「食べるんですHiとさくらんぼの詩と…／森永ミルクキャラメルとサクマ式ドロップスと…」 (Taberun Desu Hi to Sakuranbo no Uta to…/ Morinaga Mirukukyarameru to Sakumashikidoroppusu to…)
“Taberun Desu Hi and Sakuranbo no Uta and… / Morinaga Milk Caramel and Sakumashiki Drops and…”
The last episode has a little of everything I enjoyed about this series, plus yuri.
Shipping Hotaru x Saya Furiously!
I knew Hotaru x Saya was the most popular pairing, because girl-on-girl is hot (trope!), but damn anime, you’re playing it up! Not much to say, other’n damn yo, and did you notice how Saya closed her eyes? Apparently she’s weak to pressure, ufufu~
Hotaru’s Longing Gaze
First: I find it amusing that Coconutsu and Tou-kun think girls love fortune-telling, when it’s them who are all gung-ho about it. Turns out fortune-telling makes the boys go wild, you bakas.
As for Hotaru’s longing gaze, there’s something comforting (and amusing) about it not being for Coconutsu, but for Pochi-kun. A world where Hotaru loves anyone other than a candy mascot is a world of fiction. Er, a fiction about the fiction. A fanfic or doujinshi, I mean. Probably a perverted one, if the past is any indication. I’m told.
Quintessential Dagashi Kashi
I think the second half of this episode might be the most Dagashi Kashi skit in the entire show, or at least a good encapsulation of the delicate mix that makes it work. There’s candy exposition, but it’s supported by (and reveals) character rather than being a straight-up infomercial. Most of the main cast is there, with the regrettable lack of You. Hotaru is oblivious to the sexy, Saya is misunderstanding things and blushing, Tou-kun is teasing his sister, etc. It even had a touch of romance (or perhaps lust, in Coconutsu’s case), and a little something more than just the candy exposition, with Hotaru and Coconutsu’s talk about whether he was holding her back.
Granted, I wanted someone to smack Coconutsu and tell him that he’s being conceited. Hotaru is a strong, independent woman who don’t need no man (though she wants Pochi-kun, so, er, shoutacon?). And as Saya and Tou-kun rightly note, she’ll go on trips when she wants to. He’s being self-centered, thinking her choices center around him. Plus, isn’t she trying to interrupt his dream of becoming a mangaka? C’mon now.
But that gripe aside, the last skit firmly embodied what makes Dagashi Kashi work. The thing I’m most surprised about is that they didn’t try to bring about some kind of conclusion after the obvious hook from last week, but I’m glad they didn’t. It wouldn’t have worked. Final impressions below.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shipping Hotaru x Saya furiously!! Dagashi Kashi ends as it began—with candy, laughs, and more candy #dagashikashi END
- “There’s no way I’d say something embarrassing like that normally!” Except for all the time, Hotaru-chan.
- I love me some Raskin Bobbins, mmm.
- So if I’m reading this right, the lesson from the coin thing is that money solves most problems. Yeah, that checks out.
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I’m of two minds when it comes to this series, or more specifically, about the elements of the source the anime chose to focus on. That is to say, more Saya than Hotaru. On the one hand, I appreciate it when an adaptation takes a different tack than the source (provided they do it well, of course), because it’s like we’re getting two versions of the same story/world instead of merely a rehash of the source. I’m also a hopeless romantic and Saya is best girl, so having more Saya than the source is appreciated.
And yet, the swing from Hotaru –> Saya in this adaptation was too much, to the point where I’m not sure we got to know Hotaru as well as we should have. Sure, she’s a manic pixie dream girl, which isn’t my favorite trope, but she’s still the main heroine, right? And she’s also hilarious. But we didn’t get as much of her as I wanted, no matter how much I do enjoy a Saya episode.
I don’t think the idea of giving Saya more screen time was a bad one. It’s the degree that’s probably the issue. The pendulum swung too far, to the point where it sounds like this wasn’t exactly faithful to the manga, even though most things apparently happened there. Deemphasizing Hotaru changed the tone of the story, and while we can debate whether it’s for better or worse, I know many fans are pissed because they like Hotaru, and she was sidelined. It’s not a great idea to piss off your core fanbase.
Aside from that, though, I enjoyed this series. Some episodes were more miss than hit, but then again it’s a pure comedy; that’s the risk you run. Mostly it hit though, and there’s no show that I’ve seen with quite the same mix of elements that Dagashi Kashi boasts. There’s just something about watching an otaku (a maniac/nerd) go on about the thing they’re passionate about. It’s infectious, even if you don’t think about candy as much as them, and even if you don’t understand. Packaging that with lively characters, funny jokes, and just a touch of shipping is a winning formula.
Dagashi Kashi is a cheerful journey through the weird world of Japanese candy, so even if this adaptation was uneven, it was a lot of fun. As an anime-only viewer, unburdened as I am to the dictums of the source, I enjoyed it. Plus it makes me want to read the source material, so mission accomplished.