There’s been a slight delay but here’s another Carranger episode!
A fun note about this episode. When Zonette is in the bookstore, the goofy romance manga magazine she’s reading is called Nakayoroshi. This is a parody of the famous shoujo magazine Nakayoshi, which has a long-standing reputation of running “first love” romance stories. This scene seems to imply that Red Racer is indeed Zonette’s first love, and she’s really not sure how to react to her feelings.
Nakayoshi’s target audience is girls ages 9-15, though, so its depictions of romance are pretty far from realistic. The scene also seems to imply that Zonette, perhaps like many generations of naive little Japanese girls, is absorbing some very bad advice from the manga she’s reading. This foreshadows the events that take place at the end of the episode.
As a final note: the manga branch of Toei’s Sailor Moon property originally ran in Nakayoshi. At the time Carranger was filmed, Sailor Moon probably would’ve been the best-known of the various Nakayoshi manga, just past its all-time peak in popularity. While this factoid isn’t relevant to this particular episode, it’s going to pay off in a big way about ten episodes from now.