「すごく練習した」 (Sugoku Renshuushita)
“I Practiced Really Hard”
It’s finally time for the two best side girls to shine!
The Monster Named Konomi
While she’s gotten a lot of a screen time compared to another somewhat tsundere girl who we’ll talk about a little later in the post, I absolutely love it whenever Konomi is on screen. Bringing along that serious but goofy attitude of hers, she’s always ready to take the show and make it that much more fun. While she’s usually leveraging her age to get things moving at her pace, it’ll never get old to watch her have some fun with our girls. Whether that’s by trying to trick little Ren-chon into believing she’s a intelligent monster or to getting Natsumi into the single most girly outfit she’s probably ever worn, there’s never a dull moment when she’s around.
Kanade “Dagashiya” Kagayama
But if we were going to talk about the star of this week’s episode, it would definitely be Dagashiya. For those out of the loop, we found out last season that Dagashiya treasures Ren-chon just as much as her own sisters do. Except that she’ll never openly admit it and whenever possible will try to keep whatever she does for her a secret. Which in most cases leaves us, the audience, feeling a little short changed since it would be nice to see Dagashiya actually get some recognition for all that hard work she puts in.
Which is why this week’s episode felt like an absolute godsend. Not only did we get to see her teach Ren-chon one of the most important things a kid could know (learning to ride without training wheels on your bike), but watching her leap to Ren-chon’s side when she came down with a cold more than I could ask for. Because instead of seeing her in her typical tough-girl mode, it was awfully cute to see her drop her guard a little and just do what came natural when it came to Ren-chon. That and seeing her finally get some recognition from Ren-chon sent some really happy chills down my back.
Man, I would’ve been perfectly content with the series if it just ended here. Luckily (or would it be unluckily?), we still have two more episodes waiting for us! And judging from the preview it looks like there’ll be a lot of action going on next week! While it remains to be seen just why everyone’s all fired up, it looks like it might have something to do with Hotaru – something I’m totally fine with since I wish we’d see more of her anyways!
Catch you next week!