「四匹のイモムシ」 (Shikiki no Imomushi)
Time to learn, and to train.
This episode hews perhaps more closely to what many viewers originally expected of Yorimoi; it comes the closest to cute girls doing cute things, with a solid dose of explaining a hobby/job that most people don’t know a lot about ala Yama no Susume. What separates it from those shows is that the point of the episode still wasn’t any of the information about Antarctica, though that was cool. They weren’t educating each other in order to educate us. They were just learning, and training, because they need to know these things to survive and prosper in Antarctica. The characters still come first.
I did get a kick out of Kimari’s interactions with her mom, who is scary and has good reason to be mad. I understand why Kimari didn’t tell her originally, but she waited a bit long! And I got a hearty chuckle at her father, who knew better than to get in the way when the bad cop of their parenting relationship is doing her work. Wise man.
Surprisingly though, the relationship that has my interest the most piqued was that between Kimari and Braid-chan. I have a feeling Braid-chan is going to be trouble soon, even going so far as to become a minor antagonist, or at least a trial Kimari will have to get past. I don’t think she will mean Kimari any ill; I think she cares for her friend, and only wants what’s best for her. But Kimari’s sudden ambition and drive functions as an indictment of Braid-chan’s—I should probably start using her name, Megumi-chan’s—own life choices, and if she feels she’s falling behind or somehow becoming lesser compared to her goofy friend, she might turn to where so many people go in these cases: sabotage.
Make no mistake. She will mean no malice. Friends and family who caution you to do less, not try so hard, and take the safe path still do want the best for you. But they’re sabotaging you all the same. I can’t tell you how many people have told me I shouldn’t do what I intended to do—whether it be write books or take certain jobs or anything in between—because it’s the riskier path. Sometimes it’s blown up in my face. But mostly I’m happy I’ve done it, because Megumi is incorrect when she says, “If you work too hard and it doesn’t go through, you’re really going to regret it.” False. That’ll suck, but it’s not trying that leads to regret.
Enough with my predictions. The other big relationship drama—by which I do not mean melodrama, it was understated and well done, as most things in this series are—was between Shirase and Toudou Gin (Noto Mamiko), Antarctic Expedition Captain and high school friend of Shirase’s mom. That it was all told with Shirase’s face and the two never actually discussed the complex relationship between them—but it still had a resolution, through Kimari’s actions and Shirase’s smile—shows a deft hand. It’s not often that writers are confident enough to leave things unsaid, and let their characters be passive. The confrontation is avoided not just because Shirase doesn’t know how to act around the captain, but also because confrontation wouldn’t help. It was well done.
I also like that Kimari is noted as having the kind of personality that will thrive in Antarctica. I don’t know why—maybe it’s because she keeps being a bit baka but never slides down into annoying—but I like that someone as straightforward as her is well-suited for such a difficult task. Maybe because that’s just how I’d like the world to work.
I do hope we don’t spend too much time training, though. Some of it ought to be shown so the story works, but it isn’t the most interesting part of the story. Hopefully we’ll be on the boat to Antarctica before long.
- It’s all right to use petty emotions (“In your face!” “Shut up, idiots!”) if they spur you on to be better, live better, or do something amazing. Not all anger is bad.
- “Please shut talking now.” Lawl! I was confused for a second there, but the dialogue is just so good. No worries Yuzuki-chan, I’ve had that happen to me too. And the seiyuu are still great!
- More shows should use an insert song for the ending of every episode. I love it. It’s delightful every single time.
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