OP: 「こだまことだま」 (Kodama Kotodama) by nano.RIPE
「一年生になった」 (Ichinensei ni Natta)
“I Became A First Grader”
Starting the second season off right, there was more Ren-chon than we could shake a stick at.
A Sequel, Prequel?
I hope I wasn’t the only one who was a little confused as the episode started playing out. With Hotaru noticeably absent, Hikage noticeably present, and Renge just entering school, I remember thinking to myself, “No way, we’re not going back in time are we!?” But after putting a little more thought into it, things quickly started to make more sense if you thought of this episode as one to get you up to speed. By giving us quick glimpses at the characters and some of their defining characteristics, this episode served as the perfect way to give old and new viewers a quick refresher before the story really started to get going.
Stone Cold Renge
While the episode itself was rather slow, the one thing that the show definitely did was show off some of its trademark humor. Using Renge as the catalyst for most of the jokes, there were some prime examples of what’s to come. From her stone cold face to that adorable blank look of hers, you could say that this was an especially Ren-chon focused episode. Also, wasn’t it super cute seeing her go to school all by herself? I was wondering why she was go gung-ho about going a day early, but when we saw her in that outfit following the line she made the day before, it was almost too cute to watch.
Looking Ahead & General Impressions
Even though this first episode could be considered a bit slow, I think it was a really good way to slowly ease us back into the show. While it remains to be seen just how different things will be when Hotaru rejoins the gang, it looks like we’ll be getting a lot more of what made the first season so fun.
One thing that really caught me by surprise was just how well-done everything looked. With a ton of slow pans over beautifully drawn backgrounds, it felt like the show was just trying to tell us “look at how much more money we invested this time around!” Seriously though, everything from the character’s faces to the lines on the buildings all looked super sharp. Something which I appreciate especially when a lot of slice-of-lifes end up with a smaller budget. Besides that though, there really isn’t all that much to talk about for this first episode. It was basically a refresher for both new and old viewers and because it happened in the past, it really doesn’t hold any bearing over the future episodes. I suppose we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see if this sequel will live up to the expectations the first season left us with!
ED: 「おかえり」 (Okaeri) by 宮内れんげ（小岩井ことり）、一条蛍（村川梨衣）、越谷夏海（佐倉綾音）、越谷小鞠（阿澄佳奈）(Miyauchi Renge (CV: Koiwai Kotori), Ichijou Hotaru (CV: Murakawa Rie), Koshigaya Natsumi (CV: Sakura Ayane), Koshigaya Komari (CV: Asumi Kana))