「いくらで買います?/なるほど!関係ないな俺たち!/ベネズエラ」 (Ikura de Kaimasu? / Naruhodo! Kankeinai na Ore-tachi! / Venezuela)
“How Much Will You Pay? / I See! It Doesn’t Concern Us! / Venezuela”

More so than swimsuit and beach episodes, I always enjoy watching sports festival ones. They’ll never measure up in terms of fan-service, but do provide a complete change of scenery with the same characters. In the case of a series involving a perverted student council, it’s even better because it provides them with a new avenue to approach their jokes. A lot of them were the usual witty wordplay ones, such as Shino’s rehearsal of the proclamation of upholding sportsmanship that was twisted into a skinship and sexual intercourse one, while others were of the slapstick variety that always works wonders on me. I know it was only for cheap laughs, but the scene with Tsuda taking a wild soccer ball to the head almost floored me laughing after hearing Suzu complain about her height just before and still refuse to acknowledge that her shortness was actually a good thing for a change. It definitely helped the humor hearing Tsuda scream out in pain and seeing him fall over like a log. That was great material no matter how many times I see him wincing in pain.

If we’re talking about not so subtle humor that left absolutely nothing to the imagination, Aria’s sudden question as to whether or not Tsuda has a girlfriend took the honors this week. When he admittedly that he didn’t have anyone like that, the talk about how his right-hand or possibly his left one is his lover proved to be only the setup for Shino’s punchline. I vividly remember my “holy shit” reaction to hearing her suggestion that it’s his mouth and emphatically questioning exactly how flexible Tsuda is, because it was followed by a disbelief that stuff like this was allowed to make it to the air waves. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved the delivery of that one, but for goodness sake make sure there aren’t any children in the room to catch wind of it! They already grow up too fast these days thanks to the double-edged invention we like to call the Internet, so there’s no need to corrupt them even more. Shame on you Shino! Ranko too for selling photoshopped pictures that look absolutely criminal with Suzu in them. I swear I heard police sirens from that area in the back of my head called my conscience when I saw that one.

In any case, I’m willing to bet that there are a lot of girls out there who wish they’d just go bald down there; however, actually hearing someone say she’d gladly welcome it is a different story. A hilarious story, but definitely a different story. Unless I’m mistaken, it’s not part of Japanese culture for girls to keep themselves exceptionally prim and proper down below due to connotations about how “loose” they are if they do, so hearing Shino say she’d gladly welcome losing all her hair down there spoke volumes to me in more ways than one. (Shino saikou da!) Anyway, I rather enjoyed how Tsuda became renowned for making women cry after he wrote an article for the student council’s new newspaper, as it established him as the heartbreak player of the female dominated Ousai Academy. He’s naturally not too fond of the idea (understatement of the year), but when has this series ever been about what Tsuda wants? He’s just here to deliver the straight remarks and be a victim of Shino and Aria’s perverted ones, much like when the president had her awesome misunderstanding about him “setting up tent” in his pants frequently. I’ve already gone on about how misunderstandings are comedic gold to me in Mitsudomoe, so Shino’s reactions and rampantly wild thoughts were A+ material here.

Oddly enough, it was the preparation for the sports festival that had some of the funniest moments. I seriously can’t help but wonder what Shino’s parents had to say about the huge bondage teddy bear that Aria gave her for her birthday. It wasn’t even the focus of her sleepless night in anticipation of the festival, but it’s really all I could think of when I saw her lying in bed next to it. Then there was Aria herself getting herself scandalously wrapped up in rope, which Shino loved and Naruko seriously criticized for being too loose. She sure made up for that in the end though with the string of country flags. Those snugly tied knots didn’t look amateurish at all! As for the sports festival itself, the student council team strutted their stuff in the relay event with Suzu pulling through as the anchor. That more or less made up the cool part of the episode, which was ever so nicely contrasted by Ranko’s dismay over focusing her shutter chances on Tsuda instead of Shino’s blazing speed or Aria’s mesmerizing chest movement. Kaede’s fear of men on the other hand continues to provide the more innocent type of humor, which is somewhat refreshing even though it gets quickly overshadowed by Kotomi’s nonchalant talk about how she and Takatoshi are still virgins. Compared to that, even Shino’s concerns over her bust size are tame, though I do appreciate the official side-by-side shot to see how she stacks up to Aria.

The extra movie parody slipped in at the end made it no secret it was there to pad time, though it did pull in the sailor named George from Aria’s interpretation of Tsuda’s newspaper article. Out of everything that happened this episode, the one thing that I’m left really curious about is exactly what was written on the note Shino picked up for the event where they have to bring something or someone with them to the goal. Given her flustered reaction, I’d like to believe it was something along the lines of “person you like”, but that’s one tidbit we’re not getting for now. For all I know, she may have slipped in some perverted choices such as “first-time partner”, which wouldn’t be too bad either since it serves as the same “flag” in a potential Takatoshi x Shino pairing.





    Somehow the laughs just went up one gear.

    – Shino still has her Bondage Teddy.
    – Kaede’s androphobia first gets her convinced Tsuda’s moving article is just a ploy to make the girls cry, and second becomes her undoing in the relay race afterwards
    – Shino’s announcement rehearsal – Success in Japanese is pronounced the same way as Having Sex (Seikou)
    – Hata lamenting that her not being able to take part in other parts of the relay race meant she could not take photos of Aria and Shino

    The Takatoshi x Mutsumi chemistry surfaced once again, hinting at Mutsumi’s feelings for Takatoshi. Though the Student Council girls were just as adept in hooking up with Takatoshi afterwards, particularly Shino.

    Kinny Riddle
  2. glad it wasn’t just me who thought that this episode was a bit funnier. that “venezuela” delivery by suzu when aira was all tied up was so funny. everything in this episode was great.

  3. no mention at how Shino was blushing at Tsuda during the race or Aria wanting him as a pet? Well, the former had a bit more serious atmosphere to it. Actually, when him and Mutsubi reached for that ball, this the first time Tsuda had that “stare”(well since the “confession” in ep 2 by her of course).

  4. The George story made the episode lol.

    Random: Incidentally, after I found out that Aria’s VA is the same as Ritsu’s VA, I found it really easy to notice the Ritsu-like voice in Aria’s voice :O

  5. I can’t get enough of Shino and Tsuda. I hope they don’t leave it comedic all the way through. It’s hilarious how Tsuda immediately though something inappropriate was on Shino’s paper instead of having a “flag” moment.

    1. The way she acted and then didn’t tell him what it said hints pretty strongly towards him missing out by not listening to what it said. Although it was probably somewhat innocent and not mentioning love, but like or friend.

  6. Looks like we’re finally going to get to meet the maid next week (only took them 10 episodes)
    also, I’m kinda inclined to agree with disaproval toward the banner, not so much because it’s k-on, but because it’s a group shot and doesn’t really have the same cool shaded feel to it that the previous ones did, though personally I wondered why hitagi was ever taken down in the first place (Go Hitagi!)

  7. Yeah, I’m really hoping they reference the note in a future episode so I know it’s not some open-for-interpretation joke that went over everybody’s heads. I thought that George thing was really funny, though. “Yeah!”

    Aara D
  8. I have a feeling the note had something along the lines of first partner or something like have excitement with a male. When I saw Suzu make the last run I was getting a feeling that she would be to small to break the victory line, but it sure was animated weird and skipped to a high five.

    1. I also thought there was a bit of a missed opportunity with regards to suzu reaching the finish line in first place but because she’s short, she just passes under the victory line without breaking it off.

  9. Nice episode. maybe some development for tsuda and shino or is it another x gag written in the paper?
    the george thing was funny. i wonder if suzu interpretation was correct than the other 2.
    i also learned that being small isnt bad at all XD. being able to dodge incoming balls and light body running.

  10. This has to be the best episode thus far. I have a newfound respect for Venezuela, tents and also Kotomi talking about switching to “clumsy character mode” just took the cake for me.

    1. i think i somehow get it now why they used Venezuela. when the flag design was first seen Venezuela has stars that shape it to mountain. then at the last scene where aria was tied the flag Venezuela was under her boobs. that’s where suzu pointed pointed the flag and said Veneuela. XD

  11. Anyway, as of Vol 4 of the manga, what was in the paper was never revealed, but we have advanced 1 year by Vol 3 and Tsuda has gotten more flags since then. And some new characters. I forsee the Anime ending around Vol 3 when we see the robotics interest club president (who is Suzu’s friend) and the cast entering their next school year.

    Silverwolf X

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