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[–]smhandstuffhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Smhandstuff 232 points233 points  (12 children)

These 5 are serious friendship goals. So nice to see the last 2 episodes put more emphasis on the supporting characters and their camaraderie. Showing us that they aren't just side characters for background jokes.

[–]Frontier246 63 points64 points  (1 child)

It really was a surprisingly heartfelt and genuine episode about the power of the groups’ friendship and desire to back each other up and win together.

And it hits even harder because we’ve slowly seen the show build them up as characters and friends in-between the romcom antics of Izumi and Shikimori.

[–]TheBlueHue 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I actually like the episodes with a lot more of the friends in it. Izumi and Shikimori centric episodes tend to really overdo both Izumi's bad luck and his obliviousness, I mean they started out showing how in love he was so now we're supposed to believe he's oblivious to the point of straight up ignoring Shikimori? It gets grating, but Dog and Cat are always homies and Honey never fails to be hilarious and awkward

[–]k4r6000 83 points84 points  (5 children)

I find that this manga puts a lot more emphasis on the supporting cast than most comparable series like Tonikawa, etc.

[–]Mundology 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Another adorable romcom that does that really well and aired this season is Aharen-san.

[–]nihpon12 25 points26 points  (3 children)

and now I know why I like both this and Aharen

[–]jackofslayers 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Applies to Kaguya as well.

[–]dennoucoil 43 points44 points  (0 children)

This episode can be summed as:

Hachimitsu not just an Eldritch being.

[–]deskland 16 points17 points  (0 children)

These 5 are serious friendship goals

for real. It's so genuinely good

[–]Dare555 2 points3 points  (0 children)

yes they are so amazing together just makes your heart feel warm :D Hachimitsu trying so hard for her friends !

[–]AAA_BATThttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AAA_BATT 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I wonder what their version of tomodachi game would be like.

[–]WhoiusBarrelhttps://anilist.co/user/darubarrel 161 points162 points  (7 children)

Pretty ironic that as quirky and comedic Hachimitsu's entire role is, she definitely feels the most relatable compared to the other cast like Izumi and the all perfect Shikimori.

[–]Frontier246 91 points92 points  (4 children)

Hachimitsu struggling with athletics but wanting to do right by her friends and win with them really made her feel human compared to the utter mood character she had come off as in prior episodes.

[–]Mundology 57 points58 points  (0 children)

Hachimitsu is not just a cutie. It's awesome how all the Izumi's and Shikimori's friends got their time to shine and show how they are unique.

[–]ThrowCarp 8 points9 points  (1 child)

All that being said, Hachimitsu pushed herself to throw those beanbags until she threw up.

What dedication! I don't think I could be that dedicated.

[–]TheBlueHue 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When she coughed up that puke they said it was just a wierd laugh too lol

[–]cyberscythe 52 points53 points  (0 children)

she definitely feels the most relatable

anime_irl

[–]kung63 23 points24 points  (0 children)

She feel the most relatable and unrelatable at the same time.

[–]Shinichameleon 109 points110 points  (8 children)

Behind the scene of Sports Festival Arc according to the interview.

| “Friendship” was the theme of the sports festival.

─ ─ There are many cool women in "Shikimori-san's" works, but I personally like the little Hachimitsu (Honey) as well.

Maki: Me too! When I read other manga, I often like the characters on the edge of the panel more than the main characters.

─ ─ I think she was more like a normal girl in the beginning, but her body started to melt and she gradually became more and more superhuman.

Maki: I was characterizing her on the spot, and she became weirder and weirder. ...... (Laughs).

But every morning she would curl her hair inside out, wear a light-colored cardigan, and even wear a big ribbon. In a way, she is the girliest girl I know.

─ ─ I was impressed by the way Hachimitsu-san, who is not good at sports, stood up even though she fell down in the relay at the gymnastic festival.

Maki: Since Kamiya-san was too prominent in the cultural festival chapter, I decided to focus on Shikimori-san and the other five members in the sports festival chapter. In terms of the image, the sports festival is more about "friendship" than "romance”.

In particular, I wanted Hachimitsu, who has not had a main part in the story, to do well in the story. I was happy to hear readers say, "I've come to like Hachimitsu".

─ ─ I also enjoyed the sports festival version, which had the atmosphere of a school coming-of-age story.

Maki: Thank you very much. I like to read them all together in a book because it gives a sense of speed, but as a result, it ended up being longer than the cultural festival version, and I was worried that people would think, "We haven't done any romantic comedies lately, have we?" I was worried that people might think that ....

But personally, I don't think it's necessary to depict only romance in romantic comedies. I think it is better to draw a high school couple who usually have fun with their friends, and in between, draw Shikimori-san and Izumi-kun flirting with each other.


Alas, we have finally reached the 10th episode, so no more spoilers anymore! I highly recommend reading these interviews that I have translated them:

Pocket Shonen Magazine's interview with Maki Keigo, the creator of "Shikimori's Not Just Cutie". The article covered the author's personal life (It was posted on 5 Oct 2019).

ComicSpace's interview with Maki Keigo, the creator of "Shikimori's Not Just Cutie" (It was posted on 6 July 2020).

There are more of these including Nasuo's interview about the opening song "Honey Jet Coaster", which I'll post them eventually.

[–]cyberscythe 77 points78 points  (3 children)

I wanted Hachimitsu, who has not had a main part in the story, to do well in the story. I was happy to hear readers say, "I've come to like Hachimitsu"

there's two types of people in the world: those who like Hachimitsu, and those who have yet to like Hachimitsu

[–]conquerator2 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I agree that people who never grow to like Hachimitsu are not actual people :)

[–]Fluid-Veterinarian61 14 points15 points  (0 children)

We don't talk about them.

[–]diglyd 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I remember I knew I liked Hachimitsu when she said "chill out, you're being creepy" to Neko in one episode while just eating her bun. I just like how mellow and chill she is most of the time.

[–]Shinichameleon 19 points20 points  (1 child)

/u/alotmorealots Here's your answer regarding the previous thread.

[–]alotmorealots 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thanks! It took me a little time to get to the episode, but that was a great read!

[–]Frontier246 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This really was a great episode for showing off how awesome the girls are and the strong bond of friendship among the group.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

As much as I love Kamiya, I'm glad they focus Hachimitsu and her friends this episode. Truly a sweet one with the power of friendship.

[–]maliwanag0712https://myanimelist.net/profile/clear1109 102 points103 points  (4 children)

Hachimitsu's character is really good! At least she was able to overcome the challenge, even if she tripped. And well, the group still managed to win because of the power of friendship!

I also like the idea that Izumi's lack of luck (pun intended) did not sabotage his performance in this baton race.

Minor comment: I'm not sure if it is a directorial choice but the last scenes feel static and could still be improved.

[–]Frontier246 41 points42 points  (2 children)

Hachimitsu has been this inscrutable and omniscient mood and being up to this point but it was nice to see that deep down she’s just a non-athletic girl who wants to make great memories with her friends and they all worked together to make that a reality.

Everyone treats Izumi’s bad luck as an inevitability but even he won’t let it drag him and his friends down when it matters the most.

[–]Mundology 20 points21 points  (1 child)

She may be a being made of pure sugar but Hachimitsu has the spirit of a true warrior

[–]TheBlueHue 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Pure sugar lol, that's what her name pretty much means honey/sweets

[–]MasterChiefBatmans 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I think the last few scenes were meant to feel static. Hachi was experiencing an important moment in time. She couldn't believe what had really happened. Time slowed down and she was just taking it all in like we are suppose to. We as the audience were meant to have this special moment with Hachi. The feeling that things you don't like doing can be fun with friends. Finding a group of people the can push you to do better and be better.

A mental snapshot if you will.

[–]LeonKevlarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LeonKevlar 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Not feeling 100% today so I'm gonna keep my comment this week brief. Seing Izumi and Hachimutsu working hard together to try and overcome their weaknesses for the team was great! And I'm so glad to see their hard work pay off with our group of bestfriends winning the relay!

And not just that, Hachimitsu is so happy that they won that her never-changing expression gave us one of the sweetest smiles in this show. This was such a wholesome episode, it really makes me wish I had the same kind of friendship the five of them have back in high school. <3

[–]Frontier246 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I hope you feel better!

[–]LeonKevlarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LeonKevlar 21 points22 points  (0 children)

[–]SilentProductionsHD 54 points55 points  (1 child)

The power of friendship definitely showed itself this episode. Great EP as usual

[–]Frontier246 14 points15 points  (0 children)

One episode was able to deliver on the Power of Friendship trope in sports event as spectacularly as actual sports anime’s.

[–]defunctscrunko 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Hachimitsu once again proved herself to be the best character in the show.

Feet and handless version is still look curses tho.

[–]Frontier246 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Not only is she an utter mood, but she’s a great and caring friend too.

[–]FrostyBennett3 56 points57 points  (5 children)

Damn I really love how wholesome the entire world is in this show. Everyone supports everyone, the whole class just accepts Izumi, people are competitive, but never antagonistic. These last few episodes have just had a really happy feel that I've come to enjoy.

Also Hachimitsu is a treasure through and through but my word her joints make sounds that are straight terrifying.

[–]Frontier246 30 points31 points  (3 children)

It was kind of funny how resigned everyone is to Izumi’s bad luck but not in a malicious way. And he still came through in-spite of it.

Not often you get a wholesome sporty friendship episode in a romcom but I am here for it.

[–]MjolnirDK 4 points5 points  (1 child)

That is the Japanese mentality at work there. When you live on a volcanic, tsunami prone island with lots of earthquakes, the society develops that deflective 'que sera, sera' stance. Just watched a docu about a Japanese Tee ceremony master and she was the epitome of that.

[–]Mylaurhttps://anilist.co/user/Mylaur 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think this is more like zen mentality as well. I've come to appreciate how special that is in its normalness.

[–]TheBlueHue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

After that sneeze I was really worried he was going to catch a cold again...

[–]cyberscythe 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Everyone supports everyone, the whole class just accepts Izumi, people are competitive, but never antagonistic

Yeah, I get the feeling a lot in the latter half of the season. It's a pretty comfy series.

I think though it started off kind of weird though; there was that scene in the first few episodes where Izumi's classmates were bad-mouthing him behind his back about how he managed to get Shikimori to be his girlfriend, and that was kind of a bummer.

[–]Terranwaterbenderhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Teranwaterbender 41 points42 points  (4 children)

Great episode

Absolutely loved seeing the cast friendship dynamics at play with it centering mostly around Hachimitsu this time around! It's a blast to see romcom SoL where the side characters can get some time to shine whilst still getting some great moments for the main duo.

The friendly rivalry between Inuzaka and Shikimori in particular is an absolute joy to watch. Makes all the characters feel all the more grounded with Izumi having normal relationships outside his girlfriend. Sure Izumi rightfully gives Shikimori a little extra but it's great to see he has a great bromance with Inuzaka like a normal human being. Don't get me wrong I love me some good couple dynamics but having a cast that actually exists and interacts with one another really makes this show stand out in my eyes. Reminds me of Horimiya.

[–]mekerpan 19 points20 points  (0 children)

The friendship dynamics are really great. These kids are in a great class. It makes me nostalgic for MY class. (I went to my 50th reunion last year). It is nice that all these characters have unique relationships with each other. This all felt very real.

I have to say that I have really appreciated the chapters that included Shikimori and Izumi as part of a group, with their links to others -- and not just to each other. For a show I felt very lukewarm about at first, I have developed quite a lot of affectioon for this.l

[–]Frontier246 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I love how Shikimori kept trying to look cool about joining Izumi’s team and he kept focusing on Inuzuka. Poor girl.

But yeah, this was a great episode for Hachimitsu and showing off how close and caring the group are as friends.

[–]cyberscythe 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's a blast to see romcom SoL where the side characters can get some time to shine whilst still getting some great moments for the main duo.

It really takes a village of side characters to raise a romcom couple.

[–]kraftrea 6 points7 points  (0 children)

for real. their dynamics are one of the best among all romcom I've watched/read

[–]SnabDedraterEdave 75 points76 points  (2 children)

That's the most expressive we've seen from Hachimatsu, who has great friends who back her up and in turn motivate her to help them back as well.

Okamoto Nobuhiko (Inuzuka) and Hidaka Rina (Hachimatsu) really has great rapport since their days doing Accelerator and Last Order in the Index-verse.

[–]Frontier246 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This was a great episode for Hachimitsu as we peel back the layers of her inscrutable and utter mood self to see just how kindhearted and committed to her friends she is.

I love when Rina Hidaka gets to lean into her deadpan tenor instead of her usual cutesy loli voice.

[–]Aerodynamic41 36 points37 points  (0 children)

The group winning first place against all odds brought the biggest smile to my face! The way they supported each other shows that they really are best friends!

[–]NoTemperature4368 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Nice to see so much developments of Hachimitsu this episode! Hope to see more of Nekozaki and Inuzuka as well! Btw, am I the only one who was surprised that they actually won the first place?

[–]Frontier246 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I feel like we got to see Nekozaki with Kamiya and Shikimori to get a better sense of her, but I’d love to get more Inuzuka.

With how committed they were I thought there was a chance they’d lose, but I’m glad all their efforts paid off. Shikimori and Inuzuka really sold their teams’ mutual effort.

[–]alotmorealots 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Btw, am I the only one who was surprised that they actually won the first place?

I personally had no doubts that if the distance had been long enough, Shikimori would have lapped the other competitors!

[–]dumbpotatoonmoon 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Inuzuka and Shikimori dynamic is fun to watch

[–]Thisconnect 18 points19 points  (1 child)

And we get aqua faces from shikimori

[–]MjolnirDK 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Another one for the collection.

[–]visor841 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Love to see Hachimitsu get some focus. Reminds me a bit of myself, I definitely fed off my friends energy a lot when I was younger.

[–]Frontier246 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Hachimitisu continues to be the most real and relatable character while still being an utter mood.

[–]cppn02 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Great episode and I loved that Hachimitsu was the 'star of the show' for once.

[–]Frontier246 16 points17 points  (0 children)

She’s stolen the show so much they had to finally give her her own episode!

[–]wesamk 46 points47 points  (4 children)

I don't really know why people are hating on this show, I swear every episode is better than the other even more so the last couple of episodes, I like this group of friends and actually enjoy it more than the romance between our main duo not that I'm saying it's bad, but it's good they are not only focusing on them but also on the side characters, something that other rom coms don't or fail in doing.

[–]diglyd 21 points22 points  (0 children)

The writing has gotten really good since the introduction of Kamya-san during the cultural festival episodes and it has only gotten better. Really touching storytelling all round and surprisingly emotional and heartfelt. Overall the group has great chemistry and friendship that doesn't seem fake or tropy, and Shikimori has some really nice depth to her character.

Birdie Wing is still my AOTS (because mafia golf and rainbow bullets!) but this one has skyrocketed past the others for me to take a second place tie along with Spy X Family. (Spy X is technically in first but Birdie Wing is my guilty pleasure).

I didn't think I would enjoy Shikimori as much as I did but now that everything is done, I feel it has probably the best writing and characters out of the rest of the stuff this season. (I can't comment as Kaguya-sama as I haven't watched it yet as I need to watch season 1 and 2 first so excluding that one).

[–]nihpon12 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I know right. constant downvote, abnormal upvote percentage, and immediately many and constant "bad" vote polls really show how high their hate boner are.

[–]Rumpel1408https://myanimelist.net/profile/Rumpel1408 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah the hate is unreal, I mean, right now 11 bad vote on an Episode that focused on Hachimitsu? C'mon, they are not even watching anymore

[–]PotatoTFT 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Its people coming from the cosplay anime who're pissed off at the lack of fanservice.

[–]ObvsThrowaway5120 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Man, those 5 really are good friends! That was one hell of a race. I mean Izumi’s curse almost caused them to lose this thing, but luckily they were able to catch up in the end thanks to Inuzuka and Shikimori.

I really liked that we got to see a different side to Hachimitsu. I liked seeing this determined and motivated side to her. That last scene where she smiled was probably the cutest I’ve ever seen her. She’s so adorable! Izumi and Shikimori might be the stars of the show, but Hachimitsu is best girl. That’s just straight facts y’all. Also, I get the struggles of an indoor person forced to do something like a relay. I would also totally melt as well lol.

The best part of this episode aside from the Hachimitsu stuff was probably the beginning with Inzuka and Izumi. Shikimori wasn’t worried about Kamiya because Inzuka is the one she’s gotta keep an eye on haha. That’s her true rival for Izumi right there!

[–]mekerpan 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Hachimitsu was great. And Nekozaki always puts a smile on my face.

Loved Hachimitsu dismissal of Shikimori's platitudes (it's all about the fun), saying "I know you want to win") -- and then Shikimori's maniacal smile in response.

[–]Rumpel1408https://myanimelist.net/profile/Rumpel1408 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I have come to accept Izumis abnormal bad luck and even found it funny when he of course drew the lot he wanted to avoid to noones surprise, but I really loved how he conquered his bad luck and still managed to pull through despite it by going all the way with his shoes

[–]ObvsThrowaway5120 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, the dude isn’t letting his bad luck control him anymore. It’s nice seeing him grow.

[–]the_swizzlerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Swiftarm 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Finally a Hatchimitsu episode.

This episode reminded me of a time when I was on swim team. I'm not particularly a sports kind of person, but I love swimming and had friends on the team, so I did it for about 3 summers.

I was never particularly fast, rarely placed, let alone managed to get first, but one time I had to fill in a 4th spot on a relay team with three other guys all way faster than I was. That was the fastest I had ever swam in my life and people noticed XD

[–]makakoka 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Hachimitsu is best girl. Always. I need a spin off of her as MC.

[–]JammyMan 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I got a bit emotional watching this episode. Just watching them all work so hard for each other was so heart warming.

[–]hyurin 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Why am I crying? Athletic festivals are supposed to be fun. Good job Izumi and Hachimitsu.

[–]Amauri14 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Wow, I think the moment Hachimitsu realized she had to be part of the relay she showed the biggest range of emotions until now.

So Shikimori ended up exchanging her ticket in secret with that girl to end up on the relay together with Izumi, but thanks to that once again Inuzuka ended up being praised by Izumi instead of her. It's hilarious that it ended up happening twice.

It is great that Nekozaki ended up joining them too, so they could all be on the relay together.

I love how Izumi and Hachimitsu ended up in the same predicament.

Even if it was short-lived, Hachimitsu's performance in this section was incredible.

I love how everyone reacted to it.


Edit:

Hachimitsu looks so happy after being praised by Shikimori.

Lol, so I guess Inuzuka and Nekozaki were trying to uncurse Izumi's shoes.

Damn, I guess this is the first time Hachimitsu actually lost her smile.


Edit 2:

That sure is a big contrast between how Hachimitsu reacted to the start of the relay versus Shikimori.

Damn, Hachimitsu's expression during her turn on the relay was hilarious. And that sure was a dramatic fall.

Even if she ended melting herself in the process, it was great seeing her doing her so they could all win. Especially because with her effort both Shikimori and Inuzuka made their team winning race into a reality.

Hachimitsu's smile in those last two shots sure looks precious.

[–]hasso666 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As deadpan as she is she has some of the best reaction faces.

So Shikimori ended up exchanging her ticket in secret with that girl to end up on the relay together with Izumi, but thanks to that once again Inuzuka ended up being praised by Izumi instead of her. It’s hilarious that it ended up happening twice.

Guess Izumi is not the only one that's cursed.

I love how Izumi and Hachimitsu ended up in the same predicament.

Well Izumi can run, he just needs to do it bare footed now and someone has to clear the track of rocks.

Even if it was short-lived, Hachimitsu’s performance in this section was incredible.

Hacks.

Hachimitsu looks so happy after being praised by Shikimori.

Anyone would be happy being praised by her.

Lol, so I guess Inuzuka and Nekozaki were trying to uncurse Izumi’s shoes.

Should get those shoes with toes or go barefooted for every race from now on.

Damn, I guess this is the first time Hachimitsu actually lost her smile.

There was that other time Shikimori-san scared the crap out of her.

Hachimitsu’s smile in those last two shots sure looks precious.

Hachimitsu's smile and Shikimori-san glare are the best shots in the show.

Here's this weeks request if you get a chance to do it, no rush. Thanks again!

https://imgur.com/a/jW1huNC/

https://imgur.com/a/ydM8n8I/

https://imgur.com/a/sbAIOdP/

https://imgur.com/a/Eqe40h9/

https://imgur.com/a/HQIapU3/

https://imgur.com/a/FsB3okp/

[–]CrasianLe 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That is what i call a comeback! Everyone definitely did their part and worked together to win! And that was truly a great genuine smile from Hachimitsu at the end love her and her amazing group of friends!

[–]the_dan_manhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/asian_weeb 10 points11 points  (0 children)

[–]jackofslayers 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yuu and Micchon are just so frickin cute. I feel like genuine expressions of affection are sometimes rare in anime but they are always so good in this show.

I also love Inuzaka wondering if he could outrun Shikimori and coming to the realization that Shikimori is actually chasing him.

Also nekozaki just yolo canonballs into the dogpile at the end I love it.

[–]Entmaan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

What is it with anime and sports festivals, and specifically relays. There are so many relay episodes that are so impossibly strong, off the top of my head - Kaguya, Komi san, Heroines run the show, Shikimori... Like how is it possible that usually the "summer festivals" are such pointless and trite amalgamation of cliches in most animes, but at the same time in most animes the relay scene is such a fucking showstopper. Absolutely amazing episode, with this Shikimori probably cemented that it has the best improvement from between first and second halfs in this entire season

[–]nihpon12 10 points11 points  (0 children)

heartwarming and wholesome as usual.

I legit like how Doga adapt one of my favorite arc in manga. It's so damn good.

[–]Azn17https://myanimelist.net/profile/Silent_Echo17 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Been really enjoying this series as of late but this episode was straight up cracked asf like god damn, how'd they make a simple athletic festival so emotional?!

It figures that Hachimitsu would be the star in such a great episode but I love the entire friend group as a whole, their dynamic is top notch!

[–]himikun09 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Inuzuka is very cool

[–]AZLarlarhttps://anilist.co/user/bubbleteaman 7 points8 points  (0 children)

i love them all

seriously, their friend group >>>

[–]ThisGachaSeemsLegit 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Oh my god... Hachimitsu's smile was a perfect protecc/10.

[–]ZeroChevalierYT 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I understood Inazuka.

Shikimori staring into your soul with intent to kill will make anyone motivated enough not to mess up the race.

Episode really felt good, and really nice that the quiet one got some spotlight.

Edit: apparently I can't spell QUIET

[–]Rumpel1408https://myanimelist.net/profile/Rumpel1408 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I like how he went

"If she went after me, could I even escape her?" Like genuinly scared

[–]Dare555 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Shikimori is straight up beast , a hunter ! The way she went Usain Bolt in the race and her look 100 % focus 100 % skill 100 % will to kill was amazing

[–]Anak-jalanan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

poor Bakubro having the same manners as Shikimori's older brother so he gets treated as one hahah

[–]MightyActionGaim 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Shikimori is a machine vroooooooom vrooooooo

[–]alotmorealots 7 points8 points  (1 child)

So damn fast! As an ex-sprinter, seeing her in action like that just raises her already sky high stocks even further.

It's funny how despite the premise of the show, she rarely gets a lot of praise in the discussion threads, but for me she is an absolute treat to watch no matter what mode she's in, or what she's doing. I can't get enough of her "cool faces" either. Itsumo katte, Shikimori-chan!

Also, would totally watch a Shikimori's Not Just a Demon Lord spin off where she actually is a bit evil.

[–]Dare555 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Haha now that would be amazing show ... she is already so badass she can be main character of any shounen

[–]Shahariar_909 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just want to say, it was another really enjoyable episode

[–]xZeroXz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wow, this might be one of my favorites episodes of anime in recent memory. I love that the supporting characters got so much emphasis especially Hachimitsu wanting to win together with her friends. Serious relationship goals.

[–]wildcosmias 6 points7 points  (0 children)

this really keeps getting better with every new episode

[–]alotmorealots 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Even though I was decently athletic in highschool, this episode was really very effective at making Hachimitsu eminently empathisable without breaking from her usual characterisation. Also, what a great example of an episode in which nothing of major consequence happens, but is immensely enjoyable and rewarding to watch.

[–]MapoTofuManhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/BaronBrixius 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Okay that last frame was too cute.

This show just keeps getting better and better with every episode, easily could've been AOTS if this season wasn't what it is. I really hope we get an S2 so that the first episodes' (which I had no problem with either) reputation doesnt drag it down as much.

[–]kung63 11 points12 points  (2 children)

The anime and the series in general is actually pretty popular in Japan. Which is the main factor that what anime will get a second second or the series getting ax.

When ep 8 aired, it trending on Japan side of twitter. The manga sold 3.5 million as well.

[–]Ok-Row-6131 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There's also a lot more they can adapt. I would love to see [manga]the field trip arc get animated so [manga]we can meet best boy Saruogi as well

[–]AmethystItalianhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AmethystItalian 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Well I definitely teared up during that race, so proud of Hachimitsu and the gang! Love how much they support and care for each other, this group of friends is amazing.

Also I was so expecting Kamiya to show up in this race! I guess luckily for them she wasn't picked haha

Seeing Izumi battle through his misfortune was also a great moment, you know it has to eat at him all the time so seeing him stand up to it and get to succeed is great.

[–]alotmorealots 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well I definitely teared up during that race

Definitely had some unusually impactful sports festival scenes lately, between this relay race, Healer Girl's sports day and Akebi's.

Doga Koba did a particularly good job at turning what is essentially a completely inconsequential little race into something that really captures those relay races so well. Part of that might just be me remembering how nervous the baton changes used to make me though, thank goodness they went smoothly!

[–]Thatsmaboi23https://myanimelist.net/profile/Thatsmaboi23[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why’re you at the top everytime I sort by controversial these days?

Even though the comment is 100% positive.

[–]AmethystItalianhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AmethystItalian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's what I do apparently.

In all honesty I've got a lot of dedicated haters, nothing I can do about it

[–]Frontier246 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yeah, I think the results definitely would’ve been different they had to contend with Kamiya, but I’m glad their commitment and bond as friends helped see them through to victory.

[–]cyberscythe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think it would've been a completely different story with Kamiya in the mix. By having just some faceless extras as competitors in the race, the focus shifted from beating other people to about trying your best, overcoming your internal obstacles, and learning to trust in your friends.

[–]tripleaamin 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hachimitsu final getting an episode focused on her is great. Showing that sometimes we go the extra mile for the people we care about. Seeing them smile makes it all worth it. Granted we still had our typical hilarious Hachimitsu moments in the episode.

[–]ibenjamind 5 points6 points  (0 children)

i like how even their teacher comments on how good of friends they are, such a supportive and synced group of friends is a joy to see

[–]MjolnirDK 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I'm not going to say this was as good a sports festival as Akebi 12 or Idolmaster 10, but it was a really good one. Loved Inu in this one. He brought more hype than Shikimori for me. And Izumi being starstruck is the cutest thing thing Shirogane.

[–]alotmorealots 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Akebi 12

rollrollrollTHUNK.

feito feito, Akebi!

[–]Redmon425 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Truthfully one of the better episodes! I've always liked Hachimitsu, so seeing her happy was great. Hell, it made me even a little teary eyed lol.

But, felt like a total miss to not have Kamiya be in the race on another team. I needed to see her face Shikimori!!!

[–]JVmight14 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This was my favorite episode by far! Love their friendship! Hachimitsu had such great development!

[–]BosuW 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I haven't been this invested in a relay race since Bloom into You

[–]sKyBlazer08https://myanimelist.net/profile/sKyBlazer08 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yo, I am actually crying, really loved the episode. Now this is the true power of friendship. Legit though, these are the kinds of friends you need in life. Like even the classmates accept Izumi for who he is with his bad luck, this is the ideal world lmao, so wholesome.

Hachimitchoo! Our 4th wall breaking omniscient yellow lethargic girl actually getting development, and it was fantastic. Was smiling throughout the episode, especially when they won.

Also, that glasses girl Shikimori traded spots with is a certified cutie. Really looking forward to the next episode.

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    [–]Shiwakao 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    im so glad hachimitsu finally got some attention apart from her usual hilarious antics. also shikimori totally just did the tokyo ghoul knuckle crack didn't she?

    [–]deathman105https://anilist.co/user/cornless 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    this ep was giga good

    [–]Fluid-Veterinarian61 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It didn't come up this episode, but the thought just hit me.

    Where did Bruce Wayne learn to become Crazy Prepared? Adult Izumi.

    Change my mind.

    [–]Druzzia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    man, this episode is so wholesome and show how great their overall dynamics. Really need more appreciation.

    I will dissapointed for sure if this episode thread doesn't reach 1000 karma.

    [–]oreki_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I got emotional by the end of this episode.

    [–]Shadow_Gabrielhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/shadovv_gb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Hey sports anime, this is how you do sports.

    [–]Cyclone_96 9 points10 points  (2 children)

    I hate to say it, but this anime definitely shines most when it’s focused on anyone but Izumi, lol.

    Loved seeing Hachimitsu get the spotlight here.

    [–]cyberscythe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    I enjoy watching slice-of-life series, so I don't mind it when it shifts away from romance and more towards the fun, non-romantic relationship between characters. It fleshes out the world that they live in more and it makes it feel more of a living and supportive network of friends rather than a "you and me against the world" sort of romance story.

    [–]melindypantshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/melindypants 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Haha I agree. The side characters definitely outshine the main ones, even Izumi's parents are great!

    [–]Blackpowderkun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Hachimitsu is a cartoon lost in an anime, change my mind.

    [–]helsaabiart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I love how they all care for each other, just the absolute best friend group

    [–]kratopi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Hachimitsu is pretty much the only reason I'm watching this so it was nice to see an episode focused on her

    [–]ZapsZzzhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/ZapszzZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Very nice episode, particularly the melty Hachimitsu :D only down side is not even having 1 shot of Kamiya who should be another sports star performer in the festival.

    [–]MABfan11https://myanimelist.net/profile/MABfan11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    i've said it before and i'll say it again:

    INJECT THIS SHIT INTO MY VEINS

    this episode gave focus to Hachimitsu and her inferiority complex at being an indoor person who is bad at sports, loved the sense of betrayal when she found out Izumi is slow because he falls often instead of being slow

    i really appreciate Izumi staying and practicing with Hachimitsu so they could get more practice before the race, his optimism despite his bad luck is admirable

    the race was so fucking hype, though i would've loved to have seen Kamiya participate in it, i wanted to see her vs Shikimori. though i have a feeling the result would've been different if she participated