The little spark Chizuru provided to this series is still there, sort of, but while this episode was still an improvement over the first two it was rather pedestrian. Basically, the entire episode dealt with Kaname having a cold as a result of being rained on during a “mixer” that Chizuru called for the gang. I’ll have to please ignorance on the role of the mixer in Japanese teen life but it wasn’t a word that we used in that context when I was in high school. The bit with Shun and Yuki pretending they were girls to “even out the numbers” was extremely odd, and it really does seem as if Kimi to Boku throws the fujoshi a bone sometimes, just to keep them hooked. There were many more scenes of hair-petting, which seems to be a bit of a fetish here, and everyone jumped on Kaname’s bed and stole his notebooks. This show has a weird vibe, I’ll give it that.
Tamayura Hitotose – 04
I’ve been musing on why this show doesn’t interest me as much as some other pure slice-of-life shows like Sketch Book, or Sato Junichi properties like Ikoku Meiro. I used a cooking analogy last week, so to use a musical one – maybe it amounts to the fact that Tamayura is like soft jazz, or easy listening – soothing and pleasant to have running in the background, but largely lacking in wit, anger or complexity. It doesn’t have slightly edgy humor of Sketch Book or the complex character interplay of Ikoku, or even the fantasy-tinged zaniness of a show like Kamichu. It’s just cute girls (and an ever cuter boy) smiling and eating admittedly delicious-looking food and exploring the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea. About the most interesting thing going on is Norie’s by now slightly creepy obsession with Kou-tan. Maon is an odd one with her weird whistling, and she was this ep’s pleasant diversion as the gang visited her parents’ inn. I’d love to see some more of the bittersweet sadness surrounding Fu and Kou’s father that we did in the premiere, but alas what we’re getting next week is the return of the human waterworks Chihiro. I hope it’s a brief visit.