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Golden Time ep2: beware the drunk bimbos!


When I first started watching this episode, the question I had in my head was whether Koko was lonely, or willfully alone.  Though to my thankful surprise, that question is completely answered by the end of this episode.  What I’m finding are characters with layers and personalities, and aside from Koko, they’re rather subtle ones, too.  Though in the case of Koko again, I’m left with a new question, is she just selfish or incredibly idealistic?

With the opening of the episode, we’re left with a rather strange almost out of place scene.  At the end of the first episode, it appeared that Banri had been hit by a scooter, at a rather fast clip, too.  And at the beginning of this episode we see him wandering the woods at night in pajamas or a hospital outfit with a large bandage on his head, the scene ending with him tumbling down a hill and being discovered by an unknown woman with a flashlight.  Though it appears to all be a dream when he sees Koko’s beautiful face and wakes up.  Let’s hope they address this more clearly in a further episode, because it’s not even mentioned again during this one.

Back in reality, Banri has made his way to school again.  It’s been a week since he first started, and Koko is once again standing out front of the building, waiting, looking for Mitsuo.  Seeing her lover’s best friend in front of her, she of course rushes Banri’s position, shoving her phone in his face and showing him pics of Mitsuo and her going as far back as when they were toddlers.  Though if you pay attention to the photos, you see how they become less and less about them taking pictures happily together, and more about her just happily taking pictures of him.  By the end, it doesn’t even seem like he’s happy or notices her in the pics anymore.  It’s a bit sad to notice.  But pity is quickly wiped away when she notices her target trying to sneak by and takes off after him.  Good thing for Banri, too.  She’s steadily laying more and more pressure on him as time goes by.  This is evidenced when they meet again later in a hallway, where, despite her inability to remember his name, she can still readily identify him and pressure him for Mitsuo’s whereabouts and info.  This time she tries for Mitsuo’s schedule, though Banri aptly dodges her attempts.  In the end, she does have to leave.  The show makes it a point to let us and Banri hear the whispers of the fellow students, as people are constantly taking notice of her, though some stay away because of her reputation, lineage or just how high class she looks.  And some of the comments border of jealousy.  As we leave the scene though, we see a very cute girl that I don’t initially recognize looking at Banri.

Later that day, we see Mitsuo and Banri hanging out, as Mitsuo gets to enjoy some of food basket mailed to Banri by his parents.  Though the two do get in an argument over Koko, as Banri mentions how lonely Koko looks as she’s not made a friend or even been seen talking to people since she started college.  Mitsuo takes it as yet another person who doesn’t understand his situation trying to tell him how to feel.  Though they do decide to squash their disagreement and go to the Film Club’s welcoming party that Mitsuo’s been invited to.

The party is a lively casual affair full of nice people, though Banri does feel a little out of place among all these film lovers.  It’s not too bad though as aside from Mitsuo, he sees someone else he knows, the ever so adorable Chinami.  We even find out that Chinami and Mitsuo know each other already from another class.  And while Banri isn’t committed to joining the club, he is having fun.

Everything couldn’t go better until they hear a rowdy party next door.  Just beyond paper door next to them is the realm of something truly horrible!  It’s the tea club!  Who knew the two pushy girls from a week ago, who served such terrible tea could be a part of a group of monsters like these?  They burst in the door, see Banri and snatch him away to their world.  A world of terror, a world of drunk mean women, a world not meant for man.  Basically what’s going on is that the tea club is bunch of terrible sloppy female drunks, who use their personalities to bully guys into being their slaves.  All over, you see terrified, embarrassed Japanese men being used for menial labor and side shows.  Banri himself is forced to sumo wrestle some other dude who I could have swore was a college aged Keima from The World God Only Knows.  Obviously much sleep was lost that night, since I doubt any of them actually got back home before 3 in the morning.

It seems that Banri’s day just doesn’t end, because even as he slogs his way to school, he’s met by a hyper Mitsuo, who is on edge because he doesn’t want to be seen by Koko, who is of course waiting at the front gates for him.  Banri, once again feeling sorry for a girl who just seems to be perpetually alone, asks that Mitsuo at least speak to her.  But he’ll have none of that and takes the back way.

Finishing out his school day, Banri leaves the building and is once again harassed by clubs trying to recruit.  He just doesn’t seem to learn to keep his mouth shut.  Or perhaps he’s just so honest, that he can’t even think of lying to get the clubs off his back.  Nevertheless, he’s once again saved by Linda, who actually is the cute brunette we saw earlier in the episode that I didn’t recognize.  It seems that even without the all the make up and festive wear, she’s still pretty cute, though much more tomboyish.  As the two talk, I get the sense that Linda wants to ask Banri to go out somewhere with her.  I have a feeling that later on this will be a huge missed moment for one or both of these characters, as she doesn’t get out her thoughts before Banri notices Koko sitting on a bench, alone again.  Linda walks off, leaving him to check on his friend.  And what he sees is a slightly more melancholy Koko.  After she’s done grilling him again for Mitsuo’s information, which he still refuses to give up, he’s once again assaulted by the two girls from the tea club.  They’re pretty damn mean and forceful even when they’re not drinking, though when they see Koko they suddenly behave and back off.  Koko then asks Banri how many times he’s been asked to join a club, since she’s been approached none at all.  Matter of fact, no one has even come up to her to speak.  She’s puzzled since she came from a background where she’s always had friends and people she’s known for years.  And now she’s starting to feel ignored, or invisible.  Banri’s really unsure of how to act.  Mitsuo’s warned him of how clever and manipulative she can be, so he doesn’t know what to say going forward.

Luckily, this is when a woman recruiting for another club comes along and sees that Koko is holding one of her flyers.  She’s pretty aggressive, but still very friendly and supportive.  Though he club just sounds like an excuse for well supported college kids to get together and party and go on trips.  I guess the standards for college clubs are much looser than in primary education.  She even convinces them to come to a cafe with her as she talks their heads off about the club before finally releasing them well into the evening.

It all seems like a golden opportunity for both the lonely Koko and Banri who clearly sees this as a chance to spend time with his crush.  All he can think about is three days and two nights with the woman of his dreams.

End of episode.

Even without the show’s opening animation, that clearly puts Banri and Koko together, it’s pretty clear what relationship is being aimed for here.  And I have no problem with that.  Because despite the clear path, there are still a load of obstructions in the road.  First of all, Koko doesn’t show the slightest interest in Banri, or anybody else not Mitsuo.  Then there’s the fact that there are possibly two other women who may have an interest in Banri or Mitsuo.  And of course, there’s always the possibility that if Banri does end up dating Koko, that Mitsuo may re-discover latent feelings for his ex-lover.  Even on mere speculation, the possibilities for relationships and character interactions are juicy and ripe for the picking.

I’m also glad to see that the show isn’t wasting time showing that a character like Koko isn’t as one-dimensional or tunnel-visioned as she seems.  She wants and needs more than food, water and companionship from one guy.  She does want friends and to have a good time.  The last thing I want is to watch a show that revolves around the oujo-sama slot in a harem.  It only gives me more of a reason to find her attractive and interesting.  Now I’m just waiting for Mitsuo to show a few more layers aside from being good friend, and panicked ex-lover.  There’s still the very relatable angle of a young man trying to break out and find his own way through life.

As for the episode itself, for me and many watching, I’m sure the drunken tea club scene was their favorite, or at least their most memorable moment for this week.  Anyone I showed this scene too just lost all control of their jaws as they hit the floor, or as they started laughing.  And for me, while the scene was pretty wild, I’ve seen drunk bimbos like them before, and it just made the scene that much more entertaining to watch.  You could honestly say in that moment that their wasn’t a lady in that room.  A full description of that scene would not be enough, you really have to see it to fully take it in.

The only thing that annoyingly leaves me hanging is that opening scene with Banri wandering through the woods.  It’s pretty damn vague at this point, and I hate it when I’m given so little to play with in terms of speculation.  Though I do fear there may be a memory loss angle involved somehow.  I’m just gonna hope it’s a traumatic experience that he just doesn’t want to remember.

I’m having a ton of fun right now.  Watching this show is an easily digestible delight, as excited to see it as anything else available this season, even KILL LA KILL.  And that’s a hell of a compliment because that show is just outstanding fun.  It’s safe to say that for the duration of this series, I’ll be happily slowly soaking in this whole experience.  So far it’s just been so refreshing.  Oh and as for the question of whether Koko is selfish or just idealistic?  I have a feeling we’ll find out along with Banri during this little trip.

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