「天使のような! アホガール」 (Tenshi no Youna! Aho Girl)
“Like an Angel! Aho Girl”
Much like the previous Aho Girl episodes, this one has a central theme to the segments they curated; Love. Yoshiko once again tries to play the love guru by encouraging one of the gals, Kuroko, to be more upfront about the feelings she has for her boyfriend without evoking the name of a certain SVU actress. The only thing is that she’s extremely shy about being expressive. Yoshiko’s biggest shocker was that the stereotypes that fit gyaru don’t apply to how timid she is about showing her boyfriend she loves him. What I found interesting was how even her friends join in on Yoshiko’s morbid curiosity as they huddle around Kuroko to get her to fess up. Where they hang out as close friends, but Kuroko is nonetheless very guarded. I’d like to see more of Kuroko because it is cute how sheepish she is in contrast with the outgoing mask that she wears in public. It plays well with how each of the gals, including Akane, have incentive to connect or share their time with Yoshiko despite acting like they’re above her.
To those who are saying Sayaka is the best girl, I now know why. She was amazing in this episode, and won me over with how funny she can be as the most sane person on the crazy train. Her segment with the Public Morals girl was hilarious in how her honesty only complicated her feelings as she accidentally crushes the Public Morals girl’s spirit by outright telling her Akuru is put off by her obsessive streak. It also shows how the complications that Sayaka’s need to be diplomatic can bring her as she has to lie to the Public Morals girl about joking about that to get her to carry on the will to live. That double bind on whether it’d be more helpful to be brutally honest with someone or BS them into staying how they are at the expense of being the only normal person in the room is a relatable concern that is made all the more comical by how expressive Sayaka is in her dismay and embarrassment.
Her cute Pomeranian also made it’s debut in the episode as Yoshiko’s Dog now has a love interest. It was very cute to see the two of them develop an awkward relationship, and have Yoshiko confuse her dog’s amorous feelings for Sayaka’s dog as an intense battle of wits. The Pocky segment with the kids was alright, but it didn’t stand out as well for me. It wasn’t bad, and I thought it was funny that Yoshiko fell into the trap that she knew was a trap, but I enjoyed the other skits so much that it kinda fell on the sidelines in comparison to how much the Kuroko and Sayaka segments stood out. Class might still be in session, but next week is looking to take us back to the festive mindset with a festival episode.