「みんなのカフェ／カフェのお花見」 (Minna no Kafe / Kafe no Ohanami)
“Everyone’s Café / The Café’s Flower Viewing Party”
“Miss Penko laughs. Miss Penko walks. Miss Penko eats fish.”
Up to twelve minutes in the jokes were dry and the pacing was slow, but the humor started picking up in the second half. Why, you ask? The characters’ potentials were finally being unlocked.
The first half of the episode had its interesting bits, but those jokes were isolated and didn’t flow. Llama’s ridiculous cafe idea and Shirokuma’s scratching technique were perhaps the two only real funny jokes. The rest of the first half was still spent on introductions or playing expected jokes (Panda is still obsessed with bamboo…).
However with the second half, the humor gets much better. Penguin’s hyperbolic personality is finally utilized (thanks to the power of alcohol no less)! Using the trademark personality that Kamiya Hiroshi brings to the table is the best way to inject much needed pacing. His antics, while funny isolated, serves its main purpose in bringing out the energy of the other characters. The drunk lovesickness of Penguin brought out the deadpan humor of Shirokuma, whilst also making Panda a bit more bearable (oh pun) character-wise by generating pity for his ahem…indiscriminate…actions.
Sloth also deserves special mention, not just for a well-timed joke, but for also ending up in a fairly beautiful scene with Shirokuma at the end of the day. The “refreshment” joke serves as an example of how animal-specific jokes could be properly executed, as well as a taste of the unique animal humor that largely has gone untapped so far.
If the series can continue to generate the comedy that made up the second half, then there may be hope for this show’s appeal beyond the cute and animal. The pace picked up slightly this episode as introductions tied themselves up, allowing for more time for jokes to set up. Here’s to hoping the third episode continues this trend of synergizing characters and bringing out the animal humor!
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Today’s Full Length: 02