「きになるあの子」 (Kininaru Aonoko)
“The Girl On My Mind”
I can’t seem to put my finger on what it was, but this week’s episode just felt so good. I mean, the previous episodes were good but this one was good.
This appeals to me solely on a personal level but I’ve always wanted to participate in an eating contest. Be it eating a giant bowl of pho or trying to stuff my face with a 5lb burger, I’ve never had to stomach (haha what a pun) to go through with it. Besides the obvious downside of having to pay for my meal if I couldn’t finish it, I don’t think my pride as a big eater could take such a hit. (Mind you, I consider myself pretty capable at eating a lot of food quickly — you learn how to cram it all in living in a city that’s known for its buffets and All You Can Eat Sushi.)
Which is probably why I felt such a huge sense of satisfaction watching Youko try to take down such an insane parfait. Literally bigger than her head and stuffed with enough calories to feed a hippo, I was rooting for her the entire time. Not only did I genuinely want her to finish the damn thing but I couldn’t help but feel bad as I watched her face transition from carefree and lighthearted to extra serious with a hint of despair.
That said, I think I nearly died after holding in my laughter when Youko said her body was rejecting the parfait. Because I’m sure we’ve all had that moment where we took too much food and just dreaded thinking about how to finish it all once we were halfway through.
After her quick introduction last week, Honoka has been on a rampage as she’s quickly integrated within the group. Forming the Blonde Hair Alliance with Shino and improving her relationship with Karen, she’s managed to leap from being an unknown side character to someone with an actual presence! While it’s a shame she’s trying to fight Shino for the award for being the biggest airhead, I can’t complain about how fun it’s been watching her.
Also, Karen finally has a partner :3
Karasuma, Kuzehashi, and Looking Ahead
I never would have thought our two senseis would have known each other during their high school days. With Kuzehashi-sensei showing off more of her deredere side and Karasuma being the embodiment of embarrassing awkwardness, it was rather interesting watching the two interact. What was kind of cool though was seeing that Karasuma-sensei’s respect for Kuzehashi actually stems from something more than how envious she is of her senpai’s ability to mingle with her students.
As I said in the beginning of the post, this episode managed to hit all the right notes. From the humor to the topics, everything was completely on point to the point where I nearly lost track of time while watching — hopefully they can keep it up!
Catch you guys next week \o