「あかりとかミンミンゼミとかなく頃に」 (Akari toka Minminzemi toka Naku Koro ni)
“When Akari and the Cicadas Cry”
Gotta love the episode title spoof on Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, but well before Akari was sucked dry by Chinatsu, we had plenty of yuri moments care of my favorite pairing — Kyouko and Ayano. Total count of full-length screen captures this week: thirteen.
It didn’t occur to me from the preview last time that the girls were going to set out for Comiket, or “Comuket” as they cleverly disguised it as. That is, until the I saw the unmistakable Tokyo Big Sight convention center and the massive line-ups. I loved the surprise though, particularly at Ayano’s expense after it looked like she was expecting of an evening date with Kyouko. Then there was the forced cosplaying, where we just had to have the most reluctant participant in the most revealing outfit. Hats off to whoever designed Rivalun’s outfit and of course Kyouko for preparing one for Ayano to wear. The introduction of Rivalun also came with an added bonus — Yuuki Aoi voices the anime character opposite of Taketatsu Ayana as Mirakurun. This must’ve been one of the few occasions where Aoi clearly reused one of her previous voices.
Between Kyouko screwing herself over by forgetting she only had three circle member tickets and Chitose suiting up as Ganbo and realizing the lesbian haven that is doujinshi, this was definitely one of the funnier episodes thus far. On top of her usual wild fantasies, Chitose’s lesbian senses that somehow detected a real Kyouko x Ayano moment led to the most hilarious nosebleed action to date. I can only imagine the amount of blood loss inside that Ganbo suit. It couldn’t have been pretty. The first half of this episode made me think that these four girls could easily run away with this entire series on their own, but the first-years quickly showed what they can add with their own stupidity. What looked like Himawari’s younger sister Kaede (Uchida Aya) falling victim to Sakurako’s prank turned out to be the most roundabout guilt-tripping I recall seeing from a six-year-old. Of the four other girls, Sakurako is definitely up there with Kyouko’s level of hijinks, and that scene reaffirmed she has almost the same dynamic with Himawari as Kyouko does with Yui.
As for Chinatsu… damn. That’s all I can say about how she aggressively sought to use Akari as a kissing partner and manhandled her like there was no tomorrow. Her chances with Yui look like they’re pretty much gone after that misunderstanding (or was it really even a misunderstanding?). I can only imagine what would’ve happened if Chitose was with them. Oh how I wish they all decided to pay Chinatsu a visit after returning from Tokyo. As for Akari herself, the ongoing joke about her not having any sort of presence was pretty amusing in Sakurako’s delusion this time around. The same goes for her detachable hair buns, which sadly enough, have been the defining aspect of her character. However, I am growing more fond of her unfortunate character as the week’s go on and of Yuruyuri as a whole.