What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 5.
Last week you commended the show’s unexpected depth and maturity in dealing with a plot line regarding a character’s insecurities about her appearance when it came to meeting with her readers for the first time. How do things progress from there? It’s a beach episode!
*face palm* So much for that I guess… Among beach episodes I must say this ranks along the very best, it continued the thread of dealing with Ruki’s insecurities—albeit in a much more comedic fashion—as well as dealing with the fact that three out of the four girl’s aren’t really that much into the outdoors. It kind of reminded me of the riverbank episode of Blend-S in that respect.
Uh-huh, I’m sure all of 5 people will get that reference, but sure. So is this just a light-hearted episode to indulge in some bikini related fan-service? Oh no, quite the contrary! Only about the first third of the episode takes place at the beach, the rest of the episode gives us some phenomenal character development for the busty blonde Koyume, who—during a shopping trip with Ruki—admits that she has strong feelings for boyish Tsubasa. Feelings she wants to actively pursue!
Oh! I didn’t realise it was that kind of show? Nor did I, but that’s what makes it so great and organic. Like, obviously Koyume showed an interest in Tsubasa in previous episodes but it was the kind of thing that could be written off as ‘comedic’ or at the very most ‘a casual crush’. But in this episode Koyume talks about wanting to date her and wanting her “first relationship” to be with “someone special” like her. It’s all very sweet and honest and personal.
So what happens? Well, after some ‘meddling’ from the dorm’s housemother in the form of two “soon to be expired” theme park tickets, Koyume and Tsubasa go on a “date”. Of course, it’s only a one-sided date because Koyume hasn’t confessed anything toward Tsubasa. During the day the couple are shadowed by the other Comic Girls and the housemother who are secretly keeping tabs on the progress of the date, all the while rooting for them to get together!
And do they? Well, after an almost confession in a ride queue they board the ferris wheel for a sunset ride, everything is perfect for an unforgettable romantic moment, but!
But?! But it’s just not the right time… Koyume makes some of her feelings known, namely that she respects Tsubasa so much, but Tsubasa being wholly unfamiliar with the romantic world misconstrues her comments to being about the fact that Koyume is yet to have a serialized manga project. She gets a gentle pat on the head and some thoughtful words, and while their friendship is no doubt stronger, the romantic prospects are on halt—at least for the moment.
Well that seems like a bit of a let down… In a way I suppose, it’s still early on and I can see them returning to this plot-line later. I am glad that, everyone was so supportive of the idea of their relationship though. Koyume aired some initial concerns about “being attracted to a woman” and whether that was “normal”, i.e. the usual yuri anime comments. But Ruki was quick to tell her there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, which was deeply appreciated.
Cool, so how’s this episode compare to the others? While not as immediately different as the previous episode was, it still had a certain no-nonsense quality to how certain Koyume was of her feelings for Tsubasa and that they surpassed a mere crush. That plot line aside it was as funny and well-written as the previous ones and added much needed interactions between characters that—up to this point—had had little screen-time one-on-one. Usually when it comes to slice of life/cute girls doing cute things anime, I’ll be fairly sure of my feelings for a show by the second or third episode, but this show, which started out as just “very good” has quickly become a contender for one of my favourite of the genre!
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Categories: Spring 2018 Anime