「マラソン大会！」 (Marason Taikai!)
I can’t say it’s surprisingly to find out that a group of girls who sit around eating cake and sipping tea all day isn’t the most athletic bunch, but Yui takes it to a whole all new level of struggling during a 4-5 kilometer marathon run. She doesn’t seem unfamiliar with the whole mind over matter ideology though, as the risk of not getting the promised sweet red-bean soup sent her legs into high gear. Food, it’s always got to be food with Yui. However, just when I thought there were no limits to this girl’s love of desserts, Mugi’s kombu and hijiki flavored blancmange quickly disproved that idea. Naturally, it’s all about the flavor and not the nutritional aspect with Yui. Sawako didn’t seem like much of a fan either, though she was pretty gung-ho about the marathon and all the visual temptations along the course (i.e. cake shops and stores with cute stuff).
In retrospect, there wasn’t a lot to this episode outside of the marathon itself and Yui not looking forward to it one bit, but somehow I was pretty amused from start to finish. The return to school after the summer break with Azusa all radiant about school life with everyone again did bring out quite a reaction. Following that, I thought it was pretty cute how Yui actually tried hanging Teru teru bouzu upside-down to bring about rain, though it was somewhat creepy too now that I think about it. In any case, I don’t think I’ll ever quite get tired of seeing Yui reach the breaking point before things even got underway or during the actual climb up the hill from Hell. In comparison to Yui sweating all her cake juices out, I’m pretty amazed that Jun didn’t fall terribly behind and go outright missing. Given their struggles, it looked like a shoo-in that they would come dead last, but that honor was reserved for Mio regardless of how much she wanted to avoid it. Talk about getting the short end of the stick after everyone went out of their way searching for Yui. Mio did look pretty slick with that tumble she unexpectedly pulled off to say herself from a full-out face plant, especially with the whole ponytail look going on.
Overshadowed by all that and their attempts to make things fun by singing as they jogged (and failing miserably) was the hint that we have a new song on the way. Thanks to Mio’s “runner’s high”, she somehow came up with new lyrics to a heartbreak song that the preview suggests will be performed at the next school festival. As we’ve only had “Pure Pure Heart” so far this season (excluding OP/ED themes), I was wondering when some new songs would be introduced in this sequel. I gather Pony Canyon wants to hold another live event after all, given the ridiculous success of the first one. For that, they’ll need songs to sing! I still plan to post about the live at Yokohama Arena after spending a good five days prepping some videos for it, so stay tuned for that in the next week or so. Below is a sneak peak for those who haven’t seen anything from the DVD/BD released at the end of last month. The first is the seiyuu’s first live music performance which they practiced playing instruments for, whereas the second one is the encore performance of “Don’t say ‘lazy'”. Given the crowd’s reaction to the latter, I think it’s easy to see why this series got a two-cour sequel that airs on 28 different television stations across Japan. (Yokohama Arena’s max capacity is 17,000.)
* Note: I more or less collapsed from exhaustion after work today, hence the late post. The last time I recall feeling that tired was back in university during final projects. Anyway, I’ll probably have the RAINBOW post out much later today.