「禁断の」 (Kindan no)
Great episode this week! The comedy is getting better, the animation is stable, and above all else, Usa finally got some happiness with Ritsu without Mayumi getting in the way!
Right off the bat I’m going to say this–screw those centipedes. I knew that bugs in Japan could be really huge, but they’re resilient too? To the point where they can escape tape, survive being smashed in a book, and have the ability to cause major bites? That’s pure terror right there. It’s not often that we see a fear of bugs portrayed in media, especially to the point where not just one, but several characters are in fear. It’s a strange thing to connect with a show over, but I distinctly remember being with groups of friends where we had this same reaction (we had to call one of our friends to help with the problem). Overall, I felt that the bug skit was possibly the funniest one in awhile, especially since it was so relatable and that it featured so much Ritsu. Just like Mayumi said–the two should just kiss already!
Speaking of Mayumi, we have to talk about our star character this week after all! Although I personally think she’s a bit too dramatic about her life, I can still listen to her words and relate to them. Unfortunately, it seems that I too am getting around the age where people start to tiptoe around that sensitive subject of dating (it’s not bad yet, but soon), as well as getting into those awkward conversations where a person just can’t stop talking about their new or old significant other. Indeed, as Mayumi says, most times you just sit politely while you resist the urge to gag at times. What, is that just me?
Despite my personal opinion of her, the problems that she faces are definitely ones that resonate with a specific audience. It’s mostly fun to just see her constantly contradict herself and have her ups and downs, because in a sense, her character is meant to portray the nasty side that people often hide behind a very polite surface. It’s not one that’s pretty to look at–the other characters in the show represent most of our reactions quite well–but it’s a refreshing look that you can’t often see occurring in real life.
Now that this week has me hyped up, I’m really excited to see where next week’s episode will go! We get to see ghost-seeing girl once more and possibly more exposition into Usa’s past weirdness! I was actually surprised that they didn’t wrap things up with Hayashi last time we saw her, but thankfully it seems the show will be tying up loose ends next week! Hopefully the show continues on with this level of quality in animation and comedy–although it hasn’t reached the levels of the first few episodes, the current level that we’re at is a great place for a romantic comedy to settle and satisfy. See you guys next week!