「甘えんぼうになった」 (Amaenbou ni Natta)
“I Became A Pampered Child”
While I wouldn’t call this an entirely Hotaru focused episode, the show did take a lot of time to focus on her.
Being the oldest in the group yet only a smidge taller than Renge, it must be tough on Komari not being able to exert her senpai privileges on all her kouhai. While that’s only partially true for Hotaru for obvious reasons, it’s tough not to feel bad for Komari whenever the show starts to play on her height-related woes. This week being no exception except that it might have been even harder to watch since she was getting hit on multiple fronts at the same time. Exploiting her fascination with technology while toying with her need to be considered an adult, the skit went from a little embarrassing to Komari completely giving up any attempt to maintain some self respect to get a simple text message sent.
But hey, as long as you’re able to accomplish the task at hand, what does it matter if you have to sacrifice some dignity along the way. Right?
While not a big point in terms of the entire episode, was anyone else extremely impressed with Renge’s use of symbolism to explain one of Hikage’s major character flaws? A creepy portrait with a bunch of equally creepy eyes staring right at her, it felt like Renge was trying to highlight how she’s too concerned with what the world thinks of her and in turn leads her down a dark path where she’s obsessed with impressing others instead of being true to herself?! Which, as a theory, matches up with how the show’s portrayed her, constantly trying to impress everyone with her “adventures” in Tokyo. That, or it could just simply be a creepy portrait that Renge drew for her older sister. Who knows!
Hotaru at Home
If you haven’t already noticed, Hotaru is up there when it comes to my favorite characters in this show. Normally a very well reserved and mature character, it’s rare to see her childish side come out unless there are some extenuating circumstances. This week though we got to see just how she is at home and it served as a great reminder that she’s truly a sixth grader at heart. From letting her childish voice come out to rolling up into a burrito on the bed, it was really quite refreshing to see Hotaru act so relaxed and kiddy.
With things about to come to an end, there isn’t much to say. We’ve been given a lot this season and hopefully the ending won’t disappoint us. Catch you guys next week!