Episode 8 Thoughts
The power of the stamp is very strong. Rize running away from home because her father laughed at the idea of her wanting to become an elementary school is sad because it seems as though her parent figure is not supportive. However, luckily for her, she has Kokoa and Chino who are very supportive of the idea to the extent of pretending to be her students as Rize goes through the routine of “what would I do if I was an elementary teacher?”. Who would have thought that positive reinforcement by way of giving them a bunny stamp whenever they finish a task or get an answer right would motivate the ‘students’. To the point where they become obsessed with getting a stamp.
I thought the episode was nice because while Rize’s father wasn’t supportive of the idea at first, all of Rize’s friends were and did their best to make her feel appreciated as they all roleplayed as teacher-student. While there was also a mismatch of various teachers in the form of Kokoa, Chiya and Sharo, all of them trying do their part in ‘educating’ Chino, Maya and Megumi. All of them inspired by Rize’s aspiration to become a teacher, I thought was a nice touch and reassurance that they all have Rize’s back.
As is customary with Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? series, we cannot leave the topic of each episode unresolved. No we cannot! Especially when Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? is all about happiness. As you’d expect, Rize and her father do make it up to each other at the end, clearing whatever misunderstanding they may have had and clearing the air on how each other felt. Which is great, a perfect until to another episode.
I would also like to mention, Rize’s father looks very attractive. Which really caught me off guard at first and it’s weird for me to admit that, but hey, it is what it is!
Episode 9 Thoughts
Episode nine was your typical slice of life episode. If covered a variety of things within a short period of time, almost like different arcs within the episode. We had that little bit with a tiny version of Chiya and Sharo. The episode then quickly moved onto Rize and he design to reinvent herself with a new look. This segment I thought was pretty entertaining because for some reason, Chino and Kokoa weren’t able to tell that this new look Rize had dawned was actually her; while everyone else knew it was Rize. Having them all play along with the gimmick everyone essentially toyed with Chino and Kokoa, until they themselves found out eventually.
I would also like to mention that tiny Chiya is the cutest. Whenever they briefly mention the close friendship that Chiya and Sharo have with one another, t’s always nice to see. You can see through their actions that they care a lot about each other. Since they (Chiya and Sharo) were nominated to be Student Council President for their respective high schools, Sharo was the first to mention her withdrawing her name because she didn’t like the idea of spending time away from Chiya and all their friends. Which is something Chiya also recognizes too because she mentions “I lost sight of something very precious, even though it was right next to me the whole time”. This of course, is referring to Sharo.
What I liked about episode nine is that there was always something happening. While this episode was a mismatch at is core, similar to that of episode eight. One thing is for certain, somehow this style works for Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Bloom. Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? as a whole is probably the only anime where I can still enjoy an episode even if its a mismatch of segments. I think it has something to do with the general flow of the episode, everything is just seamless. While it may be a mismatch of segments, somehow, some way each segment is connected coupled by the different characters and their personalities, it all just works.