Sae brings the whole thing about blushing gals to a whole new level. This episode returned a bit on the wholesale laughing out loud notion in Episode 4 and I must say that this is turning out to be a hell good ride.
Let’s go on to Episode 6!
Yuno was dreaming of a red blanket chasing after her as it approached, only for her to wake up after realizing she had fallen asleep after studying for the entire night. As she left her house, she realized that Miyako was not awake as she knocked on her door. Miyako looked like she just woke up as Yuno assumed that Miyako spent the night studying but she had overslept for 12 hours. As they walked down, Yuno found Hino watering plants as she asked her what she was doing. Hino said she was handling herbs, but the same noun applied to “harp” and Yuno said that it was expensive to maintain it.
During the exam, Yuno checked her stationary, only to realize that she brought the plasticine to wipe off sketches rather than an eraser. She asked Miyako whether she had two erasers but Miyako was sleeping. The exam started as she started to answer rapidly and she found that all her answers were “A”. She thought it was merely a coincidence but all the questions were answered with option “A” as she started to worry if there was something wrong. The last exam was Miyu-sensei as the questions were totally irrelevant with Japanes history questions, a picture of a principal, questions of what the students like (in a survey) and a 50 mark question on how to make excuses when she had trouble with the principal (a clear abuse of power).
The exam ended and Miyu-sensei told everyone that she would place the scripts of the lowest grade in front of the school gate but she was scolded by the principal. They then returned home, with Miyako doing some suntanning on the roof. A cat came as she placed her on her stomach and fell asleep. Yuno went to find Miyako and Miyako flew from the rooftop. Yuno said it was dangerous and found that Miyako was very tanned with a paw mark on her stomach which was very cute.
They thought of ways to keep cool and Miyako said a good way would be to say strange things. However, the same noun spoken also represented “staircase”, as Yuno wondered how falling from the staircase could make someone feel cool. Sae was playing with the fan as she spoke with a “windy” sound and she realized that Miyako and Yuno had been looking at her. Yuno and Miyako actually came to play with Sae as it would be colder on the first storey as Sae allowed them in. Miyako then opened Sae’ cabinet and found a very mushy romantic love story written by her. Sae blushed like a tomato when Miyako and Yuno recited the contents as she snatched it back.
Sae suggested to go to the pool but Yuno said that she was a “saw in water” (she meant to say she can’t swim) as the imaginery appeared. Miyako then went to grab her inflatable pool and told everyone that her parents wanted her to bring it because she was staying alone. The other two found that it made totally no sense. Miyako said that she was going to wear her school swimming costume as she did not have any. Sae felt that it would be like school as she passed her a T-shirt and a bikini bottom. As Miyako went to change, Yuno asked why Sae only gave the bikini bottom and Sae explained that she did not want Miyako to complain that the top was too tight. Yuno then started to blush and tried to say that Sae’s physique was very good for a female.
They brought the inflatable pool out to the grass and asked Yuno to blow it up. Yuno amusingly used her mouth as both were surprised she did not use the pump. Miyako then started to pump the pool while the other two went to change, as she mumbled about how hot and how happy she was while pumping it up. Inside Hino’s room, we realized that Hino was having steamboat in order to sweat and slim down to wear all the skimpy clothes for summer. Yuno said they intended to ask Hino out for the pool but they went out without her, jumping right in. They then had to refill the water, waited and played water. Rinse and repeat.
As they had the steamboat in Hino’s room, they realized that the whole act was an attempt to slim down, as Sae continued to tell Miyako not to only eat meat. They continued to have random jobs involving steamboat, like Steamboat president, Steamboat CEO and Steamboat best Jeans person among other random things. It was however getting too hot, as they went to soak in the pool. As they went into the pool, they talked about the relaxation being like in the sea (and some other stuff which I cannot get).
Yuno then re-accounted her queer dream as Miyako asked if she was hated by the red blanket. Everyone sweat-dropped at the silliness. A few random shots of them in swimming costumes assumed with a lingering shot of the four of them in a beach. As Yuno started to bathe, she realized that the red blanket was also a customary sign that she would not do well in the exams. Leaving the bathroom, it seemed like the caterpillar was about to morph. It was in fact not a caterpillar but a butterfly. Everyone started panicking and tried to get rid of it as it flew around in the room.
This episode really cements the series as my favorite winter series up to date. It continues on the word play of various things which is always hilarious. I have to say that the one about maintaining herbs and maintaining a harp is just total randomness, as it seemed that Yuno is always the one that is making these really silly mistakes at words. Yuno does seem a little ditsy and naive at times, which makes for times of hilarity.
I feel so bad for even criticizing Yuno being a bad lead. She is definitely funny in her own right and it is definitely a misjudgment in Episode 3 that I said that she is a bit boring. That said, I cannot believe how silly she is to actually blow up an inflation pool with her mouth. What is she thinking really?
Even a country pumpkin should know that it’s totally impossible but it does tell you that Yuno is perhaps from a rural area before she came to the Hidamari Hostel. That hint is already in from the vegetables sent over to her. I do want to know how she is like when she is back in the rural area. It must be silly laughter but I doubt they will explore it.
Another thing that gags me to no end is the continuous joke on Hino’s slimming down efforts in really hideously amusing ways. I mean, the last thing that I can imagine someone to do in order to slim down is to eat hot plate or steamboat at a fricking summer season. You will probably burn from heat stroke and Hino is really the typical paranoid with weight gal. The small chest gag on Sae seems to be likely to repeat in the future and I will be mean and laugh along when it does happen. The other continuous gag is how Sae blushes so badly like a tomato which makes me wonder what makes Sae blush. Maybe I should think of some warped ways to make her blush within a second.
Yes, I can be a rather evil sadist sometimes.
This episode is very well done, which is amazing considering that there is very little of Miyu-sensei, my favorite character along with Miyako. I guess it’s no longer important for any of the characters to be present in order for this series to work, especially when all the characters are very likable, with their unique traits persisting for this slice of life series.
Great stuff, and next week seems to be on the sports week in October. I wonder what Miyako will do next that is totally random.