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Penguin is always watching.

(Falling behind again, o noes…) In our intro, Nozomu…is captured in a basement of Draconia for allegedly stealing a manual of sexual positions…? Okay then! On with the show.
It seems that Nami is getting featured a lot lately. In this episode, she puts on her brand new shiny white sneakers, and goes out in the rain. Naturally, she ends up with a pair of very muddy sneakers, and so Chiri tells her that she has a bad sense of TPO, or ‘time, place, occasion.’

I love all the different umbrella designs the girls get.

I love all the different umbrella designs the girls get.

Naturally, the others all pop up and give various anecdotes about other examples of TPO; when people generally just do something which is inappropriate for the time, place or occasion. For example, the Japanese phenomena of ‘June Brides’…something which has always bugged me, too. (why get married in the rain season just because of the goddess ‘Juno’?) Then, Nozomu describes how some people end up trying so hard to obey ‘TPO’ that they end up doing the exact opposite, such as wearing formal clothes to a party and ending up as the only over-dressed person there, or news programs that try to play music to match the news story only to end up being entirely inappropriate.

I love love love Abirus Giraffe-themed umbrella and boots!

I love love love Abiru's Giraffe-themed umbrella and boots!

I love the old-style TV...

I love the old-style TV...

Obligatory adorable Kafuka shot.

Obligatory adorable Kafuka shot.

Kafuka uses the example of a cram-student having an erotic tutor come to visit as an example of not acting properly based on the occasion; leading to a segment with said student and Kaere as the ‘erotic tutor’. This segment is really just an excuse for some rather amusingly over-the-top fanservice, which is all Kaere really exists for at this point. It’s also the first time I’ve seen Kaere’s ‘gentler’ side of her split personality in a long while, so no “I’ll sue!” jokes here.

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An ecchi home-tutor has come!

Next they discuss situations which end up for the better despite not adhering to ‘TPO’, which are the improbable events found in movies. For example, ‘a love scene on the battle field’, and then an amusing little jab at NANA (as in, the movie based on the manga) (the circumstances where both Nanas met is apparently ‘inappropriate’, or at least a little unrealistic, because one Nana is smoking on the train and the other is talking on her cell-phone. Both these things are not allowed on trains at all; although I’m not sure if talking on phones is out-right banned but I do know it is generally frowned upon and seen as rude. There are signs and such in trains urging people to put their phones on silent mode in Japan.) I never even noticed that about Nana until Matoi pointed this out!

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"Is that why it was a blockbuster then?"

For more examples, the crew are suddenly transported into the warring-states era of Japan. The jokes that are flying out thick and fast in this episode are just far too funny for me to care how this happened. ‘Sense’ is really the least of my concerns when it comes to this show. Thus the characters do a few things which do not fit with the time-period for some examples of poor TPO. So Sensei’s a gamer, hmm? My love for the guy is forever increasing.

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Wow this looks so evil xD

I laughed a little too hard at the idea of Nozomu playing this...

I laughed a little too hard at the idea of Nozomu playing this...

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I love that guy behind her. Wonder what's on the page...

Of course, one character ends up blending in with the time period a little too well; Chiri, and this was pretty terrifying. It was decided that the only thing really wrong with it was the anime’s art style, which should be changed to reflect the historical setting.

Im going to have to say this in every episode, but Chiri absolutley terrifies me.

I'm going to have to say this in every episode, but Chiri absolutely terrifies me.

As does this.

As does this.

The next theme centers around the Japanese national holiday ‘umi no hi’, or ‘sea day’, with Nozomu questioning exactly why it is a national holiday when not everybody in Japan lives near the sea. For example, there are actually 7 prefectures that are surrounded by land and do not touch the sea at all; so Nozomu wonders if it is cruel to expect these people to have to celebrate it (likening it to given to a child a game for a console they do not have) Since his little rant takes place at the sea, naturally there’s another chance to have all the girls in cute swimwear.

Nozomu looks quite cute in that hat.

Nozomu looks quite cute in that hat.

Which swimwear do you like the best?

Which swimwear do you like the best?

Abiru then brings up how there are many people that celebrate what frankly shouldn’t be celebrated, such as a funeral parlour celebrating its  3000th funeral service. After more examples of this, Nozomu decides that today’s holiday is a ‘chimerical holiday’, meaning that people generally have nothing to do.  When he asks them how they will spend this holiday, Kiri pipes in, leading to some Kiri-service shots as well. She apparently knows all about boring holidays with nothing to do on them, and explains the many ways you can spend them.

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Egads, she's far too cute.

Sounds positively thrilling!

Sounds positively thrilling!

And so it is then revealed that they weren’t actually at the beach, they were in fact spending a chimerical holiday elsewhere in a simulation of the beach that they had put together, as an experiment to see if they could celebrate umi no hi in the mountains. (I suppose this is a mountain villa of Nozomu’s that they are at?)

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They managed to make this rather quickly, though.

After this there is finally the continuation of the ‘excessive care’ society in which Nozomu gets potentially sued by people who take excessive care of their copyrights. (apparently his kimono is also a ripoff of someone else’s character). The problem here was that they replayed a huge chunk of the footage from the last episode to lead up to this, although it wasnt too much. Probably less than certain other animation companies keep doing in certain other anime that I happen to enjoy. Nozomu cant stand these people and so leaves, and then realizes that he himself is taking too much excessive care with his body double so he decides that he doesn’t want him anymore.

And now for some manservice.

And now for some manservice.

However, in his absence his body-double seems to have gotten up to quite a few things that he will now have to take responsibility for…such as apparently starting a relationship/going out on a date with Abiru?!

She looks so unbelievably cute like this!

She looks so unbelievably cute like this!

And the Drawing Song this time is brought to you by Matoi and Kiri. Neither of which can draw, apparently. …exactly how did they manage to injure themselves while drawing?? (I would have thought that Matoi would be better at drawing the object of her ‘deep love’)

Matois is the creepiest, I think.

...Kiri seems to have drawn Nozomu's head on a slab of something.

Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei has been incredibly high quality so far and each episode has been better than the last. This episode had some very good jokes in it, and the artistry never falters. I’m hoping that the rest of the series will continue with this standard. Out of 5,
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