OP: 「まほうのかぜ」 (Mahou no Kaze) by (Akane Kumada)
“From here onwards, I want to see what is possible for me.”
Changing your behavior in a sustainable way is a slow process. Meaning that life won’t spin 180° right on the spot once you start doing things differently. But it will start to turn.
I noticed in our previous comment session that we all agreed Super Cub was set at a great pace. After watching Episode 02 I find myself confident we’ll continue to see character development in every episode, and this will happen quite naturally. Oh, and that quote I used is not from the show but from my analysis of Episode 01. In case you missed it, we went deep into Koguma’s inner thought analysis and had some interesting convos in the comments!
If you’ve ever changed a specific behavior you might agree with me that it’s a slightly awkward and liberating process, because it takes you away from known patterns and expectations. I personally related to Koguma’s stumbling naiveté—with her sudden announcement to the entire class “I drove my bike to school!” for example.
During Home Economics class we now catch a glimpse of introversion, which is often mistaken for shyness. When some girls are poking fun at her and calling her poor while she’s choosing a fabric for her drawstring bag, she replies to the jests without any hint of neuroticism. She replies cooly, “I was thinking of putting my helmet and gloves for my motorbike in it.” The girls are taken aback by her attitude.
I take my hat off to Koguma, I had a much harder time in my social interactions during school and university.
THE OTAKU AND THE BENTO
She has a Honda MD90 Postal Cub. Dark red, blue, and black; she’s pure old school style.
Our supporting role makes an entrance and she knows what she’s talking about. Reiko speaks builds, brands and mechanics that sound like foreign language to the average person *raising my hand here*. Not to take away from her credibility, but what I feel will be Reiko’s strength in this show is not how much she understands about motorbikes but how she inadvertently challenges Koguma’s beliefs and perceptions.
“I wonder if she’ll talk to me again, at least we have our Cubs in common to talk about.” What a nice shift. Kogu-chan is now curiously hoping for tomorrow to come.
I find riding a motorbike for long enough gives you a special sense of self-sufficiency. Sure, someone can ride with you. But most of the time it’s a very personal experience. Your feet touch the ground; you’re supporting this machine; you have the wind on your whole body. Perhaps because she’s been riding for longer than Koguma, Reiko has this mature vibe. Her speech during their bento time felt like a small window into her experience thus far: “…it feels like I can go anywhere I like.”
We often see Reiko reading by herself, which made me think that she might be the type who really enjoys spending time with herself. Because we also see that she is on good terms with her classmates (when she’s invited to have lunch with some girls). So it doesn’t seem like the case that she’s disconnected or isolated.
Reiko-san does her own thing.
LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW
In two days of interactions between our two main characters, Koguma realizes that even with her Cub she’s only been driving back and forth between home and school. So after her conversation with Reiko she decides to do something different: she turns right at the intersection where she always goes straight.
Koguma opens the door to newfound experiences, thoughts and feelings. Taken in by this feeling she decides not to buy her keychain on that day, but rather come back tomorrow.
By the way, I absolutely loved how we got to see so many of Koguma’s emotions today. She’s really blooming into herself~
ED: 「春への伝言」 (Haru e no Dengon) by (Yuki Yomichi, Ayaka Nanase, Natsumi Hioka)