“Pandora Maid Service”
WOW! I don’t even know where to start with this week’s Sore Machi. Why? Because it was so damn good. There are bad jokes, okay jokes, and pretty good jokes. Then there are laugh your ass off and accidentally shoot coke out of your nose jokes. Jokes aside, you need to have the right atmosphere to really make humor work – and the atmosphere was perfect this episode. Holding an early birthday party for Tatsuno at Seaside (hotori’s streamer didn’t go off), Hotori embarks on her journey to ruin everything. Starting with the lame comment about how Sanada’s present to Tatsuno was hard to say, さなださかなサラダ (Sanada Sakana Sarada), literally Sanada’s Fish Salad, the snowball starts rolling. After blowing through everyone else’s birthday gift to give hers a more dramatic effect, she manages to piss off Maid-Chou by joking about how closing the café for parties doesn’t matter since the cafe is so slow all the time. After a nice punch to the head, she somehow gets to the topic of birthdays, specifically pestering Futaba since she is extra secretive about hers. While Hotori was questioning her, it felt as if she was really trying to NOT talk about it. While I was pondering on why she’d care so much to keep her birthday a secret, Hotori leaps into action take and steals her student ID. Ignoring Futaba’s warning she yells out her birthday without thinking – September 8th, which just happens to be the very same day they are holding Tatsuno’s early birthday party. Good job Hotori. After completely destroying the mood in the cafe Hotori attempts to fix it with a quick pity party for Futaba. Not only fails but Futaba starts crying! While she still looks extremely cute, it started to drive me nuts when Hotori wouldn’t stop pushing the issue. The best part of the whole thing was how Hotori promises to never forget her birthday again by making a poem to remember it. The poem is a play on words, ９８しい思い出 、紺双葉 (Kuyashi Omoide, Kon Futaba) meaning “A mortifying memory, Kon Futaba” the first part written with the numbers 9 and 8 to emphasize “September 8th”. I don’t know if it was the picture behind the words or the reaction from Futaba, but I thought this entire skit was pretty funny.
While I’m talking about Futaba, boy was my wish granted this week. It’s like SHAFT heard me asking for more Futaba and said “Well, here you go“. You can bet I was pretty giddy after catching some really impressive shots of her. Not only does she actually play the bass (I don’t think Hotori can actually play the accordion) but she has some pretty impressive lock picking skills too. Of course what really caught my attention was how she looks and acts when she’s not putting up her bad ass front. Or more like, what she looks like when she’s completely defenseless. I think she probably takes her social appearance pretty seriously though since after Hotori and Tatsuno catch her saying “Momma” while she’s sick in bed, all hell breaks loose – Futaba attempts to literally kill both of them with a pretty heavy looking statue. She’s so cute when she’s angry<3. Also to all the bass players in the world, I feel like I have to apologize on behalf of Hotori for calling it a “training guitar.”
Sanada finally gets some decent screen time as well this week. Like all decent men, he has certain “objects” which he’d rather girls not see. After skillfully gaining some extra time to clean his room (hide the porn) after Hotori calls to use his computer, he’s faced with a pretty though decision. He looks at his computer and immediately thinks, “ Oh shit, I forgot to hide my porn. Will they accidentally find it!?” After quickly deciding to DELETE all the porn he had on his computer, his look was priceless. What was even better was that he described himself as a Jedi that had just suppressed his dark side. Can you believe it? Not only Star Trek, but Star Wars references have managed to infiltrate Sore Machi! The kicker to all of this is that after Hotori learns out that Sanada doesn’t have a scanner she doesn’t even use the computer AND stumbles upon his “cleverly” hidden stack of porn books, leaving his house calling him “Eroyuki”. Sorry Eroyuki, hope that bread tastes good.
* The transition scenes had some pretty good information this week. Cup noodles are best if you cook them 45 seconds less than suggested!