Wait, what just happened?
THE HELL XEBEC?! We’re 2 episodes from the end and you throw us “the episode that never happened”?! Are you serious? Oh well, even in the pointlessness that was episode 11 there was still some humor to be found. I think I would have preferred Daddy issues . . . Sigh~
Mio and Co. are doing their usual at the Second Volunteer Club, trying to cure Tarou of his hella masochism! Mio is beating the crap out of him when he trips and falls, knocking himself unconscious. When Tarou comes to he reveals a shocking revelation; he’s lost his memory! That’s right, amnesia. One of the top five in the list of anime cliches! So let me get this straight, Tarou can survive being flung backwards into a door but can’t deal with a simple fall from head height? I’ve fallen from higher than that and come away fine – Space Pineapples – I don’t see why he’s so different!
Logic: disregarded when inconvenient to the plot.
Yuuno takes Tarou home from the hospital where his family are shocked at first, but upon hearing that he should recover his memory in a few days, quickly start plotting. Later, both his mum and sis claim to be pregnant with his love child, sporting typical fake baby-pillows under their shirts. A horrified Tarou now thinks he’s the scum of the earth, which is not too far off really.
Yuuno gives Tarou a handmade charm in the hopes that it’ll help him get his memories back. He inquires about their relationship, wondering if perhaps they’re lovers. Yuuno lies (with difficulty) and says that they are. At first Tarou is elated, then he remembers that he has alleged love children on the way and asks Yuuno if she’s pregnant as well. She doesn’t have time to answer him though as he touches her, so she punches him out and runs off.
Tatsukichi tries to console Tarou, the sweetheart that he is, when Miyumi bursts in interrupting their bromance. She tells Tarou that he once confessed his love for Tatsukichi (neglecting to mention he was hypnotized) making Tarou sink further in the belief that he’s a complete and utter ruthless pervert.
He stops in at the infirmary where the blue haired Sensei is organizing her pictures, among them is the one of him cross-dressing. Reiterating the previous case and point: Tarou is a mental case.
Yuuno finds Tarou and asks him if he wants to bunk off class and go to the zoo. While there they run into Noa in a giant mechanical giraffe who tries to brain wash Tarou into believing she’s her boyfriend. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m not sure anymore! . . . A slightly demented Himura’s lolism kicks in and Tarou and Yuuno escape. She’s still trying to get him to remember her and the stuff they’ve done together, but after he doesn’t the two part ways.
Tarou returns to the school to find Mio is waiting in the clubroom. She demands that he remember her, chasing him into one of the classrooms where Yuuno had also come back to. The two have a confrontation where Yuuno admits her feelings for Tarou and wants to know how Mio feels about him. We’re in full love triangle mode now~ But rather than having any kind of touching resolution Mio smacks Tarou out the window with a baseball bat. Hey, works for me!
Mio and Yuuno rush outside to find a very confused Tarou who appears to have his memory back. Except that he can’t remember the time he had amnesia. So, yeah, he doesn’t remember Yuuno’s confession. Progress? What’s that! The episode ends with Mio telling Tarou never to forget her again. There’s also a minute or so before the preview where they’re back in the club room doing their usual activities. Yuuno declares “she won’t lose” to Mio. Mio better get her act together, there’s only one more episode left!
Does Miyumi have to choke a bitch?
Holy mechanical giraffes Batman!
What do you do when you WANT and DO NOT WANT at the same time?
This proves Mio can look intimidating in anything.
End Thoughts: Well, what to make of this episode? While I do hate the amnesia angle, some funny stuff came of it as a result. Tarou’s family reactions were particuarly good, as well as when he saw the picture of himself cross-dressing. Cross-dressing seems to have become a very popular way to go the past two seasons. Princess Princess would be so proud! :’)
I’m very nit-picky when it comes to continuity, so when MM! sells its comedy as outlandish slapstick then shows Tarou actually getting hurt by it it makes me rage. It’s like the show is breaking it’s own rules. Psht. Also, they said early on that Tarou would get his memory back naturally within a few days so I don’t see what’s the point of Yuuno and Mio freaking out about it and going to the lengths they do.
Yuuno was great in this episode, though. We saw a different side to her, a more interesting one too, I have to say. Where she ditches her diabetes inducing sweetness persona to lie and bunk off school, and when she stands up to Mio at the end and admits her feelings. I’m not holding out much hope for any real progress next episode as it just looks like a Christmas Party, but hopfully it’ll be as funny as this one if nothing more.
Preview: Looks like some seasonal fluff to end the series!