Why does Miyako remind me of a more matured Miu Matsuoka from Ichigo Mashimaro? Sometimes, she acts exactly like her in the same eccentricity and Hiro is like Chika, delivering as always the wonderful bump on the head.
Yuno was doing a bit of morning exercise after waking up, as she noticed a note left by the landlord that they needed to make a new sign for their hostel. As they were in Miyako’s room, Miyako was using sandpaper to alter the shape of the signboard and overly sawed it until it became too small. As Hiro arrived, we realized that Miyako’s room was tidied, with piles of rubbish bags at the side of the room.
They then realized that Miyako’s room was much cheaper at 40,000 yen compared to theirs at 45,000 yen, with Sae speculating that there must be something wrong with the room. Hiro added that she had heard rumors about Hidamari being rumored as a “Bloody hostel”, with loud noises in the night. They then returned to their work, saying that Hiro was simply scaring people but Hiro insisted that there were “creak” sounds on the floor and blood appearing.
As Hiro moved, a creak sound did appear as Miyako said that it was probably due to Hiro’s weight. Hiro then awarded Miyako with a bump on the head, as Hiro said she was going to diet today. Time moved on as Yuno came out of the restroom as she heard the “creak” sound again but Miyako said she never took any notice since she was singing all the time. Yuno said she realized it because Miyako was singing up to 11pm when Miyako said she slept at 9. Hiro then wondered where the singing came from, but Miyako lazily added that it was probably her sleep-talking, or more accurately, sleep-singing.
They then went on to decide who was going to write which part of the sign, but there was an additional letter “hostel”. After they discussed about the different names that they were about to give, Sae reminded everyone that the landlord never said anything about changing the name. Hiro then re-accounted that she met Miyu-sensei who was wearing a huge jacket on the streets. She suddenly opened her jacket and showed the nice swimsuit she was wearing pretty like a flasher. Each of them then went about writing their own sign.
As they cleaned up the brushes, one of the brushes fell but rolled down even though there was no slope. Miyako then said that it was because Hiro was sitting there and caused a slope to appear, earning Miyako yet another bump on the head. As they uncovered the mattress, they realized that there were a lot of drying agents. Miyako and Sae then went over to ask the landlord (who was a beautiful young lady) and realized that the room was furnished by the owner herself. That was why it was much cheaper to help poorer students have the chance to aspire for their dreams. The room was also easily flammable due to the drying agents and rain would sometimes seep through.
As the paint dried on the sign, they put it up and saw an announcement for a festival (and Miyako only saw the free snacks if they came in a yukata). Miyako did not have one but Hiro passed her one that was above knee length, saying that it was from her younger days. Hiro and Yuno felt that it was very cute but Sae thought it was too high and felt more like a vixen. They then met with Miyu-sensei, who turned up a beautiful rose yukata. They then played the ball fishing game and Miyako was extremely good as she said she used this game to exchange for takoyaki when she was young.
They then went on to play some small fire lighters, as Hiro told Sae that the yukata Miyako was wearing was cursed with a fox spirit and nothing went well the two times Hiro wore it. Sae was shocked that she passed such a robe to Miyako but Hiro misinterpreted it as giving the robe to the wrong person since Hiro would fit better. Just when they were talking,
Miyako suddenly ran ahead saying that she heard fireworks, with them chasing her. As they ran up the stairs, there was in fact fireworks as they wondered whether it was the work of the fox spirit. However, as they arrived home, another instance of Miyako acutely hearing Hiro doing some ice grinding across the room proved that it might be just that Miyako had a great hearing sense.
I am wondering whether an episode summary is required for this series but I do like it a lot. The reason why it feels a bit queer to blog about this series is because it is an extremely slow slice of life series that has about nothing happening, yet the interaction between the characters are pretty interesting.
For example, I like the digs of Miyako at Hiro’s weight, and it was apparent that Hiro was extremely sensitive of her weight. It is pretty good to hear the calm and slow-paced interactions between the four characters. Of course, the flasher antics of Miyu-sensei adds to the icing quite a bit. I mean, which crazy person will wear a swimsuit right out in the open with only a huge jacket and suddenly open up the jacket to some innocent girl? I wonder if I can have such a teacher too…
Other than that, this series is making me feel a little fuzzy, yet it’s a simple theme with a simple story. The graphics ain’t too good and there is a good amount of overly stretched graphics, but it fits decently in the series as it is not overly cute yet not overly disturbing that you get detracted from the viewing experience.
Honestly, I do not know if the summary helps so do reflect it. If it doesn’t, I can change this slightly to a picture filled summary rather than a wordy format. I think it might work better for this series.