You know, there’s more yuri than I typically pay attention to in this show. But less than Simoun.
What They Say:
Shinobu Omiya is a 15-year old school girl. She may look like a classically Japanese girl with raven black hair and sweet eyes, but when she was a junior high school student, she actually went to stay with a host family in the UK. She misses her time abroad and one day a letter arrives for her by air mail.
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Aya’s parents are out of town, so everyone’s having a sleepover at her house. It was pretty cute, since Aya was kind of shy over the fact that she was lonely. Then, after Karen points out that she’s cold, she gets super nervous over that. Basically, Aya is super tsundere. Because she doesn’t REALLY want to do these things for you, but she will if it’s for you.
The girls’ sleepover is pretty lightweight, mostly being a series of gags. In one, Yoko adds “two tablespoons” (which ends up being about a cup) of soy sauce. In another, Karen and Alice try to break eggs over their head. They’re all chuckle-worthy, but nothing more.
The next big segment is about Aya trying to be more outgoing. As a result, she asks Karen to take her under her wing. Thus, Karen becomes Aya’s master. Expectedly, it doesn’t end up well in terms of Aya learning anything from Karen. But Aya does learn some things, like the fact that everyone is the way they should be. In other words, no need to become like another person. The reason behind the change is because Aya’s convinced that Yoko’s mad at her for slapping her hand away at the sleepover.
In quite a long segment after the credits, the girls play a hide and seek game in the school. It proves that character development will only last as long as the story arc calls for it. After that, everyone seems to fall into their default tropes.
It was pretty throwaway at the beginning, but it ended up actually being about something. It’s a generic, yet important, message that these slice of life shows always tell in that you should be who you are. What’s more important is that there’s some character development through this generic trope (even if it is generic character development). Aya’s always been the shy one in the group, but she’s come a little out of her shell as a result of this episode. The ending, however, ruins it all. These slice of life shows will keep the status quo no matter what, so it’ll be easy to write the jokes for it.
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