You, Dicktaro, is probably the most insensitive jerk that the world has ever known.
Ren X Kyoko is finally here! Fine, it is not even anything close to romantic feelings, but Impz has the right to cheer because Ren actually has more funny faces in this episode than the last ten episodes combined!
Dicktaro was wondering how this “fan” knew about his name, since he told no one about it. However, his troubles continued as he was forced to play badminton, a game he completely suck at. It caused some whispering among the crowd, and he tried to make an excuse to get out of it. However, Bo passed him a racket, and the penalty for the game was to bark like a dog. Somehow, Dicktaro managed to maintain a great rally with Bo. In addition, he looked extremely cool while playing it and his fans went wild. Kyoko wanted to use her special move to finish Dicktaro off. Dicktaro remembered the move as one of Kyoko’s devised move to beat Dicktaro. However, the shuttlecock got stuck on the ceiling, and Bo lost. By then, Dicktaro was getting suspicious that Bo might be Kyoko.
Kyoko was lectured by the director of the show, and warned her that any more antics would cause her to be banned on the TV set. Kyoko was wondering how her efforts were merely making Dicktaro more popular. At the next segment of the show, Dicktaro tried to take off the head of Bo. When asked by Bridge, Dicktaro said that he was interested whether the person inside Bo was male or female. During their struggle, Bo fell on top of Dicktaro. Dicktaro touched her boobs, and said that he woman in Bo must be plain and unfeminine. Obviously, this pissed off Kyoko and she went to strangle Dicktaro. This resulted in Kyoko getting banned from appearing anymore. Kyoko tried to argue it was not her fault, but the director told her that she was causing trouble.
After the director left, Kyoko was lamenting how she was blamed even though it was clearly Dicktaro’s fault the second time round. She realized that it was the rule of showbiz, where only the most popular people are going to shine while others will languish. Kyoko could not believe she was actually admiring Dicktaro when he was in the bright stage lights. While thinking and running aimlessly, she got lost. It turned out that she somehow stumbled to find Ren looking rather serious. Ren was the last person she wanted to meet, and she wanted to sneak off. However, her Bo feet made a squeaking voice. Ren called out to Bo and asked for help because he could not turn to anyone else for help. He started sparkling brightly, and wanted to borrow a mobile phone. However, he instantly went into low morale when Kyoko said that she had no mobile phone.
Kyoko asked if Yashiro had a mobile phone, but his manager’s phone was spoiled. Kyoko asked whether Ren needed the dictionary to check out something he did not know in the script. Ren immediately sparkled and smiled. Kyoko realized that he was lying because of his words to her previously. She started to force him to a confession, only for him to show a seriously angry face. Kyoko freaked out and started apologizing profusely. She said that she was mean because she totally hated him. Ren smiled, and said that she had a strange reason to be so insistent. Moreover, it was refreshing to hear someone describing how hated he was.
Kyoko asked if he was angry. He said that he had to forgive someone who begged so sincerely. Kyoko felt that he was so mature. Ren said that he was also at fault for lying. Kyoko felt that Ren was very different from his usual side. She also realized that she was being a total mean person, because she would be very hurt if Ren was to force her to a confession that she was dumped by Dicktaro. Kyoko begged to help Ren. It turned out that he did not understand a line containing the word “Tenteko-mai” and was wondering what kind of dance it was. He asked very sincerely what kind of expression he should have when he mentioned the dance. Kyoko tried to hold in her laughter, but she burst out laughing because the phrase was obviously not a dance.
Ren was very embarrassed when he realized. As the door for Ren’s stage was open, a bright light beamed through and Kyoko fell from the bright lights. Kyoko said it was merely anemia, and Ren tried to remove her Bo’s head to give her some oxygen. Kyoko stopped him and said that she wanted to wear the suit more since she was fired from her job. Ren said that she should not be so knocked up over a job, and Kyoko said that he would not understand it. Ren said that he was fired a lot of times when he was a newbie because he refused to listen to advice.
He started counting the number of failures, and Kyoko was surprised because she expected Ren to have success served on a silver platter. Kyoko wondered why the tabloids never picked up on his failures, and asked if he was in Hollywood during that time since he did not know about Tentenko-mai (despite being an uncommon Japanese phrase). He simply did a sarcastic expression and started talking in English, pissing Kyoko off. It was clear that he was making fun of Kyoko. After he left for his job, Kyoko moved back to her belongings. Ren suddenly appeared, scaring her because she feared that she was found out. However, he came to thank her for her help. Kyoko saw another different side of Ren, and found her heart beating harder when he smiled so sweetly to her. She also wondered if she should apologize for her previous rude actions to Ren.
This episode is just so funny! This is everything that Skip Beat is all about: Comedy, serious drama and extremely sweet lovey-dovey moments of Ren and Kyoko. Yes, I am a total shipper of Ren X Kyoko because the two of them are just so adorable together. Where should I even start writing for this episode?
All right, let me talk about Kyoko and that arrogant singer first. I bet that even Kyoko is surprised when Dicktaro manages to play a decent game of badminton since her record against Dicktaro was a magnificent 36-0. Considering how Dicktaro considers Kyoko to be absolutely nothing to him, he does remember many things about her and gets reminded of her so much. That does not feel like someone who did not care about her. However, I guess Dicktaro is too much of a flirt, and Kyoko isn’t someone who screams sex appeal. I am rather amused when Dicktaro gropes her breasts and say that he felt very little. That was such a bloody low blow!
It’s probably this episode where Kyoko finally realizes her place in the industry. Obviously, Kyoko is not naive enough to think that she will be the top easily, but I think she overestimated herself. She finally realized how big a gulf Dicktaro and Kyoko have between them, and I believe that it is the reason why she actually admired Dicktaro for a moment when he was glimmering with the bright stage lights flashing on him. She realized that she might want to be loved by someone, or something. It’s probably a very weak need due to her inability to receive or give love, but she does feel something I think.
Ok, it’s finally time for this. Hands up all who actually Kyaa-ed at least once when Ren appeared. Yes, we can complain until the cows come home that Ren looks less handsome in the anime compared to the manga. However, they are really doing a good job with the various creative ways to make him sparkle so brightly. Darn, I am blinded by the amount of sparkles that this episode has, but my favorite sparkle must be the one when he thanked Kyoko for her help at the end. That was just so sweet and kind. I mean, for the last ten episodes, Ren adopted a somewhat antagonistic attitude toward Kyoko. This is the first time that the two are talking like normal people, and Ren’s sweet attitude is just something that can soften a typical girl’s heart.
I also laughed my head off when Ren went all emo and sad after sparkling so brightly. This episode is really a tale of two halves. While the first half is slightly more devilish and painful (due to how much suffering Kyoko went through), the second half is much more tender and sweet. The animators did a pretty good job at joining these two together while adding some individual touches in terms of effects and special add in (a girl singing the theme song of Skip Beat? LOL!). I was just a little sad Yashiro did not appear for a few seconds like in the manga. I like Yashiro a lot! I am also a tad disappointed that we did not see the gazing look of Ren after he made that American mocking. That would tell more about the darker side of Ren.
As a parting shot, I still do not know what tenteko-mai is. Does anyone have a clue?