CLARA DOLLS ARE SO CUUUUUTTTTTEEEE
Finding retoro treasure in the Nuns’ attic, Kurako drags everyone to the flea market, where Tsukimi’s Clara doll is a bigger hit and is promptly multiplied and sold; Inari blackmails a date from Shu while being tailed by Hanamori’s Private Investigator friend at Koibuchi Sr.’s request; and Kuranosuke interrupts Tsukimi cosplaying as a jellyfish bride then suggests they make a jellyfish dress.
Hana on THAT dress:
Another day, another trapformation, eh. Well, at the very least, it’s great seeing a much chirpier Tsukimi than the one who was getting all angry and depressed over Inari and Shu in the previous epi. In fact, Tsukimi seemed perfectly content sitting beside her Fairy Trapmother in the open air amongst all the Stylish. Until the other nuns turn up, that is. While Mayaya’s comment that, at the sight of the apparently unrecognisable ‘After’ Tsukimi, she’d already started silently screaming ‘Die!’ x200 at her was as funny as it was randomly OTT and a wee bit harsh, the effect on Tsukimi was very interesting. That is, she immediately puts her glasses back on and regrets the whole thing. I’m guessing that Tsukimi feels a mixture of betrayal and self-consciousness/ insecurity, but, with a little help from Clara, she is soon happily wrapped up in her jellyfish princess world, as she plans how to outfit all those baby Claras.
Clearly, Tsukimi is still wrapped up in her dreamy world of (jellyfish) princesses, just as she was when she was a little girl with her mum, an idea that is confirmed at the end of the epi when Kuranosuke walks in on her jellyfish wedding dress cosplay/ fantasy. And, once again, the interruption makes her doubt herself and highlights her ‘reality’ (i.e. warped self-image) versus how she’s like to appear. Namely, that the kind of dress/ self that she’s always dreamed of having/ being – and still does – is more suited to/ is the figure of Kuranosuke. Or should I say Kurako. However, this line of thinking makes me wonder if Tsukimi has in fact changed at all, given her reaction to Kuranosuke and how she believes she appeared to him… Either way, it’s great that Tsukimi’s desire is in part about to be fulfilled, and hopefully the creation of her dream dress will also lead her to fulfil her other desires.
Finally, and on a somewhat side note, I also loved the final scene in the way that it was like a reverse of the balcony in ‘Romeo and Juliet’: with Tsukuliet pondering what it would be like to be, as opposed to be with, her Prince (and also like Utena becoming her Prince in Revolutionary Girl Utena); and with Kuromeo looking upon his unconventional love interest not as a star-like beauty, but as the subject of an inexplicably bizarre cuteness. Of course, as the potential pair gaze upon each other in the above scene, rather than a declaration of love and marriage, we get the possible beginnings of a dressmaking union instead. Oh well, if they don’t get together in an OTP sense, at least they can go into business together. And the name for such an awesome partnership and brand? Well, they could do a lot worse than ‘Clara’, if not ‘Kuragehime’, of course…
ExecutiveOtaku’s Capitalism, ho!
The thing that really stood out to me over the entire episode was the creative uses of and approaches to money. Making it, bribing people with it, and the pursuit of it. Not really in any serious way, with the exception of Inari’s continued willingness to do anything for it, but mostly in a playful manner. Creating all the jellyfish dolls to earn money at the street fair was a creative one, and for once it was an enterprise that the rest of the Amamizukan NEETs were willing to join in. And not even just willing, but enthusiastic. Perhaps there’s some hope for them yet if their interests and talents can align with something profitable. They still lack the vision and motivation to try and save their building via raising money, but it’s a start. Then we’ve got bribery. How quickly does Mu La Driver go from adamant confidant of Shu to willing spy when the magic words are uttered. In a lot of ways he just seems like an upscale version of the Nuns, a serious otaku when it comes to Mercedes Benz.
THIS is why I hate the Funi subs. Would it have been so terrible to say “Showa retro dead stock” or “Showa-era retro dead stock”? TL note optional saying what years the Showa period was, and that it was much more than just the 1970′s.
All too easy…
Bribery then leads to the first efforts to strike back against the hated Inari. Shu calls up an old friend who’s become a private investigator, and a damned good one at that. It’s not long before Sugi is all over Inari and Shu, even snapping pictures the whole time. Certainly money well-spent since he’s getting everything that’s happening with Inari. For someone who acts so deviously she’s got absolutely zero situational awareness. And poor tradecraft too as she flashes around the blackmail photo for all to see. I look forward to her inevitable comeuppance. She’s gone up against a stronger foe than she anticipated and it will be glorious to see her reap the whirlwind.
I don’t think anime’s seen such a capable spy since Al Izuruha.
While the rest of the Nunz are pretty much doomed to being hikkomori despite the best efforts of Kuranosuke, hope yet remains for Tsukimi who is not so set on her horrible ways that she can no longer adapt. Even Kuranosuke is calling it quits as he unceremoniously draped cloth over them and called it a day. While the Nunz tired to flee from the flea market Tsukimi handled herself quite well and was not freezing up at the mere sight of other women. I approve of Clara merchandise as a means to buy their home, sadly it took a bribe to get Jiji, Mayaya, and Bamba to get off their asses to make the attempt to help even upon their belated arrival they were USELESS. Good thing the power of Clara shut them up about the great Clara doll sale. This is pretty much the extent of their abilities as only Chieco contributed much and even Clara has started quoting Lenin when it comes to the Nunz work ethic. It’s high time they did a day’s work and I hope that Clara will find new ways to motivate them. Their manners have undergone a slight improvement as they finally accord Kuranosuke some long over due courtesies. Still the Nunz are useless as ever in a medical emergency and go for Vick’s Vapor Rub instead of aspirin in the chance case of a heart attack. Their understanding of human anatomy leaves much to de desired as they mistook Kuranosuke for a flat chested chick instead of a dude.
Speaking of heart attacks it seems Kuranosuke is falling rather hard for Tsukimi despite the suplex that saved her from suicide. Poor Tsukimi needs to grow some more courage otherwise the she will soon reach the extent of her abilities before Inari reaches her’s. I eagerly anticipate the jellyfish dress as it could be the start of a clothing line, which I hope they will call Clara… I found it most humorous that Tsukimi fancies Kuranosuke as the image of a perfect bride, worse comes to worse if KimiKura sails then Tsukimi can wear the tux while Kuranosuke over awes with the dress. With any luck the Clara craze will start off a profitable fad to increase their coffers.
Kuranosuke is making good progress, but Shu is ending up in dire straits. While Koibuchi the elder has seen to it that Inari is going to be investigated, it is under the mistaken impression that Shu and Inari actually are in a relationship. Hanamori is quite convinced the Shu has finally gotten over his phobia of women, and is eager to provide information to Shu’s dad for a new S Class and Benz parts. Still Hanamori being Hanamori is quite useless to the tail he sent after Shu and even blows the guy’s cover as he blew his nose. I wonder how Shu is going to take this now that he knows that he is being tailed and that his dad is going to be prying into Inari’s affairs. Given that this is Inari I am sure Koibuchi the elder is going to have a heart attack when he finds out about Inari.
More worryingly though is that Shu has Inari figured out but Inari is not so easy to beat and is playing the romantic angle, I fear for Shu for he might just fall for it if Inari ‘s act improves any further. While some second rate villain would already be spouting off their plans Inari is blackmailing Shu for the long term. She is going to leverage that picture for all it’s worth and so far got a free drink and a date out of poor Shu. Given that Shu knows that he is being followed I fear that Shu being a gentlemen and all might mistake Inari as some damsel whose honor he must protect. For the sake of Shu-kimi I hope that Inari doesn’t try and play the wounded wench card and get Shu to believe that they had drunken sexy time, that Shu must take responsibility and that she does harbor romantic feelings for him. Still this is Shu and I worry that Inari is blushing like a maiden in the preview… If a friend like Hanamori has already sold Shu up river I hope Shu doesn’t get too lonely and back himself into a corner where Inari is weaving her web. Thankfully Inari has yet to figure out the optimal angle with Shu or has she gained the knowledge of Shu’s phobia.