「下田ではトキドキ少女は空をとぶ」 (Shimoda de wa Tokidoki Shōjo wa Sora o Tobu)
“Sometimes Girls Fly in Shimoda”
Okay Sunrise, you’re worrying me. It’s episode three, and you’re already recycling plot points. That was done two times this episode, one of which I was fine with, and the other…well, not so much.
The first one was the whole “friends fighting” thing. While it worked decently well between Saki and Natsumi, when it came to secondary characters like Natsumi’s otouto Daiki (Shindou Kei) and his best friend Yuusuke, I wasn’t as entertained. It’s the same problem as the first episode, where we weren’t really attached to the characters (yet), so the conflict didn’t have much punch. The main difference here is that, because the quarreling characters aren’t main characters, and because the fight was resolved in one episode, I doubt we’ll ever have a chance to really get attached to them. Also, they’re shouta, so that’s probably illegal anyway. Not really sure what the point of that whole bit was.
Yuka and Rin getting stuck together, on the other hand, was a repeated plot point that I was largely okay with. For one thing, it was fun! Natsumi and Saki getting back at their friends was funny, and of course seeing two cute girls stuck together is never a bad thing. Past that though, it actually served a purpose to the story, in that it provided the reason for why the two girls hid from Yuka’s sempai, and made it so that Rin was there to see her friend blushing over this guy. That…I’ll come back to that in a minute.
Plot-wise, the biggest event was probably Saki finally making it known that she doesn’t want to move. She didn’t say it in so many words, but her being so willing – desperate, even – to help some random boy tells me that she doesn’t want to have any regrets when she leaves…other than the regret that she has to leave at all. That’s still the elephant in the room, whether Saki will really move or the girls will use the big rock to keep her there. Anyone care to guess which route they’ll take? Personally, I think Saki will end up moving, or at least the girls won’t wish her into staying there. It’s just too easy of a resolution. Plus, it’s too childish. It would be better for the story to end with the girls growing up a little, rather than them continuing to solve their problems with magic, ya know?
Anyway, it looks like next episode is going to be about Yuka and her crush. Sunrise, whyyyyy?? I don’t want to act like I only watch this show for the yuri undertones, but if you’re going to keep having Rin throw out flags for Yuka, then don’t expect us to be happy when a third party enters the fray! It’s not about male or female, it’s because Rin is a main character, and they’re really good together, and…oh screw it. Cute girls should be together!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Males, in my cute girl / yuri anime? Madness! Next week: the death of YukaxRin? NOOOOOO!! #Natsuiro_Kiseki
- The MIB are back again! I wonder if a certain someone will come for the girls…? Ufufu~
- They were planning to fly, and yet only one of them wore pants. Not that I’m complaining, but come on girls. Plan ahead.
- Just kiss already, dammit.