I’m still having so much fun with this show. It’s hard to describe the appeal to someone who isn’t watching it. Play it cool guys is the most about-nothing show I have ever seen. For instance, in this entire episode, one of the characters bought a cardigan and then showed it to another one of the characters.
That’s all that happened. It was great!
Actually, there was one other thing that happened. I do believe Play it Cool Guys made a sex joke. At least they very openly referred to S&M but it turned out it was a misunderstanding about clothing sizes. Still, that’s by far the most risqué joke I have seen in this show. And honestly a pretty raunchy joke by anime standards in general. The medium tends to be simultaneously weirdly prudish and chick full of fanservice. Having a character talk about S&M and make it obvious that they know what it is without making that character out to be a pervert, well that’s very unusual. Who would have thought this show of all shows would be pushing the envelope.
Thankfully the entire thing went completely over the head of the high school student and I have a feeling might also be lost on a percentage of the audience. And that’s o.k. It’s nice when a show doesn’t feel the need to explain a joke to death.
I also quite enjoyed Souma imagining the gang at the beach. He is really observant. He grasped the nature of all his new friends really quickly. I specifically enjoyed the thought of Hayate just getting engrossed with the sand the entire time and completely ignoring the ocean. We say that you can miss the forest for the trees but what about missing the sea for the sand.
Shun trying to pretend that everything he does is calculated and on purpose is my favourite schtick. I may or may not see a little bit of myself in it. But going so far as to firmly declare that you’re blushing on purpose is next level. I have to respect that. If I ever saw someone do that in real life, I would buy them a sandwich. I show my admiration through food.
- Play It Cool, Guys – episodes 1-3
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 4
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 5
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 6
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 7
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 8
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 9
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 10
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 11
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 12
- Play It Cool, Guys – episode 13