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Tomo-chan is a Girl episode 5 begins with Tomo and Misuzu arriving at Carol’s place to hang out. Carol’s mother greets them at the front gate and mistakes Tomo for a boy. Inside, Carol greets her mother, Tomo, and Misuzu. Carol takes her friends to her room, and Tomo’s astounded by all the pretty things scattered around.
Misuzu reminds Tomo that Carol’s rich as Carol showed Tomo pictures of herself when she was little. Misuzu leaves to use the bathroom but gets stopped by Carol’s mother. While heading for the toilet, Carol’s mother asks Misuzu if she’s a “bad person” because she noticed she’s been treating Carol poorly. Misuzu asks Carol’s mother how she’d feel if Misuzu only wanted to be friends with Carol for her money. Carol’s mother laughs, making Misuzu feel like she’s lost.
Afterward, Tomo and Misuzu challenge Carol to Othello and lose. The segment concludes with Carol’s mother hugging Misuzu and Tomo and telling them to stay anytime. The next set piece starts with Tomo and Misuzu planning to hold a study group to prepare for their midterms. Carol asks to join in on the session, and Misuzu accepts. Jun asks Tomo if he’d like to study with him, but Misuzu puts him in his place, so Tomo denies his offer. Tomo’s surprised Misuzu didn’t try to get her and Jun together.
Misuzu claims she should be allowed to do so when she feels like it. Carol, Misuzu, and Tomo arrive at Misuzu’s house. Tomo hasn’t been invited to her place since they were kids. Misuzu reminds Tomo it’s because she’d always break things when they were kids. Misuzu’s mom walks into the room and mistakes Tomo for her mother, Akemi. She’s not thrilled about Carol and shares a similar disgust for her as Misuzu. In Misuzu’s room, they try practicing equations through her method.
However, Carol surprises the two by solving the equation in a more simplistic fashion. Tomo’s astounded by Carol’s intellect, infuriating Misuzu. Misuzu butts in on their celebration and says showing one’s work is significant in earning credit. As they continue, Tomo and Carol compliment Misuzu on her knowledge. Tomo says if Misuzu can keep teaching her her ways, she may be able to attend the same university as her. This shocks Misuzu because she thought Tomo would want to attend the same university as Jun.
Carol asks if she could follow Misuzu to the same college, and Misuzu says it’s okay. After midterms, everyone checks their scores. Tomo ranked number 70, while Misuzu and Carol ranked number two and one. The segment concludes with Carol taunting the two for her rank. The final segment begins with Jun asking Tomo to visit his place to play video games. Tomo accepts and meets up with Misuzu and Carol to discuss her worries for tonight. Although she attempts to tell Jun that she can’t go, Misuzu and Carol reassure her that it’s the best option. After school, Jun asks Tomo to walk home with him today, but Tomo says she’s walking with Misuzu and Carol.
At home, Tomo tells her mother and father that she’s staying at Jun’s place for tonight. Jun tells Tomo that his mother won’t be here for tonight, meaning they’ll be alone. The two eat some of Jun’s curry and discuss things. After they finish their baths, the two play some video games. Tomo loses each time and mocks Jun for his “gamer kid” past. They get into an intimate situation and head to bed early for the night. In bed, Jun tells Tomo that he had a lot of fun and wonders if they’ll have more experiences like this. Before Tomo confesses her feelings to Jun, he falls asleep. Tomo uses the opportunity to check Jun’s facial features.
This leads to Jun grabbing Tomo in his sleep and sleeping with her. He wakes up and realizes Tomo is sleeping by him and freaks out. Tomo leaves and contemplates what happened between her and Jun. The episode concludes with Tomo revealing that her relationship with Jun has changed drastically since their gaming session.
The Episode Review
It appears Tomo and Jun’s romance is starting to blossom. Having our characters spend alone time together eating curry and playing video games was a great idea on the author’s part. It not only stays true to Tomo’s tomboyish nature, but it makes sense given Jun’s background of being the “gamer kid.” The first segment doesn’t offer much outside of introducing us to Carol’s mother.
Many folks will enjoy the situational humor spread through each segment though. Comedy is one of the aspects Tomo-Chan is a Girl gets right every time. Whether it’s Misuzu disrespecting Carol or Tomo feeling embarrassed when girly subjects are brought up, the show knows how to shower viewers with enough enjoyable antics to get a chuckle out of them.
On that note, this episode fleshes out Carol’s character a decent amount. Although she may function like a silly person, she can be cunning and intelligent when the time calls for it. Misuzu also shows more of her caring personality or lust for attention. It was heartwarming to see her quick demeanor change when Tomo said she’d like to attend the same college as her.
It shows that Misuzu cares about her friend and wants her to succeed. Overall, this was a fun chapter of Tomo-chan is a Girl. Although I’d prefer the anime to have a one-set-piece story structure per episode, some include enough significant developments that it’s not too bothersome. With Jun and Tomo getting more intimate, I hope the anime introduces several obstacles that will help Tomo and Jun tighten their bond further.
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