The insanity that is Grand Blue Dreaming continues this week as well! Another bit of nakedness, another bit of drunkness and a lot of strange faces. Let Iori and Kohei suffer! I am all in for it! Let’s take a look at the whole craziness that Episode 5 presented us with and see if we can find some deeper meaning or relevance behind it.
Japanese title: 後の祭り (Ato no Matsuri)
Episode 5 – Too Late
Chisa’s revenge is going well, as the guys at the university are giving Iori dirty looks and even he notices that everybody seems to be angry at him. When the situation starts to escalate and Iori’s colleagues threaten to bury him alive, he offers to set up a group date for them. Suddenly, the world is bright and shiny again, except for Iori, who doesn’t know where he will be able to find girls that are cute enough and willing to go on a group date with the weirdos from his class. He asks Azusa for help, who introduces their newest club member – Aina aka. Cakey! Iori decides it’s better than nothing and they go to meet the girls. Turns out they are all a kind of Cakey! But since one of them is determined to finally go and get laid a girlfriend, all of the guys join together to help that one friend out! Or are they…?
With friends like that…
….you don’t need enemies. That goes for Iori and Kohei as well as Iori and his new friends (I didn’t bother learning their names, I think they won’t turn up much. They are in his class). First, Kohei just left Iori to die when all his classmates tried to kill him for dating Chisa and then his new friends are putting massive stones in his way at the group date. Yes, theoretically I would appreciate the effort if he were really in a relationship. But they know he is not really dating anybody and he liked that girl so…if she would have liked him more than the others, why not let them talk? Still, it was good comedy and I had to laugh a lot during the scene. Definitely a highlight!
It is a theme I can see in this series that makes me like it a lot. The girls here are all powerful and great. They are strong women, who use their power to get what they want. Is it wrong? Yes, maybe. Is it fun to watch? Hell yes! The ladies of the group date all acted really nice and enjoyed their evening. I especially liked seeing how they did all that for Aina at the end; that scene was really touching. In the last episode, we only saw a sad Aina, who got bullied by the members of Tinkerbell and it made me wonder how she deals with it. But then, she has this set of wonderful female friends and I felt so happy we got to see that.
Azusa is my favorite as always and Chisa did punish Iori just like he deserves it. Go, girls!!
I am not sure how many of you know this, but since it hardly ever gets explained, let me do it here. First names in Japan are something personal. It is not for nothing that some high school girls blush if the guy calls them by their first name in anime. Or that a guy awkwardly tells the girl she can call him by his first name when she always calls him by his last name. It is considered rather intimate, even though I feel like recently it became a bit less intense with all the western influences and the internet. Still, that the boys at the group date would try to have the girls call them by their first name and call the girls by their first name was something special. That’s why Aina was blushing so much and liked it, that Iori called her by her first name and kept stuttering before saying his name.
Were you drunk throughout this episode? I think there was a lot of potential… The group date alone was a single drinking festival when they start to bully Iori for all his flirting. I hope nobody decided to go for tequila and stuck to water in this heat so that everybody got super hydrated thanks to this drinking game!
For next week, I will bet a lot on Nanaka and say we drink whenever there is a chest in action! Mostly, I am speculating on Nanaka pushing her chest on someone, or when we can see it bounce or loom over someone or…when a naked guy shows off his chest. Yes, that’s what we are going for next week!
See you next week
The reviews for this series might be short, but to be honest, they are what one can make out of this series that seems like a single, long graduation trip: lots of alcohol, young people that enjoy their youth and perverted jokes. It’s fine with me, but it doesn’t give much material for deep thoughts and I am sure nobody would like a review that goes ‘LOOOL THAT WAS FUNNY, LOOOL’. I can just hope that some of my beloved more serious, story-fuelling scenes come back for at least 2 or 3 minutes next episode and until then I hope everybody has an awesome week!