For all the pontificating I may do on the Art of Comedy, it is not difficult to make me laugh. Case in point: Yuu getting hit with the volleyball followed by her immense squeal of pain made me laugh longer and harder than anything in the show so far. It’s the Sakura Trick equivalent of the American cinematic classic Man Getting Hit By Football. Really, it’s not the actual volleyball strike that’s hilarious (though that is funny) so much as the emphatic grunt expelled from Yuu as she takes that ball head on. It is the type of noise only cartoon characters get to make and still be so hilarious. I mean, if a real person got tagged that hard and made that noise, it would still be funny, but I’d feel bad afterward about laughing. (Which I should, because, you know, I’m a giant asshole for laughing at someone’s pain.) Real person playing a fictional character getting hurt hilariously is funny, but there’s always the chance it looks legit painful and cuts in on the comedy a bit. Maybe that’s more or less funny depending on who you are.
Cartoon characters, though? They take that shit and they’re fine afterward. Laugh away, friends! Punishment means nothing, FOR I AM INVINCIBLE. Yuu gets lots of girl kisses and feels all better later. It’s her version of Popeye’s spinach, basically, and man I can’t stop laughing at the thought of Yuu growing ridiculous muscles and beating the piss out of bad guys after getting a kiss from her main squeeze. Someone get me the money to make this show happen.
Given my meh feelings on Sakura Trick, I would have been fine with just the volleyball bit, but I actually enjoyed the wedding part in the first half. Here’s the thing with misunderstandings: when they’re used for drama, they are mostly fucking stupid; when they’re used for comedy, though, they can be damn funny. Yuu thinking Haruka is actually proposing marriage to her and forming an impromptu wedding ceremony is ridiculous cartoon sitcom logic, but it’s easy to buy because Yuu has been portrayed as a silly airhead so far. The bits where she’s like “WTF?????” when Haruka’s mom is addressing her and Yuu thinks she’s basically holding a final audition to be Haruka’s wife is the kind of cute, funny stuff I could go for. I could even forgive all the lovey dovey stuff I don’t care about at all afterward.
anyway dumb poetry time lol
Yuu did not dig this.
In fact, it looks like a kill!
volleyball puns lawl
Will a shot from nurse
Make everything all better?
Time for the big day.
She really picked the blue dress?
Ruined for marriage