Shoo shoo is not enough for our Shu-Stalker Maneater
Kyokai: I’m finally back in the groove! I sure missed blogging while I was shuttling off to different cities weeks back. Though I didn’t have much time to think about it as the site was giving its own unique tantrum. Anyway, things have settled down for good and that means I’ll be busy judging the applications this weekend with my team. Let’s see how things go and if there is a need for a final round of opinions. Also, thanks to our Hoshi-chan, who covered this amazing series when I wasn’t around so I’m actually relieved that I don’t have to do any recap.
Hoshi: It was my pleasure Kyokai to do a recap of the amazing, hysterical Kuragehime! Not only I’m I excited for my first tag team post with the ringleader extraordinaire of Metanorn on one of my newest, all-time favorite shows, but also for the weekend judging we’ll be doing *rubs hands together*. I’m a bit sad that now I and the others won’t be considered new blood anymore, but then again, we get the privilege to call the others new blood and show them the ropes! It’ll be a tough decision with the amazing apps we’ve received and our own attacking opinions, but we’ll manage and pick the best for the site~
Kyokai: Continuing from episode five, Kuranosuke’s in charge and on a rampage to one helluva makeover. He swears to give the Amars a new image and a way to save their building from being demolished for redevelopment. The Before and After are fabulous and everyone gets their own bijin sparkle.
Left to right, Three Kingdom’s otaku turned chic soccer mom, Older-men stalker turned modern career woman, Jellyfish otaku turned beautiful girl next door, Doll groomer turned rich traditional lady and Transportation freak turned Lolita~ Even Artemis Fowl would not raise an eyebrow on me using a slang adjective here because it’s so appropriate: WOW.
Kuranosuke takes the transformed Amars on a girls-day-out to a café and even when it’s one of those locations and scenarios where they freeze up like usual; they are urged to normalcy by their image change. Not to mention, FREE FOOD. He sure knows their weakness and shows a trump card to win more familiarity points. He orders everything that the girls liked to gobble down and keeps a watchful eye on Tsukimi. He can’t really help himself from liking her every endearing trait.
On the other hand Shu is being openly trapped seduced by the witchy-woman Shouko. In order to have an upper hand on him she mixes a dodgy drug into his drink, causing him to pass out. She goes to the lengths of undressing him with pleasure and snaps many angled pictures for further blackmail. On waking up, he is too shocked to show any kind of emotion except for his woman-phobia taking over. It was rather satisfactory to watch him shove her out of his way. I would like to see an encore of this on the next episode. >:D Sadly, this is not going to be the last time we see her. She still has Shu’s glasses and another chance to lure him.
Sakurota’s Kura-pyon is always funny and during the usal kidding around, he imparts a clue about Shu’s past. On threatening Hinamori about it, he finds more about his brother’s phobia, which arose from seeing his father with Lina (possibly Kuranosuke’s mother), when he was a kid. Meanwhile, Shu fights with his emotions and decides to give Tsukimi a visit to test out if his phobia would resurface when touching her. The handshake mission was successful and he abruptly runs back home after that, leaving behind a very confused and flustered Tsukimi.
WHAAAAA, WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?!
DIE WITCH, DIE!
You better be ready to be more than fascinated, kozo~
Kyokai: So, let’s get cracking on the end thoughts. It was another brilliant episode of course
Hoshi: Of course! Even if it had that awful woman in it…
Kyokai: Yes, witchy woman *CURSES* She was there to snare Shu, who’s totally gullible
Hoshi: Yes poor Shu! ;A; I totally clapped when he pushed her down when he was leaving!! I was like “YESSSS!”
Kyokai: SAME HERE. She so deserved it!
Hoshi: Seriously~ And she’s freaking taking pictures of him with her phone too…
Kyokai: So wrong; all over him. I was like, take your hands off him woman! Though, I laughed like hell on his deadpan looks even when she was kissing him so noisily. So funnyyyy how he just stared on without any feelings
Hoshi: I know!! xD He was in complete shock, the poor thing. And he left without his pants too hahaha!!
Kyokai: I know right? He couldn’t believe his virginity was gone without him knowing. Poor guy doesn’t even know the truth… ;-;
Hoshi: Uwaahhh~ seriously ;A; For some reason though, after this episode, I’m starting to like Shu x’D
Kyokai: Of course, he was molested. You can’t call him all bad as he has his traits
Hoshi: Yeah, he’s just…dense |’D
Kyokai: For some reason, this reminds me of Sabrina. Have you seen the movie?
Hoshi: No I haven’t, ahahaha
Kyokai: It has the same storyline. Two brothers; one serious, while other one playful. Both end up liking the ugly duckling who bloomed into a beautiful woman. Though, one of them knows her truth, while the other just likes her for her new image. So, Kuranosuke likes her just the way she is, while Shu likes her improved image.
Hoshi: Yes yes~ Oh I love how Kuranosuke freaks out every time she finds her cute!
Kyokai: I loved his reactions like that bathroom scene
Hoshi: Oops, I meant HE lol xD
Kyokai: HAHAHAAA. This is so going on the convo!
Hoshi: YESSS it is LOL
Kyokai: He is sooo good, you imagine him as a girl
Hoshi: He does it pretty well too
Kyokai: Every episode a new image, he should be a pro stylist; but of course, he is
Hoshi: Definitely *A* I’d go to him to style me up out of my otaku look, hahaha
Kyokai: Lol! He would do an awesome job of it like he did for the Amars. The transformation was amazing! 0__0
Hoshi: IT WAS! They all looked really good!!
Kyokai: Yep, Chieko-san ftw~
Hoshi: seriously. Bamba’s and Mayaya’s looks were my favorite. AFRO-SEALED! hahahaha
Kyokai: LOL, mine too. They looked too good. Tsukimi as cute as ever
Hoshi: Of course~!
Kyokai: I DAWWW’d when Shu came to visit her
Hoshi: KYAAAAA THAT WAS SO ADORABLE!
Kyokai: I can bet it was to check his phobia of women applied to her or not and it did not
Hoshi: Oh I never even thought of that o.o
Kyokai: Oh definitely, he came for that reason. That handshake and all that blushing was definitely a very DAWWWW moment
Hoshi: That makes it so much cuter<3
Kyokai: Even when I am pro KuraKimi pair. I can’t hate Shu >.<’’
Hoshi: Yeah me too~ I still can’t pick a favorite pair because of this episode |’D I’m like, she’s cute with both!
Kyokai: Oh I know, it has become very difficult. Not to mention, she spaces out whenever Shu touches her so there is definitely attraction. She still blushes when he gets near but I guess, it has been happening since first episode
Hoshi: Yep and with Kuranosuke…well, she’s a bit calmer now
Kyokai: She has gotten used to Kuranosuke
Hoshi: Yes she is~ I still love the OLE! thing too, even if they’ve used it a lot xD
Kyokai: I do too. I always laugh. Especially I have that high jump screenshot, it was too funny to pass up
Hoshi: OLE~ YES! That’s a definite screencap moment xD
Kyokai: Going back to Koibuchis, there is definitely heavy past, traumatic even
Hoshi: Ohh I almost forgot…
Kyokai: It seems Kuranosuke is the rebel type because he joined the family late or was shipped off to the current house because of some reason or his father just likes sons or something
Hoshi: Yeah his past getting very mysterious indeed…
Kyokai: Shu and Kuranosuke are not from the same mother for sure
Hoshi: Yep so that could mean he’s a…illegitimate child o___o
Kyokai: Yep. That is the conclusion I arrived at
Hoshi: I predicted that from the episode where he talked about his mother. I’ve been watching too much dramas…
Kyokai: Hahahaa. It happens in manga/anime too :3
Hoshi: Yeah and being in the fandom this long makes you almost pro at guessing hahaha
Kyokai: I hope Shu recovers from his phobia; a thirty year old virgin, man!
Hoshi: I know!! D8 The Uncle had to blab lol
Kyokai: Uncle is hilarious. KURA-PYON~ I WANT TO MARRY YOU. *Add some BL joke here*
Kyokai: Humour aside, he clearly cares about Kuranosuke
Hoshi: Yes yes~ Good Lolicon Uncle~ xD
Kyokai: Even this Hinamori character is mysterious
Hoshi: Wait I forgot who’s that…|’D
Kyokai: The driver plus bodyguard, voiced by SISTER <3
Hoshi: OH YEAH LOL That’s a epic win right there 8D I didn’t even notice until right now LOL Im such a fail with seiyuus
Kyokai: Lol, no worries, you’ll get there ^^
Hoshi: I shall! >D Gahh I’m actually looking through the episode right now and Kuransouke is just loveeee!
Kyokai: I can’t fangirl over him enough
Hoshi: I can’t help but fangirl about him all the time xD
Kyokai: HAHAHAAAA. Almost same meaning. Hoshi, our fangirly side is identical xD
Hoshi: Oh yesss~ xD
Kyokai: We should do that DBZ salute like Saiko and Takagi
Hoshi: WE SHOULD. I should draw that xD
Kyokai: Hahahaa~ that would be AWESOME! I am so glad I’ve artists and a special manga QUEEN in my team xD
Hoshi: Heehee yeah 8D On my last Bakuman post everyone was like “Let’s see Hoshi’s artwork!” And I’m like “SERIOUSLY? |’D”
Kyokai: You should do a post for your artwork and showcase your stuff
Hoshi: WOAH *A*
Kyokai: Why not? Best platform ever xD
Hoshi: Uwahhh~ that’d be nice 8’D
Kyokai: DO EEET
Hoshi: I SHALL…I’ll have to dig and find my best stuff then hahaha |’D
Kyokai: Anyway back on topic; the witchy woman has Shu’s glasses
Hoshi: D8< I know I was like “NOOOO damn her..”
Kyokai: So there’s definitely going to be another encounter of her trying to lure him >.> While Kuranosuke still has to dig up a plan to save the building
Hoshi: Yep…I wonder how he’s going to react…
Kyokai: I think he is going to be very uneasy but knowing him, he would hate her rather than get into her trap, unless she drugs him again >.>
Kyokai: Also, preview looks very interesting as usual
Hoshi: Definitely, especially with Kuranosuke getting close to Tsukimi *A*
Kyokai: Hells yessss. I want them together!!! But I can see Shu has a same chance. It all depends upon if he sheds his superiority complex. He reminds me of Kyouya from Ouran – have you read/seen it? Almost same personalities too
Hoshi: Yes I have and YES HE DOES! I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE…I need to pay attention more hahaha |’D
Hoshi: I think I’m too busy fangirling over Kuranosuke…
Kyokai: Hahahaaa, FABULOUS TRAP!
Kyokai: I can’t wait to see what he’s up to in the next episode. Seems like he has some sort of plan
Hoshi: It does seem that way~. I hope he does something to save the nunnery!
Kyokai: Yep. And I hope Tsukimi’s nunhood is short-lived :3
Hoshi: So a lot happened in this episode with Shu being molested (that’s his excuse and he’s sticking to it xD), Kuransouke’s growing feelings for Tsukimi, and the girl’s epic transformations. Like I said earlier, I hope they figure out how to save the nunnery and that that witchy woman fails!! Bring her down Kuranosuke and the Sister’s! Great, now I’m starting to sound like Mayaya, hahaha~
Kyokai: So finally, we have rounded up yet another Kuragehime review. Hope you enjoyed our conversation. This is one of those times when I’m not really sure which pair to support as you can’t really blame Shu but I love Kuranosuke more and don’t want him to sacrifice his feelings in the end because he cares about his brother. It’s quite clear that both brother have childhood trauma of their own and are trying to overcome them. Who would Tsukimi choose, that is the big question.
Preview: A lot of interesting stuff will be happening from more scheming by Kuranosuke to he getting closer to Tsukimi. But Shouko would be doing the same but sadly not so constructively… >.>
PS: has anyone else realized that this series has gone over the half mark?