Once again, Eighth-Grade Syndrome brings some laughs to anime. Too bad it isn’t as cute as other shows have made it out to be.
RECAP: Yui, now a little more confident in bettering herself after hanging out with Yukino and Hikki, steps up to her “old crowd.” The event isn’t met well with the center popular girl, Yumiko. A solution is easily brought on when Yukino intervenes. Later, a new “client” for the Public Service Club is found in the club room. His name is Zamokuza Yoshiteru, a husky chuunibyou that vies to write a hit light novel. His request is for our friends to read and critique his current work. And let’s just say that his writing skills aren’t exactly worthy of praise yet.
As partly a continuation to Yui’s “development,” the first half of this episode focuses on the idealism of “fitting in with crowds.” While we get great, understandable narrative from Hikki in regards to why it works out fine to be alone, we also get Yui stepping up to her “friends” in regards to her leaving. As she doesn’t want any ill feelings without misunderstandings, she wants to make it clear that she still wants to be friends with Yumiko despite her future absence from their group.
From our point of view, it can be observed that Yui was just a tag-a-long lackey to Yumiko. Yui deserves much better friends than that. Granted, the attitudes Yukino and Hikki have aren’t exactly the best, they are more honest with themselves than most people let on. For Yui’s personality, she needs to feed off and learn from their example.
Moving on to the next half of the episode, meet Zaimokuza Yoshiteru. His Eight-Grade Syndrome is based off the historical warring states era of Japan, which combines with various other fantasies of his to cultivate his “world.” He actually makes for a very interesting gag character that would make normal, everyday stuff seem outrageous. But I don’t think I’d like him to be a regular, side-character. His sporadic, over-the-top-ness is fun to see, but if only in small doses.
Take this critique session, for instance. His reaction to the tough criticism was fun to watch, but it felt like it had a lot more place because the first half of the episode had a rather serious tone to it. This kind of balance is what makes high school romance-comedies work.
It was also interesting to get a couple tidbits and visual flashbacks in reference to Hikki’s past. While still under-wraps, we’re starting to see a little bit more about him that may reveal why he changed his outlook on society.
Best girl of the series right here folks!