Haha, of course literally the week after I crap all over an episode and say it was the most boring one yet, the next one ends up being the most consistently amusing one to me. This is how it goes with every show I write about.
The humor in Sakura Trick works for me usually when it taps into something awkward or a personal desire on the part of the characters. The scene where Haruka and Mitsuki learn how to swim and get bribed into trying harder via the drink the maids bring in is funny because it taps into their silly personal fantasies. There’s also the bit later on with Yuu wanting a special muffler and going on a shopping trip with Haruka. I groaned at first because who the fuck wants to watch window shopping, but the pro saleswoman and Yuu changing her mind about what muffler she wants even after she gets the one she desired in the first place is an amusing payoff.
Also, Haruka wrapped up like a muffler mummy. This might be the first episode where both major segments had something I enjoyed. A rare experience, indeed.
Of course, sometimes a straight-up ridiculous situation is more than enough to earn some laughs. The little ojou-sama girl whose name I cannot recall and am too lazy to look up tries to steal Kotone but then gets into a swimming contest with Shizuku, which the maids proceed to rig in Shizuku’s favor. You can’t make that shit up. (Except the original author of Sakura Trick DID make it up, so never mind.) It works because it’s treated with utter seriousness — with Shizuku realizing again how much she wants to be with Kotone — but the resolution is such a silly anticlimax.
There’s still some boring stuff, and all the cheesecake shots are whatever to me, but this is a silly, light, enjoyable episode. Still not nearly as funny as a lot of recent good anime comedies, but if I come out of an episode entertained, then that is a win.
Now for my award-winning poetry.
Nothing better than
A few prized swimming lessons.
I’ll drink to that one!
Seemed like the best time
For the doggy paddle. Oops!
Wet behind the ears.
If I could become
A beloved servant, then
I’d be a maid man.