Things seem to be going well for Tsukimi and Shu at the beginning, both of them sighing like lovesick teenagers. Kuranosuke is rather irritated seeing his brother like this, but the main Shukimi KimiKura Bakufu conflict takes a backseat to the arrival of a new menace. Threatening both ships and the home of the Amamizukan Sisterhood, a purple-clad villain works to undermine all. Named in a mockery of the goddess, Inari is using every underhanded and dishonorable trick to get the redevelopment project moving. Though it doesn’t help much that Tsukimi’s roomates are completely ineffective in their planned protest at the project meeting, frozen solid and running away just from the glances of the other attendees…
A troubled Tsukimi and the nuns attend and then run away from a presentation about the redevelopment, leaving behind an equally troubled Shu who fails to recognise Tsukimi but catches the eye of the presentation-lady who promptly plans to seduce him, while Kuranosuke reignites the nuns’ fighto! spirit and proceeds to give them a makeover.
No sooner has the Shukimi ship sailed as Inari, the face of urban development, has fired a full spread of torpedoes. I doubt that Inari seeks to find True Love but rather seeks to gain economic hegemony while breaking Shu’s heart in the deal and making Tsukimi miserable to boot. I am hoping Inari will be the big bad in the series as she is poised to be a formidable foe. Inari is everything the Nunz are not and as a result has a few more positive traits to her despite the vile personality. It will be fun to see how the socially retarded Nunz will match up against the seasoned urban developer, perhaps Mayaya is right that Inari is Cao Cao, but I am hoping Inari will be the Sima Yi to frustrate the Nunz’s Northern Expeditions, perhaps Shu and Kuranosuke’s dad can play the part of the opportunistic Wu.
I like how Kuranosuke succinctly pleads his case that the Nunz will need better clothes to be their armor as no one wants to listen to a pile of trash lecture them about urban development. It is a lesson the Nunz ought to take to heart as I have repeatedly stressed before that in a social setting they have to at least look presentable and not look like rabble. At this juncture they can no longer afford to remain as they are and need to engage Inari in battle. Whether or not this will be the start of their long overdue social development, one can only hope that the lessons of Kuranosuke will stick. With any luck this will be a running battle against Inari who I hope is not some one off villain that will be easily defeated.
While Inari is vile the Nunz are little better even if they showed up to the presentation they barely even stayed and were pretty damn rude to the point I did applaud Inari for shutting them down. I have to make presentations as part of my job and I HATE it when people start goofing off thinking I can’t see their retarded asses. Kudos to Inari for calling the Nunz on it. Much can be said about the Nunz for cowering in fear, and to an extent one has to admire how Inari has an actual job even if it is as a vile between the sheets lobbyist. At least she is honest about what she does and takes pride in her work, underhanded as it may be.
I worry about Shu, though this shouldn’t be the first time some wench has come to him seeking political favors and support. Still being a virgin and all Inari might make short work of Shu with her womanly wiles. Let us hope that once he takes off his glasses that DARK SHU comes out and destroys her.
Hana on stolen glances and heavy hearts:
Well, after the kyaarific highs of the last epi, Tsukimi and Shu both seem to be suffering the lows of their budding mutual attraction, in the form of severe withdrawal symptoms and an even more severe attack from a new purple-clad enemy. Yes, as if Shu’s unfathomably cooler reaction to seeing Tsukimi again wasn’t enough to agitate her newly discovered heartache, Tsukimi is further crippled by the sight of her man with another woman. An extremely attractive woman.
Granted, we probably all saw it coming and it’s certainly a very entertaining set-up, but Shu’s misrecognition of his Tsukimi-san in full-on fujoshi mode was still very frustrating and he certainly lost some of the lotsandlotsandlots of points that we awarded him when he gave her DAT HUG in the last epi, due to this current Lois Lane-esque myopia. I guess some of the frustration was slightly assuaged when the ever helpful Clara came along and bashed him for him denseness, and thus also diffused said frustration somewhat by reminding us to suspend our disbelief. Also in Shu’s dense defence, and in stark contrast to his Hosaka-senpai style romantic delusions in previous epis, this epi refused to show us any of Shu’s inner thoughts. In this sense, I thought that this was an excellent move which raised the suspense further and makes me hopeful that he’s not actually that impressed with Ms Purple Suit and doesn’t sleep with her in the next epi.
Try telling that to Tsukimi, though, eh. Poor little tyke. I’m sure mine wasn’t the only heart that went out to her, as she first struggled to understand her new found feelings, and then had to see the object of her obsession sharing an umbrella with the Other Woman. Not to mention the fact that she got bloody soaked while doing so. Well, at least these scenes provided us with some really beautiful and poignant shots, such as when we see her waiting for the tram to pass by and then when she sinks through the pavement and into the sea of her despair. Very Amélie-like, I thought, to add another film reference (e.g. cross-ref. when the disappointed Amélie dissolves into a puddle after Mr Love Interest leaves the café).
Naturally, Tsukimi retreats into her familiar cocoon-/ tank-like haven, literally putting a barrier between her and everybody else. Before our awesome fairy trapmother comes and gives ‘em all hell before once again weaving his magic. Tsukimi’s final words about how her heart feels suddenly lighter no doubt made us all breath a sigh of relief, but, of course, these could mean several things: on the one hand, this could be a ray of light for the Kurakimi (or Kimikura or whatever, I’m firmly sitting on the fence) shippers; or, on the other hand, she might be anticipating her next makeover and thus seeing Shu again as Tsukimi-san as opposed to dat ghoul from the Amarwatsit; or, on yet another hand (well, we are dealing with jellyfish), she might just be slightly happier because at least the house, if not her heart, might be left intact after all…
As always, there’s so much more I could say about this awesome show, but that’s where I’ll leave it for now. Though, I’ll add that, regarding certain shipping wars that are now well and truly being waged by several parties in the anibloggingsphere, I honestly don’t mind who Tsukimi ends up with, if anyone, as both boys clearly have loads going for them. However, Shu certainly looked freaking HAWT in the preview, so, er… *drifts over to her happy place*
Right, I’ll start again with my final thought, shall I… I just meant to add, before I was so, er, distracted, that in addition to the hotness, Shu’s p-p-p-pokerface expression in the face of Ms Purple Suit’s shameless antics was at least something for the Shukimi shippers. Clearly, as an apparently fairly confident 30 year old megané bishie with rich and famous folks, I assume it’s not the first time that he would have had such a vixen try something on him, so, as I said, I’m hopeful that he won’t do anything stupid… *crosses fingers while waiting eagerly for the next epi.*
ExecutiveOtaku’s Army of Dorkness
As much as I enjoyed the shipping material in the beginning of the episode, the central element was the introduction of Inari and her scheming. ShuKimi seemed to be bolstered by the start of the episode, though encountered some rough seas between Shuu not recognizing Tsukimi in Fujoshi Mode ON and him intently concentrating on the presentation and his next political move. It’s hard to say how much of a lasting threat Inari will be given how shoujo shows can go. She may be a temporary sideshow, or she could be a major antagonist. The situation is largely unknown, but I would assess with a low to moderate degree of confidence that she will only play a minor role beyond the next episode. Her scheming aside, I see her more as the villain in the background for the redevelopment fight. As far as the shipping war, she doesn’t seem to have the resources to present a serious threat. She’ll likely present a complication for ShuKimi in the short term, but one that will only be turned back around to reinforce the way they feel about each other afterwards. Much like Zeon, her momentum and resources will soon be exhausted. Kuranosuke’s Lend-Lease to the Amamizukantai was definitely welcome, and they could definitely use his help. As with the West and the Soviets, the conflict can be put on hold for the moment to face a greater threat in the short term.
Get used to it Kuranosuke, for awkward, virgin-love ShuKimi is here to stay!
I think the new recruit ought to be the commander. It was a terrible rout, but at least Tsukimi was able to go back to the field of battle.
So Kuranosuke is doing a Beatrice cosplay now?
And they’d be giving you too much credit.
I dub thee Cummings. Get that woman an airsoft gun!
Now Kuranosuke kind of looks like he’s doing a Arcueid cosplay. Maybe the Amamizukan is starting to rub off on him…