「夏祭り – August’s End」 (Natsu Matsuri)
“Summer Festival – August’s End”
Whether it be because of how things were done this episode or because of what’s going on in my own life right now, A-channel really got me emotional this week. It felt like a walk down memory lane, back during the times when life was still simple and everyone was worried about not growing up fast enough.
For those of you who haven’t been to Karaoke before, it’s a very fun experience especially when it’s your first time. While Tooru might be a slightly exaggerated case, overcoming the fear of singing in-front of your peers and learning to enjoy yourself is something I’ll never forget. For those of you who are still with me, remember the times when you were staring into the song book endlessly looking and never finding that one song you knew you could sing perfectly? While it was obvious that Tooru wasn’t comfortable with singing, when everyone gathered around and gave Tooru the encouragement to try singing, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to contain myself. The vivid picture of true friendship was shining so brightly through her smile.
On the other hand, it was a little odd that there wasn’t an insert song this week — I suppose the whole cast actually singing as if they were at Karaoke is probably a good substitute. Personally, I was already surprised when a trip to Karaoke was actually animated and given real songs. I can just picture all the seiyuu standing in that recording studio having a good time singing along together. The most entertaining part of Karaoke had to be watching Satou-sensei, or more accurately Ono Daisuke, sing their heart out while exuding that creepy aura. You’d probably mistake him for a normal guy with strange taste in clothes, if it weren’t for his strange fascination for Run.
I don’t know about you, but I thought that Run had something planned when she caught Tooru being defeated by her small stature. As airheaded as she may be, I think that her feelings toward her friends are so genuine that it gives her the momentary ability to produce those heartwarming “OMG” moments. Unfortunately, nothing really came from that look of concern she had. If I were to make a guess about a future episode, I’d hope that she has nice surprise waiting for Tooru; something to help her gain that mature appeal she wants.
Even though Yuuko already acknowledged that she looks fine the way she is, I get the feeling that Nagi had her diet antics aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind if she kept curling her hair, since I think it gives her the edge she needs to rival Yuuko in terms of appearance. With Miho and Yutaka making their stealthy appearance, I’m still hoping that they get some more screen time once the school year rolls around. Closing with Satou-sensei and Kitou-sensei, it’d be great to watch them become the disgustingly cute couple by the end of this show. Their affection toward each other is becoming so obvious that it’s crazy how oblivious they are of it.