Yuru Yuri’s second season enters its 10th spectacle – an installment which once again surrounds the two cute tsundere characters, showing the extent of their bond, as well as part of their days as lolis.
This second season has truly been centered upon the relationship of this pair more so than any other character or subject – and such has indeed been proving far more wonderful than one could have ever anticipated, this episode included. They’re clearly more than friends – although not explicitly lovers as of yet, despite how blatantly obvious their unspoken romantic interests in one another may be to everyone.
Now interestingly, whilst the season prior would send Kyouko and crew on a trip, or the likes, to cast aside the other characters – this season does the opposite through the same means. Kyouko and friends go on an escapade to déjà vu merely as an excuse to kick them out of the episode, as this time around, they’re not the main focus – and for those curious of Akkarin, she’s still with Chinachu.
With everyone who is absent of a role for this chapter now pushed aside, the episode shines its light specifically on the two tsunderes – yet that alone isn’t too fascinating in a plain view, rather, the particularly interesting aspect is how Yuru Yuri powerfully develops both of the characters without any grandiose ventures undertaken, it simply delivers some lighthearted comedy and antics with an abundance of personality and flavor on part of the characters.
Such a tact is actually more scarce than it should be – yet indeed, Yuru Yuri is perhaps one of the finest instances of straight character development there is. The characters of Yuru Yuri do not depend on any third party events to unfold in order to gain some vivacity – rather, they build themselves, formulating their own place within the series. They’re all so lively, their own actions and words distinguish and individualize themselves heavily – and such is certainly quite well exemplified this episode.
An excellent case in point is how Sakurako’s unmissable childish side, which is basically the entirety of how she acts on the outside, receives its ever-necessarily and much appreciated time in the spotlight – however, the series still also shows hints towards Sakurako’s more refined and sincere portion of persona, such as how she provided Himawari with a snack, despite it turning out to have been not particularly delectable.
There’s several strengths in that example, and first of all, it would be how Sakurako’s two sides of personality contrast – thereby making each rather notable. Secondly, Sakurako’s consideration of others is something which has been both introduced, as well as expressed in the past – thus to see it presented here in a separate fashion, it’s merely further enhancing her character image.
Similar techniques apply to all characters of this series, not Sakurako alone, and in the case of this episode, it would be her companion Himawari who also receives some substantial overview.
With the characters as colorful as they are, the end-result is that one comes to know the matters amongst them – whilst simultaneously receiving some rather splendid amusement.