「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.