Hitori is under pressure to sell 3 tickets to meet her quota and insists on doing it herself. However, she runs into a rocker lady who drinks a bit too much.
I have to admit, it’s nice to see the show recap what happened so far. It reminds me of how Machikado Mazoku summarized the first 6 episodes, which is basically one volume. However, this time, it came one episode earlier as Hitori shared what she accomplished with her new band and how she got to where she is now.
Of course, given Hitori’s social anxieties, she finds out she is a bit over her head trying to sell all the tickets. She thought she could invite her parents, little sister, and dog. Sadly, the dog and little sister can’t attend their live concert, meaning that Hitori needs to find three people now as she loses her mind. While her mother says she would help Hitori by inviting her friends, she refuses. I guess she should have done so.
Hitori is in a tough spot as she doesn’t know how to pass out flyers. Also, her friends are wondering where she went. Of course, she seems anxious about her friends already making the quota. I find her imagining her band throwing out Hitori for not meeting the quota and an extroverted version of herself replacing her.
That is until a drunk purple-haired woman collapses from thirst as Hitori panics. She looks pretty drunk despite her cute looks and shark-like teeth. While she doesn’t reveal her name, it’s actually Hiroi Kikuri. She also appears in the opening. As expected, Hitori seems so freaked out, especially after she lays down several boxes of alcohol and one bottle of booze. I can’t understand how she can handle that much booze.
Hitori tries to get away since Kikuri starts to freak her out. But, of course, she won’t let her leave, especially after noticing the guitar. Kikuri plays bass for a band, which scares Hitori even more. I find it funny how Hitori comes up with a lame excuse of selling her guitar to a pawn shop and giving up. As expected, her reaction is hilarious until Kikuri grabs her hand and tells her not to give up before returning to her drunk self. Hitori eventually had to admit she lied.
You might be wondering why Kikuri drinks a lot like a drunken sailor. Apparently, like us Millennials and soon Generation Z, adulting is hard. It’s hard to get ahead with crippling student loan debt, difficulty finding a job, sky-high rent, houses out of reach, and unaffordable child costs. Kikuri doesn’t want to worry about the challenges of adulting as she drinks her sorrows away to forget them. Still, it’s funny to see a chart showing the cycle of drinking. I find this amusing. What is funnier is Hitori imagining herself as an alcoholic like Kikuri.
Eventually, Kikuri demonstrated her guitar playing, but apparently, she left the bass at the bar. She decides to have Hitori do a public street performance to promote her ticket-selling for her live performance. Sure, Hitori was initially nervous, but she managed to pull through. She managed to sell two sicks to two students wearing yukatas and to Kikuri.
Either way, it’s nice to see Hitori send a text that she sold through all her tickets when her friends don’t believe her. That is after Ikuyo told Ryou and Nijika what Hitori is like at her school. But, at least Hitori made a massive step as she managed to perform in public.
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Rocker Lady’s pretty cool when not drinking her worries away.
Love to see Hitori slowly grow stronger.
The gang not believing our heroine completed her mission was sad and amusing.
I do have to admit that Kikuri is cute, probably not when she is super drunk. Hopefully we see more of her later on. But yes, it’s nice to see Hitori take another step of getting stronger.
And now we finally have the introduction of Hiroi Kikuri, Bocchi’s “Master Yoda”. From today’s episode, we can expect a lot of laughs from her as she teachs Bocchi the ways in “The Force”.
Yes, Kikuri was a fun character and it’s good that Hitori got a taste of public performance. But hopefully she can learn more for her in future episodes. But I do look forward to seeing more of her.