「水着でサービス☆ポロリもあるよ♡／優ちゃんとお買い物♡／ポロリのつづき」 (Mizugi de Saabisu ☆ Porori mo aru yo ♡/ Yuu-chan to o Kaimono ♡/ Porori no Tsudzuki)
“Swimsuit Fanservice ☆ Some Crying ♡ / Shopping with Yuu-chan ♡ / Some More Crying”
Swimsuits, woohoo! Wait–and drama? We do that in this series?
Blogging is hard when you keep getting distracted mid-sentence by kawaii mizugi onnanokos. Seriously, damn. Also? Damn! And by the way, damn! These girls have nice bodies, but if you’ll allow me to step off into fashion critique for a moment – because why wouldn’t a straight male have opinions on women’s fashion? I mean, other than “The one showing the most skin wins” – Yuzu-chan’s swimsuit was my favorite. Sure, it wasn’t all strings and oppai like some of the others, but that skirt design covers a little extra while letting you peek underneath from time to time. It stimulates the imagination, ya know? And by that I actually mean the imagination, you perverts.
Drama, in my Sakura Trick? Le gasp! So I’m torn on whether this drama worked or not. It was out of left field a bit, especially when Kotone’s imouto mentioned an engagement. I feel like drama needs to be appropriately set up and foreshadowed – and it needs to be made known that drama is something this story does – or else when it happens, the viewer will kind of passively let it pass without getting emotionally involved. That’s what happened here, so while I appreciated the attempt, it didn’t strike emotional gold.
What it did though, was help me further refine my opinion on what each relationship’s primary element is. We have:
- Haruka x Yuu = Lusty
- Shizuku x Kotone = Refined
- Kaede x Yuzu = Uncertain
- Mitsuki x Haruka = Unrequited
- Imouto x Chappy-kun = Inanimate
…or something like that. So naturally it would be Shizuku x Kotone that would get the drama plot line, while Haruka & Yuu just keep macking on each other. An interesting way to do it if I’m right; look for more Shizuku x Kotone drama plot lines in the future for confirmation. Ohandalso, Chappy-kun was the hero of this episode. Way to save the day for the yuri team, Chappy-kun!
Kaede’s Hinting More & More
I know that when you’re looking for hints, you can find them everywhere. To that effect, Kaede talking to Yuzu about kisses (referring to what Shizuku-chan said in the heat of the moment) could be nothing more than Kaede suspecting that something is up between two of their friends. Buuuuuut, through my shipping goggles (don’t judge me, yuri shipping is what this show is about!!) I saw that as another clue that Kaede may like Yuzu as more than a friend. They’re starting to act a bit like episode one Haruka & Yuu, where Kaede is in Haruka’s role (already realizes she’s in love) and Yuzu is in Yuu’s (isn’t throwing out gay flags yet). I imagine that the tricky Kaede wants to use one of her friends’ relationships to explore Yuzu’s feelings on girl x girl, hoping for a good response so Kaede feels safer in making a move herself. I hope that’s what’s going on, at least. Kaede always comes up with weird ideas after all, right Yuzu? Ufufu~
Buying A Scarf
By contrast, the second half of the episode was a bit dull. Pouty Yuu-chan can be fun and all, but…I don’t know…why? I feel like we’ve seen everything there before, and it didn’t provide enough additional laughs. Fortunately the stronger first half (and the extra swimsuit show at the end) helped to balance this section. Best part was probably Mistuki-kaichou nearly self-destructing when she saw Haruka wearing her scarf. Mitsuki-kaichou is so kawaii!
Kiss, Kiss, Kiss?
One thing I noticed on this one – less climactic kisses. (I mean kisses and the climax of a short story, not… Anyway. Moving on, you perverts.) I guess one happened at the end of the second skit, but it felt lacking, or rather very much tacked on. The other good one was at the beginning of the first skit, and while it was awesome – even if I wished something came of Kotone & Shizuku (presumably) seeing them kissing, instead of it just being a throw-away joke. So much potential, wasted!! – I missed the make up kiss between Shizuku & Kotone. Ahhh well, next time perhaps.
Sakura Trick has finally fallen into a rhythm of sorts. I think the reason it started out so great is that it always intended to be a fundamentally different story than we expected it to be, but now that’s we’ve recalibrated for that reality, it’s gone from blow-me-out-of-the-water amazing to merely good (and occasionally great). Nothing wrong with a good shot, but I do feel a little loss there.
Either way, next week is an x-mas daito or something. Heads up: Next week’s post will either be late or it will be double posted the following week (which would be my first I-couldn’t-find-someone-to-cover-for-me double post ;_;). I have a friend coming into town, and while I may find some time to do it at some point, no promises for now. Check my twitter for updates then. Thanks for your understanding!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Swimsuit episode! And some drama and other stuff, but seriously…swimsuits! #桜Trick 07
- Why does Kotone own a whip? o.O
- You don’t need to lose weight, Haruka. You’re perfect just the way you are. I…what was I talking about? *wipes away drool*
- Don’t worry Kaedecchi! I think you have a nice body too. I’m sure Yuzu will love it. Fight-o!
- So many beautiful mizugi full-sizes this episode. Look at all of them! Seriously, look at all of them. It took me forever to stitch them together. BASK IN THEIR GLORY!!
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