That’s what she said…
|Hello gais! I’m so sorry for being unable to cover Inuxboku last week due to exams and stuffs, so I’m covering both episodes 8 and 9 today! ^~^ I’ll be away from Sunday to Tuesday running a camp, so I’m trying to catch up on ALL the anime… I still think I’ll suffer from withdrawal symptoms though. xD Alright, let’s get this going~|
Ririchiyo is being plagued by even more silly troubles recently – she has realized the fact that the other Secret Service agents and their partners share a much closer relationship than she herself does with Soushi. The adorable tsundere she is, Ririchiyo begins to blame herself for it, stating that he knows far more about her than she has ever known about him. He notices the little things that she never voices out, and he seems to understand her even behind her cold, indifferent mask.
Ririchiyo then comes up with a brilliant plan in an effort to grow closer to Soushi – preparing her signature homemade coffee and spending tea time together with him! …There’s only one problem. How on earth is she going to gather up enough courage to invite him?! With strong determination, she racks her brain and storms through 123971230 ideas and ways to do so, but fails to come to a conclusion.
“First conquer Soushi, then world domination.” >D
Hey there Ririchiyo, lookin’ stunning.
Unable to express her feelings properly, Ririchiyo starts to get really despondent until she passes by that fateful spot under the Sakura tree, where Soushi first touched her by telling her that even if it means “getting hurt”, he was willing to stay by her side. She finally decides to get it done and over with, and meets Soushi at that very place. She tells him that she doesn’t want him to only know about her, she wants to know more about him, to understand him; that she wants them to be more than just a servant and a master, to be true friends. Soushi then reveals that he too, has problems communicating with other people – he knows no other way of interacting with others, than being a servant, and that’s just the way he has been living his life. Ririchiyo comforts him in her own special way, casually inviting him to tea, stating that during that time, they would be equals. That means no serving, no bowing and certainly no keigo for Soushi. Soushi accepts the offer immediately (and rather breathlessly, might I add) and the two share a few sweet moments discussing the next day’s plans.
The day of the glorious coffee meeting is finally here! Ririchiyo is especially nervous throughout the entire day, with her mind thoroughly flooded with thoughts of coffee and bedrooms and awkwardness, school proves to be excruciatingly slow. Right after school, hardworking Ririchiyo decides to spend her time making important preparations for their meeting… only to find herself left with 4 hours even after that. Thankfully, Karuta-chan’s call comes to the rescue!
Turns out that Karuta-chan had wanted to have a study date together with Watanuki and Ririchiyo for their upcoming test. Everything is going well… until Watanuki gets worked up for the silliest reasons ever, and the study date suddenly escalates into a match between partners?!
“Sigh, why can’t I seem to express how beautiful you are, darling table-san?”
And so the Ayakashi Kan Partner Games begin! Hosted by none other than Miyano Mamoru Natsume, the Secret Service agents and their partners have to go through a few *cough* grueling rounds to determine the ultimate winner! First up, we have a match of -chikin chikin- “What Inside This Box?”! The different partners use their own silly ways to get the answer, and eventually every passes without much of a problem~
Then we head on to round two, the -chikin chikin- Partner Quiz! Each person has to answer a question about their partner to test the bonds between them! Ririchiyo starts to get nervous upon hearing this, knowing that in all honestly, she doesn’t know much about Soushi at all. Nevertheless, the other groups breeze through it smoothly, until it’s Soushi’s turn… and then a simple question about Ririchiyo being a dog or cat person sparks off Soushi’s undying passion, and much to Ririchiyo’s horror, he begins to uncontrollably pour out every single thing he has ever learnt about her. Due to Soushi’s long, elaborate monologue, the games came to an end and Ririchiyo was spared her turn.
They all return to the dining lounge, and Watanuki finds a pop-quiz on the table. After they find out that the winner gets to receive a Blu-ray player, everybody is suddenly interested in it and all chaos breaks loose. God knows how they went from Tokyo, to a potato bug (what on earth is that supposed to be anyway?!), but they did— and then the lights shut off without warning, and guess who’s back? Kagerou dramatically announces his return once again, calling everyone else, his awesome human toilets. The end.
And hello to you too, Kagerou
Sparkles and tsuns, and everything nice
That moment when you know you’re doomed because you just- can’t- resist
Talk to the hand, bird, you are not worthy of my presence
PICTURE SAYS ALL. I don’t even–
Yes, because the answer to tan x = ±√(sec²x – 1) is obviously Perry
Stalker Soushi at his best
Woah, covering two episodes in a row has proven to be a pretty interesting experience – I rewatched episode 8 again to recap, and watching these two episodes consecutively allowed me to get a better feel of the flow of the story. Evidently, the pacing of these two episodes has been slow, although personally I don’t think it was slow to the point that it got boring. Yup, they spent two full episodes covering the time all the little things that happened before the glorious coffee time, but substantial character development occurred within this time, so it’s all good. ^~^
Firstly, Soushi actually admitted that even he, who seems so perfect to Ririchiyo, has his own problems communicating with others too. That scene when he confessed that he truly only knows how to serve, and not properly interact, touched my heart. Yes, Soushi is a drop-dead gorgeous heterochromatic doggie-eared butler bishie, but hey he has his flaws too – and he does admit it. I thought the way Ririchiyo handled it was adorable – despite both of them having similar problems in communication skills, they could fix it together. It makes me want to grab my hamster and cuddle it to death because that is just so, so sweet. In the end Inuxboku is really simple, and it boils down to this – two obviously imperfect people helping, interacting and trying to understand each other, while learning how to overcome their weaknesses. Okay I am possibly being overly cheesy but I really do love this anime to bits, and it’s just so enjoyable watching them grow and develop episode by episode.
Through the partner games, we got to witness the relationships between the different characters in the Ayakashi Manor, and I realized how easy-going and teasing (Renshou/Nobara) and adorably loving (Watanuki/Karuta) they were with each other. It just makes me so fond of all them and I must admit that the characterization of each and every single one of them has been done excellently so far, and it makes me want to learn more and more. xD
Next episode, hopefully, will cover the little coffee meeting between Ririchiyo and Soushi. I’m so excited to find out about the wonderful/silly/adorable things that will happen during it~ I just hope Kagerou’s arrival won’t disrupt this because I am looking forward to it this much. )< Go away Kagerou, I want my Soushi x Ririchiyo timez. Okay but jokes aside, I wonder what the return of Kagerou will bring. Possible (love) rivalry? More chaos? New problems and conflicts? What I do know though, is that we will continue to be amused by the silly jokes and everyday occurrences this anime has in store for us. I am so looking forward to the next episode >D