A life of sitting on your ass and fearing a loss will make you soft, but rejoice Pork-bun, Taichi, and Desk-kun for Chihaya is about to put you through Hell Week! After all Pain is just weakness leaving the body and all of you have plenty of weakness left to bleed out of your systems. Taichi may be keeping Chihaya out of his room, but Kana-chan got a special invite into Chihaya’s. Also Happy Birthday to Chihaya on this week 16 years ago you popped out into the world and made it more awesome, standing up for the ignored and ruining Taichi’s life with heart ache and your glorious ignorance of Taichi’s lust.
No more introductions, means that training camp can finally start along with Club paperwork. Sadly while every person with half a brain knows that Chihaya is the driving force and the heart and soul of the Karuta club the old empress says, “NO”. It was to be expected though since the old hag and I do mean OLD hag is a jealous bitch and envies Chihaya and sought to put a no good weak puppet in her place, the docile Taichi who will not challenge her despotic ways, but no matter for while Taichi is weak Chihaya is strong and determined to the point she will overrule him on the spot in all important matters. As a matter of fact I think the training camp was a great idea for all of you pathetic cowards who think training hard and practice is unnecessary you simply don’t matter and ought to consider jumping off a bridge so that you might stop stealing air. Every one knows you only get what you put in and from the look of things all of them except Pork-bun could use improvements in stamina, mental acuity, and skill when it comes to Karuta. If the Goal is a National Championship then all the more reason to put in the effort.
Yeah sure there is always that lame Taichi argument about talent, bullshit Will Beats skill every time and that is why the Miami Heat aren’t 10 time NBA Champions during the LeBron, Wade, and Bosh Era. Practice should be the order of the day and I applaud Chihaya for running a hard camp to push all of her charges to their physical limits. Because once they realize that they can go the distance they will no longer fear it as they once did. Shame on Taichi for pleading for wanting low expectations and while he might be the Empress’ puppet President Chihaya is the one who is running the club. They should all be thankful that Chihaya wasn’t apt to punch them for failing as Jordan was allegedly doing during his Three-peats in Chicago. While Taichi was the first to complain I am glad the rest of them realized how beneficial practicing hard was. There have been enough instances of where they all had wasted their potential but now they all realize that hey while Chihaya found them as wanting weaklings they are now tough players who are as enduring as the mountains.
Taichi overstepping his authority was not the only dumb thing he did this week, no he is too stupid to limit the number of bad decisions. While it was nice of him to put up his home for the training camp it is sad that after all this time after all those years with Chihaya his mother has not been made aware of how much he values Chihaya. So that leaves Taichi’s girlfriend and now the prospective mother-in-law in the dark, I guess there is honesty and then there is Taichi honesty. Seriuously though Taichi wants to be with Chihaya someday right so why not let mom know about her and start building that bridge, unless of course Taichi wants to relegate Chihaya to mistress and that would be beyond insulting. Still where Tiachi failed to hold his ground against his mother, Kana-chan capitalized immensely in the Chihaya sweepstakes.
It was great of Chihaya to try and make Kana-chan a special player and another heir to Arata school of karuta. After all how would Kana-chan get better if Chihaya was rolling over for her? Better that Kana-chan learn the hard way and certainly it seems that Kana-chan is by fart the most astute beginner and the better of Desk-kun. Moreover the hard way breeds toughness and I get the sense that because Chihaya has decided to make Kana-chan her apprentice that they are now very close. I was so happy, I was grinning ear to ear when Chihaya whisked Kana-chan away and carried Kana-chan all the way to her room. It was a night of Chihaya and Kana that should have gone forever and ever but there was a Sweet 16 to celebrate so hopefully sometime in the future. Still I am glad that Kana-chan was able to be introduced to Chihaya’s family, know that Kana-chan was able to spend a night there I hope Kana-chan will ask to be invited more often. Still I do hope that Kana-chan had plenty of fun after the boys had to go back to Taichi’s mom. Kana-chan is making good progress though Arata basically wins this episode once again. Because while Taichi might try and get physically close, Chihaya just forgets it at the mere mention or Arata or in this case a text message sent through Taichi. How delicious that was and it tasted better than whipped cream I bet. Still Credit must be given to Taichi who actually did an honest thing for once, hiding Chihaya from his mom and girlfriend were inexcusable but at least he gave Chihaya the message that made her Sweet 16 all the sweeter.
Hana’s thoughts: on Dem Hands
Well, that was a whole load of cute. Not only do the Scooby Gang get their club officially recognised and start working towards a local Karuta tourney thingy, but we also get to see Kana-chan in ZOMG-I’m-finally-playing-some-Karuta-and-looking-seriously-adorable-mode, Taichi in quietly-suffering-for-the-greater-good-while-in-shirtless-bishie-mode, ‘Desko-kun’ and Nishida in let’s-see-whose-nickname-sounds-more-annoying-mode, Chihaya in I’m-so-awesome-at-rallying-the-troops-that-I-forgot-it’s-my-own-birthday-mode, and Arata in I-can-still-render-people-speechless-at-the-mere-thought-of-my-name-even-though-I’m-bloody-miles-away-mode. And speaking of a certain absent angsty megané bishie, his poor rich-boy tormented rival doesn’t seem to have a hope in hell with Chihaya, does he? I mean, even though he’s had her alone in his house with him, one text from Arata and the best that Taichi can manage is an indirect kiss with her spoon. Well, at least he got to eat the best bit of that birthday cake. Or, rather, tart(?).
Thwarted kisses and desserts aside, I also enjoyed the hands/ hand-holding imagery in this episode. From Desko-kun’s daw-I-got-a-dead-card moment, to Kana-chan’s DAAWWW-I-got-my-favourite-card! moment, to Kana-chan’s other I’m-dragging-Chihaya-away-in-the-middle-of-the-night-by-sheer-brute-force-even-though-I’m-only-half-her-size moment, to both of Taichi’s hand-hold-and-draw-unnecessarily-but-deliciously-close moments, these were fun and important in their own ways. Of course, the main difference between them is that Kana-chan and Desko-kun could have ‘kept’ their cards, whereas Taichi always has to let go of Chihaya’s hand. But why? Is he simply being a gentleman and respecting the fact that Chihaya only sees him in a platonic and professional capacity and only has eyes for Arata? Or is he just being a coward in his refusal to make a move on the Arata-adoring Chihaya? Thankfully, it’s not that simple, and he seems to fall somewhere in the middle. For example, Taichi could’ve deleted that text and kissed the girl. Hell, he could’ve followed her up to his room earlier and had his less gentlemanly way with her. Hm, perhaps he didn’t want her to see the shrine his has dedicated to her in there. Moving on. Like most of you, no doubt, I welcome this new direction in which the show is heading and look forward to more. And, yes, more Arata, please!