Posted by psgels on 20 February 2009 with categories: Genji Monogatari Sennenki



Short Synopsis: Another one of the emperor’s wives falls in love with Genji.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
Yeah, now I’m sure: aside from Birdy 2, Genji Monogatari is my favourite show of the series that premiered in the winter-season so far. The Don Juan of anime; it sounded like a pretty strange formula, but it worked out really well. This really has been a consistently excellent series so far, with hardly any moments or signs of weakness. It’s a shame that the subs have been virtually non-existent, but then again that was to be expected.

In this episode, Genji performs a piece of a Noh Theatre play (at least, that’s what it looked like), and there he gets noticed by what looks like one of the lower wives of the emperor. The two of them start flirting and before you know it they end up together in bed, even though for a woman of her position, it would probably be very bad if she were found out.

And yet again, Osamu Dezaki worked his visual magic again: some of the visual effects in this episode looked really nice. It’s always great to see someone with the attitude of “screw conventions, I’m going with my own style!”, because it’s here where the most interesting art in anime comes from. I’m a huge sucker for anime whose art style doesn’t try to want to be like other anime, but instead tries to go with its own.

4 Responses

  1. Oborozukiyo says:

    FYI, Oborozukiyo was the sixth daughter of the Minister of the Right and engaged to marry the crown prince. That’s what the confrontation after it was found out that she came home in the morning was about. She said something along the lines of how she known her assigned role is to marry the crown prince, but her heart is her own and she’ll love whomever she wants. Later she cried her heart out when Genji said the prince will probably be nice to her. (No getting out of it.)

    I loved her “Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Hitori gurai wa kuru onna. Matanai onna.” line (reproduced from memory) when she came to Genji. At first when she kept repeating “matsu onna” so many times, I wondered what was up with her, but she repeated it almost at nauseam because that was exactly how she felt about about the restrictive customs. So may waiting women. Just one rebel, her :)

  2. Oborozukiyo says:

    Corrections (geez…):
    how she knows her assigned role is
    so many waiting women
    ad nauseam

    and most importantly

    “Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Matsu onna. Demo, hitori gurai kuro onna. Matenai onna.”

    Verbatim this time. Couldn’t resist rewatching that scene :)

  3. Oborozukiyo says:

    Oh for crying out loud!!!! lol

    hitori gurai kuru onna

  4. Lxre says:

    i just cannot bring myself to see this as any kind of romance, i mean… he’s in a relationship with a dozen of women, come on!

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  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:15 AM)
    :-)
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 08:11 AM)
    @Bam I’ve sent you the rough sketch via Deviantart. Don’t expect too much, It’s only done to show the perspective and lighting.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:43 AM)
    @Friend: I’m excited to see it, but unfortunately hadn’t had long access to desktop to draft mine yet :/
    You might wanna leave an indication on yours as to where the shaman goes if you can, that would be great.
  • Friend
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:34 AM)
    Woah, that was a long discussion about the Inca O.o
    @Bam I’m nearly done with the rough draft, maybe a few more hours.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 06:20 AM)
    @Vincent: That was pretty much the entirety of it. We were destined to cross Mississippi and inhabit the west, so why not take an active part in manifesting our supposed fate?
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:34 AM)
    @Vincent No shit.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:14 AM)
    @Bam Slightly. Did americans use manifest destiny as an excuse to steal land from the natives?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 03:05 AM)
    @Vincent: I guess we were slightly more honest about it. It is funny how we use the fact after the matter as evidence of our divine providence. It’s like holding a gun to somebody and saying “fate wants you to die”, proceed to shoot them, and then say “see! I was right” lol
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:56 AM)
    @Bam But unlike the american concept of manifest destiny, the Japanese used it as an excuse to wage what they were really doing: a war to hoard resources.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 02:52 AM)
    @Vincent: I see. A similar doctrine to Manifest Destiny.

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