「天道花憐とスランプ・デイズ」 (Tendou Karen to Suranpu Deizu)
“Tendou Karen and Slump Days”
Amano-kun isn’t just on Tendou Karen’s mind. He’s taken up residence and built a 24-room estate front in center in everything she does. This girl has a sickness, and its name is Amano-kun.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wished this episode continued from what happened lasts episode. That’s a problem that will evaporate for those who marathon the series—where this will be but a brief break before getting back into the delicious drama—but for those of us who watch weekly, it’s an excruciating tease. To write on this further would belie the episode’s entertainment value, which was manifold. So enough of that: this is Karen’s messy, embarrassing, frustrating, no grace, very conflicting day.
Karen is a really fun character because she so quickly broke out of her mold as a cookie-cutter popular girl with a secret nerd-friendly hobby, and then she just broke. Seeing her meltdown is truly a treat, not because I hold any ill-will toward her, but because her reactions are hilarious and because it increases the
chances inevitability of hilarious hijinks. It also makes us empathize with her, as I’ve said before, because she’s no longer a trope, but a person. And where often diving deeper would spoil the joke, it didn’t here.
Her previous daily life was admirable, and still included some time to have fun, even if I think she needs to get more sleep. (Only six hours? No wonder I’ll never be a kawaii joushikousei. Eight hours minimum, nine hours preferred y0) Her new daily life makes her seem much more mortal. Though should I be happy that I can self-sabotage my sleep schedule without being in love? She has a much better excuse. FML.
As for her
date with Amano, their competing (but not really) gaming philosophies weren’t of terribly large interest to me, though that ends up making sense since they’re not all that different. Amano likes to play games, and he likes to compete and win, it’s just that he never lets himself to stick with a game long enough to get really good at it (self-sabotage to avoid being vulnerable, imo), whereas Karen had more follow-through. Not anymore, though, as the mere memory of Amano’s smiling face is enough to torch her gaming prowess. Look y’all, gaming isn’t serious business to me anymore, so I was never going to jive on competing gaming philosophies for the philosophies’ sake. Amano taking up residence in Tendou’s mind and accidentally destroying her daily life AND her way of interacting with her favorite hobby, though? Yeah, let’s do that. Chaos for the chaos god! Hijinks for the loony throne! Let’s dial these romcom shenanigans up to eleven and BREAK OFF THE KNOB, WOOHOO!
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