It’s the penultimate episode and Inari is still giving even Black Widows a bad name…
Shu is still dreaming of Tsukimi but being pestered by Inari and eventually slaps Inari after she pretends to commit suicide over him; Kuranosuke and co. (eventually) make a jelly fish dress out of his mum’s clothes and jewellery over at his place; and the other nunz return to the Amazu, only to find it completely surrounded by scaffolding…
With one left to go Inari seems to be on the verge of total victory over the Nunz. Long have the Nunz tarried in the defense of their home and now Inari has laid siege to their hiding hole and the Nunz have only themselves to blame. Mayaya and Bamba are utterly lost and are now inches from being homeless. In this instance I would like to see a FINAL VICTORY for Inari as those two have been an utter disappointment. They not only interrupted the making of the Jellyfish dress they did not contribute to the grand project and simply wasted away their time like they have wasted away their youth. While Kuranosuke has done much to try and help them it seems that it may have been too little too late. Such is the harvest the Nunz shall reap for not taking Inari seriously. They are alone and isolated Shu is forced from the field and soon the Nunz may have to fold faster than Wu.
However Shu being too honorable for his own good is having nightmares of Inari while he dreams of Tsukimi. Inari has done much to batter their ship but it was all unintentional and now with but one episode to go Shu’s dream of a home by the sea remains just that a dream. However the Inari nightmare for him is not yet over. Inari takes full advantage of Shu’s honorable nature but in her drunken state fakes a suicide and wounds Shu deeply. Now Shu is dead set on leaving for his tour and hopefully now at the end will Inari realize that Shu is about the only person that will ever care for her. If nothing else may some sense have been slapped into her even if Shu’s two finger slap fell short of a BRIGHT SLAP.
While Shu is on verge of defeat Kuransuke is making good progress on his dress, however with these new snippets of information regarding his childhood I worry how they will be ending the series. There is not much time left and unless they announce another season it will be a challenge to bring everything to a conclusion. It will require all of Kuranosuke’s efforts to save Amamizukan as he is the only one who really cares. Though with Inari battering down their gates the Nunz will finally make a stand even if I hope that Mayaya and Bamba die in the ensuing fight. I wonder how Shu will handle this though. I hope he doesn’t simply run away but at this point there is not much that is looking up for him. I am hoping that Inari at least apologizes to Shu because the poor guy deserves that much since his romantic prospects seem dismal at this point. I doubt that Inari has ever had True Love and much of the blame rests on her. Still at the very least I want Inari to confess her crimes even as she wrecks Amamizu.
You have to hand it to Inari not only has she worked over Shu she also successfully isolated Amamizu and left them without any local support. Compare that to her opposition who despite having the blessings of a fairy trap mother are no closer to their goal while Inari marches across the neighborhood claiming more territory with each passing episode. As for political support I have serious doubts that the Koibuchi political machine will come to their aid. If nothing else at least Kuranosuke is assured a decent end. Tsukimi is still disappointingly hung up over Inari and Shu, at this point she seems to have given Inari a free hand in annexing Shu but the pain is still there. I hope that Tsukimi will either deal with it or make good on her feelings. Anything else and it will be hard to say that Tsukimi tried and failed when she has been in full retreat for some time now.
I hope that the end will be quite memorable as it would be a good way to end 2010. If only it were 13 episodes…
ExecutiveOtaku’s The [Immanent] Disappearance of Koibuchi Shu
Tsukimi doesn’t like this Inari or traveling business anymore than I do.
Had to bring myself up to speed quickly with the last two episodes, but now that I’m back from the holidays there’s plenty of shipping to be done. For all the tricks this show is trying to throw our way Shu and Tsukimi are still the only two that can:
- Make each other faint.
- Have romantic dreams and daydreams about each other.
- Can cause one to fall backwards out of a chair while thinking of the other.
- Have the physical or emotional absence of the one cause the other to feel down.
There is only an episode left. Either this goes into a second season in which all must be reassessed in view of the longer timeframe, we get a non-conclusion ending where Amamizukan is saved but nothing else is resolved, or it’s Shu descends, god-like upon his return from abroad, to use his family influence and deus ex machina the Amamizukan and Tsukimi. ShuKimi is still out in front of KuraKimi with plenty of evidence to back it up. If the war continues into a second season then the going may potentially be more perilous. But in the other two situations we’re looking at at least a draw if not a victory. Tsukimi seeing Shu and Inari together and the trip abroad feel really cliche for dramas, something that’s been bothering me for a while now. For as fun as the series is, it so far has just been standard (live-action) drama fare wrapped up in fujoshi and a trap. That said, without knowing the timeframe the series is working with, I can’t really say which way the shipping will go. A quick conclusion would favor ShuKimi. A second season would mean a longer, tougher fight since I sense a new angle for the dastardly KuraKimi shippers with this shared mother issues bit. ShuKimi will prevail no matter how long it takes! A long slog through a second season will only make our ship’s glory all the greater! SIEG SHUKIMI!
You don’t see Inari dreaming about Shu, or Tsukimi about Kuranosuke now do you?
Trying to knock himself back out to continue the dream?
Shu is rejecting your FALSE TEARS just like Noe did!
Shu Shove, part 2.
What did the hand say to the face?
The concern coming out of Shu’s pure, kind heart is much too good for you, Inari.
Must have been a driver for the Kennedys before the Koibuchis hired him.
Dust off and nuke her from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Hana on reverse-fairytales:
Well, I was looking forward to seeing THAT DRESS, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. You know what was even better, though? THAT SLAP:
Moving on from the slap. In addition to the dress and the slap, I also very much enjoyed the latest edition of Shu-Shu’s Delusion Time (except the rather abrupt ending, of course). Aside from the comedy and the cuteness that was positively oozing from these scenes, it was also interesting seeing how Shu seems to see himself as a Prince figure, ready to sweep his Tsukimi-san off her feet and whisk her away to their place of happily ever after. Interesting and ironic, of course, seeing as how, in many ways, he’s even more of an innocent maiden than Tsukimi. However, I guess one person’s Prince is just as easily another’s Villain, in the sense that Shu may seem at least a tad insensitive in assuming that Tsukimi would be hunky-dory with being kicked out of her home and the sisterhood in exchange for setting up house with him. Ah, the power of dreams/ nightmares, eh…
Moving on from the maidenly-Prince. In contrast, Kuranosuke’s manly-Princess figure also came into it’s own in this epi, in the way that he pulled Tsukimi out of her previous drunken funk and into full (dress-making) fighto! mode, resulting in (finally!) the birth of their dream jellyfish dress. Side-stepping Tsukimi’s blunder of not checking if it was okay to start tearing apart Kuranosuke’s jewellery, I found Kuranosuke’s reaction to Tsukimi’s actions extremely interesting too. His mother’s pearls were obviously very important to him and thus he must have been more than a bit miffed at their violent dismantling, and yet he doesn’t dwell on this and instead embraces Tsukimi, Chieko and Jiji’s creation with all his enthusiasm. And doesn’t he look great in it! From manly-Princess, to Fairy Trapmother, to habitual bishie, and back to Princess mode again – each of Kuranosuke’s many appearances, despite their chameleon-like facades, have been supportive and empowering for Tsukimi for the most part. Thus, despite the ending being all too nigh, I have high hopes for Tsukimi getting some kind of fairy tale ending… no matter how unconventional this may be.
Moving on from the Princes and Princesses. Our resident slaptastic Villain Inari reached a new low in this epi. Although all we saw of her in this epi was her going about her day job business and mildly pissing-off Shu (mercifully no constant flashing of DAT PIC, nor trying to smarm up to influential senior politicians this time), that ‘trick’ was seriously in bad taste at best, and downright unforgivable at worst. Honestly, what kind of a loser/ bitch/ moron/ etc etc would even contemplate freaking out someone by making them think that it was their fault that they’d just committed suicide?! Arrrgh! (And yeah don’t even think of using drunkenness as an excuse; alcohol is clearly just as evil as the idiots who think they can handle it. Nuff said.)
Moving on from the deplorable drunkenness. Shu’s reaction was problematic; I’m guessing he was hurt and angry because he does actually care for Inari, or he just a sweet guy who didn’t appreciate being made a fool of/ manipulated again. Heck, it might even be a bit of bit of both. Either way, I hope, if only for her sake at least, that Shu slapped some sense into Inari and pointed her towards the path towards redemption. Whether she chooses to follow this is, of course another matter.
And finally… I can’t help it… THAT DRESS!