Damn it – now I really want to hear a Shirokuma Café report on the best ramen shops…
OP4: "You & Me" by Saki and Rie Fu
Sloth-san choosing the worst talent possible, Handa’s hidden talent proving to be indescribably domestic and boring, and Panda-kun finding one that makes him look cool without doing any work. Without doubt the highlights are the duel between Shirokuma and Grizzly-san (it’s almost touching now how badly Shirokuma-kun wants to keep his friend with him over the long, cold winter) and Llama’s incredibly ambitious but ultimately doomed attempt to steal the spotlight. Fortunately Shirokuma is there with some café latte art to help soothe Llama-san’s wounds.
Shirokuma-san in a hula skirt macking chicks in bikinis, but it offered so much more. Having just experienced my first New Year’s in Japan, I can sympathize with Panda-kun’s frustration at finding Shirokuma Café closed – much of the country closes down between the 31st and the 4th, including the “24-7” places. Sadly for Panda, this resulted in Penguin-san encamping at the Panda family compound, charming the entire clan (Mei Mei certainly has odd taste in men) and it doesn’t sit well for Panda-kun to have a more sybaritic presence in the house than himself. From Tai Chi and sake’ with Grandpa to snow play with Mei Mei and the twins, Penguin is as cool as a- well, as a penguin in an ice bath. Only an emergency call to Shirokuma can put things to rights.
The New Year also greeted Shirokuma fans with this interesting bit of news:
Yasuko Yamauchi, the editor-in-chief of Shogakukan's Flowers magazine, confirmed that the anime adaptation of Aloha Higa's Polar Bear's Café (Shirokuma Café) manga will continue until this spring. Another project based on the manga is currently planned.
ED10: "Bamboo Rendezvous" (バンブー・ランデヴー♥; Banbū Randevū) by Kana Hanazawa