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「白銀御行は働きたい / かぐや様は入れたい / かぐや様は堪えたい」 (Shirogane Miyuki wa Hatarakitai / Kaguya-sama wa Iretai / Kaguya-sama wa Taetai)
“Miyuki Shirogane Wants to Work / Kaguya Wants Him to Join In / Kaguya Wants to Control It”

A hint of romance, a dash of jealousy, and whole load of wieners.

First thing’s first. I thought we might find out a little more about Hayasaka in this episode. Last week’s final chapter had me intrigued by her character and the depth of her relationship with Kaguya. I was a little disappointed but I guess ‘all good things come for those who wait’.

The chapters pretty much follow the regular gag formulas, mixing deception, infantile jokes, and some girl on girl… friendship into a big melting pot. Shirogane is thrust into yet another love-advice session with Tsubasa, who now wants to one up his relationship with Kashiwagi. That’s right folks. He wants to do it. He wants to finally graze the tip of his fingers against his girl’s hand so he can squeeze it affectionately on their next date. What a player we have here.

So what to do? Shirogane suggests renting a cruiser, getting a small boating license, and getting surgery to fix the sweaty palms issue, all of which would amount to ¥200 000. What in the world would he have suggested if Tsubasa came in for advice about necking? Rent a plane so that when the oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling he could give her mouth to mouth instead and then lean in for the real kiss? I know Shirogane is practically living vicariously through these sessions and his main objective is to entice Tsubasa to work for his part-time job, but he must know, even as a virgin, that ¥200 000 to hold a girl’s hand had better result in the love story of all love stories. Luckily, Chika steps in for the save. In the meantime though, it looks like this love story might get a little bumpy. I wonder who this mystery stalker might be? Is she eyeing Tsubasa or Kashiwagi?

Deep into the second chapter I got wrapped up in Ishigami’s brooding mood. I think it’s great to find out that despite his intense thoughts and words, deep down he still wants what everyone else dreams of in high school: to be popular and to have girls fawn over him like they do the studs in the sports clubs. But my boy… you’re just so weird, we like you as you are. Stay forever our weird little Ishigami and your popularity shall sore through anime communities for life.

His unfiltered monologue about how Chika or Kaguya’s breast size are a determining factor in archery is exactly the kind of absurd that’ll push him full throttle to the top of the popularity list. The juvenile dirty jokes don’t end there though, with Chika finding out that the word ‘wiener’ causes Kaguya to laugh uncontrollably. But when Shirogane enters, the true battle of wits begins between the girls. Chika, a polite diplomat’s daughter, refuses to utter the word in front of any boy. She tries to draw it out of Shirogane instead so he can also witness Kaguya’s boisterous side, but Kaguya trumps her time and time again. Chika, adorably upset at this, finally gives in and bursts out what seem to be a sequence of profanities. The reactions from both Shirogane and Ishigami are pretty spot on.

Even though this seemed to me a general filler episode with predictable puns, it still made the ‘make me laugh out loud hysterically’ cut. I guess I really do fall into the key audience for this anime and manga which I’m about to dive into by the way. I definitely can’t wait for a whole week to watch the next episode. I’m desperate to find out what happens between our protagonists over summer break.

February 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm
12 comments »
  • February 24, 2019 at 9:15 pmShadow

    The “mystery” stalker is just one of Kashiwagi’s friends that were with her in episode 2. Why she is stalking them is still a mystery though.

    • February 24, 2019 at 9:26 pmoranges

      She’s actually in every single Kashiwagi and Kasshiwagi’s boyfriend segment in the show.

    • February 25, 2019 at 1:16 pmqwert

      She’s actually the one that liked the boyfriend first.

      When Kashiwagi was asking if he had a girlfriend she wasn’t asking for herself, she was asking for her friend. The boyfriend misinterpreted her asking as interest and he ends up asking Kashiwagi out before the friend could make her move. Now she’s stalking the two pining after the boyfriend.

  • February 25, 2019 at 1:12 amcpn mango

    /ourguy/ asking Chika if she has one is what the mangaka added to anime script, just trivia things. also chika whistling, good lord.

  • February 25, 2019 at 4:06 amSlarkero

    Chika’s ability to make Kaguya laugh is also scary with the wiener jokes. Holy sh*t.

  • February 25, 2019 at 5:52 amAex

    She’s stalking them because she liked the boy first, but because of how she handled finding out if he had a girlfriend(sending Kashiwagi to tease him about not having one) he ended up confessing to Kashiwagi instead. Thus she’s now drowning in regret.

    Pretty sure this was in some on-screen text in Ep.2, but I don’t think it was translated.

    • February 25, 2019 at 6:01 amMissSimplice

      Ahh good to know! Thanks. I’m about to get into the nitty gritty of it all.

    • February 25, 2019 at 3:00 pmimma grabbing my torch and demon mask

      she wasn’t even the one who sent kashi. no teasing was involved. don’t you dare make maki even more miserable with your lies.

  • February 25, 2019 at 7:08 amChoya

    Can’t help but feel personally attacked when Chika can’t whistle so she tries to aggressively blow wind in a desperate attempt to get a whistle going XD. Leave it to the dark lord Chinchin to also give her enough ammo to hit at Kaguya’s Achilles heel of giggling at sophomoric humor.

    Not sure how to feel about Ishigami, but it was funny to see how horrified Shirogane got when he saw Kaguya and Chika spawn behind him with piercing death glares.

  • February 25, 2019 at 10:39 amMentar

    And so, we’re finally about to hit the first golden chapters.

    Looking forward to ep8!

  • February 26, 2019 at 2:40 pmDewey

    His name is “Kashiwagi’s Boyfriend.”

  • February 26, 2019 at 5:00 pmNork22

    Dick jokes. Dick jokes everywhere.

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