Having found some color in her life Koguma’s next step to finding true bliss would come from an unexpected source.
We joined Koguma on her way to school. She thought about being bold by announcing her driver’s license and Super Cub. A brief silence was followed by Koguma being the center of attention…in her head. Back in reality she didn’t dare try. During Home Economics class she did get a chance to make her announcement. While there was initial hype the reaction became lukewarm when she said it’s used Super Cub. However, one girl was intrigued.
It’s the titular Reiko from the Episode 2 title. She wanted to see the Super Cub. Koguma tried to run away after class but stopped either because she felt bad or forgot the drawstring bag she sowed in Home Ec. Either way Reiko brought her bag and the two went to see the bike.
Reiko thought it was really cool as she compared both girls’ mopeds and gear. She introduced her motorbike, the Honda MD90 Postal Cub, used by mailmen, modified to ride faster by her. She excused herself for taking over the conversation but was glad to meet a fellow Cub rider. Afterward Koguma thought about befriending Reiko.
First step was parking the Super Cub next to the Postal Cub at school. Next she tried a casual greeting but Reiko only gave a nonchalant reply and nod. During break though she surprised her by inviting her to lunch declaring the two already friends. This greatly pleased our heroine as we can see. While eating Reiko brought up the freedom to ride wherever on her Cub. Koguma couldn’t relate as she mainly drove the same route since getting her Cub. Reiko said that she had the same freedom now. Koguma spent the rest of lunch eating quietly, hence why Reiko didn’t say much nor approach her unless necessary.
Koguma thought long and hard about their conversation and eventually decided to go for it by taking a different route than usual. She went to the supermarket instead of the convenience store from last episode. This was a big change for Koguma, again highlighted by the slight change in color. Not as vibrant as when she first sat on the Super Cub but clear enough for viewers to see how big of a step forward this was for Koguma. She even thought about checking out a new store she noticed to buy a new chain lock the next day.
Two episodes in and this is one of my favorite shows of the season. Watching it makes me very happy for some reason. Looking forward to more!