「友と勤労と虫刺されの夏の日」 (Tomodachi to Kinrou to Mushisasare no Natsu no Hi)
“Friends, Work, and the Summer of Bugs”
Can coffee make good jokes? We all know it’s alluring potential for getting girls into cute maid outfits and supplying bountiful yields of slice-of-life girl things, but slapstick humour is untested ground. Thankfully Gabriel Dropout tackles the big questions, where we find out how great a coffee café is through the adventures of our slothful little angel. It’s probably no surprise Gabriel Dropout takes the GochiUsa concept and thoroughly defiles it on the floor, but I must admit it was pretty damn funny watching it happen. The poor café owner never knew what hit him, between missed pleasantries, utterly wrong orders, and an adherence to honesty that hits close to the bone. It’s all
hilarious bad when you look at it, but thankfully Vigne appreciates the finer things in life. Too bad Gabriel is beyond all hope with those microtransactions. Going full wallet warrior, pathetic.
Although centered around coffee, where this episode shone was in the one off moments. It’s no surprise Satania featured in damn near all of them again this week, where her taste buds gave her a hidden immunity to Raphiel’s playing and a curiosity for coffee winds her up in the position of ordering Gabriel around. Of course none of that tops Satania’s physical suffering, where she is beat not once, but twice at the hands of her self-declared rival. Personally I got a kick out of the door more than the gut shot, but that might be because of the heartfelt pang over Gabriel’s dismissal of poor Satania as unimportant. Silly Gabriel, don’t be dismissing the adorable dumb-dumb that easy, she is strong in her own way. Mostly failing at everything which comes across her path, but I’ll be damned if she doesn’t try!
While Satania may have been tormented as usual, we did learn a bit more about Raphiel on the side. I found it quite amusing how Satania did not immediately invoke domineering mode against Vigne, but stuck with some ridiculous roleplaying and bill paying games. Pretty clear the stalker only has
talons eyes for an ever oblivious Satania. Also ridiculous was Raphiel’s movie tastes, which seemingly revolve more around the audiovisuals than genre differences. It somewhat fits with Raphiel’s image, although I definitely pinned her as a horror lover, not an eclectic connoisseur. Normally I’d question that fascination with subbing errors too, but it certainly meshes with Raphiel’s stalker tendencies. At least Vigne and Raphiel can bond over the mutual confusion of clothes washing.
With three episodes down, it’s pretty clear Gabriel Dropout will stick the short skit slice of life comedy going forward. For a Monday show this is the perfect stress reliever, although I don’t think I can honestly continue blogging this one weekly without something more to chew on. Nevertheless don’t expect this to be the last Gabriel Dropout post here. With humour this nice, it would be hard not returning to this one at season’s end.
The three years the oar; eight years the pole line is a Japanese saying stating patience and perseverance are required. A hilarious line to throw at the poor café owner given Gabriel’s terminal laziness.
Always trust in the holy light to keep things family friendly, especially when busting the fourth wall.