Inari is here to stay a bit longer, it seems, and fully focussed on getting her claws around the Nunnery and anyone else who may dare to stand in her way. Lies, photography, bribes and bickering, there is no technique that she isn’t willing to try in order to get what she wants. However, as with most slimy and repellant creatures, a bag of salt can go a long way…
Inari tries to hurry along the acquisition of the Nunnery bearing a bag of macaroons but leaves the Nunz wearing a bag of salt, while Kuranosuke comforts Tsukimi as she pines over Shu and his apparent sexy-time with the macaroon bearer; meanwhile Inari puts phase two of project Blackmail Shu into action, while General Kuranosuke prepares the troops to acquire the Nunnery for themselves.
So after watching with the SCCSAV I am starting to get the sense that Inari is getting a worse reputation than she actually deserves. I do not think land development is inherently evil as nothing in the area seems the least bit historically significant and while Inari is playing a bunch of schmucks for suckers I get the sense that these suckers are generally less than stout hearted men who are weak willed enough to come under Inari’s wiles. As such I am not imparting some misguided innocence tag to her targets, but write them off as suckers and dumb-asses who deserve what is coming for being sub standard. Moreover it is Kuranosuke who is leading the charge to save their Nunnery instead of the Nunz themselves, part of me wants the Nunz to lose this fight simply because they need to be forced in to action and defeat will hopefully be sobering. The Nunz fundamentally have to want victory themselves and not rely on Kuranosuke to win it for them.
Also Chieco’s mom seems to think that the price Inari is offering is good enough so I have some doubts as to Inari actually cheating people outright but rather getting the holdouts to sell. It’s past the halfway point and the Bamaba and Mayaya seems to have no hope for actually changing, there is still hope for Jiji, Chieco, and Tsukimi but in the end none seem to be eager for a big fight and were it not for Kuranosuke Inari would have claimed their building as conquered territory by now. I have a hard time making Inari out to be anything more than a ruthless landshark who at least works hard and is more than a dumb witless blonde seductress. The Nunz make fore a less than acceptable underdog given their lack of enthusiasm to save their home and general lack of manners. Again they are adults it is high time they acted accordingly, it’s a study in contrasts and many of Inari’s work ethic has much to be admired compared to the despicable hikkomori existence that the Nunz lead. I find the claim that Inari is doing more harm than the Nunz to be utter bullshit urban development is not necessarily evil as Inari is paying for the land. Moreover how just or morally superior is it for the Nunz to live off their parents and not do much meaningful work?
With regards to Shu I think that Inari has severely over estimated Shu. She was correct that Shu’s party bosses were about to turn her land development plans into political football, but sadly her usual tactics are coming off as disproportionate although I am of the opinion that arguments against excessive force are for wimps and cowards. If it is victory Inari seeks it is well that she strives relentlessly for it instead of the pathetic attempts by the Nunz. I was sickened by Chieco’s excessive attachment to her fake family, she’s a hoarder plain and simple she is unwilling to part with some her work for the sake of all. I find her attitude contemptible and wish her most ill, Mayaya later has the gall to demand Kuranosuke put up his property for sale for their sake instead of contributing. So far the overwhelming majority of the Nunz are being parasitic only Mejiro-sensei has made a tangible contribution but the rest of the Nunz are found severely wanting. Due to this egregious selfishness and the Nunz idiot insistence on living off of charity I kind of do want to see Inari put them all to task.
If the Nunz cannot survive without their nunnery, they only have themselves to blame for they contribute nothing to its defense. I would feel little pity if they were broken and defeated at this point they fear to expend blood, sweat, and tears for keeping their abode if that remains the case they do no deserve it. Just as I feel that a people who refuse to defend their country deserve to be wiped out of national existence. Poor Shu looks like he is not winning the war against Inari and it will be interesting to see how Shu will handle the situation, right now Inari has all the cards. I am not sure what Shu can do now, he could try and play the honorable card and insist on taking responsibility while distancing himself from further involvement with the land development issue. Or he could dare Inari’s threats and see which of them is the stronger. I wonder if this is the first time Inari has had some one deny that she had sexual relations with them, fact is they didn’t but it must be a slight to Inari that Shu is seemingly impervious to her feminine charm.
I also find it shocking to think that Inari is being cast by some as the all knowing villain that deliberately seeks to sabotage Tsukimi. Even if Inari had passed Tsukimi by I doubt Inari noticed Tsukimi or even knew that Shu and Tsukimi were growing fond of each other. I am also severely disappointed in Tsukimi for having such little faith in Shu over a generic pair of glasses that Inari had in her possession. It is a sign of how lacking Tsukimi is with regards to a spine, I hope she grows one and soon otherwise knowing Shu, he might end up in Inari’s thrall. Kuranosuke is moving closer but Tsukimi seems to be clueless to her Fairy Trap Mother’s affections.
All in all Inari is developing as a better antagonist than anticipated while the Nunz are pathetic as ever as protagonists. I don’t want Kuranosuke to be the one to deliver victory for the Nunz I want the Nunz to earn it themselves.
Hana on why Haters Should’na Hate…
Okay, my first reaction was that this epi feel super short. Thankfully, this was not a sign of early age-related memory loss on my part, having had this feeling echoed by other members of the SCCSAV, with whom I was viewing it for the second time. Incidentally, this was the first time I simul-watched something with fellow anibloggers and, as well as how much fun it was to speak to some of them for the first time and to kyaa/ daww/ bwahaha! over the same stuff during the viewing, it was also interesting noting that most out of the 10 or so who were there for most of the watch were ShuKimi shippers. Personally, I’ve not taken a side yet, but I find Shu such an adorable character, that I was quite frustrated at how little screentime I felt he had in this epi.
Granted, we knew this was coming from the preview, and it was also fitting that this epi should see Kuranosuke finally try and act on the feelings he has been developing for Tsukimi since epi 4. However, in contrast to Kuranosuke’s wall-punching and small-children-scaring, Shu’s comparative lack of any reaction at all in this epi during the little screentime that he did have made me even more eager to see him get over his awkwardness and MAN UP. Perhaps I’m being unfair, given his near-rape in the last epi and his previous childhood torauma, but I think the lad doth protest too little. Then again, I’m hopeful that he’ll do more than raise his eyebrows given where things left off between him and Inari in the café while viewing a certain excellently taken photograph.
Tsukimi hatin’ on the false princess.
And speaking of Inari, and as Crusader-senpai has said, she clearly wastes not time in trying to secure the Nunnery for her plans. Clearly, methods such as using date-rape drugs and blackmail are despicable and I’m certainly no fan of hers, but her complete obliviousness to a certain ship is not exactly her fault, and thus I can’t really hate on her for invading Tsukimi’s room when she was looking for Shu’s glasses given that she needed to return these to him. Does this mean I blame Tsukimi for her far from polite reaction to said invasion? Hell no! The little tyke is clearly reeling from having her hand held in another’s hand in a very romantic way one night, to having to stomach the possibility of the owner of said hand sleeping with another woman on the same night. Played, is a word that might come to her mind. No wonder she’s so hurt and confused that she doesn’t react at all when Kuranosuke puts his arm around her, or when the two little brats call them lesbians/ dykes [Crunchy/ Umee subs respectively, yes I’m sad enough to have compared both this week] in the public park.
In fact, she doesn’t even react at Kuranosuke’s near kiss of course! [as a certain pro-ShuKimi blogging comrade gleefully noted at the time, before adding, ‘Take that KimiKura shippers!’, LOL.] Then again, she did have her eyes closed at the time…
In short: this epi was way too short and I want more Shu/ Kura/ Tsukimi screentime! MOAR! Especially because, bloody hell, there’s only a handful of epis left! Or, in not as short: I can’t really hate on Inari cos – shock horror – she just ain’t that evil, or knowingly anti-ShuKimi; I can’t hate on Shu cos the poor bloke thinks that (a)he’s randomly slept with a random lady and (b)can’t even remember any of it and (c)it’s impossible to hate him anyway cos he’s so freaking adorable; I can’t hate on Tsukimi cos I defy anyone to do anything but angst away in this epi if you were in her shoes and were getting mixed signals from your very own deliciously touchy-feely Jellyfish Prince; and I can’t hate on Kuranosuke cos he’s the fairy trapmother and is doing a darnsight more than anyone else and for no real benefit for himself.