Violence solves all problems
Is everyone enjoying the plethora of Anime Award categories Kyokai’s been pumping out? DON’T FORGET TO VOTE because something happens. When you do. Something…good. I think. Anyways, sorry for the slight delay for Arakawa. I’ve been quite distracted by shiny video games recently. The days have just been flying by~
Swiftly approaching new year aside, let’s get to Arakawa. NO, we’re not on Venus yet. Instead, the Mayor has decided to have a deathmatch called King Game in which the last man standing gets to have one “royal decree” that everyone must follow. An action-packed finale for Arakawa? Who would’ve thought. Everyone’s ears perk at the thought of having a wish granted, and thus the battle begins.
This is what yaoi fangirls look like while writing fanfiction. I kid you not.
Round one is a battle royale (no, not with exploding collars) where the first one knocked off the raft loses. Before the match even starts, teams and rivalries are formed. Hoshi and Ric team up to bring down the tougher competition before they take each other out. Sadly, the metalhead brothers are torn apart by their conflicting (not really) wishes, and throw each other off of the raft. Once all the internal truces are made, the real battle begins.
I WAS SO SCARED THE MUSCLES WERE GOING TO RETURN
Except, it’s an Arakawa style battle, so things aren’t exactly running full steam here. Hoshi and Ric plan to target Whitey, but end up fighting over over who will knock the liner off of his lines. Billy steps in and knocks him out, carrying him away and RIPPING OUT HIS FEATHERS for Whitey to lay his feet on, so that he’s technically still on a line. ANIKIIIIII~!!!
As Jacqueline fawns over her RABU BAARUDO, P-ko shoves her from behind into the water. Billy is awesome yet again, saving her from getting even a drop of water on her skin. All that’s left is P-ko, who sobs like a baby for being cowardly and forever alone. Unable to push a crying redhead into the river, Ric and Hoshi tell white lies to try to cheer her up. They do a good job…Too good of a job. She playfully shoves them for their kind words abotu her love for the Mayor, and actually pushes them into the water. P-ko wins and moves onto the next…horrifying…round…
After all that hype of the next round turning into a bloody battle, it ends up just being a balloon popping fight. Pshh, easy. However, everyone is allowed one weapon. Well then. That’s my kind of competition. :3 Sister teams up with Stella in order to grant her wish of making Maria become her mommy. They create Formation A, which is just Sister standing on top of Stella’s gargantuan shoulders.
Nino strikes first, unconsciously leaping into the air and diving after Sister. He shoots her snot bubble instead of the balloon by accident, but makes up for this blunder by throwing a bag of cookies into the water. Nino instinctively dives after them XD Maria breaks their iron tower by telling Stella everyone can see her panties. She returns to normal size and Sister inadvertantly pops her balloon.
With Stella out of the equation, Maria goes right for Sister in an epic clash. Poor Sister got burned so badly! Maria, can’t you ever be nice to him? T.T Anyways, as those two duke it out, Samurai sees this as his chance to attack the Mayor. The Mayor’s defence against a katana? His hair twirls like a fan. It seems hopeless up until they clash and the Last Samurai’s balloon is popped while the Mayor just has an awesome haircut. Hairdresser’s instinct…lulz.
The only two left are P-ko and the Mayor. An odd combo. P-ko drops her hoe so that the man she loves can have his wish granted. Just when it seems like P-ko’s feelings have finally reached the Mayor, he mistakes her surrender as a hands down defensive stance. P-ko then mistakes the Mayor’s sumo push as him going to hug her. It all ends in brutal fatalities and lulz.
Sister and Maria are the only two left. They both seem unscathed, aside from Sister scar spouting blood like a waterfall thanks to Maria’s insults. POOR GUY. The battle will continue next week. A 2 part battle? I give up on Venus now…But I’ll see you for episode 13 anyways!
Hoshi gachapon! Only 100 yen per capsule to have your favourite douchebag as a cellphone strap!
SINE! COSINE! IT’S ALL SO BEAUTIFUL!
P-ko what are you doing. You’re supposed to be cute, why is this even happening
No, Mayor. Dir en Grey are NOT looking for new members
End Thoughts: I really liked this episode! It was nothing short of hilarious (once again, I don’t actually laugh…T.T) and crazy. They managed to carry on the deathmatch for the entire episode without it getting old. Not only that, every character got a moment in the spotlight since they concentrated on only a pair of contestants at a time, which I appreciate as a lover of sidecharacters. (MORE JACQUELINE AND BILLY! YES!). I’ll be honest, the amount of Nino per minute (npm for short) has been reduced greatly…Isn’t this show about Nino and Ric?
It’s been a while since we’ve had a really stellar Arakawa episode. We’ve had good ones and okay ones, but this one is as good as the first few episodes were. =D I especially liked P-ko’s face off with the Mayor with the Ashita no Joe reference (which I only got thanks to reading Bakuman). P-ko actually confessed to him in that moment, but I doubt much will come out of it. Afterall, the Mayor is old (thousands of years old) and P-ko is just a spritely young thing. She should go after someone younger! She’s so adorable!
I wasn’t expecting a 2-episode “finale” from Arakawa since last season had a kind of low-key last episode that felt like…NOT the last episode. I guess they’re going for something flashier this year. They seem to be doing fine so far, so I can’t complain. Hopefully episode 13 delivers! =D SISTER VERSUS MARIA FTW!