(Dakara Mienai Tokoro de Kikuzu Shiteru / Omedeta– / Dakara Watashi wa Koko Made de Ii)
“That’s Why The Unseen Places Are Sluttish / Congratulations / I’m Fine From Here On”
This series still never reaches laugh-till-you-cry levels with its quick delivery of gags, but I continue to enjoy its witty way of going about the perverse nature of it all. The use of Japanese wordplay type of jokes and subtler forms of humor can be lost at times, but there are always moments that are so implicative that I’m left speechless. It’s partly the disbelief over seeing or hearing what I just did that keeps me amused, which viewing Suzu drinking milk and listening to Takatoshi from a suggestive angle was a prime example of. While the obligatory “damn yo” reaction springs into mind, it’s exactly these sexually connotative scenes that never cease to amaze me and have me coming back for more to see how far they can push the envelope without actually showing anything. This is probably one of the most perverted and “dirtiest” shows of the season, yet is so unassuming because it’s all in the dialogue itself. An unsuspecting viewer would be hard-pressed to see that this series is somewhat along the lines of B Gata H Kei because it draws the line on the sexual implications and never actually “puts out”.
Shino continues to reaffirm that she’s the go-to girl in that regard, with her quick changeover from deceivingly embarrassed when giving Takatoshi his erotic novel souvenir to freakishly afraid when he took the gift seriously being one of the funnier moments this episode. Takatoshi getting upset about staying up all night to finish the book and giving her earnest feedback on one of the bukkake parts was the perfect end result of a gag gift even though it wasn’t intended to be one. Her search for her missing melon bread on the other hand was another one of those moments that had me in awe due to Naruko’s obsession with younger men verging into some really risqué territory. That cucumber in the background made Shino’s misdirected advice to Mutsumi on showing inexperienced virgins the way relatively respectable in comparison. Aria stripping down as per Takatoshi’s suggestion of the Cool Biz campaign did provide some unexpected fan-service however, before Shino misunderstanding the situation and giving a long drawn-out “Tsuda” remark provided some unexpectedly good laughs.
The humor that results from misunderstandings is definitely one of the easier forms of comedy to enjoy, so Aria thinking that Takatoshi having to bring out the tissues for a war movie meant that he had to masturbate to it was disturbing yet oddly amusing at the same time. At the other end of the spectrum is a huge teddy bear that Aria gave Shino as a birthday present for bondage practicing purposes, which was just straight-up disturbing no matter how you look at it. The only laughs from that were the ones from the surprise of what I was seeing, as it even made the double-tipped vibrating dildo that Naruko gave her seem acceptable. The fact that she got a vibrator as a present from a teacher naturally raises a few eyebrows, but the bondage fetish bit was much more unsettling given how happy Shino was. The lead-up to that scene totally threw me off guard like it was intended to, so I give it props for that. I was actually enjoying the CD that Takatoshi gave her and found Suzu’s piggy bank thoughtful as well, so Aira’s gift totally came out of left field. Takatoshi’s facial expression says it all about my reaction.
Surprisingly, things concluded with a normal scene between Takatoshi sharing his umbrella with Shino on the way home. I dare even say she looked like a normal girl for a change when he gave her his umbrella when they had to part ways. I got some good vibes seeing them together, which was only ruined by Takatoshi running off and looking cool too early and getting held up by a red crosswalk light. I’m not expecting any romance to develop in this series, but the way they crushed it so quickly was like an intentional joke about how it was all just a tease. Damn them for playing with my feelings!