「真夏の雑草取り/ペンギンさんのロマンス」 (Manatsu no Zassotōri/Pengin-san no Romansu)
“Weeding in the Summer/Mr. Penguin’s Romance”
Oh ho ho, I bet few, if not none of you saw that coming. Penguin-san’s crush goes out in a blaze of seven angry girls for maximum comedic effect. It’s something that can’t easily be replicated in a ‘human’ setting, at least not easily. What’s easier to believe? Seven penguins that look exactly alike or seven humans? I mean, we’ve all heard of identical twins, but identical septuplets is pushing the bar. Since the animal kingdom is full of species with indistinguishable members (at least to a human’s ability), this joke works and wins. Now, the real question is…how and why did Penguin-san make so many love letters, and how in the world did he get a 7 out of 7 to appear? He must be a darn good player (a naive one, but still) to have that much charm. If only he had asked out one…
However, this failure is a relief to everyone else on the show, who must remind Miss Sasako that it’s all a romantic and beautiful drama…until you end up in one yourself. Now that Penguin is done with his romance [his first and hopefully last in this show], SasakoxHanda can now take the stage! Any day now…it’s going to happen. Judging from how inexperienced Sasako is though, as seen by her commentary this episode…it’ll be interesting to see two awkwardly inexperienced people take the ‘romantic’ stage now.
In other news, everyone is lazy and a thick bum when it comes to yardwork, with the exception of Penguin, Sloth, and badass Grizzly. Although they tried to make some development here with Shirokuma and friends bonding together, the emotional hit was lost on me. It simply pained me to see Penguin-san trying to convince everyone to do some yardwork, get angry, and then get happy all because it’s ‘fun’ to mess around. It’s all good when you have a badass to cut your lawn, but in lack of that…it sucks. Personal experience. I wished they would’ve extended the problem a little more, rather than focusing on the antics of long lost artifacts and having multiple stomachs.
Next week, there’s a possibility of a new setting to arise! Although I have a fear that ‘mysterious shop’ may mean ‘Shirokuma temporarily transforms cafe into a flea market for the trolls’, here’s to hoping it won’t be so.