Kannagi Episode 10 – Are we still in the right show?

Probably what most people thought when the episode first started. Assuming they’ve watched Lucky Star of course.

This week’s Kannagi treats us to a delightful karaoke episode starring the “all-star” cast, as Akiba would say. The episode starts off very similar to the karaoke endings of Lucky Star, however that’s not all that’s not all for the Lucky Star references, I’m afraid.

P.S. More fan-made material (Niconico link only at the moment… can’t find youtube ver)


Takako hentai desu wa.

There’s really not much to summarize from this episode. The gang all take turns singing songs with Takako and Daitetsu as possibly the best singers to Jin and Zange being the relative worst. Tsugumi tries to subtly get closer to Jin, but with Zange’s flirting and Jin’s natural obliviousness, her attempts fail miserably. At the end of the episode, Jin realizes that everyone but Shino has sung. Takako mentions that you shouldn’t make Shino sing as it will force her to open her eyes (yes I’m serious). At this point, Shino starts to turn around and the crew apparently see something amazing as Shino (supposedly) opens her eyes.


Haha, I feel your pain. Hahaha… sorry.

I don’t know what it is, but I always find terrible singing (in comedic fashions) very hilarious. Seeing how I’m probably a worse singer than most of the characters in this show, I feel kind of ashamed of myself for laughing at people for their misfortunes when I’m very much in the same boat. Oh well, no one’s perfect.

She really should have let her hair down for this episode. It would have been so perfect.

Apparently, everyone’s in love with Takako’s little performance. While I did very much enjoy it for what it was, I could pretty much agree with the reaction of the gang. Takako does have a pretty “mature” image compared to someone like Zange and doing a song and dance of that nature would be very unfitting. It’s kind of like if Daitetsu, with his strong and masculine image, were to sing emo songs. Of course Daitetsu’s scenario would be no where close to being awesome like Takako’s performance.

Unless Shino is suffering from the same symptoms as Cyclops then I really don’t know what could be so frightening about her eyes. Unless it’s like when Nunnally opened her eyes… oh gawd.

You could very easily forget Shino’s presence in the show if it weren’t for those few lines she gives every so often. Apparently, they decided to take notice of that. The whole deal with Shino not singing was nagging at the back of my mind up until Jin mentioned it. Then along comes the bit about her eyes opening to shock and awe the cast and leave us to our imaginations. Since this is a filler episode (I think), I’m not too sure how canon the whole thing with Shino’s eyes is. There’s always been characters in anime with “closed” eyes and most of the time, there’s been an episode or two in the series where that fact gets made fun of. One example was in Sketchbook during the fireworks episode (the two characters with “closed” eyes could not squint when everyone else did). Anyways, I’m sure that’s the case here, but I’m just wondering if it was ever originally planned for Shino’s eyes to be really closed or if it was just the way the mangaka decide to draw her.

Tsugumi is not impressed.

Zange’s performance, despite what others have said, wasn’t really that bad. Like the characters said, it was bad, but really cute. For some people, I guess cuteness is all you need. I honestly thought Jin’s attempt was a lot worse, but knowing me, I’d probably end up the same way in that situation.

For some reason, I think her outfit kind of fits the song she sings. Maybe I’m just crazy.

Nagi. What can I say about her performance that hasn’t already been said. I have to admit it was very unexpected to hear her choice of song especially when she’s the one singing the OP/ED song. It’s almost like a slap to the face of those anticipating a beautiful performance. But then again, it does sort of fit her personality and the way she stood up straight and sang that song was especially fitting. That being said, I think Nagi’s performance was the second best in awesomeness (the first being Takako’s).

Getting a bit up close and personal, aren’t we?

Let’s not forget about Akiba. Even though his performance wasn’t anything special, I’m left kind of wondering why Takako was so persistent in trying to get Akiba to sing anime songs. Does she simply want him to open up to his otaku nature or is there something more to this?

We’re not in Kansas anymore…

Look familiar?


And the reference can’t be complete without the matching room number from the Lucky Star ending. Yes, I really checked.

See you next week!

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  1. soso/karin lover
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Actually, this Karaoke episode was based on the manga and some of these songs were even written by the author herself! And about the Shino eyes thing, i have no idea if it’s original or from the manga.

    All hail Daitetsu, Akiba and Takako for being great singers. I LOVE YOU TAKAKO SEMPAI!!!
    A giant BOO to the rest of the cast for being having the worst singing and song choice except for Shino since she wasn’t singing

  2. Myssa Rei
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    Much love for Tsugumi for trying so hard to get Jin’s attention. Too bad it fell flat as Jin was too pre-occupied with Daitetsu’s performance. Boo. And I will admit to saying that Takako was awesome. Her ascent into Otaku-Fujishi-dom is complete. I’d say that Akiba should be proud or horrified at what he started with her.

    And no, don’t read too much into Takako and Akiba’s interactions.

    And yes, this was in the manga, though the song that Takako sung was different. Here’s to hearing the complete song in a single soon though!

    Also darn, the OTHER supermarket jingle used in the ED is catchy.

  3. Posted December 9, 2008 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Quit being picky comrade, we know you want to sign up for the love captors…your tsun tsun betrays you. Shugashugarin!:P

    Takako is AMAZING.

  4. Myssa Rei
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 3:30 am | Permalink


    Comrade Crusader, I concur with your assessment. All hail Takako-sempai!

  5. Posted December 9, 2008 at 4:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you Comrade Myssa Rei, now all that is left is to get Takako to cosplay and sing at the same time…yesssssss.

  6. Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    That’s a hot ED illustration right there. Will watch this now. :P

  7. Posted December 9, 2008 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Oh God, why are CM songs in Japan this awesome.

  8. Posted December 9, 2008 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    I personally think that Akiba was supposed to live up to his reputation of being a typical otaku who likes to sing but cannot sing for nuts. I bet she thought that Akiba will be singing some typical fanservice anime song that all horny guys would like. Hah hah.

    @Soso: I am just a bit sympathetic to Jin because Daitetsu is just so good at everything he does.

    @crusader: Cosplay Takako is very good stuff for sure!

  9. Joe Dangerous
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Yes, I was also thinking that Nagi’s outfit totally went along with her song while she was singing this. Oh man this episode was fun, obviously with Takako’s surprise performance and the sheer blunt to-your-face Nagi bean song.

    Can’t get enough of that ED song…

  10. Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    @soso/karin lover: I didn’t think Tsugumi’s or Zange’s songs were that bad… lol

    @myssa rei: So this isn’t really a filler then. Has the thing about Shino’s eyes ever come up in the manga?

    @Crusader: I’m not listening to it because I want to… I just happened to do it, okay?

    @schneider: Yes, very hot. That’s why I put it up there.

    @Impz: That was probably the case. Takako seems to have a strange liking embarrassing the underclassmen.

    @Joe Dangerous: The ED song really is quite catchy. I only wish they had Nagi sing it as well.

  11. Lawl
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    =[ I skipped Jin’s song and Zange’s song. It was that bad.

  12. skoll
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I think Takako insists that Akiba sing animu songs because she’s enamored with anime stereotype, from the otaku, to all the various derivatives of moe.

    And my expression largely mirrored Jin/Akiba’s on her performance.


  13. anonymii
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Nagi’s song caught me by surprise yet it made so much sense. Her outfit was a bit wtf.

  14. Myssa Rei
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Shokkeru: If I remember right, the song Takako sang in the manga was actually “Seikan Hikou” from Macross Frontier. Yeah, changed in the adaptation for copyright reasons.

    And Shino is apparently only *squinting* in the manga.

  15. Posted December 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    @Lawl: Where’s your masochistic spirit?

    @skoll: That’s probably the case with Takako and Akiba.

    @anonymii: I dunno… overall/short shorts might be a bit trendy in some cases.

    @myssa rei: Ah, very interesting. Thanks for all the info. The english scanlations of the series seem to be stuck at chapter 12 for some reason.

  16. skoll
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    In other news, the next episode looks(soundS?) serious. That bothers me.

  17. Myssa Rei
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Shokkeru: I know a lot of folks who might have preferred Seikan Hikou actually.

    On other news, it looks like we’re going back to the plot somewhat next week. Which could be jarring given the hijinks we’ve seen so far.

    Also, this means we won’t see Nagi and Zange’s cosplay at the con.

  18. Lawl
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    @Shokkeru: I don’t know =[

  19. Tenryu
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    i would rather have Takako sing Seikan Hikou instead… that or get her in a cat costume

  20. ehron
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    So much love for Takako. Especially her dancing along to the song, which made me think of her being the dance coach in the OP. Nice touch there. Moar Takako please!

    Nagi singing a CM song was particularly hilarious too, since me and my mates actually spontaneously sing silly ad jingles together sometimes. It’s a shame none of the karaoke places we’ve been to have ad jingles…

  21. Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

    @skoll: Well, we’re closing in on the last few episodes for this season (hopefully more to come) so it’s natural that they’ll try to wrap it up soon.

    @Myssa Rei: I actually would have liked to see that parody as well.

    @Lawl: That’s too bad. =\

    @Tenryu: How ’bout both at once? @_@

    @ehron: That’s true about the dance coach bit in the OP. I didn’t even notice that.

  22. Posted December 11, 2008 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Shino has the Ultimate Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. Opening them would cause the world to collapse.

    And I liked how they actually played the ending songs from Lucky Star in there.

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