Shirokuma Café – 37

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If ever a series was cut out for a Christmas episode, it’s Shirokuma Café.

Among the early Christmas presents to the viewers of Shirokuma:

[HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_37_[720p].mkv_snapshot_01.59_[2012.12.14_09.22.58]Some shows have to try and little too hard to make a Christmas ep and it shows, but Shirokuma is really in its comfort zone – very silly, just a bit heartwarming, a tiny bit satirical of the silliness of the pomp and circumstance of the season.  We got a little bit of everything – Grizzly getting trolled by Shirokuma and a box of vegetable oil, Penguin-san being a pathetically needy soul (though he got his Christmas miracle, finishing one of his traditional Japanese comedic presentations), a range of returning guest stars. 

[HorribleSubs]_Polar_Bear_Cafe_-_37_[720p].mkv_snapshot_02.20_[2012.12.14_09.23.19]We also got a healthy dose of the creepiest character in anime, Rin-Rin.  I did not need to see him with a Panda hug pillow, thank you very much.  On the other hand he did knit Panda-kun exactly what he wanted, a fluffy panda pochette (now they match).  And poor Llama-san got outshined again, this time by the fluffier and more luxurious Alpaca-san.  And Sasako-san finally appeared for real in the preview, where I’ve noticed she has a somewhat edgier personality than she does in the show itself.  There was no Christmas romance for Handa-san though, sadly – just a puzzling picture for Prince Han (I think he would have preferred the scrub brush) from his greatest admirer.  Perhaps he can repay her with cuteness – she’d surely consider that legal tender.

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7 comments

  1. M

    Rin-Rin and Panda-kun are destined to be together… Not many people know that.

  2. H

    Man Mamoru Miyano can do a voice REALLY CLOSE to Daisuke Ono. I wasn't sure if Alpaca was just him doing a slightly different voice or a new seiyuu altogether.

    But yeah you summed up my favorite parts of the episode into those 5 bullet points X D

  3. K

    How can you call Penguin pathetic? Poor Penguin!

    Actually I think it is poor Llama lol.

  4. b

    That vacuum sure is something. It pulled Panda from a distance and considering Panda's weight, that says a lot. I loved that double "don't suck me up" of FukuJun and KanaHana.

    And quite an early Christmas episode but a good one nonetheless.
    Mamoru Miyano joining in here is quite a treat. I believe he's also one of those Yama Arashi porcupines too. Llama and Alpaca looks weird in a choir(and standing up as well).

    No plans for Sasako-san huh. She is quite simple.
    Penguin got to drink with others so he's still okay. Though is rakugo that entertaining? Seems like a bore to me. I know it's a traditional thing to them but the determination of Penguin to do one is hard for me to understand given that it's one person telling a story of sorts. It's something to see in person I guess when I eventually visit Japan. Someday.

  5. I think the fact that even most Japanese find rakugo boring is the joke, really.

    Yeah, Miyano-san was one of those idol porcupines too. Several actors have done double-duty on this series.

  6. e

    Aw, I was hoping to hear Alpaca and Llama singing in their choir. Llama-san, be my Xmas date <3. No luxurious alpaca can compare to you :,).
    Panda's amount and variety of Rin-induced facial contorsions was oddly entertaining and fascinating. Never saw him squirming so much in a single episode.
    This episode left me with a craving for baby penguins's choo-choo (kidnapping them NAO :,) ) , Greek yoghurt (it's indeed delicious) and champagne (they're gonna deplete poor Grizzly's stash at that pace, ahah).
    Also, Wolfie in Santa garb is quite a sight. And Shirokuma can shake cocktails like a boss. Oh very merry paws.

  7. m

    And it just so happens that was sitting here watching this episode wrapped in my favorite Alpaca blanket.
    These things are super warm!!!

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