「パンダくんのダイエット/目指せ！ワイルドパンダ」 (Panda-kun no Daietto/Mezase! Wairudo Panda)
“Panda’s Diet/Strive for it! Wild Panda”
The show continues to expand on Panda’s more interesting traits…another great step in the right direction! Yes, some of his aspirations are a bit unrealistic, scary, and downright weird, but they do add a likability to him that’s other than lazy! At first you’d expect Panda to admire some kind of hero figure…only for us to find out otherwise (maybe the dark side has bamboo cookies?). However, it’s for reasons that are completely contrast to Panda’s actual character. Does he want to be lazy or does he want to be badass! It’s impossible to be a lazy badass…trust me, I’ve tried.
Leave it to Shirokuma though to
capitalize sympathize with Panda’s new desire by revealing a new side of his own character. I guess besides being multitalented, Shirokuma also has a lot of connections, despite how shady some of them may be. It’s great to see that the world of Shirokuma Cafe isn’t just happy-go-lucky utopia: it has its bad boy characters just like any other world. Crocodiles with large appetites, pool playing tough-types…it’s only strange that most of these characters aren’t really nocturnal creatures…I would’ve expected an owl to be chilling like a mysterious enigma in a corner. Like all bad-boy stereotypes though, sometimes a character’s hardened looks can be deceiving of their own dere side…
Oh Grizzly, how I wish you were a main character! Your personality is enjoyable, you’re a great role model to Panda (95% of the time), and you even have a great ED dedicated to you! You’re friends with the great Shirokuma as well, most likely because you’re both voiced by great voice actors! Nakamura Yuuichi, you have not failed me as Clannad’s Tomoya or Oreimo’s Kyousuke; you definitely have not failed me here! Also, YOLO.
As a bit of a half-way review, I’ll have to say whilst this show did have it’s own letdown bits early in the show, the episodes are progressively getting better and better. Whilst it may be due to us as an audience adjusting to the setting better, it may also be a case of author Higa Aloha adjusting her own writing style. This is one of her first works, and thus from a meta perspective, it is interesting to see her growth in practicing comedy through the story’s meta progression. Let’s hope then that the material she come up with doesn’t burn out in the near future so that the second half of this rough gem in the dirt might shine even brighter than the first.
ED2: (Grizzly-san no G★ROCK) by (Yuuichi Nakamura)