「号泣サラダ」 (Goukyuu sarada)
I’m not sure if this is a friendship episode, the greatest osananijimi self-sabotage ever, the beginning of a OT3 or an opening to ship yuri, but I know I liked it! (Hint: It’s all of the above.)
Say what you will, most shows wouldn’t go as far as making their female leads chubby for a joke. Are fat girls moe now? (Don’t answer that, I don’t really care.) This bit didn’t work for me though. What was the point? It felt very divorced from the rest of the episode, they reverted to normal too quickly, and it really just seemed to be padding the runtime until we got to the meat of the episode. All that could have been fine, but it just wasn’t that funny. Ah well, it’s hit and miss with a comedy, eh?
Oh Yeah, That Idol Thing
To be perfectly honest, I forgot about that whole idol thing. This show has a bit of an Outbreak Company problem, in that they’re having so much fun with all the silly comedy bits that they’re neglecting the plot. This episode did a nice job of partially averting that criticism though, as it’s the first time since Episode 4 we’ve had anything a bit more substantial. By the way, was this the first time Ringo has openly admitted to being Kusakabe Yuka? I’ve been so lost in the comedy and melons that I can’t remember.
Farming is Serious Business. It Really Is.
When a comedy series goes into dramatic territory, it’s always a tossup as to whether it’s going to work. Here we got mixed results. For instance, when Kousaku and Ringo found southern blight on the soybeans, I thought it was simultaneously too dramatic and just right.
I know that didn’t make any sense. I’ll explain.
It was perfectly appropriate to treat the southern blight situation as series because it was serious – that’s a lot of time, effort, and money all up in smoke, and it could have spread to other crops and been an even bigger problem. Margins are thin enough in farming, so these kinds of things are a big deal, just as they were with the tomatoes later on. What didn’t work for me was how dramatic they were playing the whole thing. Most of the students will have experienced disasters like these before, so they should be used to them, and yet they painted the whole situation with more doom and gloom, not the annoyance + busy activity to rectify the problem I would have expected.
For the record, the tomato incident later on had exactly the right atmosphere, so well done on that one.
The Ringo Metaphor & Good Friends
But it wasn’t all about the crops, not really. It was about Ringo. I got the metaphor, but what I most liked was that bolstering Ringo’s spirit was exactly what Kei had in mind from the start. I love reliable and perceptive best friend characters like Kei – another example is Touji from Tokyo Ravens – and that moment was a warm one, even if Bio Suzuki had to barge in and screw it up. Stop cramping my pure bromance scenes, fujoushi!
Minoppio & Ringotchi!?
What I’m the most curious about is what possessed Minori to write to Ringo–erh, Kusakabe Yuka in Kousaku’s stead. There doesn’t seem to be a pay off. She claimed she did it so he wouldn’t come off as so creepy, but without him knowing until now she got no rabu-rabu points for that, and she ended up inviting a strong rival for Kousaku into her life. It defies logic, how she so thoroughly shot herself in the foot…which leaves the only answer as Minori is just a really, really nice girl. Am I so jaded that this boggles my mind? Yeah, probably. Fuck me!
In all seriousness, Ringo turning around and glomping Minori was great! She rightly realized that Minori was the one she enjoyed talking to, so it was her that she wanted to meet (and Kousaku too, but they’re already on good terms). Not sure what this means for their rivalry over Kousaku, but could this mean he’s out of the race? Or maybe we’ve got true OT3 (trope!) potential now. I don’t know, but that was one fun wrench in the works right there!
Zanibas got swamped this week, so he’ll be back to yak at you next week. Thanks for bearing with me on this one. Until next time!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Chubby moe gives way to farming drama, friendship, & (for me) OT3 shipping! Minoppio & Ringotchi banzai! #nourin 07
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