Posted by psgels on 4 November 2010 with categories: Kuragehime




Whoa, the characters here are all in their thirties. The females anyway. That makes this show even more interesting; I mean, when was the last time we had a series where the average age of the characters was this high? Ristorante Paradiso? It’s impressive, even for Noitamina’s standards. It’s great that they still dare to make series like this.

I like Kuranosuke’s relationship with his mother: his parents have been divorced for god knows how long for now, and his mother definitely had a lot of influence on him (probably partly inspired his cross-dressing), and yet the series doesn’t try to create cheap drama around her, yet keeps things down to earth.

And yet the series is also so over the top, in the way that Kuranosuke keeps penetrating the ridiculous and in-denial lifestyle of the sisterhood, while at the same time we have Tsukimi making her own impact with Kuranosuke’s brother. The whole way in which he just forces himself onto Tsukimi is what I like best about this series: it’s just so dynamic and lively.

The characterization for the entire cast is excellent, though. On paper especially the members of the sisterhood would have been awfully annoying, but the way that this show portrays them, by giving them some depth here really works. They’re all completely in denial, and have shut themselves off from the outside world completely. They just pretend that there’s nothing wrong with their lifestyles.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. synkronized says:

    I love the makeover and the run in with Kuranosuke’s brother. His fantasy is so traditional lol.

  2. Murderface says:

    Though the part when he tries to make them pretty was kinda cliche, It was a fun episode…I would say that I was expecting that since ep1…

  3. synkronized says:

    Yeah, definitely not a new premise. Then again every narrative trope’s been done before the fall of Rome. But watching the makeover generates a lot of fun scenarios. Especially amongst the Amars where they ironically ostracize back anyone hip or stylish.

  4. Sapphire says:

    It’s refreshing to watch a series dealing with people’s complexes. These women built their own worlds as a defense against everything that scares them or makes them feel inferior. I wonder how different (or similar) their backgrounds are, but I doubt that 11 episodes would explain that and perhaps that’s not the point.

    Kuranosuke’s brother’s crush on Tsukimi and her looking at him through the glass really killed all chances of Kuranosuke and Tsukimi’s romance, didn’t it? :(

  5. Kamiorika says:

    I certainly hope that Shuu’s crush on Tsukimi and her looking at him through the glass didn’t kill all chances of Kuranosuke ans Tsukimi’s romance. :( I’m already liking those two together.

  6. Moochan says:

    Absolutely love this show. The best of the season so far. ^^

  7. c160 says:

    Hmmm I like ShuuXTsukimi better than KuranosukeXTsukimi ..But even no romance would be good for this series I thik.Even if they make Tsukimi pair up with some one,I hope they’ll pull off something like Ugly Betty where the main character never really magically suddenly get more beautiful,but still grows as a wonderful character worth to be loved just fine.Instead of giving her a magical transformation that makes the other person loves her just because of her looks..

  8. chounokoe says:

    The part I liked most about the progression of the theme in Kuragehime in this episode was that Tsukimi didn’t like the make up Kuranosuke gave her and he still had no fXXking clue why she didn’t thank him.
    They are all totally set in their ways and don’t accept any path beyond their own…I hope the anime explores that further.

  9. It sounds like a good show! You’re right, a lot of anime doesn’t have an older cast. I remember being surprised with Nana having a cast in their 20s… I’ll definitely give this a try!

  10. Arisu says:

    If I remember correctly it was mentioned in episode 1, Tuskimi is 18 years old? Or was I mistaken?

  11. purplefinch says:

    Don’t be confused everyone. On the japanese wiki for Kuragehime, Tsukimi is 18.

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  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 12:03 AM)
    I agree that there are loose threads in Evangelion that were probably never fully developed by the committee, and a lot of symbolism (primarily Christian) that were only there for flare and edginess. But everything I say is backed up by the information available in the material or straight from the infodumps. If you see the Eva proposal to TXN (Tokyo TV) you can see that everything, and so much more actually, was planned from the beginning; albeit some stuff did change when Anno lost his mind.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:58 PM)
    The alpha strike was to infiltrate Central Dogma and take command and eliminate everyone inside. Seele is not really a sentimental type, if you hadn’t notice, so a ouple of hundred casualties before everyone turns to goop is pretty inconsequential.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    @Aidan: Gendo is one of the few at NERV (if not the only one) who knows about the scrolls and the truth behind the Evas, and keep in mind Shinji is primarily piloting 01 just to get his acceptance; so he was certainly needed. Plus in the original series you need an intermediate vessel to connect thru an entry plug (Shinji and Asukas, moms) so not any kid will do. This is before the dummy plug and Toji mind you.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:50 PM)
    There is being obtuse and indirect. And then there’s just being plain nonsensical. I don’t want to spell out everything but I hate to see people tie thin threads together and act like it was some great master-plan when it could just as well have been a guy just throwing any random shit together that he could think of. Ikuhara for one got away with that bullshit far too often.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:45 PM)
    @Bam, And why was alpha strike necessary? If the goal is to destroy the evas and such then why not do as I suggested. Remove Gendo. Then it would be a piece of cake. And killing everyone just seems excessive and really unnecessary.
    Pretty sure anyone in Shinji’s class was suitable to be an evangelion pilot. And alright, shinji’s connection to the Eva is a reason to keep him in. But Gendo…not so much. He doesn’t influence it in any real way personally.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:28 PM)
    I actually really enjoy Evangelion for being obtuse and indirect. Not spelling everything out is part of the show’s charm and legacy. Now Eva has spawned numerous anime which do this wrong (looking at you Darker Than Black) but that isn’t really their fault. If you want something simple and basic go watch the endless supply of Nisio Isin’s stuff with neverending exposition and deafening verbosity.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 11:20 PM)
    I don’t think Kaworu needs much characterization. He’s the 1st and 13th angel who took human form since the DNA of one of Dr. Katsuragi’s team was fused with parts of Adam on the day of the 2nd impact. He’s basically the alien who finds sympathy for humans and ends up sacrificing himself for them. This is almost the same as in Rebuild and the manga, albeit he’s sexuality is much more clearer and is used more extensively for tension relief in the manga portrayal.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:49 PM)
    Keel Lorenz needed Gendo as his connection to Eva-01 (which is outfitted with Yui Ikari’s soul) and Shinji is crucial to the third impact. You want Shinji to reach maximum desperation in order to achieve synchronization. And if you pay attention you get why Seele couldn’t use their own pilots, as they needed the kids from the Gehrin project.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:46 PM)
    *their
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 10:44 PM)
    What Seele does in EoE (or respectively ep25-26) is known as Alpha Strike. They take down the entirety of the apparatus that has the only chance to hinder the their plan, as they role is completed by that point.

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