「劇団ドラゴン、オンステージ！ （劇団名あったんですね)」 (Gekidan Doragon, Onsuteeji! (Gekidanmei Attandesune))
“Troupe Dragon, On Stage! (They Had a Troupe Name Huh)”
As much as I liked this week’s episode as a whole, there was a tiny bit too much cringe for my tastes.
Cringe Level — Over 9000!
I don’t know about you, but ever since I was a kid I’ve had trouble dealing with shows that get too cringey. I’m not sure if it’s some traumatic experience I don’t remember or just something wrong with my brain but I have to literally pause videos when they make me surpass a certain level of secondhand embarrassment. And if you think that’s some form of hyperbole — it’s not. If I remember correctly, I think I had paused the video over 10 times by the time Shouta turned into the best mahou shoujo gril. Toss in Kobayashi painfully pointing out the obvious and it took me nearly twice as long as the entire skit to finish the whole thing. Mind you, had this been a show I wasn’t covering and just watching I might have fast forwarded until we saw that amazing Kobayashi smile of approval.
On that point, I’m happy to see the story not easing up at all when it comes to the comparisons of Kobayashi as the mom of the group. As the resident human who at times needs to bring things back down to a reasonable level, I’m glad that we’re getting to watch Kobayashi lighten up the same way a parent starts to ease up on all the restrictions as their kids get older. In a sense, it’s like we’re getting to watch a new mom go through the paces as they become an experienced parent that knows when to pull back and let their kids experience things on their own.
For me, I think this week’s big moment was when Kobayashi was extra open with Tooru and explained just how nervous she was but ended up feeling overjoyed. Because as I’m sure we all know from growing up (or will know after you grow up), you truly realize you’ve been forced to become an adult when your parents respect you enough to truly talk to you about things that they’d never even make a peep about when you were younger.
Also, am I the only one who feels great and gets a fuzzy feeling in my chest whenever Kanna gives Kobayashi a hug? God, I have to commend the animators for capturing that “I love you hug” so damn well.
For an episode that I had prepared to write a lengthy negative post about, I’m really surprised just how much it grew on me as I gave it some more thought. Secondhand embarrassment aside, there were actually a lot of great moments even though we had the entire cast on screen. That and the whole idea of Kobayashi and company being one big family was really emphasized this week — something that I’ll never grow tired of and actually wished we had more of.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll get to see some New Years antics and hopefully see a certain someone’s father. See you!