Sakura Quest 12

These town revival gals are just made for TV. Now that we’re about half way through the series, everything seems to be moving along quite well, doesn’t it? Something’s gotta give.

“The Dawn Guild”

The next task on the Manoyama council’s list is to prepare for the town Founding Festival – a celebration of 20 years of chupakabura craziness. At first it seems like another straightforward task for the girls to manage, from sponsorship funds to the trivia contest, but it wouldn’t be much of a show if it were that easy. The arrival of the TV crew from Northern Living serves to spice up the preparations a bit with a documentary special about Yoshino and her crew! The catch here is that the director, Amamiya, is also a native of Manoyama and rather passionate about its revival. Nothing could go wrong there, right?

The TV special is a nice twist that lets us hear some of the thoughts on the situation from each individual member of the revival gals. Their reality-show styled commentary bits are quite good, and the personalities they all put on in front of the camera are hilarious. The studio is really winning out on just the fact that these five girls are wonderful people, let alone how good a job they’re doing. It’s almost positivity porn at some points, especially when the whole town assembly meets to discuss the budget and everything gets approved! Even Amamiya’s apparent scheming turned out to be rather benign, adding the most popular band of the hour to the festival’s lineup.

The only problem I have with this series so far, now that we’re at the half-way point, is that it features such mundane conflicts that there almost feels like there is nothing to overcome. Everything seems to be working out just fine and nothing has posed too much of an obstacle for the town revival gals. There is, however, still time. It just seems that it could be a slow burn with the mostly 2-episode arcs focusing on a specific event. There really should be something to tie everything together, and we might even be getting hints of it. Yoshino’s past and her previous time visiting Manoyama is still kind of a big question mark. Why is she always looking back to it, and how might it affect her time here as queen? Just don’t let Mr. Kadota know, or he’ll lose his mind.

Episode Score
7.3/10 (Good)

Extra thoughts:

  • Ririko is far too shy for a reality TV show. I say keep the mask, it adds mystery.
  • What even is Sandal-san!? “Dreams come true. If you build it, they will come.” That’s one random Field of Dreams reference! “I came, I saw, I Costner-ed…” This bit absolutely killed me.
  • Erika is looking to steal the show, or at least the bus driver’s dinner.
  • Amamiya’s TV personality is hilariously different from his normal self.
  • Oh man, Kevin Costne- I mean Sandal-san was right. Build it, and they will come.

Next time: “The Marionette’s Banquet”


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