Nadeshiko’s hard work is finally paying off. During the first two episodes, there were a couple of scenes depicting what a typical day at Nadeshiko’s part time job was like. Seeing her delivering letters to houses around the neighborhood from the early morning really showed her dedication. I was honestly surprised on how well Nadeshiko did because she can never seem to wake up on time in other situations. Nadeshiko is now deciding what new camping gear she should buy with her first paycheck, but the more interesting part for me was when the show starts to play with the idea that Rin could have more of an influence on Nadeshiko than what has been previously shown.
The girls of the outdoor activity club tend to browse the camping gear magazine every time they get together. Chiaki and Aoi usually base their next purchases on whatever gear Rin is currently using, but Nadeshiko has her sights on something unrelated. Nadeshiko is set on buying a new lantern to use on her next camping trip. She loves this lantern so much that she would visit the store frequently just to stare at it. While it is funny to think about it, I love it just because it was a very “Nadeshiko” thing to do. While Nadeshiko has decided what she is going to buy with her first paycheck, the money she is set to receive doesn’t seem like it’s going to cover the high price tag of the lantern.
While Nadeshiko is thinking of another way to cover the cost of her lantern, there is a very brief, but interesting scene where she thinks back on why Rin loves solo camping. There is no doubt that Nadeshiko is eager to camp again with her friends and while her mind is juggling ingredients for new dishes she plans to make, she also takes a moment to reflect on Rin’s reasoning in being a solo camper. It would seem to be out of character for Nadeshiko to solo camp the same way Rin does, but when Nadeshiko whispers to herself that she would like to try solo camping, it made me wonder where the show is planning to take Nadeshiko’s character. If this scene is supposed to set up something later down the line in terms of character development, I’d be very curious to see how far they’re willing to take it.
Since her last job was only a temporary position, Nadeshiko has decided to look for another part time job in order to buy her lantern. She doesn’t have much luck looking through the job ads but, Sakura, Nadeshiko’s older sister, is able to come through for her younger sister by finding an opening at a restaurant. I hope the anime will take the time to show us what working at the restaurant will be like for Nadeshiko. I know she did well at her last job, but since she tends to be carefree at times, I really want to see how she handles this new job.
I’d say that this episode was pretty laid back (pun intended), but the part that really stuck out to me was Nadeshiko’s consideration into solo camping. Since the beginning of the series, Nadeshiko was someone who would rather go camping with a group or at least one other person. After hanging out with Rin as long as she has, some part of Rin might be influencing Nadeshiko in some way. I don’t know to what extent, but it certainly is interesting to see an outgoing character consider something as introverted as solo camping. Since Rin is the most experienced in camping I suppose all the other girls are influenced by her in some way, but I would like to see if this adds any character development to Nadeshiko.