Can’t Stop; Won’t Stop
What is it about this show?! I just can’t figure it out, but why is this show so damn funny?? Every single week, this show just continues build on itself–save for episode 4 which has not been topped yet–and is just nonstop comedy. The only worry I have ever had is that the series is going to get stale, but yet, it hasn’t. It seems to be charging full speed in some direction and I have no desire to get off.
Hanako has gone full clown this episode dragging in the other two with her. It starts with the poor girl from the occult club trying to find out what happened to the other girl who teleported away. Turns out she’s sick. Rather than making a get well card, or some sort of art, they decide to use ‘healing magic’ which is voodoo. They fill the doll with needles getting it horribly wrong but the girl comes back a week later. Then, Hanako doesn’t get top on a test, loses it, and meets a pervy AI robot that her grandfather and Maeda made before she decapitates it. Side note: while the conversations Maeda and her grandfather have about her body are wildly inappropriate, it actually mirrors how some older men are culturally in Japan. They nonchalantly talk about things that younger people would die if they heard. Olivia murders her bangs in the next part and then the girls play a game where Hanako is almost murdered herself after Kasumi pulls her out of the circle. Double side note: Daikon is delicious and you should try it.
All in all, this anime is something that I rush to to watch weekly, and I never have regretted it. Meanwhile, I highly recommend it if you haven’t picked it up yet. The hysterics will leave you in tears.
Coffee and Growing Up
I think this week’s episode of Yama no Susume really spoke to me. Kind of. It’s more like I relate to Aoi. In this week’s episode, Aoi envies Hinata’s adultness when she suddenly drinks a cup of coffee. As a result, Aoi is interested in becoming an adult and drinking coffee, even if it is really bitter. Aoi even refuses to consume her coffee with milk or sugar! Then we watch Aoi as she learns how to make coffee and does a bit of research before heading out on the trail to try her hand at making coffee in the mountains, AKA mountain coffee.
This reminds me so much of myself as a child. I recall being a young child, probably like 11, and thinking that drinking coffee was a grown up thing and feeling so grown up when I was drinking my fraps (I know, suuuuper adult, right?). I’d always order decaf but I wanted to drink coffee because older people did. Then when I hit my late teens, I decided I needed to make my own coffee and start drinking my coffee black, not because I needed it exactly but because I just wanted to be that coffee snob. Ha! I relate so much to Aoi, although I have never purchased a pourover for that purpose. It’s so cute to see this reflected in an anime.
Whatever Raiden Says
When we were ready to let our hearts melt with Haruo and Akira’s story, High Score Girl took a turn and presented us Koharu Hidaka, a new girl competing for our boy’s attention even when she knows that Haruo only has eyes for video games. With 2 episodes already featuring her, is it normal to like her even more than Akira Ono?!
Haruo should be focusing in playing Street Fighter just so he can beat Akira whenever they meet again. However, the story kinda forgot about the untalkative brunette and even Street Fighter, now giving us the good old Mortal Kombat. Is this perhaps foreshadowing the imminent feud between the 2 girls? I don’t know, but this episode was definitely more comedic than the last one! In fact, the part where Haruo and Koharu debate about whatever Raiden says when he uses de Electric Fly was simply epic, not because of it being extremely funny but because we all have been there while playing MK. Oh, and another great scene comes thanks to Haruo’s mom as she never disappoints us when it comes to a girl in her son’s room.
To be honest, with Koharu being so sweet is hard not to root for her even if this kind of love triangles are not new to anime and she will probably be the loser here, but a girl with cute and honest reactions seems more enjoyable than a mute tsundere… even though we love Akira too! So, whose side are you on? Now we need to see how this other relationship develops, while we rub our hands dreaming of a Super Street Fighter II showdown between Koharu and Akira. One has the skills and the other one has the cabinet to practice at will!
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