Sparkling pink-haired airheads are cute.
|Things sure have been happening at Metanorn with the lovey-dovey celebrations. I hope you enjoyed the series of posts we dished out with the pinky atmosphere and falling hearts. As Miyu’s studying hard for her exams, I’ll be covering this and the next episode in her stead. This series has delighted me with the awesome seiyuu cast and cute character designs. The youkai angle helps too. Anyways, let’s get set go~|
I dream of food
It has become a trend with this series to showcase different characters per episode. This time it’s Karuta’s turn (damn, didn’t I just finish my thoughts on Chihayafuru?!), the HanaKana voiced character. However busy this seiyuu gets, you can see her work is top class because she plays an airhead quite well. Also, it seems her classmates have nothing better to do except for bitching about Karuta’s shenanigans incessantly to their teachers. Get a life guys, you are worse than Natsume’s middle school classmates.
Ririchiyo being in the same class observes the Disappearance of Karuta Roromiya as well; though, she doesn’t judge her like others. Meanwhile, Banri gets upset with this scenario and gets into a fight to defend her against some delinquents bitching behind her back. Of course, he ends up in the nurse’s room with minor bruises. Ririchiyo, Banri and Zange comes to visit (I still have to get used to the over-flowery Mamoru Miyano), his charge and in turn, we get a lowdown on how most of the people in the Ayakashi Kan ended up with youkai powers.
And that is why, kids, always check the light before stepping on Zebra Crossing!
The half-youkai or throwbacks are in a way carbon-copies of their ancestors (who dabbled with supernatural beings), possessing their dominant traits (similar to genetics), born on the same day they were and even having similar fate and memories. Their parents are simply an eggshell discarded after birth not by the child but by values of such old families, who raise these children like deities rather than kids. The reason they are isolated and cope with this loneliness in their own way (Ririchiyo does it with a mask of tsuntsun while Renshou ignores it with his carelessness).
Ririchiyo: “Hmp! I’ll give you this bun for a lifetime supply of junk food.”
Unknowingly, Ririchiyo develops a bond with Karuta, helping her out in a time of need (sharing her lunch supplies). She gets rewarded with a lot of junk food and many unnecessary hugs by Karuta. I wanted to smack her in the head for that cavity remark but bless Karuta for not taking it literally and returning with toothpaste… Take that, Ririchiyo! She can cook a mean Indian curry too, the masalah of which causes Ririchiyo to come to a conclusion about her doki-doki feelings towards Soushi as…
Things progress fast after school hour as rain pours down. A nure-onna (cross between a woman and snake with wet hair), slips in with the rain water to devour some delicious student prey, a characteristic they are known for. However, Ririchiyo transforms to fight it off and Banri joins as well with his Tanuki form. He shows off the “shadow no jutsu” he has been working on and somehow or the other their team work becomes doom for nure-onna. The ultimate saviour however is Karuta, because she catches them in time before they fall. I’m pretty sure even if they had fallen, it wouldn’t have caused a big injury due to their youkai blood.
Ririchiyo: “We plan on killing you with the power of MOE and KAWAI!” Nure-onna: “Sssssss…?!”
In the end, however of an airhead Karuta is, like Banri said, every action of hers has a reason from saving a cat from a tree to taking care of a lost dog. People might think she doesn’t notice anything but she does. A good example is how she recognized the real Banri out of all the shadow clones. Yep, she is like a female Tarzan even if skeletal.
Banri: “Hey, Karuta, I need some cushions… your bones are sticking up at the wrong places… Ow…”
And so, a new tsundere friendship was formed.
And many students were saved from being killed…
Extra Serving of SSsssss~
Female Tarzan?! Try to imagine her call
Zange: “‘Sup, Ririchiyo~ Nope, I wasn’t announcing the colour of your panties~”
Soushi, how much do you charge per hour? I need some bones to be picked from my fish…
Curry in Space! Female counterpart of Toriko, coming to theaters near you on 12-12-12!
Aww man, there was so less Soushi this episode! I wanted more of his puppydog eyes and begging for Ririchiyo’s attention. I mean, what’s an Inu x Boku episode without some doggy begging? That almost sounds dirty… Anyways, we got some info on Ririchiyo’s fiancé’s agent and even if the man in question blazed through the last episode, he has posed some serious questions towards Soushi’s allegiance towards Ririchiyo. I know she’s not an airhead like Karuta but now that she knows about Soushi being Kagerou’s previous SS agent, she should be raking her brain to know what she did to cause Soushi’s infallible loyalty. I’m pretty curious to know how she saved his life and what really transpired.
Coming to Karuta, we didn’t get to know much about her lineage but at least her interaction with Banri was very cute. As per Zange, they have known each other since childhood, apparent from her, Kageru, Zange and Banri’s old connections. The possessiveness of Banri is almost territorial towards Karuta, if only he had been a bit fiercer. Though, his cute tsundere-ness works well with Karuta’s blank looks. Even if Zange says that they are friends but not lovers, I can bet Karuta already knows how Banri feels about her and responds to him in her own way. Also, it seems like Zange’s seeing powers would come in handy for plot development later along with his sadistic tendencies.
There’s definitely a love angle to how Ririchiyo feels about Soushi and it’s not a simple physical attraction, you stupid girl. The prime reason is how Soushi understands her ways and is aware of her mask that she puts up against everyone. Sure, it was a protective shell that she created to counter the idiocy of world and burden of her ancestral lineage but throwbacks in particular get lonely and they do need company. It’s high time for her to let in Soushi; whatever his motives are, at least they seem better than Kageru’s, who’s embroiled in shadows currently. There’s definitely a triangle here and a quick resolution would be appreciated. So, I would repeat “Let’s communication~” [sic] (Oi, oi, scriptwriters, watch your grammar!). And now, I’ll leave you with the KAWAIIII ending theme by Kana Hanazawa, which is not as good as Renai Circulation but can get addictive as you warm up to it:
It’s Renshou’s turn finally! We’ll be seeing Ririchiyo getting stalked by some entity (this girl is a stalker magnet), and get to know more about the cool bro and his obsessive lesbian SS agent, along with a new ED single in Yoshimasa Hosoya’s smexy voice… *flails madly* Friday, come sooner! Till then, ja ne~