OP: 「全力☆Summer!」 Zenryoku☆Summer! by Angela
「増える！アホガール」 (Fueru! Aho gauru)
“Aho Girl Multiplies!”
The secret word for this episode is “assimilation”. Yoshiko’s ultimate goal is outlined clearly this time around as she tries to convince street hooligan Ryuichi (Yashiru Taku), Akuru’s sister Ruri (Senbongi Sayaka), and a group of school children into joining the ranks as members of her cabal of idiots. And after I started marathoning the manga in between episodes 1 and 2, so was I!
Yoshiko’s gravitational pull gives her an opportunity to be hilarious through her impulse to slack off as well as her encouragement of others to live how she does. In order to drag her away from a playground to study, Akuru has to play along with her games by holding a frightened kid hostage and countering Yoshiko as she launches herself at him from a swingset. She gets Ryuichi to abandon his tough demeanor by giving him a lecture about wanting to play with him after she misunderstands his desire to “play” with Sayaka as a desperate attempt to find someone willing to be his friend. Her true colors come out the most with Ruri as she takes delight in the prospect of her being as awful at exams as she is. It’s at this point where her obsession with playing and failing her classes has a direct effect on the cast, giving her incentive to brag and showboat about her negative influence on Akuru, Ryuichi, and Ruri.
What I really loved about Episode 2 is how they’re willing to expand the cast and jokes beyond just Yoshiko and Akuru’s interactions, and how they’ve given everyone in the cast their fair share of jokes. Yoshiko’s jokes with Akuru were alright, but this episode has given all of the other characters their time to shine. Now that we’re familiar with Akuru, we can laugh at how unaware he is of how insulted Ruri feels about his doting placing emphasis on loving her regardless of her grades. Akuru bringing the pain to Yoshiko is made funnier in scenarios like a playground battle between the two when she’s quickly amused by being swung by her legs and gets excited by the possibility of Akuru peeping as he launches her into a tree. The Public Morals Chairwoman (Uesaka Sumire) was one of the biggest highlights in the episode as we see that their encounter last week bred an obsession with Akuru that goes far enough to rub Yoshiko AND Akuru the wrong way.
Even though the character archetypes in Aho Girl run the risk of being overused, how creative the show gets with the scenarios the characters find themselves in, and taking them beyond the classroom setting gives the characters the opportunity to keep their jokes consistently funny. Episode 2 is a good example of how the show’s brand of stupidity can offer the potential to elevate the hilarious situations it constructs to it’s highest heights. It also gives credence to the idea that the audience is just as susceptible to Yoshiko’s idiot virus as Akuru and the rest of the cast are.