OP: 「全力☆Summer!」 Zenryoku☆Summer! by Angela
「入！アホガール」 (Totsunyuu! Aho gaaru)
“Charge! Aho Girl!”
Yoshiko’s conquest to spread her parasitic idiocy continues at a rapid pace as the fruits of her labor begin to ripen. Episode 3 solidifies the idea that Yoshiko is much smarter than she lets on, but her wits are applied solely on wrapping her friends, colleagues, and teachers around her finger. The mind game she played on her teacher, Atsuko (Satou Rina), hints towards her sociopathy, using her singleness as a way to prod at her for bothering to interpret the message of a story. It was a segment that made me laugh specifically because of my experience with how convoluted it can get in how many ways you can interpret a story’s theme and message. The author of Aho Girl definitely had some critical analysis classes that drove them crazy. If you really want to get meta, reading Aho Girl as a psychological thriller like I am at the moment is just one of the many ways to read the text.
What I know for certain, however, is that Yoshiko may have slacked on her readings, but picked up the theme of the story enough so that she was able to use the couple in the story’s feelings as a way to hit Atsuko’s weak spot. Those of us who were conditioned to conduct critical analysis on everything are taught that there is no wrong answer in reading a text except for not reading it at all. While Yoshiko didn’t put the work into reading and writing out the assignment, she still technically did the assignment; it was just done as a way to verbally reduce Atsuko to a blubbering mess who only wants someone to show her love, even if it’s Akuru.
Her lasting effects on Ryuuichi are felt the hardest in this episode as he spends a majority of the episode being trained to be Akuru’s lapdog. Because his concept of friendship is centered around obedience, Yoshiko takes advantage of this by conditioning him to worship the ground Akuru stands on. He’s oblivious as to what any of this means, and just assumes she’s teaching him social skills, but that only gave her carte blanche to teach him how to genuflect towards his new master. Additionally, the little boys caught on that their friend Nozomi looks up to Yoshiko way too much. The scene where Yoshiko takes it upon herself to interfere with a department store hero show goes from being a goofy segment about the kids keeping her out of trouble, to a thriller where the boys must be the ones to protect Nozomi as she is further influenced by Yoshiko’s worst habits.
To see Yoshiko as a puppetmaster in having those around her behave as she’d like isn’t too farfetched, but she also excels at bringing out the worst in the people around her. In the last segment, she enables the Public Morals Chairwoman to join her in breaking into Akuru’s room at night under the guise of giving him a birthday surprise. This surprise, however, revolves around digging in his boxer drawer and fighting to lay down next to him. Despite accidentally gives Ruri the basics of CQC, the Chairwoman redirects her attention towards Akuru’s sleeping bag as soon as she sees Yoshiko made herself comfy next to him. Yoshiko enabling the Chairwoman’s Akuru addiction also manifests into what makes Sayaka throw a fit at everyone. It was hilarious how even with Akuru staring daggers at everyone for breaking into his room, he still brings himself to feel sorry for Sayaka after she gets pissed at the girls for giving her more trouble to deal with.
Aho Girl is still as funny as it’s ever been, but I feel like as the show goes on, Yoshiko is developing into a fascinating character for how much influence she has over the cast. When the show goes beyond just having her be silly, it goes deep into just how far Yoshiko pushes those around her to the edge. What appeared to be a show with a one-note premise of a stupid girl that loves bananas is shaping up to be a journey of how many lives this girl will have control over by the last episode.