This week, we get to meet several new characters, we find out more about the old ones (no pun intended) and we get more daww-worthy and kyaarific moments than you can shake a lipstick at. An enthusiastically applied and reluctantly received lipstick, that is. Either way, the results are truly traptastic – and will no doubt leave you wanting your own fairy trapmother…
The trap pisses off pretty much everyone except Tsukimi, who gets dragged back to his place for a makeover, before she runs off leaving a smitten older brother in her wake, only to have said older brother turn up to the nunnery hoping to see his dream girl but finding a house full of freaks instead.
While other shows have a moe factor to blunt the harsh truths of being withdrawn from the world, here it comes out, a little comedic to be sure, but nevertheless horrifying to behold. It is good that they have the odd side job but not one of them seems to be on the path to financial independence. At least Kuranosuke’s hobby is mainstream enough that he could get a decent job out of it, and such is his talent that his results have overawed almost all who are in the know. As for the rest of the Nunz, it becomes harder to sympathize in light of this new information. As happy as I am about having a cast that is well over 17, their general lack of maturity and shame makes me Facepalm.jpg with disappointment. I know that in light of the crappy economy and all a lot of people are unemployed but that does not mean that one should simply withdraw and insist upon having their parents foot the bill. I personally find being unemployed intolerable, but even during my time with just one weekend a month I did try and get some seasonal employment.
There is no job that one is above doing, and while slaving away sending spam makes one Exhausted as Zeon you still have to aim for a decent pay check to foot the bill for most of your expenses. If not you ought to try and scale back. Even when I was unemployed I helped pay bills and property tax with funds I had saved over the course of serving in the Middle East. I would have taken a job packing gift baskets and working the loading dock at Target if it meant having some stable pay and a chance to rebuild my threadbare resume in the lead up to Christmas, but I applied for and got another six months of duty. But none of those chances would have come up if I had been as lost as the Nunz in their hobbies, which they seem overly content to keep doing. It’s hard to take pity when the so called victim is a victim of circumstances largely of their own creation.
I like how Kuragehime touches upon the harsh reality that led to the lost decade, but it is equally harsh on the Nunz for turning the lost decade into two lost decades and counting. I confess it is hard to be away from family but as an adult you cannot rely on them forever and at least have to try to get work whereever you can get it. In the case of the Nunz they have cut off almost all physical contact with their family and simply ask for funds as needed, which to be frank end up squandered on luxuries. While Kuranosuke has decided to become a delightfully evil trap witch and taken on a great and noble quest to make them all princesses, I have to say he has his work cut out for him. Sure being pretty isn’t everything, but if you are to function in society you have to at least be presentable and wear uncomfortable clothes to job interviews and stuff. There are times you have to look your best and I sincerely hope that if and when someone gets married that they don’t dress like the Nunz when waiting at the altar or walking the aisle.
It’s easy to fault Shu for being shallow but the way Kuranosuke sold it was FUCKING BRILLIANT, it was a lesson in half truths and putting a spin on things. I for one took good notes on how to get away with putting lipstick on a pig. In the case of the Nunz it certainly feels that way, given their current lack of manners and social etiquette. Also Tsukimi before the makeover fell far short of ULTRA GORGEOUS DELICIOUS DECULTCHA and quite shy from decent. I guess shaving one’s legs is optional but it is so common place that I can’t help but find Tsukimi’s refusal to do so makes her weird and dysfunctional. It also causes me to laugh hysterically at how sad a state of disgusting she is in. Given the general lack of hygiene, it’s an unflattering depiction of PIG DISGUSTING but the hard truth of the matter is that it is more common that it should be. While the moe moe otaku girl might have some uplifting things to say, here the fujioshi are more real than most would dare to admit and as bankrupt financially as they are with answers..
While I am sure that Kuranosuke will be bashed for his rudeness I think that this episode is pretty much the equivalent of Super Paper Mario World 3. If it hit too close to home you’d probably find it unfunny and offensive, if not it’s funny because it is true…
ExecutiveOtaku’s High Impact Shipping
Like a Harpoon into ship’s side.
I share Shinmaru’s concerns about the makeover bit being a very Hollywood-esque pattern, but nonetheless I’m still quite happy with the show. All the antics of the fujoshi house denizens are keeping me entertained, along with an on-the-side critique of their lazy and self-serving attitudes towards life. It’s not pretty to look at, but it’s early in the series, and I imagine this will be given a more serious focus later on. Kind of like Welcome to the NHK in that regard, though that should started out being a bit more blatant about its criticism of NEET life. In any case, the set up between Tsukimi and Shu was what really caught my interest this time around. I have faith that Kuragehime will do something more interesting, but even if we should get the ‘nerdy girl is secretly beautiful’ bit at least she’s not being set up (yet) with the one who did the makeover on her. And I very much like this Shu X Tsukimi ship. Who knows if the writers are setting it up to be a long term thing or if it’ll be the relationship that fails and everyone learns something about themselves, but I hope it lasts. It’s full of too many perfect possibilities. It would make both characters have to step out of their comfort zones some more to accept each other, but underneath they seem like they might be pretty close to each other in personality. Tsukimi is the most outgoing of her very insular group and tends to serve as the closest thing to a link with the outside world for them, while Shu is also an intermediary and manager for his family and their political goals. They’d be such a perfect couple. OTP! OTP! OTP!
Those stinging barbs are so dreamy~
Thought I was watching Star Driver for a moment there.
What could be. Though I think she looks better fujoshi-ized. Well except for that not shaving her legs part.
Tsukimi in full on fujoshi mode is DDDAAAAWWWWW.
Loved this shot. The angle allowed for so much to be going on at once, and the long take let characters come and go to really express how chaotic the whole thing was.
A very pretty shot, and another instance of the glass separation that Hana picked up on in previous posts. It even has a blue tint like water coming out of an aquarium. But I’ll leave expanding on that to comrade Hana.
Hana’s OMG the shoujotasticness!
Loved this epi: loved the introduction to Kuranosuke’s family and the way we found out more about him and the nuns in the first half of the epi; and then Tsukimi’s transformation, its consequences and what we found out about Kuranosuke’s relationship with his mum in the second half of the epi. Also, as well as introducing and developing some great looking new characters, the epi developed Tsukimi’s relationship with Kuranosuke in an interesting way, which lead to some very amusing and kyaarific moments. Namely, THAT transformation, and the fact that we might have another prince figure in this show full of (potential) princes and princesses.
Without repeating any of Crusader’s scathing but very convincing critique of the nuns’ lifestyle choices based on what we find out about them in this epi, or any of EO’s kyaarific thoughts regarding the Shu X Tsukimi ship (except to say that I am so on this one too), I’ll just focus on a couple out of the many great things about this epi. Namely, the above mentioned idea of transformation. In short, this seems to be a liberating process for Kuranosuke, but a threatening one for Tsukimi. The first case seems simpler to understand; Kuranosuke has no interest in following in the footsteps of his father and brother by going into politics, being more interested in the fashion world. Thus, his cross-dressing would certainly impact negatively on any serious plans for a political career. On the other hand, Tsukimi clearly scrubs up nice enough to be (at least physically) the princess that she had always dreamed of being, and yet is terrified of betraying the nuns if they see her like that should she stay that way.
And so the question is, which one is the real Tsukimi?
Well, she is clearly more comfortable as Fujoshi-Tsukimi, rather than Fashionista-Tsukimi. However, I’m wondering if the former is also just as much a transformation, but one that she has constructed for herself – like a self-imposed barrier or aquarium-like container – within which she can protect herself from the possible disappointments of the outside world (see also comrade EO’s final screenshot and comment above to see how the motif appears to be a recurring one). Either way, her sheer horror at her successful transformation at the hands of her self-appointed fairy trapmother doesn’t quite make sense. Well, on a more practical level, she might just be scared that the betrayed nuns would kick her out, which would certainly put her in a pickle as she is so ill-equipped to function on the outside. On the other hand, this doesn’t really explain her horror. It’s not even like she had the chance to gage others’ reactions to her while she was in that get-up to judge whether or not any attention she received was threatening or not. Of course, we know that Tsukimi looked damn good after Kuranosuke had his wicked way with her, and this viewpoint is further legitimised by the positive reactions of the two other Alpha males that look on her and clearly like what they see.
Barriers, princesses, princes, transformations, fairy godmothers, wicked witches and reluctant Cinderellas… while the modernisations and inversions of such traditional fairytale motifs are certainly very entertaining in themselves, it’s not yet clear what direction in which the show will end up going. Which is definitely a good thing, if you ask me. I mean sure, in terms of the development of the characters and the relationships between these, I’m sure I’d be very happy with a shoujotastic fairytale ending for Tsukimi, as long as the show remains as original and refreshing in its treatment of such not-so-original motifs. In fact, I’m glad that things have been left open for both a Tsukimi X Kuranosuke and a Tsukimi X Shu ship, but I am also ok with a not-so-shoujotastic end given the not-so-traditional and in fact fairly realistic portrayal of the different types of people and the socio-cultural context that we’ve seen so far…
…Though, yes, I’d personally prefer the shoujotastic ending . Kuragehime style, of course .