So Uhhh Rin Or Mimi, Which Is It?
Wow this chapter is short……anyway this time Kodomo No Jikan heads straight back into the less serious and weighty stuff with Rin and co. taking a trip to the spa, lets have a look.
Summary: No introduction, we start off right as the trio is heading up to a spa where Mimi seems really excited to be (she used to go there with “daddy”). Kagami seems to wish she were going shopping instead and Rin is just kind of quiet (and sporting a new emo swoosh haircut it seems), but Kagami perks up and looks supremely proud when she gets to pull her credit card. You know in Canada kids that age wouldn’t even be allowed to have credit cards let alone use them, the latter of which Kagami does indeed get shafted on. No sooner are they in the bathhouse then is Mimi combing a very naked Rin’s hair while wondering about Reiji again. Kagami is also naked (and so flat it looks like she has man abs) all of a sudden a sporting Chun Li style hair buns while an SD Mimi is giving an odd to their perfect hair. Mimi starts to wonder about how Rin puts on an air of strength while really being quite fragile and seems to gloat just a little in knowing this before catching herself. In the Jacuzzi Kagami is lounging back and complaining about how it has an old people smell, but soon finds she likes the salt bath very much because she gets to float in it. (And did I mention she is so flat she could easily pass as a boy by shaving her hair?)
Eventually Rin and Kagami start chasing each other into another section of the pool and the people there ask Mimi if she’s a middle schooler and think that Kagami must be her younger sister. This gets Mimi wondering about how she’s come to accept and be proud of her body and that perhaps if Rin needed them again….NO! Anyway they are about to move to the open air bath when Mimi starts to feel that Rin is avoiding her. She does the Mimi thing and naively tries to offer her breasts to suck on but is shafted. Kagami meanwhile has accidently stumbled into the alcohol bath and somehow gotten drunk in it resulting slurred speech and attempts to use a “forehead flash” attack before running off into another room in search of “Virgins”. Later while she’s sobering up under a fan Rin asks Mimi why she’s being so nice to her and Mimi explains that it’s for all the times she’s helped her. Mimi also mentions the time she had a cold, but Rin says that it was Mimi who helped her. Mimi protests that it was her offering Rin her breasts that made her more comfortable with her body for the first time and that makes Rin perk up. The chapter ends with them all going home satisfied with the day except for Kagami who never wants to go again.
Thoughts: The chapter doesn’t really seem to tie in much to the previous one, but it’s also a return to the classic Kodomo No Jikan style of humour which can roughly described as edgy and accurately described as lolicon antics. Amusing antics they were though and I especially chuckled at drunk Kagami who was running around stark naked while screaming “Imma Kuro-Chan” and trying to shoot people with her forehead reflection. Mimi is classic submissive Mimi in this chapter, but seems a lot more comfortable with her body again. Hopefully that’s the last time we have to worry about her breasts because her obsession with them is kind of scary. All in all the girls frolic naked, Mimi helps Rin a bit with the depression funk she seems to have been in since her real father came back and for once a Mimi chapter doesn’t end with her in tears and everybody is pretty happy. Even Kagami probably had a good time despite her misadventure. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s solid Kodomo No Jikan at it’s most Kodomo No Jikanish.
Rating: Six Out Of Ten