「プレゼント・フォー・ユー」 (Puresento Foo Yuu)
“Present For You”
I wouldn’t mind a whole episode of just Kuzehashi-sensei.
Resting Bitch Face
Intentional or not, people who are plagued with this natural expression have to deal with a ton of unwanted stress in their lives. Constantly giving off the image that you’re unhappy or displeased with something or another because of the natural state your face stays in, RBF or Resting Bitch Face is something we all have to recognize exists!
In Kuzehashi-sensei’s case though, it’s a damn shame her outward appearance takes on such a stark contrast compared to what she’s feeling inside. While it may have that polished professional look at first, it’s impossible not to feel bad for her as any attempt to show empathy gets misunderstood as being cold, stern, and strict. And as the episode played out, I could feel the slight tinge in my heart from last week slowly get stronger and stronger. Because I mean, it’s not her fault that her face takes on that kind of expresion!
Luckily though, with a combination of Karen’s stubbornness and Karasuma-sensei’s hip knowledge of how kids work, things started to turn around for Kusshi-chan as everyone started to realize she’s not as scary as they thought she was. And even though I’m sure this will come back since it’s just too good of a plot point not to, I’ll take the little wins we can get!
Afternoon Tea Time
Another thing that I love about this show has to be how much it tries to integrate English-type things into everyday life in Japan — except it never seems to work out. This week’s attempt at an Afternoon Tea Time was fun to watch but ended up being more of an Afternoon Baking Time. Something which I have absolutely no problems with since that’s usually what tends to happen when I try to do the same thing. I mean, when was the last time you tried to do something on the fly with friends only to get caught up by something else?
Also, did you notice all the little tidbits the characters dropped during all of that? From Youko breaking Ayaya’s hearts in half to Karen bringing the most Japanese thing possible to an English Tea Time, it’s hard not to giggle a bit thinking about the potential hidden meanings behind it all.
As with any slice-of-life, it’s tough to try to predict what’ll happen next week. What I hope to see though, is a continuation of all the great things that make this show such a fun watch. See you next week!
ED: 「My Best Friends」 by Rhodanthe*