Hey, at least it’s not the obligatory beach episode…
Just a tad bit late, but this time, I blame schoolwork.
Anyways, while I totally thought this was a carefree and fanservice episode, it turned out to be one those intense “gap fillers” that KamiMemo has. If you guys recall Episode 04 I think, the one with Min-san’s sarashi being stolen, I think it’s one those episodes. Although you’d expect these filler episodes to be either mediocre, random, or rushed in explanation, this episode was far from that.
In fact, I had too much fun watching this episode I totally camwhored and took like a bajiliion screenshots. Since this was one of those “action” episodes, I’m not going to summarize it as much because I think readers will be able to catch the main point straight away.
So without further ado, let’s get into the work about this episode. We start off with some odd baseball scene…which somehow turns out to be just a romanticization of a baseball video game they’re playing at an arcade. Halfway into their fun, the store manager is seen to be tossed around by some Yakuza folks, whom of course turns out to be Nemo. Remember Nemo? That big cueball wearing a grey suit and red shirt? The guy who Tetsu & Narumi went to drink with a couple of episodes back? Anyways, that’s not too relevant to how he’s portrayed in this episode.
As for the Yakuza being at the arcade, apparently they’re going to raise the price of the land rent, which seems quite unreasonable, especially to Major. Yes, that lil’ otaku gamer boy. Okay, perhaps I shouldn’t be calling him lil’ because he’s “in college”. Wait a minute, doesn’t he call himself a NEET? Doesn’t that imply that he’s not in neither EDUCATION, employment, or TRAINING? Tsk tsk loophole KamiMemo, loophole.
Anyways, in protest to the rent inflation, the NEETs try to challenge Nemo and bets on a baseball game. Of course, the NEETs and I both thought that it meant a baseball game in the arcade machines…but turns out Nemo meant an actual game. Oh wait…this doesn’t sound too good…the Yakuza are known to be baseball-bat-wielding-maniacs…
So…after unknowingly accepting a challenge that they’d pretty much be screwed for, the NEETs return to the ramen shop and try to round-up as many of their following NEETs as possible. Obviously, this crew will contain Min-san, Yondaime & buddies, Narumi, NEETs, Alice, Ayaka, and Meo. Wait! Meo? I thought she disappeared?! When did she come back? Ah well, I don’t have anything to protest about cute tanned girls showing up in animu. Let the good times roll!
After the rounding up of team members, the crew gets down to training and…you know, I really enjoyed those couple of scenes. It showed a lot of character bonding, which ultimately brought together the vast amount of characters in the KamiMemo universe.
So after some preparation and research, it turns out that Alice discovered that Nemo used to be the ace pitcher at his high school. However, information regarding his failure from grace tells us that he was most likely dropped out due to him being discovered in partaking of “sports betting”. That’s right folks, one bet may ruin your life. Just like marriages. Wait, I’m getting off topic aren’t I?
Anyways, on game day, instead being either all glum at the news of Nemo being some baseball superhuman or jumping in glee due to their “miraculous” training by Coach Alice, the group is actually treating it as if it were just another day at a baseball diamond.
Okay, instead of telling you that “Of course Team NEET won”, I’m going to just add little snippets of the highlights from the game. Think of it as the t”Honour Roll” that’s on TSN every day.
At this point in the game, the NEETs are literally tied up with the Yakuza, but since Yondaime is injured (well, throughout the course of the game), the NEET team required a pinch hitter. However, since Narumi is chicken shi*t, he manages to stall a bit until Alice decides to step in. Little did we know, Alice isn’t really doing this, but because she realized that, with a smaller figure, comes a smaller “strike box”, thus, if Nemo HAD to strike her out, he’d have to throw into an incredibly tiny striking area.
Anyways with that, you basically know that Alice got a steal to first base. Wait a steal? Weren’t we talking about base on balls? Actually, Alice had another trick up her sleeve which is to confuse everyone on the “3rd strike” and in that confusion, she’d take the opportunity to steal first base.
So after Alice’s steal, the next batter up is….
And you would never guess…:
Actually, it makes all the sense in the world. It’s not that Narumi had some innate baseball skills, but rather, he got some WILD, literally WILD idea that Nemo’s pitting strategies would be somehow stored up in the baseball arcade game’s database. Seems weird right? Well, if you watch the episode, I think it’ll make all the sense in the world.
So after Narumi basically drives the ball out of the park, the NEET Teddy Bears win the game and thus, the video game arcade rent retains the same.
Ta-da, end of an intense and somewhat meaningful baseball game.
Oh and if you’re wondering why Alice knows so much about baseball…