After just three episodes, Tomoko’s summer is coming to an end. So far she’s done the following: laze around, go to mini-recording event, hang out with cousin, laze around. Let’s see how she does today.
Like a cute pet.
Surprise! It’s time for another date with Yuu-chan! This time it’s the movies. Or it would have been, except slutty friend is suddenly asked to help out her uncle’s cafe. All is not lost though, because she invites Tomoko to the cafe in question with the promise of free food to make it up to her. We’ve seen this many times before now, so you know the drill. Tomoko goes to some public hotspot alone. Tomoko feels akward. Tomoko reads menu with fancy words. Tomoko orders something blindly. Tomoko sees popular people (in this case Yuu-chan) being popular. Tomoko becomes inspired. And the rest is history. The latest incarnation of Tomoko’s great ideas is to make cakes. Because clearly make cakes -> fancy environment -> change yourself -> bouncy boobs -> motemote. But unfortunately she just ends up working at a cake factory when she consults her mom for connections. Better luck next time! Or more likely never…
Mom and Bro
But enough about Tomato’s misfortunes. This episode turns out to be another one of those family oriented ones. No, I don’t mean it like that. But you know what I mean. And I certainly do enjoy watching Tomoko with her family. So let’s talk about that for a moment instead. First up we have momma Kuroki. I think honestly this episode got her hopes up quite a bit. Last time she had to give her girl a facial spanking for doing something stupid. So when said daughter suddenly starts talking about getting a (part-time) job instead of wasting her time doing nothing, surely this must be a good sign. But then Tomoko quits after just one day because the above motemote formula didn’t work out at all. And to be fair, I don’t think sending your kid to work at a sweatshop is quite right. But I digress. Anyway, I can understand momma Kuroki being just a bit frustrated at Tomato, so her asking the uesless girl to clean the toilet seems only fair enough. And while she’s at it she can also clean the windows. Of course, Tomoko doesn’t take kindly to this and storms away to blame everything on her brother.
Speaking of which, I should add that this is another display of Tomoko’s extremely poor attitude. I know no kid wants to do chores. But when your own little brother is putting you to shame, you should reflect on how you can improve yourself. Not vent at him for being a so much better kid. Fortunately, momma Kuroki is there to intervene with more corporeal punishment. And now our petulant heroine has to clean out the storage as a time out. She’s not a complete lost cause though, because when she comes across a box of old memories and her brother’s notebook during his younger days, she regrets her behavior and leaves a peace offering on his desk as an apology. Which, I might add, he didn’t appreciate. Because who likes to come home and find a bug shell on their desk? It’s the thought that counts though, I suppose.
Again, I’m grateful for the focus on the Kuroki family again. Who can say no to those flashbacks of an adorable Tomoko and Tomoki? Sometimes I wonder how they could have gone from that to how they are now. But then I remember this is Tomoko we’re talking about. So no surprise there. Anyway, it’s still great to see her rocky relationship with her sibling and parent. And props to momma Kuroki for dealing with such a troublesome daughter. Perhaps she should be doing more to correct Tomoko’s behavior though. That girl is awkwarddddd. Oh, and one final note. As bleak as her life and summer have been, at least Tomoko got to watch a meteor shower with a “boy”. Heh.