「テスト, カリブー, まんじゅううまい」 (Test, Caribou, Manjuu Umai)
“Exams, Caribou, Steamed Buns, Yum!”
Although this episode takes place around the exam period, no one in the Outdoors Club aside from Aoi is going out of their way to hit the books. Instead, Chiaki and Nadeshiko are looking into their own study material in the form of tapping into their hobbies. Chiaki puts on her professor’s mustache to learn how to use the new fancy picnic kit that she bought in a bid to keep up with the better prepared campers around her. Because her collection can’t take hot temperatures or fragrant food, and requires a vinegar soak and olive oil coat to ensure her food comes out good, a bulk of her time was spent making sure she could get her best mileage out of it. Studying can come at the last minute, as Aoi unfortunately knows all too well about Chiaki’s study habits. Meanwhile, Nadeshiko’s performance in school is meh, but that doesn’t stop her from documenting her daily activity through the pictures she takes on her commute.
Despite Episode 08 not having any study sessions, its main focus is planning for an upcoming Christmas camping trip. The second half of the episode, in particular, hones in on Nadeshiko’s introduction to Caribou, an outdoor shop where they plan on getting the proper camping equipment to take on a cold Christmas night. The trip to Caribou was an eye-opener for Nadeshiko as it gives her insight on just how expensive it can be to plan out an intricate outdoor trip, and that maybe Aoi and Chiaki’s part-time jobs wouldn’t be enough to get that last extra push to their budget that they’d have if she started working. From then on, Nadeshiko has work on her mind as she plans to make her own money to be able to afford warm items for their future Winter camping trips.
Nadeshiko’s search for part-time work is only one of the many hints that the episode has for what may lie in the future. As Chiaki gets familiarized with her picnic set, Ena pops on over and helps them clean their cookware. Ena is hesitant at the suggestion of joining them on a camping trip as she hates the cold, but it is the golden opportunity for her to join in once she makes a decision on if she wants to go after her exams. We’ve been seeing her and her dog in the OP, so it’ll be exciting to see when they’ll show up with the Outdoors Club. Similarly, Nadeshiko and Chiaki’s familiarity with Toba-sensei makes them curious about how she’ll look once she’s teaching them History lessons. Nadeshiko unknowingly met her in the last episode’s camping trip, and Chiaki only knows her from her boss describing her as an infamous customer who is always purchasing cases upon cases of beer. Even though this episode only teased a little of what was teased the last time around, it was a very pleasant episode, and sets the stage for multiple developments in Nadeshiko, Ena, and Toba-sensei’s next steps.