“It Was a Thrilling Autumn”
What They Say:
Renge, Natsumi, Komari, and former big-city-girl Hotaru live a quiet life in the Japanese countryside, but things get a lot more exciting when newcomer Akane Shinoda moves into the house next door to the Koshigaya family!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It’s Parents’ Day tomorrow! Every day feels like Parents’ Day to Renge though. Her big sister is their teacher after all. She decides to invite Candy Store to make it feel like a special day. I approve. Anyway, I’m sure none of the kids have anything to worry about. Okay, I’m lying. We all know that Natsumi is probably failing. It’s written all over her face, too. Her mom isn’t going to be happy about this. Well, it’s her fault for not studying! Kazuho has no sympathy for her. Oh yeah? Natsumi’s mom knows all about her sleeping in class. What will that say about her as a teacher if one of her students isn’t doing well? Uh oh. Kazuho doesn’t want to face Yukiko’s wrath! Natsumi tries to convince her to rig Parents’ Day tomorrow. She considers it but ultimately decides against it. She still has her honor as a teacher, dangit!
It’s Parents’ Day and for some reason, Kazuho looks really confident. Why is that? It turns out she tutored the heck out of Natsumi yesterday. And guess what? She remembered everything she was taught! Amazing. This should go smoothly then, right? I’m not so sure. Natsumi arrives and she has a look of defeat on her face. Apparently, she forgot everything she learned yesterday when she woke up. That’s unfortunate. As you can already guess, Parents’ Day does not go well for her. Heck, she couldn’t even answer simple questions. By the way, Renge answered for her and it was hilarious. Renge is smarter than Natsumi! Everyone else’s Parents’ Day went just fine. I’m pretty sure Natsumi got an earful from her mom later that day.
Renge decides to play with Shiori on a sunny day. Shiori has a brand new ball. Oh, are they going to play kickball or something? Actually, she wants to take the ball out for a walk. You read that right. Renge wasn’t ready for such a high level of conversation. She actually said that, haha. I don’t think any of us were ready for this. Anyway, Renge is intrigued. Shiori explains that she can’t have a dog at home so the ball is her pet. I suppose that makes sense. Does it have a name? Not yet. Renge decides to name it Dumpling. Shiori then proceeds to kick Dumpling. Hey, isn’t that your pet!? Should you be treating it like that? Shiori adds that even though Dumpling is her pet, it’s also a ball. Fair enough. Next thing you know, the girls start talking about air resistance, friction, and perfect roundness. Does perfect roundness even exist? This is too deep for me. My feeble mind can’t handle it.
Renge catches a little crab at the stream. I guess she got tired of talking about quantum physics or whatever. Natsumi decides to give her an old tank so she can keep it at home. She even carries it over to her house, cleans it, and sets everything up. That’s actually very nice of her! She did a great job, too. That crab is going to live in style! On a side note, Renge names it Salt. She has such a way with names, huh? Kazuho invites Natsumi to stay over for dinner. What’s on the menu? Crab cream croquettes. Rest in peace, Salt’s relatives.
This episode made me laugh way more than it should have. The first part about Parents’ Day was fun and the last part with Natsumi and Renge setting up the tank was adorable. But that middle part was what really threw me for a loop. I wasn’t expecting Renge and Shiori to start having such a high-level conversation. I’m going to be thinking about perfect roundness this whole week. I don’t watch this show to have my brain work this hard! I just want to watch cute girls doing cute things while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Is that too much to ask for!?
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