Frosty Ramen Camp Episode 5: Long Journeys

Antarctica had something interesting in store while Ramen and Camp were business as usual.

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Shirase’s speech summed up in two words: “Suck it.” That’s not what she actually said but we all know that’s what she thought.

We kicked off the episode with Mari and Shirase announcing their Antarctic journey complete with fist bumps of justice.

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Young Mari and Megumi.

As Megumi watched she remembered her relationship with Mari and how Mari always depended on her. Remember this for later.

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Terrified Shirase.

We joined our four heroines practicing a news report. They had an idea how it’d go and would give it their all…while Shirase was terrified at the prospect of being on live television. She’s good at socializing and talking smack to people she’s familiar with but strangers were a no-no.

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Mari and Megumi playing PS One.

While packing and making sure she had the essentials Mari found a PS One she borrowed from Megumi long ago and figured she’d give it back before leaving.

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Irked Megumi.

What I liked about this episode was that the buildup to it was very subtle. All Megumi scenes in eps 2-4 had something going on with her but it was hardly visible. In episode 5 the subtlety was gone. Two words doods, silent rage.

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Shirase at karaoke.

As the day of departure approached Megumi dropped more hints leading up to the big reveal.

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Mari wanting to step out of Megumi’s shadow.

On the final evening before the big day Mari and Megumi walked home and Mari told her that she wanted to take the journey as a big step for herself but also to become Megumi’s equal and no longer depend on her to make decisions…it’s coming…

On the big day Mari and the others said their respective “See you when I get back” to their families. On her way out Megumi was waiting for Mari. It was time…

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Megumi coming clean.

Megumi could no longer hold back. She confessed that everything that went wrong with our heroines, specifically the bullies, the Shinjuku chase, Mom’s terrifying rage, all of it was her doing. Ever since Mari announced her journey to Antarctica with Shirase Megumi grew bitter inside. Her little Mari was growing up. She felt like she was losing her wing girl so she tried sabotaging their trip. She tried breaking up with Mari but our heroine thought that was too easy. Instead her punishment was to wait for her return so they could kiss and make up.

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Koizumi-san “narrating” her day eating tomato ramen.

Next up is Ramen that surprisingly started with Koizumi-san being the narrator for the episode. She went in detail on the deliciousness of tomato ramen with extra ingredients and even brought up the tomato ramen she had at Yuu’s place and how she couldn’t tell her her true feelings…

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The real narrator.

…our hopes were quickly shattered as the narrator was none other than Yuu. Poor dear failed again. Also, Yuu, ya gotta quit the stalking yo. Unless you’re in an American sitcom playing a bespectacled nerd it’s not going to work dearie. Oh well. I’m sure you’ll figure it out…eventually.

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Jun about to taste euglena flavored ramen.

The second sketch was about the mysteries of euglena and Koziumi-san teaching Jun its nutritional benefits.

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Angry Koizumi.

Third sketch was about the thrill of waiting in lines. No really. The episode showed that there is some fun to be had. Anyway Yuu’s next plan to win Koizumi-san’s love was to stand in line and reserve a a spot for her at a restaurant she had her eyes on. Suddenly the guy in front of Yuu helped his friends cut the line. Yuu tried arguing with the group to no avail. Surprised she didn’t awaken her inner yandere again. Luckily for her Koizumi-san arrived and verbally DESTROYED them. Oh and Koizumi-san brought up stalking as a no-no but our lovesick heroine didn’t get the message…hang in there Yuu.

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Impressive.

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Most impressive.

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Not bad for smaller asssets.

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Ohoho.

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Rin having a boiled snack.

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Swedish/Canadian Candle.

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Beautiful sight of two cities under a starry sky.

Not much to say regarding Yuru Camp. It’s part 2 of the The Outgoing Club and Rin’s separate camping trips. We saw the difference between both sides. One would think the club’s trip was more enjoyable than Rin’s solo journey but ultimately both trips had their pros and cons. Personally either one sounds good. We ended the episode with RinDeshiko sharing great photos of nearby cities/towns at night under a starry sky.

Good stuff once again.

 

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22 Responses to Frosty Ramen Camp Episode 5: Long Journeys

  1. Jack Cactus says:

    Hell yea, the moment Shirase announced “We’re going” filled with so much defiance and triumph. Not to mention her poker face, which was an absolute middle finger to those who made fun of her. Also, more Shirase at the karaoke please.

    That Megumi part was……..unexpected and expected at the same time. She blew her cover when she mention all them rumors but I did not expected her moment of intended departure was so…….gay(?). The way she talked about her relentless attempt of keeping Mari by her side revealed massive jealousy with Shirase, combined with my heightened sensed for yuri subtext.

    Ramen this week was a bit of a dud to me. My heart went completely darkened when Koizumi’s thoughts were narrated by Yuu (my heart is still a bit broken after that). While I’m goin to say that Yuu is densed, she’s so desperate to the point that her actions are reckless and unthoughtful. Snap out of it girl and create a strategy, u still have my vote.

    And DAMN, I wasn’t paying attention when the assets came on screen and upon rewatching, I have finally basked myself in its glory. How unfortunate of Rin, came across a closed onsen on a cold day while the other 3 managed to get in one (I’m a thicc skin so I couldn’t grasp the agony). Also to Rin, the best tip for u in a cold day……CUDDLE UP WITH NADESHIKO IN A TENT WHILE DOIN’ SOME “ACTIVITIES’ TO HEAT UP YOUR BODY TEMP. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    Best regard, a person who had sworn his life dedicated to yuri.

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  2. I’m enjoying “A Place Further Than the Universe” a lot more that I thought I would. This episode was amazing. I knew perfectly what was going to happen and I was waiting the whole episode for it to happen. When it happened it was everything i wanted it to to be and more. It made me so happy.
    The whole episode was a huge build up for an amazing moment. I love it so much

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  3. Zack says:

    The moments with Shirase in this episode were hilarious. Hinata may be best girl for me, but Shirase does come in a close second.

    However, what I really want to focus on is Megumi. When I first watched episode 5 of Universe, I spent a bit of time thinking about her actions to myself, and I wanted to share my thoughts on how I saw it.

    First of all, I kind of suspected that Megumi was behind the rumors being spread about Mari and Shirase. Just the way she told Mari that there were people who thought she was being full of herself made me suspect she was referring to herself. One thing I didn’t see coming is the reveal that she also told those bullies about the money and told Mari’s mom about the trip to Antarctica. Although, thinking about it now, there was actually some subtle foreshadowing pointing to that being the case.

    Another thing is how she refers to Mari’s fellow Antarctica friends. Particularly Shirase and Yuzuki. With Shirase, Megumi constantly refers to her as Antarctica, a nickname given to Shirase as an insult by people who thought she was weird. Even after Mari befriends Shirase, Megumi still refers to her in that way. In the case of Yuzuki, Megumi calls her Mari’s friend from Hokkaido. At first I thought this was weird. Yuzuki is a child star, so why didn’t Megumi refer to her in that way? It’s not as if she didn’t know. Even if she hadn’t heard of Yuzuki before, Mari would have told her. Then it dawned on me, its because she doesn’t want to give any of Mari’s new friends recognition. The same goes for why she just calls Shirase by her nickname. She was probably mad about Mari being taken away from her.

    So,why did Megumi do what she did? More specifically can she truly be blamed? The answer I reached was sort of yes and no. I can not in any way condone Megumi’s actions. After all, she did some pretty mean spirited things to her own best friend including spreading some nasty rumors. But the way I see it, Megumi was a victim of circumstance. From the moment she met Mari she was trapped in a role, that of a mature big sister like figure to Mari. A role that began to define her. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we are all slaves to other people’s perception of us. Think about it, chances are that a good chunk of our personalities and behaviors were in some way influenced by the people around us. And Megumi is a prime example of this. It wasn’t a role she could easily break for fear of letting down the people who saw her that way. The ones to truly be blamed isn’t Megumi or Mari or even the adults who praised the young Megumi for being so mature. Nobody could have possibly have seen how it would affect Megumi or even Mari.

    Finally, the last thing I want to talk about is the stagnant pool metaphor. The stagnant pool is first brought up in episode one and then again in this episode. In episode one, the stagnant pool is used as a metaphor for Mari’s desire to break free of her normal routine and do something special. In this episode it refers to Megumi. Like how the stagnant pool stores water before eventually breaking, Megumi stores a lot of negative emotions before she finally lets loose. It’s actually an interesting contrast to Mari. When Mari decides to finally break free of her routine she starts to slowly become independent beyond the person who just hid behind Megumi. But when Megumi starts to break, she starts to panic because she realizes that she needs Mari in her life to define her. That’s why she did what she did, it was because she didn’t want to lose the one thing (or in this case, person) that her life was around. With Mari going away for three months, this may be a good thing for Megumi. It will allow her to gain some independence herself.

    Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Sorry, for the long text. Like I said earlier, I just wanted to give my thoughts on the matter.

    I have not watched Yuru Camp yet, but I do intend to eventually.

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    • cirno9fan says:

      I agree with this. A very thought out and detailed analysis of the situation. It’s pretty much what I was thinking as well. The staff are handling this show very well so far. And I look forward to what is to come!

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    • OG-Man says:

      Not a problem. I know how deeply invested you are in the Antarctica show and your comments help give more context to events.

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      • Zack says:

        I’m glad my comments could help. I can’t guarantee that I’ll have as much to talk about in future episodes, but if there is something I’ll be sure to give my opinion on that as well.

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  4. OtakuGamerGirlT says:

    Antarctica was delightfully dramatic and epic in one package this week. I loved it!

    Ramen was nice, but yea, Yuu could do to change her strategy a bit and be a bit less of a stalker. Perhaps if she backs off a bit, Koizumi will be more inclined to push towards her?

    Yuru Camp was peaceful bliss as always. I especially loved that last bit with Nadeshiko and Rin alone in their tents, texting and sharing the view. Totally girlfriends already.;)

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  5. tbiscut74 says:

    I knew when the “narration” started about the feelings that it was actually Yuu. Never change to much my girl! Also just noticed that Yuu is taller then Koizumi-san. Neat. Im still lovin the op and ed.

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  6. Mauron says:

    Did Antarctica not have a No Game No Life reference this episode, or did I just miss it?

    Shirase’s “I’m going” speech is the best “I’m going to Antarctica speech I’ve ever heard.

    Megumi definitely did a bad thing, but if Mari and Shirase are willing to forgive her, I won’t hold a grudge. I suspect Shirase will smugly gloat about their trip’s success afterwards, but not care too much.

    Selling sea shells at the sea shore/on the sea floor seems like a bad place for business. I wonder what the original line was for that.

    I’m sure Yuu would be great at protecting against most stalkers.

    What’s her name… There are too many names for me right now, I can’t keep up… looks interesting without her glasses. Although I think the hair down look is more of what I’m seeing.

    Nadeshiko needs another chance to convince Rin that camping with others is fun, so they can share a tent, and get a bigger club closet.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I think they showed Hinata’s store this episode. If they did reference the series it’s well hidden this time.

      Oscar worthy speech.

      Most likely.

      I see you share a similar curiosity as Shirase. Excellent.

      Tone down the stalking and it’s all good.

      That would be Chiaki.

      Eventually I imagine.

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      • Mauron says:

        Aw, darn.

        Overthinking tongue twisters is a good hobby. Same with overthinking translations of tongue twisters, since there’s a near zero chance the original line had anything to do with sea shells and the sea floor.

        She’ll tone down the stalking by keeping any potential non-Yuu stalker away from Koizumi!

        Chiaki… I’d say I remember that, but that would be a lie.

        What’s her face… bun builder… needs to take another stab at being a matchmaker again. That’s the best way to convince Rin.

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  7. Antarctica was amazing! We all knew Megumi would have a part to play in the story yet, but for it to come at this point, and be like this..! However, others have already stated things about that episode better than I could, so I refer to their comments.

    Koizumi-san: Indeed, I was utterly disappointed too when the narrator turned out to be Yuu, yet again. /sigh. Get a grip, girl, and stop your stalking. It won’t really bring you closer to her, not really. That one really good moment you had with her, when you rescued her from ramen-hunger with home-made ramen, was not involved with stalking, now was it? Just do something like that again a few times and stop this silly stalking. Show her you care, not that you follow her around creepily.

    Also, Yuu’s logic: I shall protect you from stalkers by stalking you myself! …Because logic.

    Yuru Camp: More wonderful relaxingness. Also, that episode ending was wonderful. They truly are a couple meant to be. Also, I just noticed from your screenshot of their hot spring scene, but it looks awfully a lot like Aki is checking out her (girl)friend’s assets there…

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yes they have, especially one Zack Morris.

      Yuu needs to change her game plan. Relying on the same old tricks will not get her any closer to victory.

      Ohoho. Excellent observation. Chiaki knows where it’s at.

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  8. cirno9fan says:

    People are just going to have to realize Yuu is a yandere. shrugs She’s not going to get “better”. only ‘worse” I’d imagine. It’s a gag show first and foremost, don’t be surprised if it never “improves” on that end.

    Antartica has been fantastic as usual~ I just really love the show, and everyone else has said the important things really. I look so very much forward to more!

    And Yuru Camp managed to make a pretty despairing situation into something really beautiful~ The way they handled that last segment put tears into my eyes ;_;

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  9. yurimylove says:

    I want to eat Nadeshiko’s camp food every day!

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