Fuuka being back slightly raised back my investment. Being forced to wait for some of the new characters to POSSIBLY become likable is a drag though.
As confirmed in the OP Fuuka’s Kukuru’s neighbor. She revealed it’s a surprise for Kukuru. She talked it over with grandpa and he helped give her a good word with Tingaara, thus she got a job. Kukuru’s kinda jelly when Fuuka told her she was given the job of attendant but it served as motivation to improve herself so one day she’d get moved there too and far away from the Assistant Director.
Speaking of that guy he had her work on setting up the aquarium tour. Naturally he provided no assistance whatsoever.
Meanwhile to prove herself Chiyu had Fuuka take a test, memorize all the penguins’ names, mannerisms and relationships. As part of setting up the tour Kukuru wanted the guests to check out the penguins so she asked Chiyu to allow it. She refused. In her defense she believed it wasn’t safe for guests to interact with the penguins yet.
Akari, one of the good coworkers, helped Kukuru practice giving tours. To Kukuru’s surprise Akari revealed she initially had no interest in aquariums and only applied there because it’s near her home. Thanks to Kukuru’s great tour she grew to like it more. She was very pleased with Akari’s enthusiasm.
The second cool coworker, Marina, agreed to help sway Chiyu into giving Kukuru permission to include the penguin den in the tour. We also learned her Spanish sounding name wasn’t just because of her skin color. She spoke Japanese, English and Spanish. The latter two most likely a few phrases.
As for Eiji he’s still alright. He’s one of those “If you don’t annoy me we’re cool” kinda people though his metaphors and similes could use work. He did say he liked interacting with sea creatures more than people.
Thanks to Kukuru’s help Fuuka passed the test. This along with Marina’s support was enough to convince Chiyu. The good news was Kukuru and Akari gave a family of four a great tour. The bad news was they were their only customers. The Assistant Director blamed Kukuru for not doing a better job promoting it.
After the ED we joined our heroines cooking. Kukuru said Fuuka inspired her to work harder and was grateful she’s there as her presence at Tingaara made it more tolerable. Kukuru said something like that earlier in the episode. Fuuka looked like she wanted to say something earlier but now it’s time. She revealed the main reason she came back was because of her. Progress!
This is why I have no problem with Fuuka being back already. Otherwise it would have been another episode of Kukuru trying to do her best but the same coworkers annoying her. Fuuka being there makes it more bearable for her. Plus as mentioned before the main reason I’m watching the show is for their relationship. One thing I wonder is why have us believe for a moment Fuuka may not be back in the 2nd half? Only reason I can think of was because she left at the end of the 1st half.
Now that she’s back they replaced the old cover without her with this one.