‘Tis a sad day for Shu; he thinks he did something bad, but in fact he just shoved for GREAT JUSTICE…
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…
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.
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.
Saburouta X Kuranosuke OTP.
a) DDDDAAAAAWWWWWW b) kyaaaaaaaaa c) THE CUTE d) all of the above.
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.
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.
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.