What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 3.
And what’s this episode about? Well, the episode is titled ‘Jiggle Jiggle Bounce’…
Oh god. Now hold your horses! It’s not as salacious as you think!
Uh-huh… so what’s it about then? Well our poor Kaos-chan has yet another bad feedback session about her newest manga idea which is basically just cute high-school girls eating crepes and so returns to the dorm to seek solace in her dormmates only to be bombarded by a hundred ideas on how to improve herself in order to facilitate a new outlook on what it’s like to be a ‘normal high school girl’. After a couple of montages (hair, outfits) boyish Tsubasa comes to the rescue assuring young Kaos-chan that she should just be herself.
Well that’s good. Wait there’s more!
Okay. They decide to hold a sketching contest which leads to donut loving Koyume having to pose suggestively for Kaos and Ruki which, in turn leads to the titular ‘Jiggle Jiggle Bounce’ of the title, which actually refers to Koyume’s breasts (jiggle) stomach (jiggle) and butt (bounce) respectively. Which ends up giving the girls all sorts of complexes as they compare themselves to each other.
They shouldn’t do that, they’re all perfect in their own ways! …h-huh?
Oh, err, I mean… “hmm, that’s interesting, go on…” Right… so, after some more shenanigans, some of which I think are hinting toward Tsubasa wanting to transition into a male. (If this weren’t a cute girl/comedy anime I’d be sure that’s what they were trying to allude to but let’s face it, they’d never attempt something so narratively daring.) We end up with Kaos pushing herself to be better at drawing so hard that she develops an eating disorder(?)
An eating disorder?! I didn’t expect that… Well I don’t even know if it’s that serious, maybe it’s just a cold. The way Japanese people treat catching a cold is like it’s comparable to catching the damn plague!
Right… So Kaos refuses to eat, for reasons. Until the dorm mother contacts Kaos’ parents and makes her dishes from home and everything is well in the world again.
I’m so confused. Listen, this show is super-funny, like there’s so many good lines and funny moments and just delightfully inappropriate situations in this episode that were it not for the final five minutes of this episode I might have even recommended it for those who were on the fence about this anime.
But now? Well it’s still all those things, just with a tacked on subplot that feels completely pointless and out of place. Like it really didn’t need it, it was doing fine with being slightly deep and moderately complex when it was dealing with Kaos and the fact that the only thing about her that’s grown in years is her hair and that her clothes are all made by her grandmother. It didn’t need to go all melodramatic, it’s better when its honest and scathingly comical.
‘Kay… So, uh… Koyume is current best girl (for the moment), this show is all kinds of great, except when it’s trying to be too dramatic. But all negatives aside I’m willing to let the show keep leading the way. I’m fond of the aesthetic and I’m fond of these girls, bring it on!