「先生もダイエットする?」 (Sensei mo Diet Suru?)
“Sensei’s on a Diet Too?”
Our third episode of Dumbbell brings Hibiki’s teacher Tachibana Satomi to Silverman Gym. As she is introduced to Machio, she finds herself exercising alongside her students, begrudgingly thwarting her best efforts to keep work at work. Her worries, however, grow tenfold when she finds herself constantly trying to hide her hobby of cosplaying, culminating when she has to avoid her students at a convention she’s cosplaying for.
But first off, let’s dive into some of the instructions we get in this episode. This time around, we get highly valuable tips on molding fitness into a sustainable lifestyle. For instance, we learn to be able to alternate workouts and reps based on specific sections of the body. This is previously explored with the “chicken legs” comment in the first episode, but this time around, they tackle a very relatable problem with parts of your body getting sore after your first efforts exercising after a period of inactivity. For those who irregularly get a rigorous workout, it is imperative to focus on different exercises if you notice your body has wear, tear, and strain from your last activity. Work with your legs if your arms are sore or vice versa. They also address a key component of a healthy diet by pacing out a series of nutritious meals. Rather than honing in on one massive meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with nothing in between, it would be beneficial to eat small quantities of food in-between. The anime says protein products since Akemi is talking about the bodybuilder’s diet, but I like to go with more natural snacks like nuts and fruit between meals. Regardless, the idea isn’t to torture yourself with nothing but healthy food, but instead to eat a rational diet that is valuable for your body and your soul. Finally, composure is an important element to lifting techniques as proper posture can mean the difference between pain and gain. And don’t forget to lift up to your standards. Otherwise, the strain will do more to harm than help.
It was nice to see Ayaka start to hang out more with Akemi and Hibiki, involving herself in Akemi’s advice for getting Hibiki on a more productive diet. However, the shining star of this episode was Satomi-sensei, whose efforts to slim down for her cosplay hobby make up a bulk of the episode’s narrative content. As Satomi copes with the idea of working out where her students do after being equally captivated by Machio’s charm, she comes to realize that her biggest hurdle is having her side hobby exposed. Although no one would have figured out her hobby based on the tanline on her belly, it poses a larger problem for her when Hibiki and Akemi show up to to the same convention she is dressing up at. Throughout the episode, Satomi’s desperation to keep her hobby a secret provides many of this episode’s laughs, but the most hilarious moment comes from Satomi finding an opening to avoid the attention of her students when Machio dresses up like a fitness-centric version of Kenshiro that gathers the eyes and adoration of many of the con-goers with his muscular physique and his dedication to the character. Hibiki tends to get the goofier expressions, but Satomi’s looks of horror and wrath were a riot to see in action. Times when Satomi is relieved that the girls interpreted her secret as a completely different yet shameful activity, like going to a con for lewd doujinshi instead of cosplay, were also very funny. As with Ayaka’s incorporation into Hibiki’s adventure to slim down, Satomi is a wonderful and welcome addition to the series, and it’ll be exciting to see where the anime goes with her character.