Moe Moe… Dojikko!
This season is pretty sparse on the outright comedy, with really only 2 mostly comedy shows that I can think of in Non Non Biyori and NouKome (you’d have to ask Karakuri if Megane-bu! would be counted as ‘comedy’, because I couldn’t stand it). But this is definitely one of them, so let’s see if Kanade will figure out a way to get Furano to laugh.
Not Just One, But Two Missions
“Oh you silly boy!”
The mission to get Furano to laugh is actually over pretty quickly, after a review and addition to the events ending the last episode. But Furano uses Douraku-sensei’s brute force method to make him forget her crying on the roof wondering if he likes her. Either way, it turns out that Furano is weak to classic pratfalls, and busts a gut at Kanade slipping on a banana. Mission Cleared!
She’s on to something
And that’s pretty much the end of Furano’s involvement in this episode, as the focus shifts to Ouka Yuuouji and her BFF Konagi Yawakaze, the pure girl who even has a fan club of protectors. Too bad for Kanade that his next mission is to see Konagi’s panties being worn, or that his Absolute Choice gets him in trouble a few times with the fan club when he has to ask about it. But Ouka thinks it’s fun that he’s so random, and is willing to help him, even promising that Konagi is a klutz, and if he just follows her around for a while, he’s sure to see a flash.
And it would have worked, if anime tropes didn’t get in his way! He even has four chances, ruined by sunbeam-chan, steam-san, a gravity-defying skirt and well-placed objects, all things that we know well. And all while he’s feeling awful about taking advantage of such a nice girl for this mission. And he eventually completes the mission anyway, with a little help from Ouka and a mixed up present, as she’s wearing panties that were supposed to be given to Konagi (string panties and a garter belt, even). So two missions down, who knows how many left to go!
The Key is in the Flow
They just get along really well, too
I think the thing I’m liking most about NouKome is the flow that this show has. There are sequences that just go from one to another, and flow well within themselves, that elevate it just that little bit. And Ouka, who has distanced herself as my favorite character in the show, is frequently a part of these. Every time she’s on screen it’s interesting, whether because of what she’s doing or her interactions with others. Her easy acceptance of being the judge in episode 2, and then this episode her calm conversation with Kanade about him needing to see her friend’s panties, even though he doesn’t really like like her, and her enthusiastic help in setting up her friend for Kanade’s sake, all of them just have a smoothness and wackiness to them that makes her a great character.
This sequence with them talking seriously was terrific
So then it’s kind of funny that she’s considered to be the single most undateable person in the school. Kanade even mentions that she’s cute, and probably has some fans who are interested in her looks at least, so I wonder why she’s considered part of the Reject Five or worse, the most undateable person in school (you’d have thought that Kanade took that role, even, and Furano is third). She’s definitely weird, but doesn’t seem horribly weird. And she’s a bit more observant than you might think, seeing that Kanade is always doing weird stuff and saying weird things, but thinking that all seems a bit fake, like she’s onto his Absolute Choice. So yeah, a goofball, but undateable?
Bonus Breezy Time!
It definitely looks like we’re not going to see who the rest of the Reject Five are, but now that we know what it means, that’s probably fine. Instead we’ll get to focus on Ouka, Furano, and possibly Chocolat, who so far hasn’t really done much. I think we’ll need to get her interacting with the rest of the group before anything really interesting will happen with her.
I do think that NouKome is in an interesting place as a comedy. Usually comedies are more even, but this one is tremendously funny at times, and falls completely flat at others. And it’s also not afraid to be unfunny now to make a better joke later, such as when Kanade is waking up after Furano beat him unconscious, with his dream about “Natsuhiko”, planted by Chocolat when she crawled into bed with him having BL fantasies. The show definitely has some deficiencies, some really bad animation, and a sometimes offputting pace. But it’s also got some really funny parts, and it’s got Ouka, so I’m definitely on board.