I guess Jitsu wa Watashi wa figured we didn’t have enough weirdos in the school.
Not that I mind. The new one, the demon Akane, thousands of years old but looking like a young girl and acting like a brat, can be fun to watch. And we learn just why all the weirdos are at the same school in the first place: she admitted them, and Koutomo-sensei, the fierce homeroom teacher, did the paperwork, meaning she’s in on all of it. Since Koutomo is relatively normal and so is Asahi, it gives them a chance to bond in a “look what we have to deal with” way. As for the episode, it’s okay. I like Youko messing with Akane, and them accusing the other of being immature, though it leads to a sexiness contest that had little in the way of laughs and went on far too long. And they throw in Nagisa for no reason only to have her leave again. Now I hope they’ll start bouncing the weirdos off each other. They have enough of them.
Non Non Biyori: Repeat 7 … Is is my imagination or is this season way better than the first?
The plot points for this episode, if anyone cares, is Hikage’s return to the countryside for summer break, and Hotarou’s fear of jumping into the river from the bridge. With the former, she seems to have given up on trying to impress people with her worldly Tokyo ways, and while she tends to consider her home boring, she slowly and happily slips back into its routines. As for the latter, of course Hotarou gets the nerve. She also has a bit of Tokyo envy this episode, but it passes. There’s one gag sketch where Renge gets Hikage to play dolls with her, Renge style, but after that the show clearly has had enough of what other shows do and takes the rest of the episode off.
And so we get one of its best sequences yet. Well, there’s a plot going on when Hotarou forgets her bag on the bus and she, Renge, and Hikage walk to the depot to get it, but the bag is just an excuse to get the girls walking and experiencing things: fresh water from a pipe, pomegranates, a big dragonfly they try to catch. One little thing after another with the show’s usual beautiful rural scenery. This is the only show going where being aimless and pointless are its strengths.
Sore ga Seiyuu! 7 is a happy one. All three girls are working in the same studios, but for different projects. Futaba’s dubbing a movie, Ichigo’s doing an audiobook, and Rin a game. Naturally all three get anxious beforehand. Futaba has to work with that asshole (named Yamori) from episode one, AND one of her heroes, Koyama Rikiya (who’s done a lot, for me all I remember is Maid-Guy), so she tries not to screw up in front of either one. Ichigo tends to get into her text as if she’s reading it and not reciting it, and Rin, all alone in her studio, struggles to do lines without knowing the context, and to make getting punched noises.
But, finally, for all their anxieties, they all do just fine. Futaba plays her zombie part and some bit roles and is only stopped once, and that was because her pitch was too close to the other bit character’s, not her fault and easily fixed. Nice scream at the end, too. Likewise, Ichigo and Rin perform, adjust, and perform again. So at the end of the day they walk out of the same studio they walked out of in episode 1, but no longer in despair. And they have their umbrellas. Good for them. So nice to have an episode that doesn’t have anyone screw up …