Shouko grows closer to her friends during the first day of Kyoto Trip

Komi cannot communicate Season 2 episode 8 begins the School trip to Kyoto Bow. The group split is revealed in this episode, which promises to be a source of more hilarity in the future. This episode focused more on Shouko enjoying her time during the journey and slowly overcoming her past trauma.

The animation of several beautiful Kyoto sites was a feast for the eyes in this episode. Shouko and Tadano grew closer while viewers got to see their relationship through the eyes of an outsider.

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2 Episode 8.


Shouko and Tadano grow close Komi cannot communicate Season 2 Episode 8: The first day of the Kyoto trip comes to an end

Komi Can't Communicate Season 2 Episode 8 (Image via OLM Studio)
Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2 Episode 8 (Image via OLM Studio)

Komi cannot communicate Season 2, Episode 8 (episode 20 overall) is a release of a single segment entitled “It’s just the school trip.” It adapts chapters 104-107 of the manga alongside chapter 110.

The group divisions

Preparing for the school trip, and Najimi just finds time to hang out with everyone on the bullet train Anime is Komi can’t communicate (Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu)

Komi cannot communicate Season 2 Episode 8 begins with Shouko’s mother wishing her a safe journey. Shouko meets with Tadano and Najimi at the train station. After dropping off their luggage and finding their seats, Tadano and Najimi fulfill their duties as class presidents by making rounds to see if everyone is aboard.

Yamai and Nakanaka are in a group with Agari and have already started fighting among themselves. Inaka is in a group with Onemine and Otori, who found out about her origins from the land. The Normie Trio is a separate group, as are the Samurais.

Tadano is worried (Image via OLM-Studio)
Tadano is worried (Image via OLM-Studio)

Tadano’s own group consists of Naruse, already enchanted by his own reflection in the train window, and Katai, who is far too excited to be in the same group as Tadano. The only group that worries Tadano more than his own is the group of Shouko Komi, Mikuni Katou, and Ayami Sasaki.

That was an awkward poki moment Anime is Komi can’t communicate (Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu)

They’ve never spoken to each other, so the atmosphere is very rigid. Sasaki tries to break the ice by offering some chopsticks, but it doesn’t seem to help much.

However, Katou and Sasaki make a telepathic arrangement to make this trip as memorable as possible for Shouko. However, this solidarity only makes Shouko feel even more alienated.


The tourguide

The Tour Guide in Komi Can't Communicate Episode 20 (Image via OLM Studio)
The Tour Guide in Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 20 (Image via OLM Studio)

After reaching Kyoto, Classes 1-1 board a bus for their first day of sightseeing. Komi cannot communicate Season 2 Episode 8 introduces a tour guide, Ryouko Tenjouin, who is quite serious and inexperienced. She has memorized the 2500-page Kyoto guide and is passing on her knowledge to the course.

Of course, the class isn’t so interested in studying as in admiring Shouko’s perfect sitting posture. Nakanaka manages to find a Shinsengumi outfit while Katai tries to ask for directions to the washroom to no avail.

Naruse is asked by two girls to take a picture, but he mistakes it for their request to take a picture with him. Kometani continues to provide dry comments on the chaos.

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Ryouko is discouraged at first, but while telling a story about the Kyamo River, she notices Shouko and Tadano listening with rapt attention. Encouraged, Ryouko continues to fulfill her duties as a tour guide.

After a while, Shouko and Tadano break away from the group to look at some architecture, and their interaction makes Ryouko think they should just get married.


fun in the hotel

Shouko at the hotel in Komi Can't Communicate Episode 20 (Image via OLM Studio)
Shouko at the hotel in Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 20 (Image via OLM Studio)

Komi cannot communicate Season 2 Episode 8 then moves to the traditional Japanese inn where the students are staying. Najimi sleeps with the girls despite Yamai’s protests.

Onemine calms Shouko and Agari, who are reluctant to go to the shared bathroom. As usual, Yamai has several racy designs for Shouko, none of which come to fruition.

Tadano and his group share a room with three other students who are afraid of Katai. However, they are in awe of his muscles, as is Naruse. He gets Katai and later her roommates to pose for some artistic pictures with Tadano behind the lens. As the boys start having fun, Shouko stumbles across the scene and quietly walks away.

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Back in the girls’ room, Najimi suggested a pillow fight, where the winner fell asleep next to Shouko. As everyone fights each other, Shouko sits outside until Najimi notices and throws a pillow at her, pulling her into the fight.

Shouko’s little smile shows that she’s starting to feel like part of the group, although she can’t sleep at night because of the excitement.


Final Thoughts

Yamai questions Najimi in episode 20 of Komi Can't Communicate (Image via OLM Studio)
Yamai questions Najimi in Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 20 (Image via OLM Studio)

An interesting thing to remember Komi cannot communicate Season 2 Episode 8 is that Najimi does not have his own group nor a fixed room. While it makes for some hilarious moments and allows Najimi to fit seamlessly into any group they wish, it’s also quite sad that sometimes they’re alienated just because of their gender.

It’s a subtle nod to a larger problem faced by many gendered and non-binary people.

Shouko's group in episode 20 of Komi Can't Communicate (Image via OLM Studio)
Shouko’s group in episode 20 of Komi Can’t Communicate (Image via OLM Studio)

Shouko also felt alienated the whole time Komi cannot communicate, but this episode shows that her friends always drag her into their activities. The next episode focuses on the second day of the journey, where Shouko will be forced to interact with Katou and Sasaki without the help of Najimi or Tadano.



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