I have always been good at being tardy but it would appear that I have been getting better at it as of late. (This one should have been published on the 18th!)
Anyway, let’s rewind back to just a few months ago when one of the best comedies this year was airing. Yes, I am talking about Love Lab and yes, Love Lab was fantastic.
Like most romcoms and comedies, Love Lab wasn’t terribly great at drama. It wasn’t super bad at it but things like Riko’s ongoing “lie” conflict or the threat of Love research being exposed were the low points of the show. Fortunately, the low points were not bad enough for me to hate the show and more importantly, the rest of the show was wonderful.
Unfortunately, that high level of consistency also means it is not really feasible for me to pick out all of the fun moments but here are some things I found memorable.
Riko and Maki
Riko and Maki had a great friendship. It was a joy to watch. It started out with a chance encounter between a princess and a rebel. Riko was supposed to be the bad influence. She was supposed to take the honest, good to heart Maki and reveal her wild side but she didn’t.
As it turned out, Maki had a rather strange side to her all along. Instead of breaking Maki’s leashes and unleashing a wild Maki upon the world, Riko actually had to restrain Maki and save Maki from her own silliness. It was a great little reversal (from the perspective of the show’s characters, us viewers saw it coming).
This rather bizarre start to a relationship lead to gag after gag. Riko was Maki’s tsukkomi. Maki would say something ridiculous and Riko would smack her with her a slapstick. Time after time, the two repeated that routine.
You’d think that would get old but it never did. Maki kept coming up with outrageous ideas and totally played the part of the fool. Riko in turn kept donning the best facial expressions. Her faces ranged from outright shock to calm and stoic to outright anger.
It was hilarious but each smack carried with it a hint of love. As the show progressed, so too did their relationship. Their friendship might have been started on a lie (a lie I wish had been resolved much earlier) but it was the real deal.
The cared for each other and they had great chemistry. Watching them run around on screen made my week, every week. Then again, the relationships in this how in general were great. The student council got along quite well. No one felt out of place and they bounced off of one another really well.
It was also kind of nice how they saved each other from trouble. Riko was saved after she took the fall for something and later on, Sayori was saved by the others (and MAKIHO) when the teachers found a picture of her and her boyfriend.
Riko visits the cram school
If I haven’t made it clear by now, I am always on the prowl for romance. The first five or so episodes only featured the girls doing love research. I have never been very good at captaining Yuri ships (and well, I thought the 5 of them worked better as close friends) so I was really hoping for hints of romance to popup.
Then in episode 6, Riko encountered a childhood friend or two and all was well. Riko found herself a great ship in Satoshi and Maki found herself a ship in Jan. Of course, part of the fun was just how funny their initial meeting was.
The Student Council visits Riko’s house
In episode 7, the girls visited Riko’s house where they met Ren, Ricko’s younger brother. There are two reasons why I enjoyed their meeting with Ren.
The first reason involves the “comebacks” that everyone tried to teach Suzu. She was both cute and kind of funny with her “I hope you miss the supermarket sales that should be impossible to miss” thing. it was even funnier because that is exactly what happened (I do hope Ren doesn’t go bald in 21 years. Going bald sucks).
The other reason I really liked this meeting was the crush Ren developed for Maki. His adoration was adorable and I found myself secretly rooting for him. How could you not want a cute little boy, so head over heels in love, to not end up happy?
Siblings in general
Suzu had one adorable flashback of her doting brother and sister. Eno’s brother was weird and amusing.
Sayori pretends to be Maki
See here (gifs)
Great Facial Expressions
(This show had such a great collection of faces).