What’s the show? Comic Girls, Episode 9.
So, does the flawless string of episodes continue? Listen, things were bound to falter eventually, no show can perform at the high standards that Comic Girls has been doing so for the last 4 or 5 episodes and not have an off-week.
Honeymoon’s over? Settle down, an off-week for Comic Girls is still a very good episode.
Right. So what’s this one about? Kaos continues her Kaospiral, a.k.a having zero motivation for storyboarding her manga. Meanwhile, Koyume is having a great week—that is until the other girls comment that she’s gained a little weight, causing her to have a spiral of her own. Dieting, exercising so much that it affects her overall mood causing her latest storyboards to be rejected for not having the same energy that they usually do. But things are quickly resolved when Koyume realises she has to live life the way she has to get to things done, namely eating sweets.
Uh-huh… and the second storyline? Tsubasa ~misplaces~ her manuscript at school and the girls panic to try and find it.
So in other words fairly standard slice of life/cute girls doing cute things plots? Yeah, but having such as you put it “standard” fare after the previous weeks really highlights the difference between what the show is capable of at it’s absolute best and what it’s like when it ‘takes things easy’. Which is the nicest possible way of saying ‘being lazy’.
Harsh words… Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed the heck out of this episode, sitting their with a grin on my face the whole time. I think it’s safe to say the more mature storytelling that came out of some of the previous episodes has spoiled me because I know how much more this show can be. This episode felt like one of the early ones where I was enjoying it happily and laughing and what not, but wasn’t particularly ~feeling~ or ~thinking~ anything more than surface-level stuff. Back when the show was pretty good CGDCT and not “contender for the best CGDCT show”, like I was saying last week.
So what were some highlights of the episode then? Just so this episode doesn’t seem too negative because I know that’s not your intent. Right. I really loved the scenes in the clothes shop, having Tsubasa trying on clothes that were a bit more ~mature~ was fun. Plus the sexual tension of Koyume and Tsubasa in the changing room, as well as the little flashback to when Tsubasa and Ruki were in (presumably) elementary school. As well as the girls reaction to Tsubasa being ‘cute’. The second half, while a lot weaker—almost filler level—had a great moment where they almost accidentally discover their homeroom teacher’s Boys Love manga storyboards from when she was in school. And of course a hilarious ‘cameo’ from Ririka to close out the episode.
So all in all? All in all, a very good episode with a lagging second half, but nothing that at all tarnishes the show’s overall quality. If I were binging this over a weekend rather than watching it week-to-week, it’d hardly be worth mentioning and I mean that both positively and negatively.
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