「幻想の…昼寝迷宮（シエスタラビリンス）」 (Gensou no… Hirune Nuikyou (Siesuta Rabirinsu))
“The Illusive… Siesta Labyrinth”
Since the start of the second season, I’ve felt bad for Kumin and Isshiki. It felt like they were relegated into the obscure space of bad jokes and running gags! But in typical Kyoani fashion they gave us an amazing episode that focused on our favorite napping senpai.
Yes, napping competitions are real.
The moment someone mentioned an official napping competition held in Spain called a “Siesta Championship”, I was really to call bullshit. But lo and behold, a quick google search leads to pages from both Discovery and the BBC that documented the event. While the judging criteria had a slightly different ring to it in English — more specifically the “Napping Posture” part was actually stated as “Most original napping position”, I’m still in awe that there was a real competition with a real prize of 1,000 Euros for someone who could essentially out sleep his competition.
Kumin-senpai, when did you become so cool?
In a show that has “chuunibyou” in its title, being the normal person usually doesn’t work in your favor. With everyone vanishing reality with awesome CG filled fight scenes and couples like Rikka and Yuuta or Dekomori and Nibutani stealing any of the spotlight that’s left, there’s been very little room for Kumin to do much besides nap.
Don’t get me wrong though, I know that she has the potential to be one of those sleeper characters who do something amazing when you least expect it. Which is precisely why I was shocked (in a good way) when Kumin snatched the opportunity to blow us away in a fashion that only she could do. Unhindered by a past filled with embarrassing memories and drawing upon the passion for the friendships of those around her, I felt shivers go up my back as I watched her obliterate the one person who was standing in between her and her precious Far Eastern Magic Nap Society of Summer.
Other Little Thoughts
I thought it was brilliant how Kumin and the others used the one thing they had going for them to beat an expertly trained team of nappers — their chuunibyou skills. Not only is the idea of shared dreams theoretically possible but what better place is there for someone to unleash their chuunibyou then in a dream? As cliché as it may have been, I just loved how what happened in the battle affected everyone in real life. I’m not sure what it was, but watching the effects of the dream world materialize in the real one just felt so right.
After bringing back a character that I thought was long gone, I have to applaud Kyoani for doing the impossible. And while I’d love to see Isshiki get some love, I don’t see it happening anytime soon. If anything, I’m really hoping we get to see more of Sophia / Shichimiya soon. Not only does she seem to like randomly appearing but that extra dynamic she brings to the table (*cough* deredere Rikka *cough*) is something I would love to see more of.