「シャイ煮はじめました」 (Syai Ni Hajimemashita)
“We’ve Got StewShine”
I’m not quite sure how I felt about the abupt change that just occurred in Sunshine. Also, sorry for the late post! #paxwest2016 killed me this weekend.
Stark Change in Tone
While I have my reservations about the huge change in tone with our final form of Aqours, I must say that it does feel nice finally seeing everyone interacting with each other. Maybe it’s partly because we finally get to see our third years do something more than just be a train wreck or maybe it’s because we actually get to see more than just a few seconds of You, but whatever the case may be there’s no denying that the story has finally hit its stride.
Now, even with all the great Dia and Ruby moments and Kanan actually behaving like a real person, I have to be honest and say it was a little jarring seeing Dia leap straight into guiding Aqours toward a path of hopeful success. Seeing how she was trying her hardest to be the tough love senpai that managed the overflowing enthusiasm coming out of all the first and second years, it was a little odd to see her dive straight into whipping Aqours into shape. Then again, I suppose it makes sense that as the one who’s probably the most enthusiastic about the whole thing, it’d make sense she might go a little overboard with the theoretical plug finally opened.
In any case, I’ll keep hoping for the best since I was thoroughly enjoying things by the end of the episode as Dia started to relax a little.
Never giving up on a chance to remind us of the sting that “0” has in this show, I enjoyed how the show didn’t ignore the all-important training that Aqours really needs to dive into. With Kanan and Riko as outliers, it looks like a majority of our girls will need to spend some extra time on developing not only their mental fortitude but their bodies as well. (Even though they all look totally fine both in their swimsuits and their outfits)
CxR and Looking Ahead
Boy, was that an ending to an episode or what? With Chika stepping up as both a leader and a friend, I loved how she managed to swallow her pride and opened the path for Riko to find just what she needed to really move forward as a person. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week (or I guess three days from now) when we’ll hopefully get to see just what happens in an episode that features You’s catchphrase in the title.
- Insert Song: No New Insert Song This Week
- After some deliberation, here are my current rankings: Hanamaru/Kanan, Dia/Mari, Ruby/You, Chika, Yoshiko, Riko. I feel like this is going to change a lot after next week.
- LET’S COOKING.
- I love how Hanamaru is a fatty — JUST LIKE ME.