Episode 4, “The Job”, drops viewers into Koguma’s first summer season together with her Tremendous Cub, full with the entire wonderful sounds of a scorching, humid rural Japanese summer season. Nonetheless, as its title suggests, this episode revolves round one thing extra thrilling: a job, although firstly of the episode, Koguma continues to be within the strategy of deciding whether or not or not she needs to do it.
Publish-OP, Koguma meets with Reiko to debate her upcoming job as a courier (actually, it is the one choice). It is then that viewers study that Koguma’s began to enterprise out additional. This time, she went on a spherical journey to Kofu Station, which was about 90 minutes away. She even purchased an ekiben bento that has the world’s most delicious-looking koshu hen nestled inside. For a lady whose life used to revolve round faculty and her condominium, it is a main growth. It is a signal that little by little, Koguma’s world continues to open up. And now that she’s taken up a summer season job as a courier, it appears like her world’s going to virtually explode.
Nonetheless, for all that to occur, Koguma has to get her excellent Tremendous Cub serviced. Naturally, she returns to Shino’s, the store the place she purchased it, and enjoys yet one more dialog with the proprietor. She watches the proprietor intently as he works, realizing that finally, she’ll be dealing with her personal bike’s oil adjustments. Close to the tip of the episode, we get to see her try the process on her personal, which is kind of a captivating scene.
The majority of episode 4 follows Koguma as she spends her month-long summer season trip puttering round and finishing up her duties as a courier. It is easy, however efficient storytelling, protecting us in Koguma’s head as her world continues to develop in a mess of the way, not the least of which financially, which we see via diligent deposits and hesitant purchases.
Like rural life usually is, Tremendous Cub stays a really quiet and uneventful present. There’s numerous liminal house the place Koguma is shifting via the world, accompanied solely by music or atmospheric sounds. Particularly noticeable on this episode are the screams of the summer season cicadas, loudly filling the air to announce their late July, early August appearances. There’s additionally a good quantity of rain, as Koguma’s work takes place throughout tsuyu, Japan’s infamous wet season. Including to the present’s distinctive ambiance is that this fantastically pensive BGM which underlines Koguma’s new adventures.
Episode 4 was yet one more stable episode. It is pleasant using together with Koguma, and whereas I hoped to see extra of Reiko as soon as summer season began, I think about she’ll get extra screentime in future episodes. Nonetheless, each of those younger girls proceed to flourish in small, however significant methods, and each of them proceed to lean on each other as kindred spirits on the highway. The nuance round their nonetheless tender relationship feels so extremely genuine, which makes it so deeply engrossing to look at. I am unable to wait to see how Reiko and Koguma develop collectively.
In a manner, I dread the day when a “dangerous” Tremendous Cub episode inevitably comes within the latter a part of this season. I even discover myself a bit apprehensive concerning the again half of this collection, about it dropping tempo and slowing down, about Koguma hitting a “peak”, although there aren’t any indicators of any of that. Fortunately, episode 4 is not dangerous in any respect; in truth, it is a sturdy episode that basically reveals simply how far Koguma’s come. And is not it nice to witness a younger child develop into their very own and begin to heal? I definitely suppose it’s.
Finally, I am selecting to stay optimistic as a result of generally, a collection has solely good episodes, even when they’re “slower” or much less plotty. Tremendous Cub appears like a one-of-a-kind collection the place each episode has the potential to be an earthly delight. There was loads of that this episode: the easy pleasures of a prepare station lunchbox from a station you drove your self to. The reassurance of getting a raincoat when a summer season bathe comes pouring down.The aid of not getting soaked to the bone. The enjoyment of seeing oil floor into your cuticles.
In a time the place loneliness roosts in each residence, I discover it pleasant to spend time with Koguma as she experiences her little, easy joys. In truth, this present evokes an exquisite feeling that I readily welcome and embrace. Slice-of-life is certainly one of my favourite genres, and with the ability to rejoice a present as fantastically executed as Tremendous Cub definitely makes reviewing it really feel like a particular deal with, week to week.
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Mercedez is a localization editor & QA, popular culture critic, and a author who additionally writes & critiques at Anime Feminist and However Why Tho?. There, she gushes about idols anytime somebody lets her, which is… not usually sufficient. This anime season, she’s all about Tremendous Cub, which is nice as a result of she’s additionally reviewing it right here on ANN. When she’s not writing, yow will discover her on her Twitter, the place she’s all the time as much as one thing.