For this reason and the one above, Mugi was definitely the one to watch this week — at least for me anyway.
Sadly, Azusa was noticeably absent since she’s in a lower grade, but a lot of quirky comedy actually came from Sawa-chan in her place. More specifically, how she’ll start off yelling at Yui and the others for messing around yet quickly get caught up in their flow of things without too much effort. With her frantically worrying about marriage, Ritsu making a comment on how she didn’t recognize her without any makeup on, and her students getting too familiar with her by calling her “Sawa-chan-sensei”, it was pretty funny hearing Sawa-chan vent about all those things like she was drunk when she was only snacking on Pocky. Aside from that, I thought it was pretty cute how Mio couldn’t stop laughing at the random things Yui and Ritsu were saying to lighten the mood when she didn’t find it funny at all the night before. The sight of Mio laughing helplessly was simply cuteness overload. God damn she’s so adorable.
On a separate note, I realize that Ui posed as Yui back in season one and fooled everyone, but I still get the feeling the animation artists are told to just draw Yui when they want to fake us out with Ui’s hair down. Now it could just be Yonezawa Madoka completely fooling my ears, but the first twenty seconds of the opening scene with Ui preparing Yui’s luggage sounded impeccably like Toyosaki Aki as well. I almost got the feeling Kyoto Animation was pulling my leg there and actually had Aki voicing that part.
Judging from the preview, it looks like Ui will finally get some decent screen time next week, which should be a welcomed change for anyone who’s been waiting to see more of her. Azusa needs to make up some lost time after being completely sidelined this episode, so it’s nice to see her there as well.