「リュウ『コ』さんの、なんちゅーか、もやーっと」 (Ryū”ko”-san no, Nanchū ka, mo Yātto)
“Ryū’ko’-san’s feeling… kinda… glum…”
Though it doesn’t strike as obvious at first, the bubbly Ryuuko starts to wonder about her feelings towards Niwa, providing the first glimpse of budding romance. While Niwa is surrounded by several girls, Ryuuko seems to currently be the only viable option, as Maekawa’s kuudere exterior tells nothing, and Erio’s his cousin. “Cousin? No really, what’s stopping him from getting with Erio? Hell, let’s grab that fine piece of aunt too.” I don’t know. The show’s proposing Ryuuko okay? Plus it’d be major minus adolescent points to be hitching it with your own blood. My question is, why isn’t he even remotely publicly interested in any of them? Stop blushing and choose!
Although getting a girlfriend would be the top rung on the ladder in opening up the possibilities to “gain” points, Niwa, for reasons unknown even to himself, is still adamant on bringing Erio back into a functioning fine citizen. Ignoring the fact that simply going to work instead of going back to school is kind of in the wrong direction, Niwa helplessly attempts to teach Erio proper work etiquette. He should’ve asked Maekawa for that since she seems to be a pro with all her part time jobs to buy that scooter. Maybe she’ll let her try on some of her costumes too eh?
The dialogue has its moments, with lines like, “Erio may have stopped going to school, but Erio’s influence is still *puts sunglasses on* enrolled.” And conversations, while largely nonsensical as Ryuuko’s friend Mikki points out, make some good points now and then. As expected, the grandma offers some hilarity but also comes well equipped with sage advice. Her solution to Erio’s problem is to not do anything about it. Friends are vapid and fragile, they come and go, and once you’re old, you lose everyone anyway. Of course, while I consider myself to be quite open to the ideas of old women, I’m going to have to disagree. She’s not wrong in any sense, but being extremely practical through life will usually feel miserable. Humans are social creatures, and friends are usually needed to fill that void. Even one friend will do the trick (Holmes always needed his Watson), so maybe Niwa should just kick it with Erio for the rest of his life. As the ultimate sacrifice, he’ll need to kiss his points goodbye, and suddenly the story is a deep exemplary tale of humanity’s ability for compassion.
Romance is fine too, but I honestly have no idea where this anime is going to end up. It’s still holding my interest due to the humor and interactions between characters, and the designs are always something great to look at. I’m hoping they go back to revealing more about the characters themselves, because I do appreciate some depth in my characters. I’m also a bit curious as to what exactly Maekawa and Meme are planning, even though whenever Meme’s involved, it’s never something too good.