「きなこ棒と生いきビールと…／笛ラムネとめんこと…」 (Kinako bou to Namaiki Biiru to… / Fueramune to Menko to…)
“Kinako Sticks and Namaiki Beer and… / Ramune Whistle and Menko and…”
Candy is war, Saya has ulterior motives, and Hotaru is zany-moe.
When the episode started and the Hotaru started talking about the Kinako sticks, for some reason I was confused. I remembered Dagashi Kashi being funnier than that. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be laugh out loud hilarious from word one, because even the best of comedies needs to bring the tempo down occasionally, to build up to the laugh—troughs are as important as peaks, because all peaks is tiring. Then an elephant showed up and the candy went to war, and I was laughing out loud. There it is!
It’s weird, how fun it is to watch a show about Japanese candy, even though I don’t recognize many of them. It’s like getting a peek into a small part of Japanese culture, and instead of doing the “Japan is weird” thing that foreign media does, it celebrates it while making the zany stuff primarily be an outgrowth of character.
Hotaru, you can’t say such misleading things to a boy in his youth! But in all seriousness—which, this being Dagashi Kashi, isn’t much—I found the Namaiki (lit. “cheeky”) Beer skit impressive for multiple reasons. First the sexy misdirection, then a bit of earnest feelings when Hotaru was talking about being the only one left out of the
reindeer games adults’ fun. Then, naturally, Hotaru got drunk on imitation beer (trope!). Which would normally make me roll my eyes even as I enjoyed the antics, but with Hotaru, it works. She’s so reliably zany that it’s not “Oh, they’re getting it past the censors,” it’s “Yeah, that seems like something Hotaru would do.” And she’s a hilarious drunk! I’d totally drink with older Hotaru, as long as I got a few beers in me before the madness started.
Related: My favorite “drunk on juice” episode is the final episode of the first season of Minami-ke. I liked the antics of course, but also how Hayami shamelessly lied about the alcohol being “high-grade juice.” Hah!
Looks like Saya-chan and Coconutsu are already growing used to Hotaru’s lectures. The Ramune Whiste skit could have easily been no different than the Kinako stick war, and not as good for the repetition, until Coconutsu realized it was an allegory for him taking over the candy store. Which led to the critical strike—Saya-chan saying Coconuts should succeed the store for clearly ulterior motives. HNG~! I love me some Hotaru, but I might have to ship Coconutsu x Saya. She’s too adorable. Plus then Hotaru would be freed up for me.
As much as I enjoy these vignettes into Japanese candy life, I like that they diverted off into a game this time. Menko, which sounds like pogs to me—and which pogs might have originated from, according to Wikipedia; also, did I just date myself with the pogs reference?—seems like a fun little game, and reminded me of the ruler game in Non Non Biyori. It was also a relaxing short to end on. The only thing I can say is that I’m jealous of Saya’s beginner’s luck. I never get beginner’s luck *sad face* That and I enjoyed the friends-goofing-off vibe. I’m a sucker for friendships, so I hope we get more of the group just hanging out in the future.
Looking Ahead – On Blogging a Comedy
I tried a little something different this time, and blogged each quarter of the episode after it ended. I think it worked best for the first half, maybe the first three-quarters. It’s still difficult to blog a comedy, but I am enjoying this one so far, and it seems like a lot of you are too. Hmm. I guess you’ll find out what I decided when the schedule goes up next week.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Hotaru gets drunk on non-alcoholic beer, and Saya-chan is on Hotaru’s side for clearly ulterior motives #anime_dagashi 02
- Hotaru has a really distinctive way of describing events. She’d be a good writer.
- I’m calling it: Hotaru is zany-moe.
- While some beers do taste like apple or pineapple juice (bad beers, mostly), macro Japanese lagers (Sapporo, Asahi, and Kirin) don’t. They taste like nothing, though in a not-bad way—they’re some of the cleanest beers in the world. Namaiki Beer isn’t just cheeky, it’s filling children’s heads with lies!
- It’s summer in the story while it’s winter for most of us. Well, I live in Texas, so the weather unfortunately fits.
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