Kyoko’s so moe that the word moe is not good enough to describe her!
A combination of extreme work done for my graduate application (just took the GRE and got a 1400!) and a serious bout of laziness meant that I did not blog for two whole weeks. Now, I have a huge backlog waiting for me. Nonetheless, being the lazy Impz I am, I am a bit disturbed to blog the sixth episode of Kuroshitsuji and Index. Hence, I will just do the episode entries for this week. Stay tuned for that. In addition, no one takes my Kyoko-sama even though I have been dead busy for the whole of this week.
That is enough rambling from me. This is Kyoko’s show, and man did she show that!
Kyoko is clearly enduring a lot of pain from her sprained ankle, but she gamely continued. Everyone was thinking that Ruriko would win this round due to her strained condition. Ren was also concerned about whether she could continue. However, when the take started, Kyoko appeared elegant, the complete epitome of serenity. The director was impressed by Kyoko’s professionalism, and Ren was impressed too. Kyoko clearly showed her skill in tea-making, surprising everyone on the set.
As the act started, Ren was able to influence Kyoko by manipulating her to act the way he wanted her to. It was clear Ren was serious about acting with Kyoko because of her determination. Ruriko could sense that his aura was almost suffocatingly powerful, and wondered if Ren chose Kyoko. Kyoko wondered if Ren was picking a fight with her, but nonetheless continued to resist. She continued her lines about the “bells in the distance that she was not allowed to go near.” Ren looked away and asked whether Kyoko would be lured by the bells. Kyoko turned to what Ren was saying, and dropped the tea cup in surprise. She was once again forced to act according to the forceful manipulation of Ren.
The director was happy at Kyoko’s appearance. Ruriko said she can act that well, but the director said that Kyoko was able to act because Ren decided to act seriously. The director added that Ren was probably impressed by Kyoko’s professionalism. As Ren continued to talk, it was clear that Kyoko was struggling. They immediately stopped the take, but Kyoko refused to stop. It turned out that Ren (the customer) was still on the set, and she refused to stop. Ruriko was reminded of how she was so determined during her debut, and lost her way. The director realized that Ren was the customer, and told Ren to leave the mat. Ren stepped off immediately, and Kyoko fainted immediately.
Impressed by Kyoko’s determination, Ruriko decided to work hard. Ruriko asked the director for another chance, and she would do anything. Kyoko also regained consciousness after wards, and Ruriko’s manager apologized for Ruriko’s antics. Kyoko said it was all right, even though it was obvious she was very pissed. Yashiro talked to Ren too, and it was clear Kyoko never had a chance to snatch the role away. Lory already appointed Ruriko as the actress, and he did not have the right to change. Hence, Kyoko was simply a tool to challenge Ruriko. However, Kyoko managed to do more than that in the process. Ruriko walked over to Kyoko, and gave Kyoko 100 points for her work. Kyoko was surprised since she tried to steal Ruriko’s job away. Kyoko wondered if Ruriko had a queer “switch” in her head.
Ruriko said that she was despicable to steal the job away from Kyoko when she was injured. However, Kyoko said she fainted during the act, which reeks of unprofessional behavior and hence did not deserve to survive. Ruriko agreed with her too, before stomping away in anger over Kyoko’s expression. At night, the director tried to appease Kyoko by taking a photo shoot, and she succeeded with the delight of Kyoko over looking pretty. The director said that it was a pity since he did not feel that Kyoko was inferior. Kyoko said that she was glad she lost because she only acted through Ren’s provocation. The director said that it was common for Ren to manipulate his co-actors to act perfectly.
Ren walked past them, and they escorted Kyoko to her room. Amusingly, Kyoko ignored Ren completely. Kyoko was depressed that all her skills revolved around Dicktaro and Dicktaro’s mother was preparing Kyoko to be Dicktaro’s bride in the future through the training. Kyoko realized that she only an empty shell that did nothing for herself. However, she hoped to be a good actress like Ren one day. Back in her room, she was forced to remove her makeup despite her insistence to keep it on. Ren’s remainder of Dicktaro persuaded her to remove it. In the end, Ren managed to piss her off by giving her -10 points. He did it because Kyoko answered bashfully that her determination was motivated by her revenge.
It is now time to usher in the coming of the Kyoko-sama that we manga fans have been waiting for. Yes, her awesomeness level is hardly in the league of extraordinary women for now, but it is just a few steps away from heaven. Kyoko’s determination is close to god status if you ask me, and most prima donnas in showbiz would not be able to do anything like that. In a way, Kyoko’s drive to her tasks is a clear indication of a person who might be able to find love if she is given the chance.
That said, Ren finally arrived to Skip Beat. I must admit that the first few episodes of Skip Beat just did not give Ren any justice at all. I remember him as a kick-ass character but the character design in the anime is hardly flattering for a man who is “supposed to be the hottest actor alive in LME.” He just lacks that charming factor that is omnipresent in the manga, which made a poor Impz very disappointed. However, Ren is not all about physical looks. Another of his charms is his ability to manipulate others with his sheer charisma. This is done perfectly in this episode with how he “forced” Kyoko to his bidding during the acting scene.
I do not know why but I felt that the number of chibi faces in the anime is actually a good thing. I am someone who strangely gets turned off when there are way too many chibi faces that are pretty redundant. However, none of the faces annoyed me because it is genuinely funny at the right time where they place it. I mean, the random teary eyed chibi face just softens my heart. It is not easily done to be honest because many series have abused this so badly that it’s no longer right. Yes, I am talking about this series.
I personally find that this arc is really more about acting than any of the characters. I mean we did have some glimpses of each other’s personality, but it feels more like a foundation of what acting meant to all the characters. Kyoko does not know how acting should be like and is finding her way. Ren is like the professional actor that is forceful and serious when he deems it worthy. Ruriko lost her way due to fame but finally found her way back to how she was during her debut.
My favorite scene must be when Kyoko totally ignored Ren when Yukihito and Ren escorted her to the room. I mean, it was so blatant that it is just so funny. The second scene must be how Ren decided to be an “asshole” again by reducing 10 points off Kyoko because she said that her motivation came from revenge. I kind of wonder if anyone is annoyed at Ren right now?
So, what is your favorite scene for this episode?