Yuki, honestly, how are you supposed to aim that thing when your eyes are crossed?
Kimi to Boku is the second anime this week to feature a summer festival, and let me just say that it’s bizarre to watch summer festivals when it’s below forty degrees outside. Festival episodes tend to be so cliched, so I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this week’s episode, but so far, this one has made me laugh the hardest of all.
The bias of the stall games is something that’s usually glossed over in other anime, but in Kimi to Boku, everyone absolutely sucks at the goldfish catching game. For some reason, this was absolutely hilarious to me, since we witness several characters try and fail miserably to get their hands on one of the fish. Masaki only adds to the hilarity by desperately wanting one of said fish in order to woo Shun.
I don’t think the backwards dynamic of their relationship will ever stop being funny. She’s obviously smitten with him, but since Shun is so freakishly feminine, even the girl that has feelings for him is compelled to act like more of a man than him, in this episode by trying to win him the fish he’s always coveted but never actually won.
Hands down, the best part was the shoot-off at the gun booth. I literally had to pause the episode to just laugh my ass off when she paid for her bullets, snatched up the gun, and shot the shopkeeper in the face. I don’t blame her; I’d be pretty pissed if someone found something that was mine and refused to give it back. Of course, everyone sucks as much with guns as they do with goldfish catching, save for Yuki, who’s completely useless and doesn’t even try to get Masaki’s keychain back; he’d rather snag some choice video games for himself.
Despite the hilarity of the episode, our focus seems to be on the growing love triangle between Shun, Masaki and Chizuru. I’m just quietly sitting here in the corner scratching my head wondering how that happened, since it just seems like a weird trio of characters to have feelings for. I kind of wonder if Chizuru isn’t simply enamored with Masaki because she’s the only female in their group. She seems a bit too tsundere and a bit too much of a fun sucker to be a good match for him.
Despite the somewhat strange relationships developing, this episode was hilarious. I just love, love having Chizuru around; he just brings out so much in the other characters that I don’t know how I made it through the first few episodes without him.
GO Rating: 5/5