「遠い春」 (Tooi Haru)
“A Distant Spring”
I had some mixed feelings about this ‘accident’. At first I thought perhaps Shii had broken her leg, hence why she wasn’t able to move and was lying on the cold river. Then we found out she could actually move. Not enough to climb back to the road by herself, but enough that she could’ve gotten herself out of the frozen river while waiting for help–there was a very obvious big rock that she could’ve sat atop of–instead of freezing to unconsciousness. Positive highlights of the rescue were Koguma frustratingly slapping Shii back to life and coming full circle with the whole ‘carrying Shii in her basket’ thing. To answer my own question from last week as to why Shii called Koguma instead of her own parents, what seems to be the case is 1) an infatuation and admiration towards Koguma’s character, 2) teenage hormones, which contribute to illogical decisions and 3) a keen taste for dramatics–if Vivaldi’s Winter has any say on that.
“Is the ambulance on the way?” yeah, no. Get up and let’s go home so you can take a shower.
This week has given me a new perspective into Shii’s character, perhaps a bit unfavorably, but that’s fine. The whole “I’m begging you, Koguma-san please make it spring for me, right now. Please save me again with your Super Cub. Please take this cold, dark winter and send it away somewhere. I’m begging you.” monologue was a turn off for me. Was that meant to be cute? I found it whiny and childish. But my personal impressions aside, Koguma-san had many praises to sing in her favor, acknowledging the girl’s sense of purpose and recognizing that was something she had been chasing after.
In the aftermath of Shii’s rescue Reiko comes over bearing the little girl’s phone and her broken Molton. What follows–aside from unreasonable wishes–is a territorial claim in the form of Reiko’s unabashedly nakedness
“just doing my usual thing at my girlfriend’s house,” Koguma’s ace cooking and her boiled eggs and Shii’s embarrassment over her own underwear. This marks the first ever sleepover amongst this newly grounded trio of friends.
As far as their dynamics go, the gap between Shii and Koguma has become smaller, but I can’t say the same about Reiko and Shii. Although extroverted, Reiko has strong social boundaries in place and Shii appears more interested in Koguma. I wonder if we’ll see a development in next week’s final episode.
Cherry blossoms are in bloom in Kagoshima! At first, Koguma thinks the three of them visiting might not be possible, much to Shii’s disappointment. But after some deep thinking she changes her mind. This opportunity could be a way to “give” Shii what she wished for. While Koguma and her Cub can’t change the seasons, they might be able to take the girl to an area in which spring has made an early appearance. What a knight in shining armor (or in a shining Cub). “To me, she’s the girl who’s responsible for introducing me to my Cub, and whom I met through my Cub.”
After a quick search on the net a new Honda Super Cub extra seat costs on average USD100 which is ~JPY11.000. For Koguma’s budget that’s a lot. And even after getting a free yearly deal at Beurre, I can’t see her spending this much. Will she get a second hand one? Or, perhaps, she’ll buy just the rear rack and ask her teacher to make a padded seat? Will she find a different solution altogether?! If the Hanami trip really is the endgame and main event of Super Cub’s final episode, I’m curious to see how the girls will solve this!
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