「もうすぐ夏休み」 (Mousugu Natsuyasumi)
“Almost Summer Vacation”
While Karen might have gotten the short end of the stick last week, this week’s episode did a great job turning all that around. That and how can I stay angry at someone who’s as mischievous as her?!
One Smile Please
After Karen and her slightly more ojou-sama attitude last week, I was a huge fan of the return of the devilish girl who would never relinquish an opportunity to get some laughs in. Typically cracking jokes at Alice’s expense, I couldn’t get over how delightfully evil she was this week. Maybe it’s because I have a similar thought process but I know if I caught one of my friends peeking at me, I wouldn’t hesitate to mess around with them. Also, wasn’t that whole fast food scene done really well? Especially for a show that’s as fuwafuwa as this? I mean, Wacdonald type restaurants are pretty common places for characters to eat but something about seeing everyone actually eating a full meal (burger, fries, and a drink) while chatting up a storm about whatever was on their minds felt completely natural.
While the episode didn’t really go into detail about it, something that always gets me about schools in Japan is just how relentless they are with getting their students to do well on their midterms and finals. And by relentless, I mean all the remedial classes that a student has to go through if they somehow manage to bomb their tests. I mean, the last thing someone wants to do after making it through an entire semester is spending part of their well earned vacation stuck in school, right? Then again, I can see all the merits of trying to keep students from falling too far behind which in the end creates a higher standard of education for everyone…
Blonde Hair Brigade
Not giving up her recently awarded spot as official side character, it was nice to catch a glimpse of Honoka this week. While I would have preferred not to see her hentai side since we see too much of it already, it was still pretty cute to see her fawning all over Karen.
Too Much Hnng and Looking Ahead
Even though the past few episodes haven’t managed to capture that sense of awesome we got a while back, I’ll hand it to the production team for giving us something that at worse is pretty fun to watch. That said, I’d prefer if they could tone down some of the Shino x Alice moments since you know things are getting a little out of hand when actual characters start mimicking my own expression.
With that out of the way, it looks like we’re off to the beach (instead of the sky) next week. Hopefully the studio decides to give us the proper beach episode we’ve been waiting to see since last season!