「山だ!川だ!⇔バーベキュー」 (Yama da! Kawa da! to Baabekyuu)
“Mountains! Rivers! ⇔ Barbecue”
I still can’t get over how cute this week’s episode of Acchi Kocchi was. I mean, it was actually a really funny episode with all of the jokes resonating well but all of my attention was definitely focused on Tsumiki and her new found courage as she went on the offense this week.
Even though I already knew well in advance that this show would never focus on the romantic side of things since romance is probably close to the bottom on Acchi Kocchi’s list of priorities, I’ve never stopped waiting for something unexpected to happen. While it may just be the hopeless romantic deep inside of me wanting one of the cutest characters I’ve seen in quite a while somehow fight against all the odds and catch the boy of her dreams, how can you not root for someone as steadfast as Tsumiki? Because if you haven’t noticed, her attempts at bewitching Io have been growing bolder and more frequent every episode — with this week’s taking the cake in both categories.
And even though I could ramble on and on about how unfair things are for Tsumiki especially when Io seems to switch from focusing on her to toying with other girls, I hope I wasn’t the only one who thought that the gags this week were really good! With both halves focusing on the same general story, this week’s episode not only felt extra long (in a good way) but just kept on hitting us with joke after joke. Between Io leaping out of a moving train to Hime or Tsumiki flinging Mayoi around like a rag doll, everything seemed to be striking my funny bone without fail.
As we finish another episode of this wonderful series, I can’t imagine what’ll be in store for us in the weeks ahead. While I’d love to have more episodes like this where there’s a lot of focus on all the cute things Tsumiki can do with Io, I don’t think I’d mind watching an entire episode where Sakaki ended up at the end of every single joke — because unlike other comedic relief characters who tend to react the same to their misfortune Sakaki seems to have an original response to all the crap he endures week to week. On to next week!