「コーラガムとヨウと…／都こんぶとラムネと…」 (Kouragamu to Hitsuji to… / Tokonbu to Ramune to…)
“Cola Gum and You and… / Miyako Kombu and Ramune and…”
What makes You-san special, and a Hotaru setup for the final episode.
What Makes A Good Candy Shop Owner
Finally, someone thought to ask (and get an answer for) why Hotaru’s company wants You-san so much. I get the feeling this is anime original, or if not (I haven’t read the source), it was built up too much for too long, so the actual revelation is lacking. Yet I liked the first half of the episode. It didn’t end on its highest note, so the final gag was more of a wry smile than a laugh-out-loud gutbuster, but you’ve gotta love seeing You-san make the little boy’s day by letting him win another gum. Though the little girl was a silly character, dismissing the boy because he was out the equivalent of nine cents USD (i.e. couch change—and then saying he’s cool because he got lucky. Ridiculous.
I am becoming more aware of the forced Saya scenes, such as the flashback where her imba Luck stat (don’t let her and Kazuma meet) caused her to win a bunch of free gum. That didn’t add a whole lot, even while the perhaps also unnecessary Saya shipping fuel was greatly appreciated. Either way, the skit goes to show that, no matter how silly You-san is—bringing back the candy addict schtick was an odd choice—he’s a really nice guy who looks after his customers. Not just as revenue sources, but making sure they leave happy too. More businesses could learn from that.
Hotaru doesn’t seem to have an ecchi bone in her body (don’t make the obvious joke, you perverts), but let’s dispel with this fiction that the writers don’t know what they’re doing. “I’m going to need something to suck on.” “You can have a suck, too.” Stoppit Hotaru, dammit! (No wait don’t stop.)
Setup For The Finale
The standout bit of the second half was undoubtedly the Lemonade diplomacy/Perry-created-Ramune-kind-of. It reminded me of the History of Japan, which you should watch if you haven’t already. “open the country. stop having it be closed.” ‘Nuff said. Though I could go without seeing Perry-faced Hotaru again.
The more obvious point of the second half was to set up the anime’s endgame, such that it’ll have any, maybe. Or at least that’s my guess, but don’t quote me on that. But Hotaru saying that she’s not trying to force Coconutsu to succeed his shop seems like a setup for a decision next episode. That, plus Saya realizing earlier in the episode that him succeeding the shop would lead to him staying around … something which I’m pretty sure Saya figured out episodes ago. I just hope the anime staff isn’t going to try to get all dramatic here at the end. I have a feeling that won’t go well.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – You-san makes his customers smile, Hotaru sucks on something sour, & Perry gives Japan lemonade #dagashi_anime 11
- “Chug, chug, chug!” “Lemonade, yo.” Perry is such a bro.
- To clarify, cider means something different in East Asia. It’s more like Sprite or lemonade, not fermented (and alcoholic) apple juice. Though cider of the other variety is muy delicioso if you pick a good brand. Stilts approves.
- Saya’s plan to wait and pick the gum that Hotaru doesn’t pick to find all the winning ones is cold blooded. I knew there were many reasons I liked her!
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