「猫カフェと居酒屋で遊びたい!」 (Neko Cafe to Izakaya de Asobitai!)
“I Want to Hang Out at a Cat Cafe and a Pub!”
I was going to bring up the fanart controversy, but why would I want to do anything that silly. Not when it’s Uzaki’s 20th birthday celebration. In this episode, we get to fulfill the wishes of our main duo; Sakurai’s dream of going to a cat cafe and Uzaki’s plan to celebrate her 20th birthday by binge-drinking for the first time.
Cat cafes are an interesting place to visit. I went to one for the first time last year and had a good time. The food wasn’t too impressive, but it has the novelty of getting to play around with some cute cats for a short amount of time. Seeing how much Sakurai loves cats, however, it was more than enough to make him happy to have space where he can cuddle up with some cats.
It was funny to see how things ended up unraveling once Uzaki decided to tease Sakurai closely enough to make the supervisor watching over them uneasy. There are a number of fanservicey moments in the episode, but Uzaki stepping on Sakurai was admittedly the only one that was effective on me.
The highlight of the episode was Uzaki’s 20th birthday, which she decided she wanted to celebrate at an izakaya with some drinks. Of course, it’s always safe to go your first drinking outing with a good friend that can keep you from going too crazy. Because her friend is Sakurai, however, it gives her carte blanche to burn a hole through his wallet to try just about any drink she can get before she goes over the edge.
Luckily, the anime never veers into uncomfortable territory since Sakurai is dead-tired after he invites her over to his place and she’s not a creepy drunk. In fact, the most tragic happenstance of the birthday is the morning after when she gets her first hangover and vomits in both the toilet and Sakurai’s cot that she was sleeping on. It was an episode that went by quickly, but still a nice and amusing episode. It was cute to see how much companionship they had with drinking at the izakaya and how she teased him at the Cat Cafe. Not to mention that they had an amusing gag where they both had a hand in getting each other’s hopes up by asking them to join up at their respective hangout spots.