「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.