Finally, more Mio screen time in this epi, as we see some great, and not so great, mangaka skills on display. Amongst the manga mayhem, we also see fun and games at the Shinonome Laboratory, and a bit with a dog…
Sakamoto gets scared; Mio gets professional encouragement to work on a new manga (or, at least, to try to); Yukko stabs herself with a mechanical pencil and then spills ink on Mio’s pages; Mai is also as (though, wilfully) useless as Yukko at helping Mio; Goat Guy shows us how to run down a corridor, while evading Gunderes; the Shinonome Lab residents show us how to play Hide and Seek; Mai’s dog shows us how to troll a troll; and more manga mayhem ensues.
In short: never ask Yukko for help.
I mean, it’s not rocket science, eh. Okay, in not as short…
Oh gosh, that opening. Poor Sakamoto. Again. Though, speaking of Sakamoto, it was nice to see some development of his character. Amidst all the teasing, of course. Nonetheless, it was like watching the kid who’s always left out of the fun and games finally taking part and loving it. Until the others get bored and walk away, that is. Another case of so touching + so funny = so WIN.
And speaking of touching/ funny, Hakase’s little moment during the game of Hide and Seek while she was hiding in the hidden wall was, the moé comedy aside, also memorable because it was another reminder of how clever and yet how young she still is. Who’d be child genius, eh. Actually, I shudder to think what she’ll be like when she’s older…
And speaking of people with formidable talents, it was great to see Mio’s mangaka skills being recognised. Though, before I discuss Dat Sketch, let’s have some love for her fabulous wardrobe:
Most of the episode, of course, focussed on a certain group of schoolgirls’ varying efforts to help a certain blue haired budding mangaka meet her deadline. Clearly, Mio didn’t watch Kuragehime last year, or she would’ve known that Yukko would be even less helpful that Mayaya and Tsukimi were at helping Meijiro-sensei combined. Still, as predictably infuriating as Yukko And Mai were, at least it gave us some great lines, not least of all Mai’s, ‘Because this manga isn’t very interesting’. Ouch. Don’t worry, Mio, I’m sure there are more B.L. fans out there.
And finally, a few words on the even fewer/ brief ‘in between shots’ this week. That is, those shots of the computer desk with the changing screensaver and various bits and bobs scattered around it. I just loved the way those scenes showed how a person’s presence can be conveyed just as much through their absence. In a show that’s so exaggerated, it’s also refreshing to see such ‘realistic’ moments – or, flashes of ‘everyday life’, I guess!