Maria-sama ga Miteru S4 – 01: Drama in Your in Drama

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Note: In an effort to remedy the current lack of team work I hope you all don’t mind me conscripting Comrade lelangir for this one, I normally have trouble blogging about non mecha shows and this time it was easier since lelangir is a rabid marimite fan. I thank him for his cooperation and hopefully we can do this again sometime. I hope that the format we used is realtively easy to follow.

So far so good even if the ED is spoilerific as hell I suppose that at least Kanako seems to get a conciliatory prize in the OP. I thought the ED was very trashy, and the song was awesome – awesome wah and cheese synths are awesome. Still the OP was like hey did Yumi just get magical powers or something, must have been a subtle knife or some such. Well Cuchlann said how the new pop OP suited the matriculation well – leave the classical music behind for the seniors, the new girls are in power now. Well at least it will be a bloodless coup I suppose. I also see that we have some minor consistency issues still, but this washed out color pallet seems a bit weird. if memory serves me correct it use to be a bit brighter, might be the sub though. I still see little resemblance between Yuki and Yumi though. They’re using the art style they used in the third season OVAs, which I actually prefer. I suppose so still for a genderbend it’s just not as fun as I was hoping it would be, though pretty much everything is subdued.

Well the cat’s out of the bag already…

Will they finally kiss this year? It’s tradition…

One day Yoshino will be writing fan fics about this…

I thought this episode did a fairly good job of painting Kanako as a ‘tragic’ character. It’s also good because they didn’t have to start from scratch, as they had three previous expository seasons at their base. I would have been more partial to Kanako being petite soeur, but I guess with Touko it’s borderline selfscest. The boys on the other hand, well at least it is still not about them so much. Nevertheless Yuki in Kimono is very much glam band cross dressing. You have to wonder though what kind of parents would name their kid Alice. Oh Alice…I don’t know what to make of him. His presence in the previous seasons wasn’t memorable and he was parodied a bit in the DVD funny specials.

I wasn’t particularly fond of Kanako’s blatant sexism. Besides that, it’s an obvious ploy for later character development, but feels rather contrived. She’s right you know men are scum, I know them very well, hell I am one. Any way since the cat is out of the bag anyway they have to peel her off some how. The only guy in the show I didn’t like was Sachiko’s incestual cousin or whatever. Pretty full of himself, trying to come onto Sei. According to Wiki he’s gay for Yuki…any way the guy is an ass, they ought to trade him for Hosaka. Haha oh lord Hosaka…

She totally ate your lunch dude.

Yuki has a much to learn about the Oyama way.

I fail to see the resemblance as well. Looks like Mako-cakes and Maria will not have to worry about competition here.

What did you think about Touko’s appearances? Liked the (no pun intended) drama? As for myself, well, I always like twin-drill tsunderes. But Touko’s “natural” grace was nicely complemented by Yumi’s internal thoughts, especially when she notes how Touko is a natural liar. So there, they set up a nice contrast between Kanako and Touko. You could say both are introverted, while one is silent, the other is blatantly false. Well I guess Touko wants to be a manly man for Yumi, the Drama Club thing was kind of meh. Still I understand why she felt that she could not show her face there. Touko has a lot of pride.

One interesting thing was how Kanako reacts to Sachiko’s bidding. Of course Sachiko is the big boss around there, and Kanako was acting incredibly submissive, putting on a disgustingly insincere smile. And while Sachiko can easily see through Touko’s masks, could she see through Kanako’s? Practicality trumps pride any day, though you are right Touko is proud to the point of arrogance sometimes. Kanako is a bit harder for Sachiko to read, after all they hardly know each other despite both being tall dark and bishoujo. Still for now they seem similar in some respect, I like that Kanako is at least trying to kill every man she sees.

Some like Rule 63 more than others…

Touko makes funny faces too.

Varying degrees of want?

Honestly though I kind of wanted a “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” when Yumi confronted Touko. Oh man that scene was LOL. What was Yumi doing? – I was clearly waiting for a bitch slapfest. It’s freaking marimite, a bitch slap is as likely as a colony drop, still I wonder if they are going to do Little Women, after all relatively speaking Touko is rather little. I mean, Yumi’s antics are pretty hyperbolic (and they satire that in the DVD specials too), which is why I enjoy watching her. She’s very moe, I suppose, a quintessential klutz. Touko does at least have the funny face similarity going for her, come to think of it it seems the House of Chinensis is populated with dojikkos of one sort or another, only Yoko wasn’t in the habit of embarrassing herself. Even if Yumi is hyperbolic I suppose that is the mark of a politician, and there does seem to be a Chinensis Dynasty. Yeah, you could call Sachiko hyperbolic in ways, subdued hyperbolism, especially her drama (particularly season one), though Sachiko really seems in control of herself this season, the true mark of maturity, perhaps? – so you can see how we’ve been through three years of students, and this rite of passage theme is always evident. The generational thing is an aspect I do like, in most cases time seems to stand still for other slice of life type shows.

That one’s enthusiastic to say the least.

Would you kindly?

A man chooses, a Yumi obeys…

I wonder if we are going to get Yakk Deculture Touko and Sachiko when they finally visit Yumi in her natural habitat. Well I think Sachiko’s already been exposed and attuned to Yumi’s rather wild-side, especially when they go jeans-hunting in the first season. But I think the Yakk Deculture might come around for either Sachiko or Kanako when they have to confront each other. This will be important because Yumi has to decide between Kanako and Touko, so you’re going to have Sachiko, the grandmother, incur her divine matriarchal intervention somewhere along the line. As if Sachiko is ever going to give up Yumi. Well, I mean that this first episode was a really good exposition in that it clearly established the Kanako/Touko dichotomy. What is left is how Yumi is going to deal with it, therefore setting herself up for some intruiging character development. I have no idea what the solution will be but I doubt it will be orthodox. I suppose though given the preview it will be time to meet some one’s parents, probably Kanako’s. It’s certainly off to a good start, though with a series this venerable I don’t think much will change, not sure if it will draw in any new fans though since it was not beginner friendly and requires the viewer to be privvy to some past events as well. Yeah, one thing I like about this anime is that parents actually exist, however marginally. Overall I think that at least given the spate of parental problems in the stuff I have been watching or at least noticing, it’s nice to see parents that are fairly normal in that they do not intervene heavily into the lives of their children. The Girl That Leapt Through Time also displayed this in a very nice manner, IMO. We rarely see Yumi’s parents, but it was funny when they showed up during the sports fest and there was a whole bunch of irony going on; just a typical “my parents embarass me!” moment. To be honest kids embarrass their parents plenty in return…

In case you missed it.

Nervous eh?

So moe you died?

Because we’re not finished with the school festival, we’ll still see how effective Sachiko’s ploy is – she’s just trying to use dramatic genderbending as a means for extroversion, but it’s backfiring for Kanako. It hasn’t backfired fully yet, and she was sort of agonizing over two tickets, I can already guess who they are meant for though. Hah! – well, I think the genderbending trick can’t go wrong. However it ends, it will produce some sort of drama that leads to character development, though this development – regardless of the drama the path takes – will probaby be the same. Indeed in marimite as much things change many things stay the same, or you could call it two steps forward one step back!

Would you kindly?

I think Touko is very similar to Yumi…

Very similar…

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11 Comments

  1. Posted January 7, 2009 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    @Crusader – how can you hate Kanako’s sexism? It’s no worse than Sachiko’s in season one. “OMG I can’t participate in this play ’cause there are dudes so I’m going to ruin random fangirl #2308t235 (Yumi)’s life.” Anyway it’s a common thing in sheltered lesbian schools, so it should be A) unsurprising and B) acceptable.

    Hmph. Discriminating slowly is preferred here.

    @lelangir – I hope this isn’t what you meant by “episodic blogging can be good”/”upsetting Owen’s hegemony.”

  2. lelangir
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    it’s experimenting – stress the last clause. Then compare to this.

  3. Posted January 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    @lolikitsune
    That looks to be an error that sentence was lelangir’s. Though I agree her rejection of me is entirely permissible.

  4. Ruki
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    HOLY CRAP. Crusader blogging non-mecha, and even more wtf, Marimite? You’ve raised the bar for 2009′s april fool’s already.

    That said, can’t wait to see the episode. It’s been far too long since I saw lovely Shimako. WTB more Sei though.

  5. Gin
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey. I absolutely love this blog, it’s got a lot of detail and pictures to really let the fans know about the episode. As well as other news snippets =). I just wanted to say thanks. And I thought I’d recommend http://hqanime.blogspot.com/ which has a lot of the newest anime releases. Again, wonderful post! I’ll definitely stick around for more~

  6. Posted January 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I really did like how both Noriko and Touko were wondering why they were divulging information to Yumi. And when I think about it, Sei would have fun times with Touko’s face as well. :P

  7. Posted January 8, 2009 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Personally, I am just glad that the Marimite is back. I do like more Sei though because she is perhaps one of the more unique ojou types of ladies out there. That said, the new characters are somewhat unable to replace that beauty. Still, the relationships of the girls are still darn awesome.

  8. lelangir
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Crusader’s last 4 screenshots are magnificent.

  9. Krebmarkt
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Keep it coming :)
    Crazy (Best & Worst) stuff always comes confrontation of opinions.

    Touko & Yumi is not a spoiler but a given thanks to the introduction & the ending.

  10. Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    @Ruki
    I have made no secret of my love for yuri, I am glad to finally get some, althogh Macross F had some delicious ersatz yuri, and for a while Gundam 00 had LouisexSoma.

    @TheBigN
    The yuri compels them…

    @Impz
    Sei is still around, though Yoko and Eriko are MIA…

    @lelangir
    You only like Touko for her spiral powa….

    @Krebmarkt
    So it is written…though a bit of suspense on the matter might have been a bit fun. ;)

  11. Posted January 18, 2009 at 12:57 am | Permalink

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