What’s the show? Chio’s School Road, Episode 3.
And what happens on Chio’s way to school this episode? Well we get a conclusion of sorts to the ‘Bloody Butterfly’ fiasco–though I doubt it’ll be the last we’ll be seeing of the motorcycle gang’s leader. I kinda felt like that first half of the episode was kind of lacking because it didn’t have the same level of delirious escalation that it had in the previous episode. It was good, it just wasn’t tremendously funny.
And the second-half? Kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi kabaddi.
What are you trying to say? Are you saying ‘comedy’? I might as well be! Kabaddi is a sport from India, it’s kind of like full contact tag–except played on sides with a relatively small square court for the game to be played in.
And how does that end up becoming involved with Chio’s trip to school? Well Chio and Manana are talking about the school fitness test when Chio starts mocking the absurdity of side-stepping (a component of the fitness test) which then evolves into mockery of Kabaddi–only for the captain of the Kabaddi club Madoka to be standing within ear shot accompanied with their sporty friend Yuki.
And that’s a bad thing? Well yeah, Madoka is tall, muscular, large breasted and a third-year and mocking a sport played by someone like that isn’t the wisest move. But Chio and Manana play it off by acting like they are actually interested in the sport and so end up involved in a high-stakes game–if they lose they have to join the Kabaddi club!
And do they? Lose that is? Well Manana’s out pretty much immediately leaving it down to Chio to take out the well-versed and muscular captain of the club and the sportiest girl in their grade–not a simple task for someone who spends their free time playing video games! But Chio has an ace up her sleeve, “gamer brain”! And so turns the entire ‘problem’ of having to beat these two into a puzzle. Which she expertly solves by playing into Madoka’s lesbianism and having her lock her arm underneath Yuki’s perineum to elicit a sort of sexual stalemate.
…I don’t even know what to say to that… It’s a funny scene, and yes I’m sure the complaint could be made that exploiting Yuki and making Madoka something of a ‘predatory lesbian’ character due to her actions is inherently problematic and reinforces negative stereotypes about sexuality–but I’m not going into a rant like that in a show like this.
Seems like you know what you’re talking about more than me on this subject. Not really, I’m sure there’s been posts about this before and there will probably be posts about it because of the scene but I don’t feel qualified to talk about it here. Maybe it bothered me a little bit and maybe they’ll lean into that character trait more as the season goes on (the opening credits suggest it’s a possibility) at which point I might feel compelled to talk about it in more depth but as it stands I’m going to let it slide.
Fair enough. So you still loving this show as much as you were previously? Admittedly this is a weaker episode, but there’s no way a show like this could continue at the pace it had been for the previous two episodes. I like that they added some “consequences” for Chio’s actions in regard to the ‘Bloody Butterfly’ storyline–even if said consequences weren’t amazingly interesting or even terribly realistic. (Look at me complaining about realism in this slice of absurdity) Either way I’m still fully enamoured with Chio as a character, and the side characters are coming into their own too–I eagerly await more of this delightfully silly show!
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Categories: Summer 2018 Anime