A good episode of Yumeiro Patissiere Professional. It’s hijinks in sweets fairyland, and the humans get to go, too!
The reason they’re going is to help out the jerks in fairyland, about to fail their last-chance exam if they don’t come up with an good idea. The humans show up because Chocolat or Vanilla screwed up their new spell (they have extra powers now!). It will come as no surprise that Kashino is also desperate for a new idea or two. The human world and the fairy world often mirror each other. And it gives us the opportunity to have one of the boys encounter his fairy counterpart for the first time. I wonder why Miya wasn’t included. Imagine her having two Kashino-types to drool over! A waste of comic potential.
They go off to seek inspiration by visiting fairy landmarks, Ganache falls, Mount Gelato (and that’s it this episode. It’s actually a two-parter). The ganache part was fairly routine, but things pick up at Mount Gelato, which rises so high the fairies can’t fly there. They go through a magical clothes-changing portal which transforms everyone to mountain climbing gear, except for Kashino, who becomes a cuddly bear, and Johnny, who doesn’t change at all, probably because jeans and T-shirt are adequate enough. Most of the jokes come at Kashino’s expense, and I wonder if it’s because he’s such a grump, the one person who doesn’t want to be in fairyland, or is there something else going on?
Circumstances lead to Ichigo and Kashino losing the others and taking shelter from the rain. It’s one of the few times in the new series the two have been alone together. A perfect opportunity for Ichigo to talk sense about Kashino’s shop frustrations (he’s acting like Andou did last week) and provide him with a little affection and reassurance. It’s a sweet scene that might not have happened in the human world. Though I can’t help but point out that while Ichigo was unconscious Kashino undressed her and put her in his bear suit. But this IS, after all, the fairy world.
And then we get to the moral of the episode: sometimes you have to get out and experience things if you don’t want to fall into a rut. It helps that Ravel plays as the clouds break and reveal the view. Kashino has some food for thought, and we’ll be back next week for more landmark visiting, apparently having to do with cages and flying into trees.