We’re going to do something a bit different this time around. Instead of going through the usual order we’ll cover the episodes that can be quickly summed up first and save the one with more to discuss for last.
The first sketch of Koizumi-san featured her getting some ramen early in the morning. Yuu’s bro was passing by and smelled the tasty ramen scent from Koizumi-san’s hair. Her ability to attract more customers to eating ramen had prevailed once more.
The second sketch had the three friends enduring unbearable Summer heat when Yuu spotted Koizumi-san heading towards a restaurant selling hiyashi ramen. Basically it’s tasty lukewarm ramen with ice. Really good for hot Summer days from the looks of it. My one gripe with the sketch was it being a missed opportunity or the four to finally have ramen together. Hopefully we won’t have to wait till the season finale for that to happen.
The last sketch had Koizumi-san visiting a busy district wearing a yukata. We then cut to a lost girl looking for her mom. She ran into Koizumi-san…and spoke German. Luckily for the youngling Koizumi-san could also speak some German. I’m more of a Dutch speaker myself when it comes to European languages. Anyway it was cute seeing Koizumi-san and Hannah chow down.
After finding her mom Koizumi-san parted ways with Hannah and went on to taste some foreign ramen.
Before continuing to the next show here’s a lovely German yuri fan fans of mine following my Slow Start coverage will know well, sharing her thoughts on the third sketch:
Solid episode despite my not having much to talk about.
Next up is Yuru Camp with Rin being ecstatic after receiving her “COMPACT CAMPFIRE GRILLLLL-grill-grill-grillll.”
When Saitou showed up to talk about the “metal offertory box” and all the sweet beef they could cook with it Rin tried having her deliver the gift to Nadeshiko but Saitou was like “dood. She’s your crush. YOU should give it to her”. Luckily her sweetie wasn’t too far off so she didn’t need to leave the library.
This time Nadeshiko took the initiative and invited Rin on a BBQ camping date.
Thanks to a hint from Chiaki she’s able to find the right camping spot.
The rest of the episode was about the above stuff. Next time we’ll join RinDeshiko on their date spot.
So this episode of the Antarctica Show trended in Singapore…because the girls traveled to Singapore. Fun times and sightseeing aplenty for the majority of the first half.
This scene featured a profound discussion on what everyone else was doing right now while our heroines traveled. How much different were everyone’s lives compared to theirs at that point in time. Stuff like that.
The meat of the episode began when the Yuzuki pushed Hinata into spilling the beans on losing her passport. When they couldn’t find it anywhere in the room Shirase and her were assigned to they looked up how long it would take to print a new one. The process would be relatively quick…however, there was a chance this delay could jeopardize their journey. Shirase became the most nervous for obvious reasons while Hinata brushed it off saying “It’s cool. It’s cool. I’ll stay behind and work things out while you girls go on ahead and if I somehow don’t get to join you then no biggie”. Shirase didn’t like that at all.
Back to serious matters we learned the real reason Hinata skipped going to high school was because she felt uncomfortable whenever people were considerate to her if she made a mistake. She couldn’t tell whether they understood, pitied or resented her for her mistake. Basically she preferred shouldering all burden by herself and not drag anyone else down with her. Something like that. Shirase tried telling her that she also had social issues but Hinata wouldn’t hear it. Realizing Hinata stubbornly stood her ground she went to Plan B the following morning.
At the airport the girls booking tickets for another date after the issue with Hinata’s passport is resolved. Hinata of course tried stopping them but Shirase had had enough of her “Don’t worry about me” attitude. Long counterattack short she didn’t want to leave any of her homegirls behind, otherwise their friendship would be shallow and meaningless. Plus she’s Shirase and she’s the alpha female regardless of what critics thought.
Hinata took the hint while also being overwhelmed with joy over Shirase caring so much. She was even willing to spend her hard earned cash to keep Hinata in the party.
As for how the episode ended…I’ll leave that to the viewers to find out. Let’s just say there’s a reason Hinata and Shirase are top 2 girls.
Also be sure to stay tuned after the ED for a little hype bonus.