Nothing motivates kids in a sports race like this class does when they come up with creative methods.
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Episode 8 - These Three Girls Will Keep Going, On and On
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Some shows can make you tired just watching it. Mitsudomoe is definitely one of those as even when the kids aren't feeling good, they're always going and doing things and at an exaggerated rate at that. The opening story in this one is just like that as Hitoha is feeling under the weather but still goes to the event where the pink Gachi Ranger is at so she can see her even though she doesn't want to admit to liking them. Of course, she ends up in a spot of trouble right from the start as she finds herself under the table of said Ranger and staring at her crotch just as some guy comes up with an upskirt camera on his shoe. It's a strange and twisty little scenario right from the start, but it does open her up to talking to others about her interest in the Rangers.
Another story that's a good bit of fun involves the kids dealing with sports day as the various class teams go against each other. It's hard to imagine these kids are able to work together at all considering the way they bicker and push back against each other so much, but there are some creative ways of getting them to work for the greater good while dealing with self interest at the same time. They all certainly know each other well enough as they come up with ways for the relay race to be won in record time, though there's always a weak link in every team and nothing says week like Futuba. There's such a good sense of energy and fun about this segment that it really shines strongly while still showing off the twisted nature of most of the kids involved.
Another story here that doesn't measure up involves the large group of girls going to get some potato treats from a street vendor that ends up going pretty badly. There's some amusing fart joke related material here, especially as Mitsuba does her best to hold it in but just ends up looking like a cheater, but it's the game that Hitoha plays against the vendor that proves the most fun as she asks him simply how old he thinks she is. He goes into a self inflicted spiral about it since he sees it as a gamble on her part to try and get a free snack when in reality she's simply asking him. It goes a bit further in a few other directions but it's a weak segment overall in an otherwise strong episode.
The main stories within the episode all have a good bit of fun about them, even when they're a bit weaker and less frantic like the last one. It covers a variety of ideas that work pretty well overall. The sports festival one is the most frantic of them all and the one that I think really works the best and made the best impression of just how weird these kids are. There are sweet moments as well, such as the final story that deals with the sisters themselves and a nice moment with their father, which helps to humanize them a bit more to show that they're not just insanely wacky all the time. Seeing how their father has changed over the years is priceless as you can easily imagine the toll that they take on a man like him since he's raising them alone. It's a tough piece in that regard but it also has its sweet moments which helps it go a long way in making the girls likable in addition to amusing.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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