Mikakunin de Shinkoukei – 06

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mikakunin de Shinkoukei!

It’s Valentine’s Day and Mikakunin appropriately brings us a Valentine’s Day episode.



Trouble with Chocolate

Kobeni can’t seem to find the right moment.

The level of romcom is too damn high! Yes, that’s right. The show channels its inner romcom with a whole episode of Kobeni repeatedly missing the timing to give Hakuya her homemade chocolate, resulting in the fiancé jumping to the conclusion that she hates him. These kinds of developments are of course very standard, but as usual Mikakunin executes them with gusto. The main point is that thanks to the chocolate shenanigans, we get to see so much interaction (albeit halting) between the couple. And anything that encourages this can do no wrong. Also, I think this might be the episode in which Hakuya has had the most presence so far. Yes, he has been getting more and more screen time and lines, but this episode I’m pretty sure sets the new record. Which is sweet, because when you boil it down, his entire concern this episode was about the possibility of Kobeni hating him. And that was hilariously only due to him overhearing foreveralone guys moping in the hallway.

Secret Powers

Too cute.

Elaborating on Hakuya, Kobeni is finally starting to seriously recall their mutual past. At least, she remembers enough to bring up that she knows he used to take the form of a dog. Why he was a dog is never fully explained, but supposedly young Mitsumines are a bit “unstable” and thus are stuck in one form or another until they have better control of their powers. So my guess is he just so happened to end up stuck in the form of a dog during his youth, and his rescuing Kobeni is what enabled or spurred him to take human form. That could be easily exploited for romantics. There might also be something to do with the fact that he transferred half of his powers to her, though I still think we need more details on what exactly the transferring of powers entails. Did Kobeni obtain half of whatever a Mitsumine’s repertoire might be? Or perhaps she can do all of what they are capable of, but only half-heartedly? Whatever the case though, it is apparent that she won’t be consciously using these powers.

So it looks like Mikakunin will never tell us what the true nature of the Mitsumine clan is. Which I feel is the right thing to do. I really like the idea of them being something unknown and not pinned down to some preconception of a mythical creature we are familiar with. You know, as the title itself would imply. What we do know about them though, is that they have superhuman strength and speed, and they can change their form at will. Also, it is implied that they have a very sturdy build and regenerative capabilities since Kobeni took a fall off a cliff and survived with only half of their powers. Oh, and they must also have a keen intellect if Hakuya’s test scores are any indication. Mashiro’s scores might suggest otherwise, but let’s just chalk that up to her being grade school age. So basically the Mitsumines are just like a superior form of humans in every way possible, plus transformation thrown in the mix because why not.

Will we see a catgirl Mashiro in the future?


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8 Responses to “Mikakunin de Shinkoukei – 06”

  1. zztop says:

    I understand that it’s a social MUST for women to give chocolates to their male colleagues/superiors during Japanese Valentine’s, even though no romantic relationship exists between them.

    • Highway says:

      I would imagine that’s why it’s called “obligation” chocolate rather than something like ‘friends’ or ‘fun’.

  2. skylion says:

    I also like the fact that they played with, but didn’t actually deliver a name to whatever the Mitsumine clan is. The game is still early days, so they might in episodes to come, but I hope they do it with some creativity. It doesn’t really matter. There are more important things in this story…

    …like chocolate!

  3. Highway says:

    What’s really been striking to me is the way this series has so much heart. It plays like such a typical rom-com, with even Benio lampshading that repeatedly, but then it just feels so different throughout. Even the tired setup of ‘too embarrassed to give the boy you like valentine’s chocolate’ combined with ‘oh no, he doesn’t like chocolate because I misunderstood what I overheard and jumped to the wrong conclusion’ worked well here.

    And Mayu really works as a supporting character.

  4. Noc says:

    So…was I the only one worried about Kobeni giving chocolate to a dog…? But I’m glad, it seems that their digestive system matches their human forms lol

    This series is so great. My favorite rom-com in a long, long time.

    • anaaga says:

      That… Actually worried me also, in a way. I mean, last time my friend fed her dog some chocolate, it kind of died….

  5. BlackBriar says:

    The episode had perfect timing being here for Valentine’s day. It goes well with the mood.

    I feel sorry for Mashiro always getting the same figures from the chocolate eggs although it was funny having her throw tantrums but that pales in comparison if Kobeni accepts to marry Hakuya. She’ll never be free from her stalker Benio. I wish her good luck because she’ll need it.

  6. AllenAndArth says:

    This episode was the best to me so far…The romcom was great and they did it without cutting on Mashiro and Benio’s performance
    Hakuya is awesome…but Benio’s also growing on my list especially with her loli “complexes”
    Benio’s cake had me laughing like crazy, luckily there was no one home at the time

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