You probably don’t need any further information about this given the story so far. Imagine Touya and the whole female dominated cast of this show go to the beach. Done. Go for beach volleyball, swim suit mishaps, and leading questions to ensure appropriate awkward responses and blushing.
There is the slightly more interesting side story of Touya summoning the Black Emperor to assist with the whole investigating the underwater ruins and this was probably the only moment this episode that actually made me laugh give Touya’s combination of programming and slip. That’s a way to win a fight even if it is a little underhanded.
Otherwise though, very little to see here unless you actually like beach episodes.
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It’s hard to really care about Fuuka and Yuu’s romantic plight in this story (and we kind of need to given how little else is happening) when they manage to drag out the not speaking to each other/fighting for most of the episode because Yuu happens to have been seen with his childhood friend (admittedly, the childhood friend went out of her way to create a misunderstanding). What’s even sillier is both that either of the characters could resolve the situation but choose to take offence and be prickly about what is essentially a non-issue.
Given they are the ones continuing the conflict the fact that both characters ask ‘why’ just irritated me. Why did it turn out like this? Because you chose to make an assumption and get annoyed and then you chose not to talk to them about it, and then you chose to not accept an apology, before choosing to continue to ignore them. That’s why it turned out like that.
On a brighter note, we kind of have a band by the end of this episode. Too bad only one member is actually willing.
Before I get into my episode review I am going to admit that I didn’t watch the entirety of this episode. The fourteen minute mark features yet another anime near drowning and I stopped watching. Going back I skipped forward a few minutes when the characters were back at the beach house. Given it is unlikely that there will be any future drowning incidents in this show, I’m sticking with it for now.
The first nine minutes of this episode actually did a very good job of making me like Yuu Huruna and seeing him as an actual person (which is something the previous two episodes failed to do). Part of this is because I could totally relate to not being good at dealing with people and really not being able to stand the kind that ask you to endlessly repeat things louder or casually slap you on the back.
So, that really helped this show work to win me over. Then of course, he get’s a pep talk from Fuuka and suddenly trying hard can help you overcome your inner anxiety and social issues in an instant so there goes any chance of this show actually intending to take the personalities of the characters seriously. We then have the cheap plot contrivance of nearly drowning a character (which I would have had issues with regardless) that only serves to force Fuuka and Yuu’s relationship to a point where it might actually matter that she later sees him with his childhood friend now idol. I’m not dropping this show, but honestly, the cliché laden opening with the characters running into each other was definitely a sign that the writers of this have learned about human interactions from watching other anime and not from reality.
On the bright side, other than a couple of close-ups of Fuuka’s bikini the amount of fan service in the episode was way down on episodes 1 and 2.
Two days from Christmas and those of us in the land of Aus are dying from excessive waves of heat and humidity when we aren’t having our roofs blown off by summer storms. Seems odd that I’m still reviewing the Autumn 2016 anime season while summer is in full swing but even odder that we’re about to move to Winter 2017. But enough of that and let’s get to today’s feature (though admittedly this is more of a lazy discussion than an actual feature).
It seemed to me that it was a good opportunity to look at the common events that anime characters get up to over Summer Holidays. Not my favourite or the most annoying (this isn’t a top 5 list) but rather just a nice and laid back discussion about these common occurences. Anyone who watches a lot of anime should already know the seasons are really important in Japan and that is reflected in their anime.
First of all we have the obligatory beach or pool trip. This kind of screams summer because it’s hot and the characters want to cool off and generally the animators want to put the various characters into swimwear. We also then get the beach volleyball, the throwing various people into the water, the guy/girl who is lazing under the umbrella, sandcastle building, shell collecting, part time job serving refreshments and all the other clichés that go with being at the beach.
Of course most of you already know how I feel about water and the beach so needless to say these episodes don’t exactly appeal to me or my ideas around summer.
But that’s okay. Anime has plenty of other summer activities in store for us.
For instance we can go to a festival. This usually involves laying out or buying the appropriate clothes, everyone blushing and looking shy, eating some fantastic looking food, goldfish scooping (though what happens to all those goldfish is a question I’d rather never have answered), and probably a fireworks display. It’s fun, it’s energetic, it’s not entirely exclusive to summer as there are festivals in other seasons in anime, but it comes up a lot over the summer holidays and is kind of entertaining to watch.
Not to mention, I really want to eat all of that food. Looks so good.
One cliché that I actually don’t understand at all is the ghost hunt or test of courage. I’m not really sure why this seems to come in around summer time or what the obsession with walking through the woods/abandoned school building at night is but it’s another time honoured cliche that we’re going to run into.
If the characters are younger we’ll almost always be treated to a bug catching session (or if your characters involve Haruhi Suzumiya in which case you’ll definitely get sick of bug catching by the end of the endless eight). This is usually light and harmless fun and kind of reminds you of just how easy it is to find entertainment when you find joy in little things.
Last one I want to mention is the going to a relative in the country and then proceeding to bash around in semi-wilderness areas or mountains and usually making a random friend that at the end of summer you need to say farewell to.
All and all, summers in anime always look fun and full of things to do (as well as hot and there are a number of characters who would prefer to sleep at home). So for our discussion today I’ll ask you how you spend your summers or which anime summer would you most want to be in?
Thank-you for reading 100 Word Anime. Join the discussion in the comments. Karandi James
This episode of Kiss Him, Not Me at least avoided making me actively question how it is choosing to portray romance this week but that’s pretty much only because we first shifted the scene to a beach episode (because who doesn’t love those) and the focus this week shifted to Shinomiya who has so far been pretty much of a nothing character save for a few arguments with the other guys.
So the beach part of the episode (surfing, body boarding, suggestion of volleyball, BBQ, the forest at night, and a ghost scare) is all pretty standard and neither particularly good nor bad. It just kind of is. Shinomiya on the other hand is now the character I like second least in the series.
Apparently familiarity really doesn’t help in this case because amazingly enough the underclassman plagued by self-doubt and worried about his own inadequacies does not make for a compelling romantic lead nor a particularly interesting character and when the back drop for our focus on him is as generic as it comes there just isn’t any reason to like him at this point.
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