I decided leading with Kagami was the right move because, why not (click for full stitch).
|What a gosh darn fun episode that was! Transitioning smoothly as usual from one arc to the next, Kou came into the show in a bit way with her magnanimous school trip given to her classmates. Also, she has a penis. Sometimes. Not sure what that’s about yet. Or really anything of the story of this developing arc. But as long as Tsurugi is there to make every scene as hilariously gay as possible, do any of those other things matter?|
Tsurugi will go beyond the impossible that’s what it takes to touch some boobies.
One thing I’ve consistently been praising the show for has been its high concept fantasy, and this episode gave me no reason to stop. Sasami turning Tama into a sentient body double that would transmit senses back to her? With the added limitation that she couldn’t actually take control but rather had to relay messages to Tama to follow, using a divine chat room system narrated by Miyu Matsuki (voice of the guide in the Orochi game from episode 2)? Awesome. Tama’s simplicity combined with Kamiomi’s obsessive siscon tendencies meant this was a perfect recipe for a hilarious disaster.
I have to hand it to Ai Nonaka for doing a fantastic job playing Tama playing Sasami. I caught myself several times throughout the episode thinking that that was Kana Asumi‘s voice coming out of faux Sasami, even though every single line was delivered by Nonaka. I’m sure the visual cue of seeing Sasami speak contributed, but a fine imitation job nonetheless.
Can’t help but love the creeper smiles.
But even with that wacky setup leading to a solid performance, Nonaka wasn’t the best voice in the episode. That distinction belonged to Chiwa Saito and her deliciously perverted Tsurugi who provided pretty much all the laughs in the 2nd half of the episode. Maybe she was a bit singularly focused, trying to make every scene as lesbian as possible, but hey, I didn’t get tired of it. I’m really loving the carefree mentor she is being to Sasami. She always seems to give her space to do her own thing while also giving her guidance along the way. Though she also doesn’t seem to mind making everyone in the class think that Sasami and Kagami are lesbians for her own amusement. And she kind of devolved into a mindless boobie groping machine at the end there.
Ironic that the episode was so lesbian after starting off with a hugely unexpected penis. Growing up in Korea, one of the myths I learned was about a woodcutter who married a fallen angel who forbade him from seeing her bathe once a month. It ended with him breaking her promise whereupon she ascended to heaven, sometimes with their children, depending on the version of the story. I’m probably getting a lot of details wrong – I’m working off of decades old memory, and I couldn’t find the exact story in my research online. But given the Shintoism theme of the show, Jou’s overtly and overly high class nature, and the fact that Sasami’s discovery happened in the pool all indicate that Sasami-san is drawing from that story. But the connections are so loose that I’m really not sure what direction it’s headed next.
Shaft’s trademark faraway shots also make for great natural censorship, don’t they? Better than conspicuous beams of light I guess.
Jou revealed to Sasami that she was going to kill her, but I think we all knew that already at the end of the previous episode. What’s her play with inviting everyone to the hot springs and shrine? She seems rather easy to read, though I suspect she may purposefully creating the benevolent but clueless aristocrat image with her grand announcements, occasional slip ups, and tsundere antics. At the very least it’s fun hearing Hibiki Ganaha’s voice in another role. Still lots of stuff to uncover in this arc, including when the faceless teacher named “Kitsune” – whose name telegraphs that she’s Jou’s foxy sidekick – will make her move. And I suspect Sasami’s illness will have an explanation, and even Kamiomi might finally make it all the way to the shrine on his bike. I’m excited to see how this very up and down show wraps up.