OP: 「全力☆Summer!」 (“Zenryoku☆Summer!) by angela
「フェスティバゥ! アホガール」 (Festibau! Aho Girl)
“Festival! Aho Girl!”
I’m glad to see more of Akane throughout these past couple episodes. Since she was introduced, there were small hints of her personality being more flexible and open to Yoshiko’s stupid decisions than the other characters. In this one, she’s actively playing along with Yoshiko’s desires to slack off, and is disappointed when she has to keep up appearances in looking like she’s above her. It was cute how excited she was to be given her friends’ blessings to explore the men’s bathroom with Yoshiko and continue to play Super Mario Bros. when they originally stayed overnight to work on the festival. And then, they did the same thing for a second night too. Of all the characters who have been affected by Yoshiko’s idiocy, Akane is the only character who I feel is given a more positive outlook from her interference as she is now embracing the impulses she already had to play, but felt insecure about letting loose too much. With her friends approval and Yoshiko’s inclusion to their group, Akane isn’t afraid of having Yoshiko tag along, and help her open up along the way.
It also gave Akane more to work with for her to spark a rivalry between her and Akuru as it gives him someone to be pissed at in a way that doesn’t make him want to Shoryuken them into the heavens. Akane can prod at his friendless nature, and Akuru can use his intelligence against her, so they’re on an equal playing for the ammo they can use to fire at one another. Their continuation of their vitriolic feud in the karaoke segment makes me optimistic that they’ll continue to create good material out of their hatred for one another.
One problem with the episode, however, is that as soon as the chapter with Akane fooling around ends, all of the segments afterwards go so fast that they end too soon for them to stay on. There are still hilarious parts within each of these scenes, but it is one of the few times in the show where the series’ 4-koma nature interferes with how easily it can blend in some chapters with others. It doesn’t make the episode less funny, but for an episode about the school festival, the part in the actual festival with everyone in maid outfits, even Akuru, is way too short. It just shows people organizing the maid cafe, Ryuuichi coming over, and cut. No big mishaps at the cafe, no elaborate scares at the haunted house, no unpalatable food from the stalls. The culture fest that took Akane and Yoshiko nights of Mario to complete paid off so little in the episode.
Other than the culture festival’s lacking presentation, the remaining segments were nonetheless hilarious. It shows how far gone everyone is that Yoshiko can use the Morals Chairman’s love for Akuru to convince her and the guy she rejected to sanction a boob touch to remember her by. To see how far Yoshiko is reaching to make it seem like she has an obligation to do this for him, how shook the Morals Chairman is at how she’d feel if Akuru reacted the same way she did with this random guy, and how awkward Akuru is to witness this display made it such a wacky scene. The icing on the cake was how the guy was satisfied enough from being violently slammed into the ground after the Morals Chairman wanted to save face in front of Akuru.
There was also some fun with Sayaka with the cute opening (apologies for getting lazy with the OP caps; the previous ones were kinda lacking because of the summer break episodes) and the final scene after getting intoxicated from the fumes of a beer that was accidentally placed in with their drink orders. I did feel bad that her drunken state was to be depressed about both her friends fighting and her bust size that she has to pad out to make her feel better. Despite flat being justice, it still gets to her much harder than anything else, and she doesn’t need to have anything else to get upset about. She doesn’t deserve this T_T. Then again, the best part of the series is how everyone is on an equal playing field when it comes to laughs at their expense, and Episode 10 continues to cobble together funny scenarios from the characters’ pain, pleasure, and embarrassment.