What They Say:
Wakaba looks like an elegant rich daughter, but she aspires to be like a trendy “gyaru”. Moeko is a pure, innocent and fairy-tale-like girl. Mao is capricious and behaves in her own way. Nao used to be an athletic type of girl, but has now become a fujoshi who loves boys love.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The growth that Wakaba has experienced in the series has been enjoyable to watch, especially since the last time around we had some welcome time with her enjoying new year’s with friends and even having a sleepover. The forward progress of the character has been good and well tied to the cuteness and simplicity of her her friends. Again, there is nothing that really stands out with these stories in a sense as they’re all terribly familiar, but the show does it with such polish and smoothness combined with beautiful visual designs that it becomes more engaging than you’d expect. It also doesn’t hurt that it avoids going for sexual fanservice or playing up possible yuri romantic encounters. While I enjoy both of those things, especially combined, it’s something that wouldn’t feel right in this series.
With this episode, we get some cute material about how Wakaba has never seen snow because her family always flew south before it got that cold. But now she gets to see it and enjoy it (and the kotatsu life she’s now discovered) and she really wants to get into all that snow offers. The girls do get to do a lot of the silly stuff out there with snowball fights and the like, but we also get Wakaba taken down by the cold with her not feeling well because of it. That has them all working together nicely to help her home and seeing the kinds of bonds that exist adds a cute layer to it all. The reinforcement of just how alone Wakaba was prior to making friends with the other three is really important to remember with why she’ll go the distance to remain with them, hence the bribery she might put into place in order to ensure they’re all together when they’re second years.
Wakaba girl has some cute fun in the snow, making sure there are no sad girls here for the majority of it. While we get tears towards the end and the potential of sad girls in the snow exists, it’s more happy tears than anything else – even though we know there’s an air of something problematic going on in the background at Wakaba’s home for the finale next time around. There are no surprises here overall, but the real positive to the show continues to be just enjoying these bonds that exist, the happiness that comes from most of them, and the light silliness of it all. Wakaba Girl continues to be utterly charming.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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