Episode Five and Six Thoughts
There ware couple of things I enjoyed about each episode. One being that that more often than not, Hibiki’s motivation isn’t just to be a healthy and fit individual, no, it’s to give herself a banging body for whatever reason. So seeing her do all these exercises because it’ll make her body look great for the summer time, while eating all the junk food in the world is entertaining for me. Which I mean is all very relatable in today’s world, I assume we have a goal to be healthy and fit whilst also eating whatever we want, regardless if it’s good or bad for you.
The other being how regularly our characters and in particular, Hibiki breaks the fourth wall. There’s always been something about anime characters breaking the fourth wall that I love. Maybe it’s because it’s something we do not get to see often, especially in anime. Out of all the anime I’ve seen, the other series that I remember seeing break the fourth wall was Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata. So to me being able to add Dumbbell Nan Kilo Moteru? as another one was pretty cool.
Something else I enjoyed about these episodes and in particular, episode six was how different everything felt with the introduction of Gina Boyd. I thought her character in episode six was real entertaining especially since her character is supposed to be a Russian. She did everything I didn’t expect, mentioning typical Russian stereotypes and playing into them; Gina also mentioned their President, Vladimir Putin, which I also thought was neat. You typically do not see anime or its characters reference real world thoughts or people, however, being that this anime is all about actual exercise and building healthier habits I should have saw it coming. But alas, I didn’t and that little surprise that came in the form of Gina was pleasantly received and appreciated.
Overall, I found myself liking episodes five and six more than any other episode thus far. Both episodes I thought were pretty funny. I enjoyed Gina as a new introduction and I loved how clean the art and animations has been throughout both episodes. Seeing Hibiki outright turn into the hulk during the arm wrestling competition I thought was pretty epic and I also enjoyed the narrator in both episodes, it felt very Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai-esk and I really liked that. It’s a definitely B+ from me.