I more or less figured Yui would be lost about what she wants to do upon graduation, but I totally overlooked Ritsu being pretty much the same way. When the discussion veered off to how Yui once said she wanted to be a kindergarten teacher so she can play with kids, things got totally sidetracked from their career choices and became an episode about Mio’s award-winning piece of writing from the fourth grade. Quite frankly, I think my brain needed a break from the Yui/Ritsu “baka combination” at that point, though I did enjoy how the power of English totally blew their brains away. They’re likely to end up as NEETs like Nodoka was thinking anyway, so it was refreshing to delve into the past of some future hopefuls. Granted, it was more of a glimpse into how cute Mio was before and how the Ritsu hazing-like treatment all began. While Ritsu did help Mio overcome the stage fright of reading her paper in front of the rest of the school by picturing them as pineapple heads and gave me a good chuckle for trying to teach her some Japanese slang, it was pretty clear that Mio didn’t pick up anything useful from our big forehead club leader in the past. Third eye!
Back with Yui and Ritsu, I thought it was pretty mean of Sawa-chan to shoot down their musician idea, which was far-fetched but much better than “undecided”. In a way, it was almost like she did some Budokan dream shattering right there and then. I can’t say I blame her though, after the shots Ritsu gave her about becoming a teacher because the guy she liked back in high school wanted to be one, only to get rejected regardless. That probably made for one of the funnier moments this week, especially with how Ritsu had to throw salt on those open wounds by adding how Sawako’s still a teacher and still single even now. “Go Sawa-chan! You crush those two little girls’ dreams all you want!” Vendettas aside, I agree with everyone’s sentiment that the only reason why no one can ever get mad at Yui for all her careless mistakes is because she always smiles them off with no ill-intent. It would be pretty mean to blame someone dumb for being dumb, so even I can’t cross that line and be an absolute jerk. Who knows, octopus-less takoyaki might actually taste good, in the same way a hamburger does without a patty. (Wait a second…)
After picturing Yui in a plethora of potential future careers and hearing how everyone felt she would fail miserably in all of them, I couldn’t help but laugh at Ui’s future plans being to go where Yui goes in order to look out for her. Nodoka spontaneously bursting out in laughter at Yui and Ritsu’s musician suggestion was completely unexpected and out of character too, so that was mildly funny in its own right. Exhausted of ideas, Yui ended up submitting a form saying her future plans are “to try her best in life”, but Sawa-chan shot that one down as well. Those wounds from the boyfriend-less comments sure run deep.