OP: 「OH MY Sugar Feeling!!」 (Oh My Shugā Fīringu!!) by Taketatsu Ayana
「ビッグカッツとペペロンチーノと…」 (Biggukattsu to Peperonchiino to…)
“Big Katsu, Peperoncino, and…”
Dagashi Kashi is back, with half the episode run-time, but basically nothing else has changed. Same art style, same seiyuu, same glorious candy-centric comedy. Actually, quite a few things have changed under the hood—including the studio and most of the staff—but this first episode is a definite continuation. Fans of the first season can rest easy, and fans of the manga who were dissatisfied with the relative lack of Hotaru last time may find solace as well, because Hotaru was once again running the show.
Speaking of, Shidare Hotaru (Taketatsu Ayana) once again shows that tropes are not bad (trope!). She may be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (trope!), but she’s a fantastic one, and imbues every dagashi she gushes about with such excitement and verve that you can’t help but get swept away—as Shikada “Coconuts” Kokonotsu (Abe Atsushi) once again found in the Big Katsu sketch. I chuckled at the anti-climax, and especially loved the running gag of summoning Hotaru, her showing up out of breath, but still trying to look cool. That’s why Hotaru is so great!
Not that the others are slackers. Coconutsu isn’t the main draw of this series, but he’s a competent PoV character who never detracts from the proceedings, and has enough personality to frequently add. I’m still a big fan of Endou Saya (Numakura Manami) myself, being the irredeemable shipper that I am, and she can tsukkomi with the best of them. And her older twin brother Endou You (Suzuki Tatsuhisa), as well as Coconutsu’s crazy father Shikada You (Fujiwara Keiji), are still delights, even if they didn’t play much of a role here, and You was responsible for the only oddly-paced moment of the episode, the run-down store reveal that was subsequently ignored for the rest of the skits.
Still, Dagashi Kashi is back, and not much has changed, so I’m not worried. I don’t know if I’ll blog this again—I’m about to go on a two-week vacation that will make blogging difficult, though it being latecast damn near scuttles any possibility all on its own—but I’ll definitely be watching it. Get ready to enjoy another season of dagashi mania!
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ED: 「おかしなわたしとはちみつのきみ」 (Okashi na Watashi to Hachimitsu no Kimi) by Hachimitsu Rocket