Yes, this is yet another edition of I.D Analysis, where the faithful, cunning and awfully disturbing clones of Impzie will bring you the latest summary and thoughts in the Impzie’s Destructive way. The fact that they are all clones meant that they are unable to fathom lengthy writing, hence everything is in a concise, bit size fashion.
Move on, move on. The clones have decided that this article will be devoted to Happiness!, Yamato as well as Asatte Episode 8. Due to love, courage and honesty of the love in cute characters, they will move forth! (aka, time for summary + thoughts). The clones have also been temporarily discharged for duty for the review of Asatte Episode 8, due to Impz’s love for that episode.
1. Happiness! Episode 8
Everyone went over to the beach for some relaxation at the school clubhouse after Koyuki applied for the clubhouse using everyone’s names in the club to apply. Jun told Yuuma to treat Haruhi nicer due to the fact that he was hostile with her for being a magic user. They then went on the common beach games, with tons of fanservice to spare and Yuuma trying to improve relations with Haruhi. They then had a hunt to the top, with Jun giving Yuuma and Haruhi a wrong map so that they could have time together.
Ibuki was seen doing something suspicious as they arrived at the base of the waterfall. Haruhi decided to swim around but a log dropped down, with her trying to use magic. Yuuma shoved her to safety but scolded her that she did not need to use her magic. Eventually, everyone arrived and it was night time for dinner. Haruhi was seen practicing away from everyone. Ibuki’s weapon was there to get the wolves to attack Haruhi. Haruhi tried to avoid using her magic but eventually did so to save Yuuma. Yuuma then told her he did not hate magic and he only hated it when it’s abused. They then got together in a better friendship after this experience. Ibuki seemed to be convinced that Haruhi was the daughter of “that woman”.
Not much story as yet. However, the amount of fanservice is so gratifying that it is probably good for most fans. I am not impressed since the show has been relatively shifted from average to downright mediocre. I am rather disappointed, considering they have only 12 episodes (or 13?) to play with. At least, it seems that Ibuki has an agenda with Haruhi, calling her the child of “that woman”. So, what is going on? Please make Happiness! a happy trip for me at the end please.
2. Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Episode 8
Kyouhei suddenly suggested to have a steamboat as he ordered Sunako to prepare one for him. They then went to the market section, with everyone going haywire with the appearance of Kyouhei’s sparkling bisheness. All of them also gave them free food, since it was a great celebration that a scary gal like Sunako could find such a handsome boyfriend. Kyouhei also bought crabs and the likes, with Sunako’s money purse immediately turning empty. She was very sad over it. Eventually, the Kyouhei lovers came and turned it to a total riot, with all the ingredients toppled over, with no money for a Kotatsu.
The guys then worked at a restaurant, with Kyouhei bringing back some food for Sunako. Sunako also learned that Kyouhei had never experienced steamboat with a family at all and decided to make a Kotatsu with the carpenter. Kyouhei also got free gifts in the market since he attracted tons of fans to buy. Everyone was getting worried for the two of them, since it was winter and they did not get back yet. As they opened the door, both of them were facing downwards in the snow. All of them were impressed how Sunako was so multi-talented as Kyouhei was happy that they had a steamboat and Kotatsu. Sunako was also happy quietly that Kyouhei had his wish fulfilled.
Not much laughs in this episode. However, I like the little bit of story development between Kyouhei and Sunako, as well as a glimpse at the background of Kyouhei’s family. I cannot help but feel that Yamato can be so much better with another director in hand. Still, it is a decent show that is marginally average currently. I hope that I get more laughs and the fact that the SD Sunako is a bit lesser in this episode pleases me. They need to have more “cool” moments for her.
3. Asatte no Houkou Episode 8
Karada left the house as she went to first search for a flat to rent but found the price too expensive. She then went to a fastfood restaurant trying to eat and then to find work, but realized she needed a resume of sorts. She then hunted around with very little money and her naivety to find a job, but failed to find any. She was then approached by three gangsters, asking her for tea and the likes. She only barely escaped, only to hit a sleazy red light district, as she ran away once again. She then hid under a staircase in the heavy rain, lonely being alone.
We then had the flashback where Karada realized she had a brother in USA, as well that she was not their real daughter. Still, her parents adored her but when they died, Hiro rushed back to her side. She knew that Hiro always avoided questions of his life in the US and after seeing the pictures of Shouko and Hiro, she understood what exactly she had stolen: his happiness. Hence, she decided to leave, only for the taxi driver to call Hiro up (she had dropped her resume). Hiro then saw Karada who was leaving on the train to another city. He tried to stop but the train door closed, with a mouthed sorry and thank you from a teary-eyed Karada.
This is a really magnificent episode. The song of Kasa playing in the background built a really melancholic mood to the whole flashback and it is painful to see the raw gushing of emotions. I came with a bout of tears after this episode, because the innocent Karada’s resolve to leave was….plain painful. I understand why she is doing it, but it is a really badly planned idea. Still, she is only 12, so who can’t blame her for thinking that way?
I am also very worried for her. If she was just a tad unluckier, she would have been raped or something without anyone knowing. Even though she has an adult body, she is but a child, fending off danger in a big city that she has never seen in her entire life. This is definitely way too dangerous already for a kid, and i fear for her safety. It is hard and probably someone stone-hearted to not sympathize with Karada. Sigh, this show is just darn good.
Lastly, the next week’s preview seems to be about Karada’s friend. Honestly, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO KARADA. I could care less about anyone already.