Dagashi Kashi 2 – Episode 9 Review (Evil Anime-tion)
…Oookay, what the devil did this woman do in college?
CVoyage: No, but really. She is like a walking deus ex machina for this boy. How many randomly convenient skills does she have?
EvilBob: And while we’re on the subject, what’s her power level?
CVoyage: …Dude. You and I both know that power levels are bulls–t.
EvilBob: True. Better question. Why is this not annoying? She’s just randomly the answer to every problem and it’s somehow not annoying! She’s like Kokonotsu’s sonic screwdriver.
CVoyage: …does that make Hotaru his Tardis?
EvilBob: …I’ve… I’ve never thought about that before. Wait, so wouldn’t that make Saya his Ro-
CVoyage: Let’s not get crazy.
EvilBob: Too late…
CVoyage: Point. Anyway, we joke but I like Hajime’s bizarre utility. She’s the Swiss-Army Employee, sure. But it does actually have the effect of making her seem pretty decently rounded. As opposed to most of the other characters, who have gimmicks.
EvilBob: You’re doing it again.
CVoyage: No respect, I tell ya…
EvilBob: Dude, it’s Dagashi Kashi, not Citizen Kane. We don’t need to get carried away, here.
CVoyage: Such shortsighted laziness will never do, you know.
EvilBob: I’m not shortsighted. I can see just fine!
CVoyage: So you’re just lazy then?
EvilBob: …I walked right into that.
CVoyage: Ya kinda did.
EvilBob: So! Let’s talk about the internet situation.
CVoyage: Oh dear, the internet situation. So yeah, apparently Kokonotsu has never seen the internet before. Why else would he keep referring to it as “The Internets” unironically?
EvilBob: I dunno. For the same reason he’s fascinated by automatic doors?
CVoyage: …oh yeah. Wait, didn’t his dad have, like… a YouTube channel? Seriously. How is this so alien to him? Well, whatever. Anyway, he recruits Hajime to help him create a website for the store, which she somehow puts together in, like, 5 minutes. Because, as we’ve established, the woman is a wizard.
CVoyage: To them…
EvilBob: Yeah. And theeen…
EvilBob: They get a little carried away while they have all their fun and… weeell…
CVoyage: We’ll let you see for yourselves. Just, uh… keep the kiddies out of the room.
EvilBob: They just kept making it worse…
CVoyage: So… so much worse…
EvilBob: Good thing Saya didn’t see it. Whether she and Hajime are friends now or not, that would not end well.
CVoyage: But onto the next day! It’s the Hajime show, this time, as Kokonotsu takes off for school, leaving her to man the shop. But after he leaves a few squirts drop by.
EvilBob: They have come for one thing… balls.
CVoyage: …Like hell am I letting you stop that sentence there.
EvilBob: Super Balls, to be exact!
CVoyage: That’s… slightly better. You know those bouncy balls you can get from a gumball machine? Those. Unfortunately, she forgot to order any. So what does she do?
EvilBob: She gets her hands dirty and actually makes some for the little brats!
CVoyage: No, but seriously. What did this woman do in college? Why does she just know how to make those?
EvilBob: Well… now that I think about it, she does seem to have a thing for toys. That’s what she and Kokonotsu bonded over pretty much right after he… “hired” her.
CVoyage: Now that you mention it, the season has a pretty huge emphasis on toys in general. Moreso than the candy, anyway.
EvilBob: Huh. It does.
CVoyage: You feelin’ a little bit lied to?
CVoyage: Well, anyway, can we also just talk about how good Hajime is with kids?
EvilBob: I gotta say, that was pretty cool to watch. The way she talked to them, the pretty much instant reaction of making the ba-
CVoyage: The toys.
EvilBob: Right. That whole thing just made her even more likable. And she even made money on the whole thing!
CVoyage: It’s becoming apparent to me that Hajime is the “cool big sis” of this series. And I am completely okay with this. I’m glad we’re getting more out of her. She’s a cool character, adds plenty of fun to the mix, and is just a welcome addition to the cast overall. Getting an episode that focuses a lot on her was no problem for me at all and delivered the Junk Food I was hoping for.
EvilBob: It’s about as Evil as a Super Villain (10). I had a feeling without Hotaru, the show might suffer. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised! Hajime is doing a lot to make up for her absence. Along with her ex-employer. That guy’s just ridiculous. But if you want to see something truly ridiculous, go check out the last episode of Bulletoon Weekly. There’s this anime coming up in the Fall and um… you just… you wanna see for yourself what it is.
CVoyage: But if you’re one of those “the devil you know” people, and prefer the insanity right in front of you, then Dagashi Kashi 2 is Simulcast on Crunchyroll, Fridays at 10:30pm EST. That’s pretty much all we’ve got for you today.
EvilBob: And that’s all we have for you today. Thanks for letting us waste your time, people.
CVoyage: As always, thanks for reading, folks. Remember to keep up the awesome.
EvilBob: And keep it classy.
CVoyage: Take care.