「ワラビンピック」開幕宣言！」 (Warabinpikku, kaimaku sengen!)
“The Warabinpics are Starting!”
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Busou Shoujo is that the parody never disappoints. Realistic martial arts and feminism gone wrong? That’s nothing I tell you, we can go deeper. Thematically deeper, get your minds out the gutter already :P.
While sports festivals have been parodied in the past, Busou Shoujo certainly upped the hilarity by going all out. Who needs relays when you can have bucket races to kill for. What not good enough? How about a bit of
bear sumo wrestling. All topped off by the fantastic title of Sports Deathtival Warabinpics. Yes it’s the usual comedic setup, but Busou Shoujo tickles the funny bone bare with its character responses. Nomura and his new tsundere harem were hilariously on point with the initial bickering over supervising, then over mawashi attention, and finally the order of competition. Likewise Nomura raises the stakes with how on point his reactions are. Flashing, fan service, 800 pounds of furry competition? Nothing a little wise crack or six cannot handle. A part of me cries happy knowing a successor to Masamune came so soon—you don’t realize how badly you miss these character types until they are gone. Of course things are also helped by Rin’s and Mary’s tsundere synergism between embarrassment and masochistic desires. Makes me curious how Warabi will slot into this little harem, because that’s pretty much a foregone conclusion.
The one annoyance this week though lay with the competition. Warabi and her gaggle’s laughter were funny for the first 30 seconds, but quickly grew tiring due to repeated use—the perfect example of how a joke can be overused. The ironic part too is that better context could have been given for it. Warabi’s girls aren’t actually musketeers, they are better translated as the “four beasts”: fan girl is a fox, our dual-wielding police girl is a raccoon, and miss four eyes is a monkey. And the fourth beast? None other than the cuddly Kyoubo. The laughter is basically their identification, which gives some reason for it, even if excessive. At least the ridiculous sumo wrestling made up for things, especially Nomura’s hilarious win on a technicality. Not as great as a German suplex would have been, but hey, you cannot have everything in life.
With one teddy bear down for the count and a pint sized handful thoroughly enraged, it’s time for round two of the Warabinpics. Considering the “traditional” sword battling is likely next time, the fighting should prove entertaining, particularly if we get all the girls duking it out over Nomura ownership rights. Plus it might help shut that maniacal laughter up for good. There’s a harem to flesh out boys and girls, it’s time we got on that.