「つかまえたいの⇔恋のドナドナ」 (Tsukamaetaino to Koi no Donadona)
“I want to catch you ⇔ Love’s donadona”
Is it me, or does this show just keep getting better and better? Not only does it seem that things are finally in full swing but when an episode talks about having a Kick the Can competition, who expects something as ridiculous as a fake wall or special tactics in order to take the win?
Because after watching Danshi Koukousei’s hilarious version of how to spice up such a basic game last season, I was surprised how well made Acchi Kocchi’s version was — most likely from how ridiculously over-dramatized every chase scene was. And even though it was fun to watch, I particularly enjoyed how well a comedic skit managed to highlight everyone’s unique character traits. Things like Miyama’s insane amount of stamina (denseness) to Sakaki’s ability to actually be useful and not just comedic relief, it felt like we were engaging directly with the characters even when we weren’t.
Thus far, you could say every episode has had some kind of focus on a specific character and this week’s would definitely be Io. Besides his impressive performance at playing and winning Kick the Can against a mad scientist, it was ridiculous how irresponsible he was while flaunting that charm of his. Not only did he probably steal the hearts of every single girl who was watching him on television but there’s no way you could not feel bad for Tsumiki after listening to some of Io’s answers. While they may have been masked by that familiar fuwafuwa background, I was blown away by his answer to what a girl should do to get a clueless guy to recognize their feelings. To me, it felt like he was indirectly belittling all of Tsumiki’s attempts at trying to get her feelings to reach him.
While it doesn’t really matter that Io will probably never notice Tsumiki’s feeling for him since this isn’t a romantic comedy, I’m hoping that something extra cute does happen down the line. Seeing how the entire school seems to know about and supports Tsumiki’s giant crush on him, I’ll be patiently waiting for that moment to occur.