Some things are always in the closet….
|For an episode that was, on it’s surface, mostly about fujoshi, it did have quite a bit to say about power struggle and judgment. Something which is very much going to come into a very sharp focus in the show, sooner rather than later. It also had the qualifier of being about the Out of Focus Character, Mimi; who not even Ruby will use to further her Drive-Illya-Crazy goals. But, as the wise, but missing this episode Tattsun, said last time we saw her, “Everyone is the main character in their own story”|
…and their motives are unclear…
Mimi’s Pepto Bismol Moment…
When I was watching this the first time around, I didn’t catch onto a very obvious point of the conversation in the group study scene. But then, for me, it became the lynchpin for the theme of the whole 22 minutes. When it really started to get lively, when Illya, Kuro, and Miyu got involved in Mimi’s “little problem” it suddenly become about them, and their own situation. Silly me for thinking that they had Mimi on their minds. Nope,they have their own overwhelming power struggle to contend with still…That part of the scene was very well delivered, and the dialog flowed so naturally. Which lead to Nanaki having planted the seeds for Mimi’s growth…
I love the jackhammer sound effect in this shot…
In going back to Mimi, I know how she feels. No, about about BL ,about writing. There have been many a night when my own stories, characters, and plots bugged the living hell out of me. As Mimi describes it, “The characters won’t behave as I want, and I can’t make their actions convincing…and their motives are unclear to start with…” It take time, and learning from many mistakes, not just inspiration, to push past those feelings. Mimi is still in early days yet, but like many writers sitting on so much fertile imagination, when that seed was planted….
Now it’s just one strange term after another
The Kurihara girls play for keeps….
So with fertile soil and a seed, all that’s left is tending the garden. You’ve heard of Kudzu in North America’s Southeastern region, right? Well, that’s pretty much the case right there. In a desperate attempt to make a book for the next ComicMa (totally Comiket, a place this franchise has, without a doubt, given much soil, seeds, and gardeners) Suzuka (always good to hear one of my long time favorites, Kanae Itou sink her teeth into a role, even a supporting one) and her sister took advantage of Mimi’s prodigious output. From there the weeds just grew and grew. Suzuka, realizing she has bred a new Seymour, of sorts, calls in her friends to act as, if not a wacker, then hopefully able trimmers.
I love how this almost backfires. It was some damn good writing on a subject that would probably turn many folks off. But as I said in my introduction, this is more about power and judgment than anything else. The yaoi/BL stuff is just window dressing. There were some great silent moments with Miyu, just calmly taking all the data in, not judging, but trying to understand the situation. There was Kuro’s fascination-then shock with the subject, cause if there is going to be one of them that has to have a strong opinion and then some backlash on it, it’s Kuro (who must have been suffering having to play all this straight) And then there is Illya’s over-reaction to it, at first, and then her gradual acceptance of it. Wait…is this about BL and Mimi, or is it about the Miyu-Kuro-Illya relationship? Oh, what the heck! Why not both?!
…because you don’t understand…
But then onee-san has to drop the bomb. Don’t like that Mimi or Suzuka like BL, well, then stop being friends with them. Simple as that right? Again, this is going to play a large part in the upcoming, and even ongoing, story. If everything were as simple as surface level, then all problems would be easy to solve. But people, like truth, resist simplicity. And liking one thing or another is just a part of who they are. It’s easy to concentrate on one facet, especially one that shines the way that yaoi shines. But that’s true for a great many things. Taste in music or anime, lifestyle choice, religious background, you name it. Or even what a person’s overriding goal is, and how that shapes them.
But then a lot of this stuff can go back to BL. It seems that most of it’s fiction does depend on power relations, the uke and seme thing. One has to be on top. Or is that really the way it’s supposed to be? For fiction, I guess that’s fine, if it’s your cup of fish. Lesbian fiction started out that way, after all. But then, that was aimed at men, and what man would complain about two women, right? Guys wanted, or thought they wanted, a strong assertive butch for the girl next door, cause why wouldn’t they?
Shakin’ the Tree
But, for all the sturm and drang, it’s very much as Onee-san says, “It’s just fantasy” That can always be taken to far, and it can account for quite a few other things when you get right down to it. I was quite dismissive of this episode on first viewing, but the second time around I got the hook. This one had quite a few hidden gems in it, and as always the reactions from the characters really underscored the comedic and the serious.
Would I have liked for them to jump straight into the action? Yes, I very much would have. The manga omake this was based on was published during 3rei’s schedule, but it did take place on this time-line, and it is very much a statement on what will be going down in future. It looks like we are going for a bit more of the Slice of Life routine next episode, but the preview does promise some magical girl action.
“Theme Park Panic” or the Return of Sabah?