I told you Mio would murder someone before the series ended! While the Hakase fan may be left a little wanting, this is a full episode with three larger segments and the usual line-up of short takes. This review has five screenshots and 599 words.
I’m going to ignore the Wack-a-Yukko opening. Later, Misato Tachibana has her friends, Fe and Weboshi, over for some girl talk. We’ve seen them before, but this week we get some personality time with the girls. The three’s friendship is seemingly about as opposite as you can get from the main trio of Mio, Yukko and Mai.
Meanwhile, on his day off Takasaki-sensei runs into Izumi Sakurai at the market. As you would imagine there’s a lot of sweaty stammering and awkward pauses. Once again, just by way of being somewhere, Yukko causes dismay. This time her male teacher freaks out at the very thought of Yukko seeing them and quickly runs away.
Before he leaves the market, Takasaki-sensei runs into yet another teacher. This time he spots an undercover Nakamura on yet another “Nanobduction” mission. Short circuit-kun is also there as Nakamura’s stake-out partner, but gets left to fend for himself.
Some short stuff this week–there’s an ok Helvetica Standard clip and another little charming Like Love scene. Sakamoto stars in this week’s Short Thoughts once again. I love Nano’s prudishness, evident again this week in a short clip where she catches a romantic scene on TV.
The final lengthier scene is about seven minutes long and takes place aboard the fey nation zeppelin. This time Mio herself shows up. This incarnation of Mio is a no-holds-barred villain set to search and destroy. She murders people and then Yukko wakes up.
I admitted a few weeks ago, that I’ve been enjoying looking up the voice actors featured during the previews. In addition to anime, many of the actors (and actresses or course), have extensive dubbing work on their resumes. This week features Sumi Shimamoto as the voice of The Lover’s Umbrella. It was interesting that although she’s best known (to me at least) as Nausicaä, she was the Japanese voice of Princess Leia in all the dubbed (imported) Star Wars movies.
This week I particularly enjoyed the punk-rock girl Weboshi and her AC/DC shirt. I love rock chicks. I always love the Takasaki/Sakurai scenes. How cute was Izumi with her hair up?! I really hope we get some sort of progression in their relationship. By progression, I mean teacher on teacher action. Did anyone else feel like Takasaki was almost cheating on Izumi by calling Nakamura cute?
This was the second fay-nation-zeppelin scene I’ve enjoyed, but come on, seven-minutes? I went to look at the slider button to see where it was at and imagined it going right past the edge of the movie window and off my monitor all sentient like. I was concerned about the high-unemployment rate because there probably isn’t work for living slider-bar-buttons.
I just gave it about 12 seconds of thought, but I can’t remember an episode with as little Professor and Nano as this one. I don’t mind all that much though. The scenes with Nakamura-sensei were enough to quench my thirst for cute.