For a minute there I thought I was watching “Bears on the Slope”.
having trouble sleeping – though in his case it’s not because his best friend keeps calling and waking him up. I wouldn’t have thought Shirokuma the type to suffer from insomnia but he is quite the thinker, I suppose – and naturally it’s Grizzly that Sasako-san thinks of to call for advice. My favorite part of the skit was Panda-kun’s remark when Grizzly-kun brings over lavender, scented candles and a music box for Shirokuma – “You’re really quite girly, aren’t you?” – and Grizzly’s reaction. But it’s ultimately Penguin-san to the rescue, as not even Shirokuma-san’s overactive, restless mind can withstand Penguin’s lectures on how to live your life (I would have thought perhaps Rakugo would have been in order).
Tsukiko-chan (Kobayashi Yuu, against type). This is the second time we’ve flashed back to the bears as cubs (we even get a look at shogakusei Panda-kun this time) and in both instances, we see the adult each will become in evidence – and we also see that for all his teasing, Shirokuma-kun cares a hell of a lot for his friend. Grizzly-kun has it tougher than Shirokuma-kun and they both know it – he’s scarier, more socially awkward and not as well-liked. The puppy (cubby?) love story involving a lost school badge is nothing all that original, but it’s quite sad seeing how isolated Grizzly is apart from Shirokuma – and how Shirokuma tries to protect his friend from the worst of the effects. We also get to hear Nakamura Yuuichi do his Sakurai Takahiro impersonation, which is worth the price of admission all on its own.