Time for more of the ‘action’ in your favorite health and welfare office! We had a promising start last week, and got a good introduction to the three main characters of the show. So will we learn some more about the other characters this week? Unfortunately, we might learn too much…
Are Otaku Everywhere?
Time for Gerbera Pink!
Talk about a surprising development. Of all the things that I would have expected Chihaya to be, an otaku and cosplayer wouldn’t be it. But she is, and even more, she’s so dedicated to it that she’s not actually a full-time employee, so that it’s easier for her to get time off for cosplay events. On top of that, she reads manga at the office. So does her obsession with Lucy’s boobs come from being a fan of anime and manga? Or is it just because they’re so ‘out there’?
I can definitely see Lucy in this, right?
But apparently they’re not as ‘out there’ as they could be, since Lucy’s apparently relieved when Chihaya estimates them at F with “Do they look that small? Thank goodness.” And it’s even funnier to me that Chihaya wants Lucy to cosplay as Rose Black, the most scantily clad (and flat as a board) of the Magical Flowers. I’m thinking that we’re almost certain to see this happen later in the series, maybe along with Miyoshi as Blue Hydrangea. But Chihaya’s greater role in the show was certainly welcomed this week.
A very little of this goes a really long way
And then Touko happened. I don’t know if my enjoyment of a show has ever been so squashed by the appearance of a single character. And I’m not even one who hates brocon imouto characters. I thought Yuuko in Sakurasou was hilarious. I don’t mind Kirino in OreImo. I watched all of Who is Imouto? I’m fine with imouto characters. But Touko is not just turned up to 11. She’s turned up to infinity. Grating, bossy, unlikeable, loud, tyrannical. How could this character been voiced by the same Ookubo Rumi who voiced ultra-cute (and quiet) Miniwa Tsumiki? She has a permanent angry mark. She terrorizes everyone (well, except the irrepressible Hasebe-kun). Miyoshi-san has to get rescued by Tanaka-obaa-san. And Lucy just gets her name criticized. Really, she’s a character I do not care for. I really hope that Touko isn’t too regular on the show. At least everyone else realizes what Touko’s real motivation is.
Let’s just keep Tanaka-0baa-san on the case
It really was almost two shows for me this week. The good show with Chihaya’s cosplay proclivities, Hasebe’s admitting to playing eroge, Miyoshi’s worry about doing her work was one part, but the bad show happened with Touko showing up. She really reminds me of another character I don’t like in a show that I do like: Minami-ke‘s Hosaka. They’re both characters that turn the whole show into them, sucking all the air out of the room, and making it a lot less interesting, when the main draw of the show is the interplay between all the characters. So if they’re going to continue having her in the show, I guess the best I can hope for is that they turn her down quite a few notches.