「夏祭りとほたると…／夏祭りとサヤと…」 (Natsu Matsuri to Hotaru to… / Natsu Matsuri to Saya to…)
“Summer Festivals and Hotaru and… / Summer Festivals and Saya and…”
Hotaru finally wins a game and Tou-kun discovers a talent, but Saya—and through her, us—is still the winner of the day.
Shipping You-chan x Tamai-chan Furiously!
Not every character needs to be with someone. It’s clear that, because Coconutsu exists, You-san was married (or at least involved) with a lady at some point, but he doesn’t need a woman now. Being a single father is fine, especially since he seems to be such a good (albeit goofy) one. With that said, I’m shipping You-san x Tamai-chan furiously! Their fighting, making up, and then going out for drinks together shows such a comfortable relationship. Even if it’s not romantic, damn if it isn’t fuwa-fuwa.
Hotaru Finally Wins a Game
The funny thing is that, no matter how amusing Hotaru is, she’s not what I’m looking forward to each episode. She has always seemed to have to least depth of the main characters; with Hotaru, the crazy you see is what you get. So why is it that her not having ever been to a festival before, but having practiced katanuki to mastery, so intrigued me? I couldn’t decide if it hinted at her being neglected or spoiled, and that mystery provides a touch of depth to the otherwise what-you-see-is-what-you-get Hotaru. Plus, it was nice to see her actually win a game. She probably should have challenged Coconutsu to a katanuki duel. Next time.
Tou-kun’s Surprising Star
By the same token, there was a pleasant hint of depth in Tou-kun this week. Not in his katanuki failure; that was the obvious joke, and while it was funny, it was still obvious. It was when he offered to help You-san with the monja stand, because he wanted to give back. Not that it surprised me he would do something like that; in fact, once it was just him and You-san, I wouldn’t expect anything less. I just didn’t expect him to be left behind with You-san. It was a nice note.
Also, him being a monja master is just fun. No real reason behind it, it’s just fun. I like seeing people enjoying their work.
It’s Still All About That Saya
But the star of the episode was still Saya, and by extension, Coconutsu. True, Coconutsu still blushed over Hotaru earlier, but when he does it with Saya, there’s less of a physical appearance/lust vibe to it, and more friendship, personality, and love (whether romantic or not quite, there’s definitely love there). And You-san reading the atmosphere and helping his son (and Saya) out by letting Coconutsu go … good guy papa is good! *thumbs up*
I cheered when Coconutsu finally complimented Saya on her outfit; after she brought up his outfit, I was holding my breath until he finally did it. I loved it when they laughed together. I squeed when Saya was doing the same. And when she remembered the past, and Coconutsu proved that he hasn’t changed … it’s almost like anemoia, the nostalgia for a time you’ve never known. Only here it’s the nostalgia for a character’s experiences we never knew took place until just now, and it still feels warm and fluffy.
Waifu her. Waifu her right now, Coconutsu! Or at least date her. I shudder to think that this series might expire without any serious advancement on the Coconutsu x Saya front, even though I assume that’ll be the case. Come ooooon. DO IT, COCONUTSU! Saya best girl.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Hotaru finally wins a game, Tou-kun is a monja master, but Saya still steals the show #dagashikashi 07
- Americans created cotton candy machines and candy apples. Often this is said more as a joke than anything serious, but I think it can rightly be said this time: America, fuck yeah! *shovels cotton candy into his face*
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