「地域限定宇宙人事件」 (Chiiki Gentei Uchūjin Jiken)
“Region Limited Alien Incident”
What in the world is wrong with Niwa Makoto? I can hardly see the point of the incessant, not to mention glaringly obvious, flirting shooting his way from Ryuushi when he doesn’t bother to respond other than blushing and adding some points to his scorecard. She’s totally friend-zoned. Why the hell would he have no inclination of going anywhere farther with her when it’s so obvious she likes him? Because he has such a hard-on for his cousin? It’s not cool to play around with a girl’s feelings Niwa, so just reject the girl if you don’t have an interest, because this whole deal is going nowhere. Anyway, excuse the irritation.
Presumably a new arc focusing around the spacesuit girl, which is the white-haired girl from the opening, a torrent of new characters comes along for the ride, complicating the web of relationships just a bit. A little tidbit about the town being separated into two, the conservative and the modern, shows that they apparently have conflicts with each other, in which they settle with baseball. And why baseball? I’ve recently been questioning why Japan likes baseball as much as they do, so I tried googling for some answers. No simple explanation seemed to pop up, so I’m going to leave that a mystery you can solve. And why don’t we structure cities around rivers exactly the way like apparently all anime cities do? Because I know there’s people dying to enact their favorite scenes over bridges and underpasses, right? They can jump off a bridge like Taiga and profess love and sweet nothings, or walk by the riverside on a concrete paved hill on their way home from school, or take a running jump off said hill in an attempt to leap through time, right? But I digress.
Yes, Hanazawa is played by Hanazawa Kana to get the obvious joke out of the way, and is one of the torrent of new characters introduced with at least some lines. Kana’s choice of voice for this character is quite new to me, but fits the sports girl archetype to a tee. She’s like Maekawa’s clone, except without the eccentricities like wearing a fish suit (or so we think). Luckily to inject some flavor into Niwa and Ryuushi’s absent relationship, Nakajima-kun is introduced as a basketball comrade, who is apparently also playing baseball…? Confusion aside, it appears to create a one-way love triangle (basically a line). Maekawa’s dad is surprisingly protective given Maekawa’s personality, and perhaps owns the shop she works in. Then there’s the shrine girl on a moped, friends with Ryuushi, and owns what Maekawa wants. With slight sarcasm, the plot thickens in ways I couldn’t possibly guess.
I didn’t even realize Touwa’s speech was mimickable, or even that much different, but after Niwa pointed it out, she does pause her breath a lot. Thanks to girl in a spacesuit, voiced by Iguchi Yuka (Index), I am now amazed to hear two Erio-like speech impediments. The thing is, the way Erio talks is cute for some reason, so that baffles me a bit. I’ve been trying to figure out why, but to no avail. It should prove some lulz to see how two Erio-types interact with each other. Maybe massive levels of heart clutching. Three episodes left.