「年末年始！（コミケネタありません）」 (Nenmatsunenshi! (Comikeneta Arimasen))
“Year End, New Year! (No Comiket Bit This Time)”
As much as I liked this week’s episode, I’m actually super hyped for next week’s. But if anything, this week’s episode setup everything for next week.
If there was one thing that I could never really relate to (until recently), it was people purchasing additional things to manage the temperature of either themselves or the room they were in. Be it a heater (or kotatsu) in the winter or fans in the summer, I never realized just how comfy of a life I lived with parents who believed using the appliances built into the home to keep the temperature within the perfect range. With those days gone and over with though, I’ve realized just how amazing certain devices can be when the temperature just won’t play nicely. So, even though the whole idea of owning a kotatsu and the laziness typically associated with it is so overused that I’d typically have nothing to say about them, I must say that watching one in action this week filled me with a lot of happiness. Or rather, a sense of shared happiness thinking about just how warm and toasty everyone who sat underneath it felt.
While the series missed New Years by about three months, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Kobayashi, Tooru, and Kanna do almost nothing as they spent their New Year holiday with one another. But honestly, that’s probably one of the biggest strengths of this show — accentuating just about every single moment with an overabundance of minute details that make just sitting under a kotatsu an adventure in itself. Without going too deep I think what made all of the kotatsu shenanigans fit together were a combination of amazing facial expressions, creative angles, and creatively showing us some of the struggles that come with being stuck in a kotatsu.
Besides all the New Year fun, I really enjoyed getting to see the entire cast even though it was only for a tiny part of the episode. Specifically, it was nice to finally see an extra soft Fafnir. Instead of rocking his trademark glare, it was pretty nice seeing him lighten up and interact a lot more than usual.
After a rather relaxing episode that didn’t have much happen, I can barely contain my excitement for next week’s episode. The focus of next week’s episode covers some of my favorite chapters from the manga and I’m so excited to see it animated. Anyways, I’ll catch you then. See you!