Kuragehime 06: Shu Shove

‘Tis a sad day for Shu; he thinks he did something bad, but in fact he just shoved for GREAT JUSTICE…


Summary-in-a-sentence:

The fairy trapmother completes the nunz’ makeovers, treats them all at a fancy café and falls further for moé-mode Tsukimi; while Shu is almost date-raped by Inari before escaping and eventually winding up at the nunnery, where he asks the still moéified Tsukimi to shake hands with him and then leaves in a better mood.


Crusader’s No Snoo Snoo with Shu…

Also that was Lu Bu, you cannot pursue him...

Well it seems that Inari is going to be the one and only boss in this series that needs defeating and while Shu thinks that he might no longer be a virgin, Inari is stingy and used date rape drugs to create the illusion that they had a magical night. The truth however is quite different as Shu was clearly bored out of his mind and took no notice of Inari touching him in bad places during her photo shoot that was brimming with journalistic integrity. While Inari is quite cocksure I think she has overestimated her abilities and underestimated Shu as he did not pay attention during Inari’s personality barrage and creepy photo. While Shu will have to make some amends I think he did plenty enough to redeem himself for getting drugged when he shoved Inari HARD. Upon which she smacked her head HARD. I then laughed HARD.

Kuranosuke is busy at work with his makeover project. Jiji probably turned out the best while Bamba and Mayaya were as boorish as they ever were. I am really starting to hate Bamba for hating on Kuranosuke really some one buys you a costly meal and STILL she has the gall to be rude and demand another. I hope Bamba gets hit by a NICE TRAIN at some point. Simply put Kuranosuke has a good base to work off of now all that remains is a bit of polish and their dreadful manners, though Jiji and Tsukimi will probably have the least to correct. Kudos to Kuranosuke for having an EPIC USE OF CREDIT moment, maybe I am watching the wrong genre but 2010 is about the only year I can remember that had such responsible and honorable uses of credit for charity.

KimiKura gets a boost as the cuteness is starting to get Kuranosuke though it seems that next time he will be coming onto Tsukimi though hopefully won’t make as mess or mockery of it as Inari did with Shu. For now though hopefully Kuranosuke has trained enough on the bathroom stall to really BIG BANG PUNCH Inari if need be. While Kuranosuke is starting to feel the love Shu gets a DAAAWWWW moment after his molestation by Inari. I confess I found it so sweet that Shu went all the way to see Tsukimi after what happened to him, I know that what happened to Shu actually happens from time to time, but at least Shu gave a good shove for it.

I like how there are multiple dynamics at work in the love triangle though possibly a PARALLELOGRAM if by some miracle Inari is going to get redeemed. Shu and Tsukimi seem to be on the same wavelength and yet both seem to have attracted the attentions of a prettier person, a most vile Inari for Shu and Kuranosuke for Tsukimi. While neither Shu nor Tsukimi know much about the other they seem to click almost naturally and have some decidedly cute moments. While every one but Kuranosuke and Tsukimi have varying degrees of disgusting traits, Shu at least can be enough of a gentleman to not make public his misgivings unlike Mayaya and Bamba, he is also capable of kindness which is more than can be said of Tsukimi’s Nun pals and Inari. It is pretty clear at this point that Kuranosuke was born out of an illicit affair but I hope they clarify why Kuranosuke is living with his father.

If the love triangle gets nasty it will be tinged with tragedy since Kuranosuke and Shu are half-brothers and seem to get along fine despite being from different mothers and Shu being possibly present when Kuranosuke was conceived. I wonder if they will come to blows or if one will make way for the other, or Tsukimi actually makes a choice.

I am quite sure Inari will be the big bad but I am perplexed to whether or not she is going to get redeemed somehow. Certainly Shu’s near rape was played for laughs as Inari did not put out and break Shu for good, and I found her pathetic attempts to make pillow talk to be laughable. Normally hitting a girl would be a vile act but it was Inari and she did scar Shu mentally so she deserved a good shove though lucky for her it was not towards and oncoming train. Inari seems to have gotten a whole lot of screen time even for a big bad. To an extent Inari gets to show off how craptastic her job as an EVIL developer can be, the long hours the empty relationships, getting older… so maybe she is being set up for redemption or just a BAD END. Time will tell I suppose.

Inari...ruining drinks since 1979

Another epic use of credit.

Would be funny and ironic if Inari were truly smitten...

DROID does, Inari's doesn't...

Good God she's a cannibal!

A man of determination...

I know this looks bad, but hear me out...

It's not morning...and Shu will not do this ALL NIGHT LONG.

Shu I hope you gave up your fist kissu long ago, otherwise I feel so sorry for you.

What are those...creatures...

Well Inari I have to say it was only so for you...

SHUUUU GET OUTTA HERE!

A man that is NO LECHER NO LECHER.

Poor Shu was VIOLATED, though thankfully it was not Yazan level.

Poor Shu at least he washed off Inari's stench before seeking Tsukimi.

DAAAAAAAAWWWWWW

A little makeup heavy are we?


ExecutiveOtaku’s “Well, I Can’t Take Pity on Women of Her Kind…”

Surely you give yourself too much credit.

…even though she was thrown down on her behind. Inari’s reached a new low, trying to date rape Shu to take compromising photos. Photos that we definitely come to complicate Shu’s political career and/or his budding relationship with Tsukimi. Inari and Nixon would have gotten along just fine, I would think. But Shu responded as best as he could considering the situation, ignoring her desperate attempt at seeking sympathy for her life of frivolousness and scheming. First chance he got Shu pushed her away like the trash she is and ran out of there, while putting on all of his clothes could wait. Shaken up by his perceived date rape, our noble prince wandered home and then went right for Tsukimi to ground and reassure himself with an extra DDDAAAAWWWWW drive-by hand holding. Meanwhile Kuranosuke is furthering his project of bringing the Amamizukan residents out into the real world, with fairly decent results. Bamba and Mayaya could still show some gratitude already, but otherwise things seem to be proceeding well. Kuranosuke himself is coming to further realize the beauty of Tsukimi, though he shouldn’t get too attached since it won’t be long before she’s his sister-in-law. SIEG SHUKIMI!

I guess they didn’t go to Ryuu’s bar. His drinks reflect one’s soul, and it’s clear that Inari isn’t drinking a glass of mud.

Jiji probably came out of the makeover looking the best, other than Tsukimi of course.

Mayaya thinks the world should just break.

Not wild about the QUAD DRILLS hairstyle, but quite the cute moment nonetheless.

The power of Christ compels you!

Saburouta X Kuranosuke OTP.

a) DDDDAAAAAWWWWWW b) kyaaaaaaaaa c) THE CUTE d) all of the above.



Hana’s hero(ine):

Oh Kurako, if you only knew…

Well! There were certainly more kyaarific and dawww-worthy moments than you could shake a red lipstick at this week, as we eagerly observe Shu deal with the awesomely ruthless Inari, while Kuranosuke conducting the nunz aboard the Gorgeous Express was equally entertaining. While I’m still firmly sitting on the fence in terms of certain shipping wars, I simply couldn’t take my eyes from Mr Oni-tama, who stole the show whenever he was on screen in this epi. I think the main reasons for this are two-fold: firstly, nekkid, glasses-less Shu-Shu looked even more HAWT than we knew he would from the preview; and secondly, his response to Inari was just so adorably and hilariously entertaining. Clearly, something for both the bishie lovers and non-bishie lovers in this epi.

However, I was a little bit disappointed that the whole he’s-still-a-virgin thing was not entirely through choice on Shu’s part, but rather the result of a childhood torauma at seeing daddy getting freaky with another woman in a wardrobe. Clearly, that would be enough to traumatise any little boy, especially one as tender as ickle Shu. Still, I guess it’s a more believable reason for such an eligible bachelor to have ended up this way, rather than the I-have-a-will-of-steel-and-am-saving-myself-from-STDs-for-mai-waifu thing I was hoping for. As I said, it certainly made for an interesting set-up when he wakes to find the succubus on his chest and the way his implied physical reaction to her ministrations contrasted to his emotional reaction to her and the situation he was in. And he gets points for remaining polite (guess he might’ve been wondering if he was just drunk didn’t realise what he was apparently doing) and yet still giving Inari some of the smackdown that was coming to her while making his escape.

Compared to the vampish Inari, Tsukimi was the picture of moéified cuteness, as is of course noticed by her fairy trapmother over the [insert whatever the name of her drink was]-drinking and the jellyfish-like moon-watching. The latter scene also recalled the scenes in epi 4 at the aquarium, and it was nice seeing Tsukimi associate jellyfish with beauty/ positivity once more, as opposed to the isolation/ negativity that was conveyed in the previous epi during the ‘sinking’ scene. However, it was also interesting that the vampish Inari is just as much an ‘after’ shot as is moé Tsukimi, symbolised further in the fact that they were both wearing shades of red. This also supports what Kuranosuke told the nunz about dressing for battle while still remaining true to oneself, for clearly Tsukimi is in no danger of turning into an Inari figure anytime soon, and it’s clear whom Shu-Shu prefers.

From hugs to handshakes? Hmmm…

Yes, as if it wasn’t obvious already, I now direct your attention to exhibit H-A-N-D-S-H-A-K-E as proof. To be honest, I found just a handshake a bit of a let-down at first, considering that they’ve already had DAT HUG. However, it was certainly romantic and in keeping with the conventions of ‘old school’ romantic drama behaviour (not so much with modern animes, but ‘North and South’ and the works of Jane Austen also come to mind), and it was obviously a deliberate contrast to his physical interaction with Inari earlier in the epi. Thus, following a swift transformation from molested maiden to brooding hero, Shu is even more rabu-rabu-filled for our lovely heroine and thus all is well aboard the S.S. ShuKimi.

Sort of.

And no, I’m not just talking about the inevitable return of Inari and a certain pair of glasses and a whole heap of trouble, but, judging from the preview, it looks like a nekkid Kuranosuke might also be making a move on Tsukimi (*toot toot!* KimiKura shippers this time). Mind you, last week’s preview was rather ambiguous about nekkid Oni-tama’s participation in the hotel room, so we’ll see how far our current favourite trap gets next week. If, indeed, he gets anywhere further at all with the clueless object of his trapification.

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36 Comments

  1. Posted November 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I ship Inari X Shu

    OK, we’re not really a ship. More of a rubby dingy crossed with a sieve. But I like me a bit of redemption plot lines.

    • ectholion
      Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      here here!! i would like to board this rubby dingy! :)

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      Nothing like the long shot, eh?

  2. ectholion
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    well i saw the hand shake i was like “Oh no Shu has placed Tsukimi in the FRIEND ZONE!!!” aside from that cry me a river Shu you saw you dad have an affair. im sure good old daddy has enough money for your therapy and at 30 you have no excuse. Inari was just great, i find it mildly annoying seeing the only woman potrayed as strong in the show being the villian… Shu dont let this one slip by she’s a great catch I just know it ;)

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

      Burn the heretic!

      Strength doesn’t equate to decency or integrity. Unless you’re being really Nietzschean in your view of them, I don’t see a redeemable thing about Inari. You may say she’s strong, but I have much more respect for any other female character in that show than I have for her. Shu can undoubtedly see her true evil nature.

      • ectholion
        Posted December 4, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

        Regardless he is her prey and she has no intention of letting him go, as for the whole drugging scene, its just so bizzare. I mean the poor virgin thirty year old politician, thinks he had his virginity taken by a beautiful woman… seriously!?! im sure there are lots of virgins who wish they were as unfortunate. As for decency and integrity lots of politicans lack that so thats what makes her so perfect for him, that and unlike a certain jellyfish girl she could handle being in the limelight. Also them bing together is also a punishment for her, I mean if not the worst it wold be pretty damn close to the worst sex in her life. ;)

        • Merq
          Posted December 4, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

          I don’t know many virgins who would wish they were unfortunate enough to be raped. Which is what happened to Shu. I mean, there are virgins who wouldn’t mind her taking it, but I don’t think in that way.

          • ectholion
            Posted December 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

            you get the gist of what im saying, the situation of a beautiful woman forcing herself on a 30 yearold virgin is comical at best. he’s thirty lives at home, and afraid of women. for Shu is have a phobia of women from seeing his dad hook up with kurako mom when he was nine and it still has not being treated is just silly. I find his character as lame, I mean romantic handshake and romantic hugs when remembering dead moms… WTF!!!.

  3. Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    The hand shake DAWW, never underestimate the power and the cuteness of a thirty year old virgin megane bishie (too many adjectives) That was cute.
    I really loved this episode, not only because we got to see Shu in al his glasses-less glory but also because we got to know his real personality and how differently he treats Tsukimi and Inari, for someone who is afraid of women he still has soft spot for Tsukimi, more than just a hand shake he can act reckless and by impulse when he is with her and not only he is not afraid of her he also wants to get closer by his on initiative,Shukimi FTW!!
    I’m have yet to find the reaction of Shu when he discoverers Tsukimi in both her moe and nun glory.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

      Cheers, ShuKimi comrade! Despite Shu’s unfortunate night out, it was a great episode for our cause as the first person he sought solace from was Tsukimi. Both of them tend to bring out the best in each other, but especially for Shu who actually starts taking some initiative when she’s around. They will be a glorious couple, and we the faithful await the inevitable kissu!

      • Zorapup
        Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

        LOL! ShuKimi sounds like a cute name already!

  4. Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Well, I certainly doesn’t mind giving up my virginity for Shu now. That’s how much he has had me smitten ♥

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      He seems to have that effect on beautiful maidens of good character and integrity.

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      Lol – long may the Shu-Shu love-in continue, comrades!

  5. Merq
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    The witch shall burn for her sins!

    While the shove was most gratifying, I should only hope that her final punishment will fit the heartlessness of her many crimes. Poor Shu, I can’t imagine how it feels to be raped like that. Can you not like, I dunno, pee in a cup? Does that drug not leave evidence?

    Great episode…but at this point that comes as no surprise. Kuragehime is the highlight of my entire week. I’ve always liked Shukimi as a unit but I’m all hearts for Shu as an individual, now. I loved all the nunz makeovers and the smitten Kuranosuke. And even though I wasn’t too keen on Tsukimi’s Palin-inspired prom hair, it fit her in a “I’m so cute and innocent” kind of way.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      No idea on the chemical properties of it all, but given Shu’s political family and upbringing I’d imagine going to the authorities wouldn’t be his style. If he chooses to get back at her, it will be through a carefully planned and negotiated plot to destroy her career and leave her destitute. A plan done with cold calculation that makes it look like Shu didn’t even lift a finger. It will be glorious.

  6. ~xxx
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I would never thought Shu would give it a thought that she was only using him…

    at least he says “i’m molested.”
    now I thought that development came to a negative growth since it was hug then handshake…

    Well, I never know then.
    C’mon Shu… just be a man.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      It’s not negative growth given the context of it, in my view. Shu drove all the way out there which was a good deal of effort on his part, and he was so shaken up and probably feeling dirty from the whole experience that all he wanted was to hold her hand. It was like he was seeking some sort of purification from her touch, rather than a larger physical reassurance from a hug. At least that’s how I interpreted it.

      • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

        I saw it as a negative growth at first too, probably cos of the sub and the connotations of the word ‘handshake’. I have since seen the error of my ways. Romantic holding of hands FTW!

  7. Zorapup
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think it was a handshake but rather a handhold. He just said he was molested and if he started hugging Tsukimi I think it would bring back some bad memories of what took place earlier. He might associate hugging with molestation (who knows! ) Tsukimi did run away when Shu hugged her (for different reasons of course).

    I think the simplicity of the hand hold was to show that all he needed to know was that this is the kind of touch that brings about his affections for Tsukimi. Not some woman putting her hands all over him. Just a simple hold of her hand is what he needed. He seems like a simple man.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Exactly! Heh, that’s just what I ended up typing in reply to the above comment, you just said it better.

      • Zorapup
        Posted December 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

        lol I was reading your earlier comment and thought, “That’s what I said!”

  8. Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    “Sieg Shukimi!”

    Now that I’ve made my alliances known. I know she’s a petty, scheming, morally frivolous person, but I definitely enjoyed Inari’s participation in the story. She’s such an ideal antagonist for the story and polar opposite of Tsukimi. I’m interested to see what further mayhem she can reek in this short series. She sure has enough ammo.

    I had a good laugh at the comment on Banba getting hit by a NICE TRAIN. Her and Mayaya seem absurdly nerdy and antagonistic towards Kuranosuke.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      Inari will be an interesting adversary. She was even given a desperate side to try and lull us into thinking that she’s not as evil as she is. Pointing to pictures of her friends that she probably doesn’t have anymore, talking about old stories to highlight how alone she is now. Rubbish! She will burn for her crimes!

      I almost think that if Bamba got hit by a NICE TRAIN that she’d go out smiling.

  9. Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Inari is such a terrible villain that I can’t even hate her. She just makes me laugh whenever she is onscreen. Her tricks are ineffective against socially awkward anime characters. Poor lady is in the wrong medium.

  10. Posted December 1, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Tsukimi’s petrifications are starting to wear thin. Okay, her and Shu placed each others hands together unconvincingly for the shortest amount of time and made up, but srsly. Tsukimi ought to learn soon that there are other things in the world besides from jellyfish. And I hope Kurako (haha, that’s his name now; Kuranosuke is way too long) is the one to make her see sense.

    Shu will find a woman some day………maybe Inari will just keep on harassing him until he says yes.

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      If anything, Kurako will assist in opening Tsukimi’s eyes to Shu. Already he’s enabling it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up helping Tsukimi with Shu as part of his ‘project.’ He may come to regret this in the end, but I weep not for the trap as ShuKimi is the One True Pairing.

    • Posted December 7, 2010 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      maybe Inari will just keep on harassing him until he says yes.

      Er, I hope not! Even if he doesn’t end up with Tsukimi. Besides, I doubt Inari actually sees Shu as anything other than a political stepping stone.

  11. Elyon
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Jiji was adorable to begin with, but I thought her makeover could have looked a lot better. It looked good (waaay better than the others, at least), but she could have probably been as moe-ified as Tsukimi, especially if we got to see her eyes for once.
    Oh well….SHUKIMI FTW!!!

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      I rather liked Jiji’s transformation, very OL-like. And I think the glasses only made the look better. The way she’s always staring at old guys, I have to wonder if she’ll try to/end up with one of Shu’s older relatives.

      SIEG SHUKIMI!

  12. Kikuko
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Remember that old joke “Denial is not just a river in Egypt”?

    I wish I could find something like that with “Pygmalion”. Kuranosuke is THE poster boy of Pygmalion complex. When Tsukimi looks her usual otaku self, she has as much dokidoki effect on him as Clara… but after he works his makeover magic on her, he becomes utterly smitten and besotted with his own creation. LOLZ!

    Both brothers right now have that problem: their feelings for Tsukimi change depending on Tsukimi’s looks… but Shu at least has the excuse of not knowing Otaku Tsukimi and Moe Tsukimi are the same person. Kuranosuke has the same problem but knows the truth! Like, wtf?

    Oh, Kuranosuke? Pygmalion is not just a rare midget lion, you know. (How was that? ^.~)

    • Posted December 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Nice. Kuranosuke really does have that issue, while Shu’s brain is still not linking together otaku and moe Tsukimi. People having to change somewhat seems like a core part of this show, so hopefully Tsukimi (and the other nuns) and Shu will reach some happy medium point of embracing some change but not going full bore. Transforming Tsukimi has certainly helped facilitate things, but I think as time goes on both of them will become less dependent on Kuranosuke’s tricks as they get to know each other. They’re both so awkward that it took the jolt from Kuranosuke to get them out of it. But now that they’re on this path they’ll be able to get to that healthy middle ground of embracing some social or fashion changes but not being controlled by them.

  13. rpd
    Posted December 2, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    don’t call me shirley

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