Shirokuma Café – 21

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Nothing fancy here – just 22 minutes of pure Panda-kun idiocy.

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.22_[2012.08.23_11.14.42]I suppose the headline this week is a full-on overdose of KanaHana in the second chapter, but I think I actually got more laughs out of the first one.  Somehow the sight of Panda-kun in an otter suit wearing an inner tube just set me off, I don’t know why.  It’s not as if this was the most memorable sketch of non-otters breaking clams on their tummy (Sasako-san takes the cake there) but when Shirokuma Café really takes the central conceit of the show to the ludicrous extreme it always makes me laugh in a big way.  I also thought it was pretty funny that Miyata Kouki plays both Otter-san and Badger-san, and those were the first two reassignments Panda had.  I also loved Panda-kun’s llama bow.  But just who the heck is this Zoo Director, anyway – and how come I’ve never worked for someone like that?

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.30_[2012.08.23_11.14.50]More Mei Mei is always a good thing (though I was hoping we’d see the panda babies, too).  Her sibling relationship with Panda-kun comes off as surprisingly normal, actually, though her infatuation with “Prince Han” clearly doesn’t (and that’s not even worrying about the species thing).   Even allowing for Handa-san’s strong points (reliable, kind, clean) he hardly seems like the type that the Tiger Beat (Panda Beat?) crowd would go for.  I like Handa-san but I’ve pretty much given up hope for him as anything but a hopeless case – I mean really, folding shopping bags into tiny triangles?  Refusing a tea invitation by saying you have to get to the store to buy a light bulb for the john?  Obviously the Mei Mei thing isn’t going anywhere, but that kind of cluelessness isn’t going to be much help in courting Sasako-san.

[HorribleSubs] Polar Bear Cafe - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_02.36_[2012.08.23_11.14.56]I know it’s silly, but as good as KanaHana is I couldn’t stop thinking though that second sketch how funny Aoi Yuuki would have been doing all that Mei Mei fangirl squeeing.  At least it took my mind off the whole subplot with Handa-san marrying Ms. Badger, which actually crossed over some invisible barrier and started to actually seem a little creepy.  And as much fun as Mei Mei is, I found myself missing Shirokuma-san and Penguin-san there by the end.  Next week looks like it’ll make up for it at least in part, as we have two Penguin chapters on the way.

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  1. b

    Panda Kana Hanazawa. Sounds like a tongue twister.
    As one of my favorite seiyuus, the second half was just overkill for me. I'm just gonna ignore the species issue in this infatuation as I don't think this will go there. But seriously, Handa is such a lame person and character. That's why I'm not on the HandaxSasako ship. Oh well.

    inb4 Zoo Director is Norio Wakamoto or Nakata Jouji. That would be epic.

  2. K

    Panda-kun isn't as entertaining without Shirokuma-kun and Penguin-san around. His skewed worldview just rubs me the wrong way. I believe the zoo-keeper is a cross-species cosplay or cross-play (AFAIK, my own made up word) fan.

    Panda-mama fails as a parent, if her kids grow up with such a mindset.

  3. e

    Panda is… unreal yet much too similar to a few people I've met or worked with, in this lovingly irritating borderline grating kind of way. I soo want to kick his furry chubby buttocks sometimes X,D. But then he makes those sighs, and those blushy cheeks. HNNNG.
    In this regard seeing him being the harrassed voice of reason versus Mei Mei borderline obnoxious teenage fangirling about Handa was a bit of satisfactory karmic turnaround for me.
    Anyway, I'm really glad next episode we're back to the other members of the cast. Panda overload is overloady.

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