The theme in all three shows this week were journeys of varying lengths.
So Summer Vacation had come for our heroines. Yuu and Misa wanted to party while Jun focused on her studies but could spare the afternoon to hang out with her friends. They went to an amusement park and had fun.
Duing fun times our lesbian stalker gushed over Koizumi-san as usual prompting the others to visit a ramen restaurant to do the usual. What followed next was interesting as Jun was still thinking about what she wanted to do for the future so she asked the others. Misa said she’d probably skip college after graduating high school to become an idol or model. She does have a nice body as seen above. Jun of course would continue studying. As for Yuu…
Become a manager/DJ and introduce Koizumi-san to the world, catapulting ramen’s popularity beyond the stratosphere. That or become a top ramen chef for Koizumi-san.
I’ll say two things about Yuu and Koizumi-san’s Japan Ramen Tour:
1: At least Yuu didn’t find Koizumi-san via stalking this time.
2: People who thing Citrus’ Yuzu is having a hard time getting a half-robot girl to fall in love with her must realize Yuzu’s struggles PALE in comparison to Yuu’s…then again Yuu’s tactics haven’t been the most commendable so Yuzu has that over her.
Anyway the tour is straightforward as viewers got to learn more about ramen while Yuu tried in vain as usual to get Koizumi-san to accept her. Still another solid episode.
Moving on to Yuru Camp the episode started with an urban legend (more on that later) followed by a call by Rin’s mom to a certain someone. That being the veteran camper Chiaki met last episode who was revealed to be Rin’s grandpa. He’s also the one who got Rin into camping.
This incredibly brief fourth wall joke was the funniest joke in the episode for me.
Nadeshiko’s facial expressions are fantastic though Rin’s no slouch as she’s had many great reactions despite not having as many expressions as her girlfriend.
Here’s a delightful bonus alongside RinDeshiko’s adorable date. While exploring the lake Nadeshiko ran into two veteran campers who she initially thought were a couple but were actually siblings. The otouto was a responsible young man while the onee-chan was a teacher who spent her free time drinking. Hope onee-chan isn’t a one-off character.
No manga spoilers please.
The otouto even helped RinDeshiko start their Bincho-Tan fire. How nice.
After dinner Nadeshiko hoped she’d get to sleep in the same tent as Rin…in case of a monster attack…yes, that’s it. Rin refused because she didn’t believe in it.
A very nice date, it was. Looking forward to more chillaxed fun next episode.
MAIN EVENT TIME!
Gin noticed Shirase’s struggles but we’ll get to that in a bit. For now we’ll talk about the low morale of the shockingly small crew. Yuzuki was very suspicious of it all. It didn’t help that several of the crew didn’t show much optimism of the situation and there weren’t that many supplies. There was so much that could go wrong.
When our heroines hesitantly asked one of the babes about the situation she got why morale was low for some but they were still determined to go for it. It was something they wanted to do and would brave the harshness of Antarctica to accomplish that goal. When asked what said goal was she said “To see the sky”.
Yuzuki wasn’t convinced by the babe’s words and wanted more concrete reasoning so the four went “undercover”…very poorly. It was glorious. After passing some people they “secretly” observed a specific trio who said what they’re currently doing wasn’t their original plan. What they REALLY had cooking up was huge and it seemed like more people than the the Sexy Three were up for it though again there was uncertainty among many.
Now the thing about the room our heroines were assigned to is that it was the same room Takako, Gin and the other babes stayed on their first expedition. That evening one of the beds had glowing lights above it. The girls knew it was Takako’s bed so guess who got that spot. Seeing the lights got Shirase thinking about what exactly her mom was looking for. It was related to a starry sky.
Gin saw Shirase checking out a telescope and told her about her mom and their their mission. Takako was the heart of the team, the one who psyched everyone up for the journey. Their main goal was to go to Antarctica and find a the best spot to see the stars (A Place further than the Universe) so great that it would rival some of the best observatories in the world, or something like that. Then one day during their expedition Takako disappeared. On their first expedition they managed to gather as much support and sponsors as possible but after Takako’s disappearance most, if not all of the support pulled out. Even so, the original team never gave up. No matter how long it took they would one day return to Antarctica and finish what they started. That time had finally come.
I’m so proud of you Shirase. It took a lot of courage to do what she did. She knew she needed to be brave to go on this journey with everyone and after seeing how determined the OG team were to go again she did her best to toughen up. One step at a time but she’ll definitely go for it.
Based on the post-ED preview their journey’s going to be rough from the get-go. Let’s hope for the best.