THE FIRST JOB, THE FIRST TRIP
In the first 3 episodes Koguma got herself a hobby and made a friend. Now she got herself a part-time job: a courier for school documents. 2,000 yen per trip. It’s natsuyasumi time (summer vacation) and Reiko has left on her great adventure. We get to see Shino’s Ojii-chan—the lovely old man that sold Koguma her cub—as she goes back there to change her cub’s oil. In the same fashion as last episode, we go over the entire process.
The dynamic between the girls does bring a faster pace to the show—perhaps thanks to Reiko’s more extroverted personality as well as her assertiveness—but I actually enjoy the more introspective mood we get from just following Koguma out and about. Since I’m more prone to watching shounen/seinen or reading extremely melodramatic manhwa/shoujo, main characters like Koguma are quite unusual to me. That’s not to say that I’ve never seen characters like her, it’s just that these more quiet, reserved and introspective ones tend to be supporting roles. Could this be more common in the Slice of Life genre? It’s genuinely a genre I don’t often explore.
We got to experience Koguma’s first time getting caught in the rain. And I’m guilty of giggling at her expression once she arrived at the faculty room looking all disheveled and wet because it just sucks so much to get drenched on your bike. Then we got to see an oil change 100% done by herself where she won over the drain bolt. We also got to see her initiate a conversation with a stranger, the literature teacher of the school she’s been delivering documents to. And we saw Koguma feel immense accomplishment from saving up money thanks to the work made possible by her cub. By the way, I found it so relatable how she treated herself to a nice bento box once she accepted the job, even before getting her first pay. Her yellow rain jacket, new watch and sneakers were also A+ purchases, great haul. These small gestures we do to ourselves are so important!
I felt like the scenery in this episode was particularly beautiful. As we travelled a greater distance accompanied by the delicate soundtrack and the rain, it felt very peaceful and meditative. Also, in comparison with the previous episodes we had more “warm-colored scenes”. And by the end of the episode Koguma got a call from Reiko and drove for a meet-up at this western style log-cabin. A garage? Her house? If it’s her house I’m definitely not jealous. Anyway, seems like next week we’ll learn all about Reiko’s adventure.
A PERSONAL FEELING
This week’s episode of Super Cub brought back a specific kind of feeling that I hadn’t experienced in a long time. Maybe some of you can relate to this. It’s an abstract combination of feelings that I have whenever I sit on the passenger seat of a car (or train) for a long trip. I’m listening to music while looking at the passing landscape. My mind drifts from daydreams to the present views. There’s an absence of alertness due to not being the one behind the wheel. This transient experience is extremely personal, intimate and meaningful. This realization only dawned upon me as I became aware of my own emotional reaction; two tears falling down. Listen, I’m used to having reactions to anime, I’m well known for crying over deaths, sad backstories or by ending any Zelda/Kingdom Hearts game, but this was a first for me. There was nothing grandiose happening, just this very personal nostalgic feeling that connected me to a personal experience. It was unexpected and odd but I found myself pleasantly surprised!
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