Why a flight attendant outfit? I have no idea.
If the goal of the second season of Chu2koi is to get as many battles in for as many reasons as possible, they might start running out of reasons. This time it’s a nap battle. Yep, that’s what I said.
Check Off the Boxes
Rikka blows it at the special meeting
This was about as formulaic as this show’s ever been for an episode. We’ve known that the Oriental Magick and Napping Club In Summer isn’t really a useful club, because it’s an anime. And this week, it’s the old “Student Council needs to cull clubs that aren’t doing anything” plotline. And Rikka blows her chance to actually present the club to the Student Council, so they’re left with figuring out how to prove they’re doing something, which falls to Nana-sensei. And what do they end up learning? That there is competitive napping. Yep, just like it sounds.
The villain: Nemuri Sui. Her name is literally Sleep Sleep
If there was a Club Hardship Checklist, this show ticked every box:
- Going to be disbanded? Check.
- Come up with last ditch scheme to save the club? Check.
- Everyone’s a novice at the last ditch scheme? Check.
- Training? Check.
- Double-down bet? Check.
- Gimmick Trick to try to win that fails due to fecklessness of club? Check. Bonus points for result of fecklessness being oversleeping.
- Heroic battle to actually win? Check.
I mean, the idea of a napping competition wasn’t terrible. It was suitably ludicrous, including the criteria for evaluation of naps, things like posture, waking up speed, depth of sleep. Giving Kumin-sempai a chance to be the Ace was a nice bit of a change, especially since she’s been trying so hard to fit in with the Chuunibyou side of the club as well. And having the battle be in the realm of sleep, against the experienced other team made it a bit more relevant to the show, although it also kind of ruined the uniqueness of the setup of this episode. And of course, with the club on the line, our heroes win and beat the more seasoned team.
Kumin comes through
Bonus Butt Monkey
Not really a whole lot to say. The episode was entertaining, but solely in a ‘well-executed but ultimately retread formula’ way. Zero character development, no plot arc movement, just this one-shot to spotlight Kumin. They even just jammed Satone in there to get a couple jealous embarrassed reactions out of Rikka, and then had her leave with that mission complete. Hopefully next week we’ll get to something a little more meaty.