Making a big deal with a lot of bamboo
Shows just can’t resist throwing in a kid, can they?
Is this the beginning of the end?
Before I watched this week’s Kawaisou, I saw some discussion on twitter relating to the new character that was added, and it was pretty much 100% negative. So I went into the episode with a little bit of worry about how it would end up going. So maybe my reaction is from expecting the worst, or just because I’m a different person than other people, but I really didn’t have a bad reaction to Chinatsu’s guest appearance in the show.
Mom certainly was uncomfortable
Yeah, I think it’s completely a guest appearance: A one-shot character who is on the show to make a point. And I thought it made a points that needed to be made. We’ve constantly seen Shiro claiming that he’s not interested in little kids, yet he keeps getting busted for creeping around the elementary school, and his actions are almost always highly questionable. His claim has always been that he’s not into the kids at all, and is into their mothers. It’s really weird, but hard to prove. So what did this episode do? Brought a kid and her mother around, under the guise of thanking Shiro for his effort in returning Chinatsu’s cute wallet, and showed us that, yes, Shiro is much more interested in mothers than their kid daughters.
A Replacement Friend
Mayumi doesn’t exactly cover herself in glory here
Surprisingly, Shiro was really good with Chinatsu. Maybe it was her budding sadism, maybe it’s just that he’s actually a pretty nice guy, but for whatever reason, he was really a good friend for Chinatsu, even after she declared that she was in love with him. Of course, him handling it well is kinda broken by Mayumi, whose attempts to ‘save’ Chinatsu from someone like Shiro just make Mayumi look petty, childish, and pathetic. This was definitely the worst we’ve seen out of Mayumi, and her inability to back down really caused her to dig her own hole to be trapped in. Unfortunately, this isn’t the kind of thing Mayumi is likely to learn a lesson from. But Shiro is well-tuned into to the wavelength of kids, and realizes that Chinatsu’s really just running away from her fight with her friends. And when she’s finally given the support to go try to make up with them, she really doesn’t need to hang around anymore.
When you fight with friends, you can make up with friends
This really wasn’t “The Annoying loli Episode” that a lot of people seemed to make it out to be. It certainly wasn’t a Sakurasou Episode 7 (with Yuuko), since it’s just so easy to compare this show to that one. I thought Chinatsu was a character that stood up on her own, not just put in for cheap fanservice or laughs. And it was nice to take the spotlight off of Usa and Ritsu for a week and give those two characters time to breathe in their development. Shiro really showed that he’s only a specific kind of fetishist, not a general one, and not one that’s particularly objectionable. And everyone putting in the effort to search for Chinatsu when she was missing was nice to see as well. Overall, not a bad episode, in my opinion.