「夏海のダブルス」 (Natsumi no Daburusu)
Somehow, I’m starting to really feel the slice-of-life aspects of this show. It’s about this time in the season where I start itching for plot from those shows that are still warming up, which is why I was getting a bit cross with Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? before it started getting serious this week (or, as serious as it ever gets). With Natsuiro, the first two episodes were heavier on the plot than most slice-of-life shows (at least to me), so I guess it never really sunk in that this show truly belonged to the genre. No more! Other than the axe of Saki’s imminent departure still hanging over their heads, we’re still on the wish-of-the-week formula. With that in mind, the only question is how well each week’s wish-story goes.
This week? Overall, pretty good. While the wish to double Natsumi once again reminded me of the Nickelodeon shows I used to watch as a kid, it was still fun to watch. Like flight, this is one of those wishes I think we’ve all had from time to time, and that’s the stuff I most like to see in this show. Good fiction is valuable because it acts as a magnifying glass held up to reality, allowing us to better understand ourselves through the stories we experience. What better way than exploring the wishes we’ve all had?
There’s another reason this show keeps making me think of Nickelodeon…every episode has a message, some kind of lesson to learn, and the strength of the episode depends not only on how well it’s done, but also on how good the message is. That’s probably why I feel that the first two episodes were the best ones of any up until now, whereas the the three preceding this one weren’t as strong. Compared to friends reconciling and deciding to enjoy what time they have left together, how could an otouto‘s friend problems, Yuka‘s love problems, or Rin‘s LSD / fail whale problems compare? This one brings it back to a message which resonated with me, that we should not just work harder, but work smarter as well, which is why I really enjoyed it. Honesty is great, but tennis is a battle, so I’d rather bet on deceptive Saki over honest Natsumi any day…until the end of the episode, of course.
Speaking of otoutos, I actually think Daiki was my favorite character this episode. As a little brother myself, I really enjoyed Daiki responsibly doing the dishes while Natsumi was badmouthing him. That + him having to deal with a silly older sibling…man, I feel for you, Daiki. Stay strong! You’ll be bigger than her one day, and then you can…well, be too old and responsible to get proper retribution for all her nonsense. Such is the life of the younger sibling, Orz.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Natsumi learns a valuable lesson about working smarter rather than harder…& on walking around w/ your clone. Wait, what? #NatsuiroKiseki
- Though I think this episode was stronger than recent offerings from a storytelling perspective, it was far weaker in the critical growth area of yuri. The best we got was some potential selfcest. Need…my…fix!!!
- This is the only panty shot you’re getting this episode. Enjoy?
- A wombat, Rin? At first, I thought she wanted Yuka to turn into a small, furry animal. Assumedly so that she could cuddle with squirrel-Yuka (or whatever). Wait wait…neko-Yuka. *gets lost imagining*
- At the risk of being thought of as some kind of pervert who only looks at a woman’s hair, dat sidetail.