「はじめてのカラオケ」 (Hajimete no Karaoke)
“My First Karaoke”
I’m on holiday in France with poor internet so this is going to have to be short and sweet, just like Junichi’s fantasies. Enjoy, you damn degenerates!
I know a lot of people said they really disliked Junichi’s friends, if they can even be called that. But I really like the comedy they add to the series. It’s a silly sort of dynamic that reminds me of manga series like Grand Blue, a comedy manga set in a university diving club that’s full of petty betrayals – leading to hilarious moments. That said, something new I dislike is how the anime is making the fat friend a lolicon. I don’t remember this from the manga at all, and I understand they want to create memorable and distinct characters. But from my perspective, it’s just plain ass dumb. That’s another character on top of Nene who was shafted for the sake of this adaptation.
Conversely, an anime original addition that I’m warming up to is the discourse that takes place between the different aspects of Junichi’s personality. I think the self-introspection is helpful for conveying Junichi’s inner thought processes, and while it makes him seem pathetic, you begin to realise that he’s a dysfunctional person that has self-esteem and trust issues. Hopefully people won’t judge him for it, and just wait to see how he improves across the course of the series.
Translation Note: Keikaku means plan. Though I believe there’s a pretty stark difference between delivering judgement by killing off criminals, and plotting to bang your girlfriend in a rented karaoke room.
Contrary to this inconsiderate and impulsive fantasising, we see a very considerate side of Yame. She says that none of her gal friends are up for karaoke, despite receiving an invitation to do so from Ranko previously, showing that she had really been looking forwards to spending time with Junichi. She is very sensitive to Junichi’s needs, singing anime songs herself to make him come out of his shell and not feel left out. Seeing the two have such a good time together makes me really happy, because though many people think he’s really not worth her while, I personally want to see them succeed. Hopefully, Yame’s demure reaction to Junichi’s attempted kiss also goes to show that she’s not as slutty as some may think.
Our couple take a step forwards! And would it really be far-fetched to expect a real first kiss sometime down the line? But a wild Ranko appears, looking pretty upset. To be fair, Yame put her mister before the sister. If I had a thing or two to say on the matter, she’ll definitely be trying to stir up trouble soon.