Yes mein Noe, fly I will.
Sorry for the lateness of this post I had to run about to a dental appointment and then do tech support for my cousin. Nevertheless my glorious Noe is having a rough time and at times I just had to stop mid way and mull things over. While there are those who would say that the Hiromi momentum is nigh unstoppable the Noe occupation of Shin’s thoughts is undeniable and at this point it can swing either way though the Hiromi momentum has seriously stalled in this episode. At this point Noe is poised to crush the Hiromi salient and end the battle for Shin-chan’s heart. As it stands things look grim for Hiromi…
Yep Noe’s red seeds, not Hiromi’s.
You know even Kanae looks more radiant without the hate and jealousy, much more dignified in this version. That or Shin has been promoting Kanae far too well.
First off the Mugiha festival was splendidly done. It did look pretty didn’t it? I never could have imagined that PA Works would animate that much of the hat dance, but just as well since it was a sight to behold. I never could have imagined based on Shin-chan and his fellow dancers using air hats. It was also kind of cute how both Hiromi and Shin-chan were all dolled up in traditional garb. Still it seems that the Nakagamis are indeed local magnates as Shin-chan is on the fast track to succeed his dad. I also like how they named the sake Tears of the Three Views, and how taste and price will make us cry tears of joy.
So Noe and Shin-chan do not even talk at all during the course of this episode and yet every other thought Shin-chan has is about Noe, and while we remain uncertain as to whether of not Shin-chan will return Noe’s affection Noe has easily supplanted Hiromi as the greatest influence on his life. Noe did not cast Jibeta off to his death and I for one let off a sigh of relief. While Noe’s once piercing gaze revealed the inner hearts of all, now it seems that her talent was not what it once was and the wounding of her shoujo kokoro has done much to erode her confidence. Still I am glad that Noe has come away with a better understanding of Jibeta and how moving forward is just as good as flying. Jibeta is most wise. It would also seem that Shin-chan has come on strong for Noe as demonstrated when Noe was the one he fixed his gaze upon, and add to the fact that he tried to ward off Hiromi when he was getting dressed it would seem that Shin-chan is not all too eager to jump in with Hiromi now. Shin wants to know what Noe said to Jibeta and he want to know what she thinks, if his precious art book is his greatest achievement thus far then why share it with Noe first? It seems that what Noe thinks and what Noe says is of great importance to Shin-chan, while Hiromi hardly gets consideration this time around.
So certain are we?
You have taken your first step into a larger world.
I do not think that it is strange given how much influence Noe has had on Shin-chan and I do think that it could be the basis for a relationship. I doubt Shin-chan knows who precisely is in his heart and while Noe keeps telling herself that it is Hiromi, her powers are but a shadow of what they once were and Noe admits to not knowing anything regarding the true feelings of Hiromi, Jun, and Shin. The thing that kind trips my internal klaxon for me with regards to Hiromi is that she is still hung up on the past rather than moving forward. Her taking off her sandal and saying “don’t leave me behind” really emphasized how she wasn’t wholly moving forward, but rather trying desperately to reclaim what she and Shin-chan once shared. Shin-chan seems to have his inner flame rekindled by thinking about Noe and seeing her again. Shin-chan has finished his book and is prepared to finally make good on doing the right thing. However Hiromi seems to long for simpler times and she may well end up chasing the Shin-chan of her memories.
Well I guess a sad Hiromi is fine too.
…art plentiful Hiromi-chan. So stop rubbing your ability to cry in Noe’s face you meanie.
In any case it would seem that Hiromi and Aiko were good fiends and yet before the coming of Noe neither made a move on Shin-chan with any sense of urgency until Noe came along. Funny how we can try and discount the potential of Noe and Shin when both Aiko and Hiromi were motivated to make their much delayed confessions once Noe showed up. Cleary both see Noe as a viable girlfriend for Shin-chan. Hiromi’s confrontation amply demonstrated how much Hiromi feared Noe’s grip on Shin-chan’s heart. I doubt Hiromi would have begged Noe to leave them alone if Hiromi felt confident that Shin-chan loved her. While Hiromi may lack our knowledge that Noe has done nothing at all Hiromi still remains fearful that Shin-chan may yet choose Noe.
You will buy this lot of Aiko Imagawayaki. You want 12. Here’s the money. Here’s a tip. Good Day. (See Nobuse is a master Jedi he did not even need to wave his hands.)
You do not have control of your fear, Kanae has taught you poorly. Now release your tears only your desperation can stall Noe.
Speaking of Aiko she looks much more radiant now that she is with Nobuse again. Gone is the uncertainty and desperation of Aiko past. I am really glad Aiko has moved on, and while Shirukii laments that Aiko did not go off on her own, and Kabitzin doubts her relevance, keep in mind that Aiko did have a purpose. To show how a real man (Nobuse) won his girl back. As sidekicks go Nobuse is far better than that useless lout Sunohara from Clannad, and is much more capable of garnering sympathy by not acting like a complete ass. Nobuse has earned his stripes and is now happily mitigating complaints about his beloved Aiko’s masterpieces.
O_0 (Notice how Noe stopped smiling when Jun kissed her cheek)
Now that Jun has made his confession it is clear that his actions not only stemmed from wanting to see Noe happy, but it was also a means for him to let go of his beloved Noe. You have to feel for the guy who while being utterly ruthless (he was also being very polite too) nonetheless was doing his utmost to suppress his feelings. While the same can be said of Hiromi, Jun did not have a Kanae class obstacle to make good on his feelings, and that must have taken great strength of character. Had Jun been Stripey he would have leapt on Noe long ago rather than endure years of anguish at not being able to love the one in your heart. I cannot help but wonder if Jun and Noe will reconcile since Noe was genuinely shocked by Jun’s feelings. I really hope they come to terms and can be brother and sister again even if Jun has to move out. I really want Jun to be able love some one wholly and truly even if Noe can’t love her dearest onii-chan like that I am sure Tomoyo would be more than ready to step in, though if Mugiha no. 4 claims Hotarugawa no. 4 for her own I will not complain.
I just love the way Noe ties her scarf.
Like any good Jedi Noe is able to run long distances without breaking a sweat.
Noe has tried ever so hard to try and forget about Shin-chan and in the end she could not forget about him. When Hiromi confronted her Noe tried to stay home but she could not. Now that Jun is about to leave her and armed with the belief that Hiromi is the one In Shin-chan’s heart, Noe probably jumped off that tree to prove to herself that she can stand alone. After all in every case before Noe jumped off the tree where she first met Shin-chan she needed him to break her fall. Noe’s safety net is gone and if Noe is to be able to move on with her life she has to be able to operate alone. Now that Noe is convinced that Shin-chan is leaving her Noe probably felt that she had to be able to make that leap of faith. As Noe said before if she could fly, she could also forget. That is why she jumped that is why she loves Shin-chan more than Hiromi. Noe took so many great pains to let Shin-chan go and it seems that it has all been in vain. If Noe can land on her own then Noe can and will go on with her life and for get Shin-chan on Noe Power alone. While that dastardly Tanuki claims that Hiromi has maximum love for Shin-chan Hiromi has only demonstrated her love mostly in the form of jealousy, Noe on the other hand has actively tried to let Shin-chan go without the passive-aggressive attacks on her rivals.
A happy Hiromi is a lovely Hiromi.
You’re doing it wrong…
Hiromi’s desperation clearly indicates that the HiromixShin end is in serious doubt and the odds are pretty much even given how both are mentioned in Shin’s internal monologues. It would seem to me that Hiromi is trying to entrench herself as Shin-chan’s girlfriend despite the fact that there has been no confession on his part. It’s almost as if Hiromi wants to convince herself that this is indeed the case, but nonetheless she still sees Noe as a threat and rival. Such was Hiromi’s fixation on the Noe threat that Hiromi missed much of Shin’s dance while she glared at Noe, whose attention was focused on Shin-chan. I suspect that Hiromi’s inability to confront Shin-chan about it is because she herself is afraid of the answer she might get. If Noe had never entered Shin-chan’s life then she could have been certain, but now Noe’s legacy to Shin-chan seems much grander than the impression Hiromi had made on Shin all those years past. Hiromi says that they can be honest and see eye to eye now, but I don’t think that they have been honest given that Hiromi kept her doubts to herself and tried to get Noe to back off without Shin-chan’s prior knowledge. Hiromi’s actions tell me that while she has changed in some ways she is still very much beholden to her old shoe gambit. Hiromi claims that things are going great and that Noe has to leave them alone. I think that Hiromi knows that she needs to stall Noe and buy as much time as possible to make up for the time she lost. Given how Shin-chan was kind of blowing her off about watching him dance Hiromi has every reason to doubt Shin’s love for her. Shin-chan even lied about where he was going after his number ended.
I take it that Shin will stare at Noe properly from now on, and by properly I mean lovingly.
Kurogane gets a cameo! Doesn’t he look adorable? I always knew that the crybaby was a shouta. (No offense Kuro Impz told me to say I swear)
I trust that Noe is okay because a little fall like that is nothing for my glorious Noe. In fact I am sure that she will be more than able to earn her jump wings when she becomes a paratrooper. For then Noe will not only be able to fly but also land on her own two feet as well. Besides the snow and shrubbery will save her. Yes my heart did stop there for a moment, but I banished the thought of harm coming to Noe in almost an instant. So fear not comrades Noe is a tough otome and I am sure she has Fallschirmjager blood. At any rate another outstanding episode where PA Works has again left the audience stunned and confused about how this will all play out in the end. I am for a NoexShin pairing, but if Hiromi can forgo the jealousy then I will accept her victory. Though I want to salt that blasted sea slug with his own tears for mocking Noe.
That being said I hope Noe lands safely upon the Shin’s first confession.