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Skip and Loafer Episode #08 Anime Review

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“Heat and Complications”

What They Say:
This country girl is ready for the big city! Well, at least she thought she was. Mitsumi’s dream is to attend a prestigious school and make the world a better place. But when she finally gets to Tokyo, it turns out she isn’t exactly prepared for city life. Luckily, she runs into Shima, a sweet and handsome classmate who becomes her first friend! Can she make it in Tokyo with Shima by her side?

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a date of sorts set with Shima, the opening is fun as we get to see Mitsumi getting help from Nao with what to wear and how to prepare. She’s convinced that it’s a date even though Mitsumi denies it completely but that’s overshadowed by the way Mitsumi just can’t put together an outfit to save her life. It’ll be what kills any romantic potential with a big city boy as she imagines Shima to be and it’s just adorable. Nao has had some great lines and presence for the limited time she’s been in the series and I keep hoping for more as she presents well as a surrogate parent in a situation like this. We don’t often get to look at the adult side of this situation as the focus is entirely on the kids and often the surrogate is completely absent. So this is a nice change of pace.

What makes the date fun to watch play out is that they are treating it like friends and it’s just silly but you have Mika watching from afar trying to figure it out. Which is made more complicated by Mitsumi’s uncle showing up – with proof of the relation – to spy on the pair because he’s worried about Mitsumi with the big city boy. But the montage of material shows them just having a very good time together and simply enjoying the zoo and all of its attractions without it being something romantic. It may be simple but watching as these two watch on and try to figure it out – and almost get caught a few times – works well. Mostly because Mika realizes that he’s not who she thinks he is and that kind of makes her like him more but hate herself more for thinking it. Even more fun is that before the halfway mark as they realize they’ve seen enough, Mitsumi’s uncle pulls back the hat and glasses and reveals themselves to be Nao of all people. The pretense was fun to play with and it makes for an adorable sequence for Mika.

The back half takes us to the sleepover, which is now happening at Mitsumi’s as Yuzuki’s place fell through, and Nao provides for some good adult material here in helping out but not being terrible. In fact, she’s got full proud-aunt feelings going on. The time spent together is a lot of fun as it’s pretty basic stuff and doesn’t go into a lot of boy-talk in the traditional way. A good chunk is through Mika’s point of view with how she feels competitive about Yuzuki and how she’s just so seemingly perfect, but it also gets her questioning herself and her own issues and problems as well. What becomes the best is the way that Mika and Nao end up quietly bonding after they followed the pair. When Mika leaves the sleepover early because she doesn’t want to hear about relationship stuff later, Nao sees through it but offers a way to save face with her friends while also getting to the core of things. Nao is the kind of adult young women need in their lives and it’s great to watch.

In Summary:
The episode does a lot of things very right but we also start to see a bit more of the drama toward the end with what Shima is going through and some of his past as he gets called out for a meeting. There’s a depth to things with the childhood friends aspect but also a lot of problematic areas as well and you can see how it’s going to be an issue as it progresses. But it’s easy to push that to the side for the rest of the episode because it works so well in showing these young women just being friends and working through all of that without much drama. Mika’s the real star of this episode overall but for my money it’s all about Nao with why it worked so well. That said, this is a great ensemble that delivers some fantastic stuff through and through, making me want so much more of it.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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