“Hype and Excitement”
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?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the culture festival fully underway with this episode, it’s a lot of fun from the start because it already feels lived in even with still shots as we get to see lots of locals coming to check it out as well as parents and others. It’s a busy part of the school year and a good tie to the social fabric of the area as well. And for someone like Mitsumi, it’s something that she’s imagined for years being a part of. It’s always important to remember how she’s coming into this school life with so many firsts after living in a small town where you couldn’t do a lot of this because there were never enough people. Or what you do is so limited so as to not be anywhere near the same as what you get in most other places, and in Tokyo specifically. So watching her excitement over it definitely makes for a lot of smile-inducing moments, even with the other events that unfold here.
The various stalls and events we see are pretty fun and we get a bit with the play that Shima is a part of and we see how he’s pretty good at it, but others are as well. It’s not something that takes up a huge amount of time in the episode but works as a good highlights thing while never looking so polished as to be unrealistic. Getting to see some of Yuzuki’s artwork in the gallery is fun because we see a different side to her personality play out with it in how she promotes her own stuff. We even get to see that a lot of guys are approaching Yuzuki, but it’s frustrating to her – and rightly so – that they seem to be praising her artwork without even looking at it in order to get closer to her as a potential date. It’s illuminating for Mitsumi because she’s never had to deal with that kind of false praise like that and it helps her to understand her friend more, and why Yuzuki was glad to make new friends in high school.
This friend group in general has come together well in a pretty natural way when you consider how diverse they are with where they were at the start of the year, which should make one smile. The show does jump around a bit and it focuses on some interesting areas, though I’ll admit that the time with Narumi does the least for me even though it involves Shima. Narumi just hasn’t been that engaging of a character and often takes me out of the show. Shima does have some decent stuff as some of his family shows for it, which surprises him, and we see a touch more of the dynamics going on there that keep him on edge. Admittedly, his mother is certainly fun to watch and seeing how Mitsumi interacts with her, even if it is initially just in finding Shima’s younger brother. And to see that he’s having such a great time for someone who is normally so timid it just goes a long way in understanding Shima more with how he views his little brother.
Skip and Loafer works a pretty good culture festival episode though some areas work better than others. I really appreciated seeing how Yuzuki is handling things and expressing her problems as it’s similar to what Mika has been processing as well, just in a different way of how she handles it. Mitsumi’s getting an education through all of that to be sure and I just enjoy seeing her enjoying so much of her high school life. Shima’s material is decent and the stuff with his family is pretty adorable though there are stress points there for him. The only area that didn’t work, once again, involves Narumi but that’s par for the course for me.
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