A wholesome summer adventure could turn into a gruesome tale of almost dying quickly, as witnessed in Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie Episode 5. Don’t fret, as your insanely cute and good at everything girlfriend is right at your tail! Let’s get into the review.
Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie Episode 5 Overview
Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie, or Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori-san in original Japanese is a comedy, romance, and slice of life anime based on a manga written by Keigo Maki and serialised in Magazine Pocket. It is being brought to the medium of anime by Studio Doga Kobo, whose previous shows have included similar themes and appealed to a similar demographic as Shikimori-san. Plastic Memories and Monthly Girls’ Nozaki Kun are a part of Doga Kobo’s catalogue.
The series is being directed by Ryouta Itou, who has previously directed shows like My Senpai is Annoying and has done animation work in several others. This episode is also known as Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori-san Episode 5. You can read our review of the previous episode of the show right here!
– Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori san Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –
Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie Episode 5 Review- Summer Time Bender
A dog, a cat, and a bee(?) walk into a river, and it was great fun! Seriously, how did I not pick up on the names of INUzuku, NEKOzaki, and HACHImitsu earlier? It was only when the show shoved it in front of everyone’s faces that I realised what had been happening so far. Their natures perfectly match up to the animals their family was named after as well, as Inuzuka’s rough but good-natured style of interaction fits that of a dog, while Nekozaki’s aloof yet close nature matches that of a cat. What the weird Hachimitsu has got to do with a bee, I am yet to understand, but that’s hopefully coming soon as well.
Shikimori Episode 5 was a particularly good episode for Izumi, who was given quite a lot of time to shine by the writers. Not only was his presence not enough to ruin everyone else’s day by making it rain, but he also did a lot of things by himself that one would expect he might get hurt doing or mess up in some way. Such is the life of our favourite down-on-his-luck guy. It seems like he used up all of his good luck to summon someone like Shikimori to his life, which is a decision that has been working out so far.
You see, even if Izumi was getting lucky and not messing up, you knew it was only a matter of time before he did something disastrous to himself. All the previous good luck evaporated in an instance as he came closer to death than he ever had before in Shikimori Episode 5. The situation resolved as you might have expected it to, with the love of his life coming to his aid again. It’s not a spoiler if everyone already knows exactly what would happen, right?
Shikimori is a scary character at times. She is a perfectly fine and functioning member of society but has a darker side to her that only comes out when she is with Izumi. Call it a guardian angel or the ultimate opportunist, but there are layers to her character that have only been shown visually and have never been called out by name. Maybe we only have to wait a little longer before the show addresses her insanely jealous nature and somewhat aggressive personality whenever she’s around Izumi, but it could just be that she loves hard and boisterous, which is fine as well.
There were a lot of typical Japanese summer adventures in Shikimori Episode 5, making for a relaxing watch that did its job perfectly. It was a slice of life heaven, as there were great food shots, the characters having a fun time and still managing to form an emotional bond while doing that, and it made you want to be there alongside them. The animation was the same as it was in the first episode, still relying on still photos a lot in its animation style. It is a decent style and looks great on screen. The sound could be a lot better, but what we hear is fine and works well in the show.
Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie Episode 5 featured a relaxing summer trip that was only sort of mired by a character almost dying in the middle. Still, fun times were had by all!
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