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Kumamiko – 02

「険しき道」 (Kewashiki Michi)
“A Hard Road”

After taking a week to figure out what it wants to do, it feels like Kumamiko has managed to hit its stride.

Round 2 – Uniqlo

After last week’s somewhat disjointed attempt at getting some laughs out of us, I think this week was a lot more successful with what it tried to do. Dropping the huge breaks in-between jokes in favor of hitting us directly, I was chuckling quite a bit throughout this episode. Starting with the first half of the episode, I’ll never get over just how hard this show pushes the idea that Machi is some backwards bumpkin who’s a few generations behind the current trends. Highlighting minidiscs this week, I was actually kind of surprised that she actually knew what it was. Because, if we’re being honest, I don’t think minidiscs really took off.

Where things really started to get good though was then Machi finally embarked on her journey to Uniqlo. First, I wonder how they got the rights to actually use the store’s name! Especially for a big global brand like Uniqlo! Second, was I the only one who wasn’t too surprised to see everything fall apart for Machi? Seeing how she actually knew about the Uniqlo (even though she was wrong about what kind of store it was), I thought it’d logically follow the story would hit us somewhere else. But even with my mind thinking about it, there’s no getting over seeing a ridiculous looking bike explode into a ton of little pieces.

But even when you thought the jokes were over, the show managed to squeeze in just a little more right when we thought Machi had managed to overcome all the crap fate through in her way. With Yoshio and Matsu taking a prime opportunity to poke some fun at Machi, it felt like a rather fitting ending for her wonky escapade.

Looking Ahead and Thoughts

Luckily, in the end Machi managed to make it to Uniqlo and get some of that fancy HEATTECH wear. While the weather outside looks way too hot to wear something like that (especially under a Miko’s outfit!), hopefully things will go a bit more smoothly for her next time.

In any case, I’ll maybe catch you guys next week. I’m still deciding on this one. Also, sorry for the late post! For some reason I thought this show was a Wednesday show when it was really a Sunday show. Whoops.


April 14, 2016 at 1:22 am
  • April 14, 2016 at 1:46 amkageKun

    The HEATTECH shirt still has the sticker on it.

    • April 14, 2016 at 3:03 amZhinvu

      That’s the first thing I noticed! That and I’m surprised they were allowed to use the actual Uniqlo brand in the show.

      • April 15, 2016 at 4:40 amkay

        The show staff got official permission from Uniqlo which is indicated in the end credits.

      • April 15, 2016 at 7:58 amZhinvu

        Way to go, Uniqlo.

    • April 14, 2016 at 4:57 pmHanabira.Kage

      Wow. I thought that was part of the design; I didn’t notice the “S”s lining the stripe…

  • April 14, 2016 at 3:04 amZhinvu

    Lesson learned in this episode: Never make Machi mad.

  • April 14, 2016 at 3:17 ammac65

    So, is this going to be a gag challenge of the week Anime?

    I’m still trying to understand this show – I get the feeling that
    it’s really making very subtle pokes at Japanese culture and
    that maybe I’m too removed to get the full depth of the jokes.

    Anyway. it’s an entertaining watch – wonder if she’ll ever get
    to go to that school…

  • April 14, 2016 at 3:43 amHeisenberg

    She didn’t cry nor give up. That’s one tough mofo miko.

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:15 amNishizawa Mihashi

    I’m pretty sure that in these instances, they’re paid a sum to advertise the brand. Also, I dunno, I don’t think I’ll watch it but the character designs look nice. Also minidiscs, lol.

  • April 14, 2016 at 7:34 amWorldwidedepp

  • April 14, 2016 at 5:12 pmET

    I love this kind of comedy where there’s a long build up to the final joke, gathering giggles here and there until the hilarious climax. It makes it even funnier to watch.

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:14 pmOliviaven

    Heatech is a godsend for us who lives in the far north, no more freezing legs.

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:15 pmn30nl16ht

    Kumamoto got hit by an earthquake today hope natsu and machi are aiight.

    • April 14, 2016 at 10:04 pmAlchemistExMachina

      Machi and Natsu live in the Tohoku region, a.k.a. Japalachians. That’s far from Kumamoto.

      I am no fun. Sorry.

      • April 14, 2016 at 10:30 pmn30nl16ht

        Oh my bad, hehe. But still it was pretty scary since we felt the shake all the way to tokyo. Tohoku does have more bears. :D hope the kumamoto kumamikos are fine

  • April 25, 2016 at 1:49 pmWorldwidedepp

    ep 04:

    Our little Miko here, got help to see the outside world from the Blond girl on the motorbike

    Btw, nice CGI Bike. It is from the same studio that do the cgi Bikes for Bakuon?

    but then, the 2nd part was a bit “confusing” as if she is do some product placement for the shop

    Curious? Go watch it

    p.s. i was told this is NOT a show for kids.. it is aired around midnight