OP: 「全力☆Summer!」 Zenryoku☆Summer! by Angela
「老後も安心！アホガール」 (Rougo mo anshin! Aho Gaaru)
“Security in Senior Citizenship! Aho Girl!”
Continuing the trend of seeing one member of the cast after another be driven insane by Yoshiko, Episode 3 marks where we see the intentions and influence that Yoshiko’s mom, Yoshie, has on her daughter. Although she’s not as big of a fool, Yoshie is all too crafty about getting her daughter and Akuru together by any means necessary, regardless of whether it’s had an effect on Yoshiko becoming what she is today. One thing in the first section of the episode that makes me think Yoshie had a hand in making her daughter the baka of all bakas was when she directly tried to convince Yoshiko to be insecure of how much cuter Sayaka is. While she’s unable to pit her against her friend, she taps into Yoshiko’s impulses by having her join in on trying to reveal Sayaka’s panties. With Yoshie coaching her daughter on how to seduce Akuru or when to be weary of the innocent girls like Sayaka, I’d imagine she’s sent enough mixed signals about the meaning of life to get her to completely disregard studying and education in favor of playing around.
And then there’s the last skit where Yoshiko took notes on what Yoshie does for her husband at night, and applied them on Akuru to cheer him up. It’s interesting how, as funny as the show is, I’m curious as to what role Yoshie played in it when she’s taken her ideas of love and affection from her mother. While we’re all sucked into Yoshiko’s world, there’s reason to believe that Yoshie intentionally or unintentionally became the puppetmaster behind her escape from reality through her tutelage.
Outside of the Yoshie business, the episode shows how Sayaka plays a great foil for Yoshiko’s antics. When Yoshiko takes Sayaka on a grueling three hour sprint to thank a Japanese banana farmer for his services, Sayaka continues to goes along with everything out of politeness. Even as she horrifically watches Yoshino spend all of her drink money on a regional doll family, she’s still willing to find the banana farmer with her. For every braindead move Yoshino makes, Sayaka finds herself unwillingly wrapped up in her poor decisions since she’s too nice to give her a walloping. Instead of the boke/tsukkomi role that comes from Akuru’s deadpan or furious reaction to Yoshino, Sayaka contrasts this with being the poor soul who finds herself stuck in messy situations because of her crazy friends. The banana farmer section best exemplifies how this dynamic does a great job at giving Sayaka some spotlight.
Along with Sayaka’s traveling misfortune, this episode had a lot of moments that made me laugh out loud. The shamelessness in Yoshie admitting where she gets her shrewd tactics and handcuffing techniques from was a riot, as was Akuru regaining his desire to kill Yoshiko thanks to her unbridled sex appeal, and Yoshiko taming a massive dog. Personally, I couldn’t stop laughing when Ruri caught Akuru in a compromising position as he was trying to grab the key in Yoshiko’s skirt. It’s in the show’s funnier moments that make Aho Girl memorable in it’s wide embrace of how silly Yoshiko is, and her master plan of dragging all of her friends along for the ride.