I still don’t know what to make of the opening to this week’s episode. And, funnily enough, the rest of it was just as weird and wonderful. In other words, less focus on developing the relationships this time, but a whole heap of gags galore…
A brief HelvetiGAR Standard segment opens the show this week and gets the megane look; some school girls entertain themselves in the rain; there’s still nobody buying any daifuku; Mio shows us how to High-Jump via the Fish-Flop technique; there are white tigers galore at the zoo; Hakase, fearing the wrath of Nano, threatens to sacrifice Sakamoto to the Laundry Gods; a certain trio of schoolgirls try to avoid more rain by taking shelter in a temple and then completely wrecking it; and the Igo Football club hold a fabulous audition-match for a new advisor. OGI-BOSHI~!
Well, for an episode that barely featured my current favourite robot girl and her friends, this was a whole heap of laughs. Aside from two or three sequences, the episode was mainly a series of disconnected, but (thankfully all) hilarious moments. I still don’t know what to make of that Helvetica Standard sequence (or, rather, HELLVETICA STANDARD), but that, and smaller points of focus such as the rain, the Cheetah head, the Tigers, Hakase’s raincoat and the ‘in-between’ shots this week were, I thought, nice touches/ well-animated, and collectively that blend of random + mundane + funny = : D that I love about this show. In short: it was one of those episodes where there wasn’t much development of key relationships, as we’ve previously seen with Nano and the schoolgirls, but everything just seemed to roll along in fine form in terms of pace, energy and humour.
It’s probably safe to say that the High-Jump, laundry, temple and Igo Football club sequences were the main ones of note in the episode, but I thought that the first one was also interesting in its focus on Mio. Unusually (and alarmingly), we see her struggling with something to such an extent that she even requires the help of Yukko. Heaven help her… or rather, both of them, as it turns out. Yes, for once, I felt sorry for more that one of those two girls. Ouch.
And speaking of feeling sorry for people, finally, WTH was Hakase playing at in the rain-soaked laundry scene?! I’d have been genuinely annoyed at her if the whole thing hadn’t’ve been so funny. I mean, who hasn’t had to face rushing out to bring in the clothes due to sudden rain (a frequent occurrence if you live in London, I might add) while trying not to get too soaked themselves? And who would admit to taking a bit too long to do so in order to stay as dry as possible, I wonder… Anyway, I guess Hakase looked pretty cute in her waterproofs, but poor Sakamoto, eh. And poor Nano, at having to wash them all over again. Someone really didn’t deserve that portion of omurice.
- Nanooo, you are far too nice!