「喜翠戦線異常なし」 (Kissui Sensen Ijyou Nashi)
“All Quiet on the Kissui Front”
The mysterious Wajima Tomoe, the head waitress of Kissuisou. A character who doesn’t really grab your attention at first, but stands out with her strange faces and over the top actions. Who would have thought that in a single episode they’d be able to really introduce Tomoe while pushing the story a little bit further and teaching a life lesson or two?
While I’m still pretty young, the thought of growing old without accomplishing anything still makes me shiver. Watching Tomoe go through nearly the same thoughts (with a little Japanese culture of arranged marriages thrown in) was what really grabbed my attention this week. When you’re at the point in life that you’re calling other people young and doubting if what you’re doing is really worth it, it probably really stings to think about how your juniors have that bright future you once had. The time to do whatever you wanted without worrying about the next day, not worrying about who you’re going to spend your future with, and no financial pressure dictating how to live your life.
Luckily, as the show introduced that complex problem of dealing with age, I’m glad it didn’t take the survival games too seriously. I remember looking at last week’s preview with a little bit of disgust, thinking about how random insertion of army men would totally break this show. But watching normal people going out and having a good time provided some relief. It’s amazing how the show utilized these crazy guests as the catalyst for Tomoe to get a life lesson of her own. Watching her gain the resolve to try and get fired from her job only to have her plans backfire on her in a good way made for some good times. Tomoe does a great job of refusing to let these setbacks stop her from trying to get fired, and along the way rediscovers something important — the fact that she really does enjoy what she does and that others appreciate all the things she does.
From beating pots and pans to Minchi’s onigiris, watching Jiroumaru naked and being covered with only a towel takes the cake in ridiculous ideas. Not only did he have to show off his jewels to all sorts of strange men, but to get pelted with BBs with no clothes on? I was nearly about to fall out of my chair from laughter. With Tomoe being able to accept things as the way they are, it looks like another problem has been settled. Besides being happy that she was able to convince her mother to believe in her and her decisions, I hold so much more respect for Tomoe. While her angry faces are funny, her smiles are ten times better. Plus, some random serendipity is never bad either.
As the past episodes have shown, the previews can be a wild misdirection of what the episode may really be about. While I think it’s a bit too early for any major characters to start disappearing on us, the preview had all the characters outside of their normal comfort zone. And will Ko finally make his reappearance to steal Ohana’s heart?