「ホタルと仲よくなった」 (Hotaru to Nakayokunatta)
“We Made Friends with Fireflies”
Every week I’m afraid I won’t be able to write anything about this show and then the episode plays and I feel like I have too much to write about.
After giving everyone plenty of on screen time, I suppose it was about time for Natsumi to get an episode that focused mostly around her. Luckily, things didn’t focus on all the typical things we usually associate with Natsumi like her bad grades or somehow getting in trouble. Instead, we got to see a nearly different character that took the time to consider the people around her.
Starting with Hotaru, I think I almost died watching her try to keep up the facade she accidentally created by trying too hard to strike up a conversation with Hotaru. I mean, I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation where a misunderstanding starts brewing and there’s just nothing you can do to stop it from getting worse. And instead of just putting your foot down and rectifying the situation on the spot, things just keep spiraling further and further down until you’re at the point where you have to take everything you’ve heard and somehow craft a somewhat intelligent response in a weak attempt not to get caught. Something that I thought Natsumi was going to get away with until she started talking just a little too much.
Following that nearly gut-busting moment, I was a little surprised to see just how knowledgeable Natsumi was when it comes to stuff out in the real world. Seeing how she’s the most active in the group, I suppose it shouldn’t have been such a surprise that she was so knowledgeable, but seeing her actively teaching both Hotaru and Ren-chon about things was pretty fun to watch. Fun in the sense that we get to see another side of her character that starkly contrasts the everyday Natsumi we usually see.
Boy oh boy did I feel bad for Hotaru when her firework plans went down the tube. Being the newbie in the group, I can totally sympathize with how bad she felt when she realized that she wouldn’t be able to bring the prized fireworks and not even contact everyone to tell them the event was off. But to add insult to injury, I couldn’t believe the one motor firework she had was some lame launcher that didn’t even shoot something that exploded! Literally, even as watcher, it felt like someone was vigorously rubbing salt into an open wound. Luckily, Kazu-nee managed to salvage the night with her impromptu firework display and in the process reclaimed some of those “onee-san” points she’s lost since the season first started.
On a side note, I’m kind of impressed with how pretty the whole firefly scene ended up being. Good on you Non Non Biyori for spending some money in all the right places!
With another episode down, it looks like we’ve hit the halfway point! Something that came way too quickly, but leaves me with a lot of hope that the next batch of episodes will start really ramping up in all the departments that we love about this series. Besides that, there really isn’t much else to say! See you guys next week!