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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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:09 PM)
    Wow, you almost filled this chat window with Eva geeking out ._.;
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:32 AM)
    If a series wants to be sophisticated about complex concepts like war and conflict, then it has to presuppose the fact that it is part of human nature. Resources are limited, and even aside from that, greed exists. There is no way to take out a few head figures to stop a war- there will be a vacuum that will almost immediately be filled by a similar, if not worse, individual. A world “where no one cries” or suffers, or dies, etc, cannot exist as long as we have free will.
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    F/SN delved into this deeply with the Shirou/Archer dichotomy, but then it pussied out at the decisive moment. Archer was right, his arguments made perfect sense, yet the arrogant naive Shirou had to pull thru by sheer will alone, and a vague hope and promise that he’ll find a way somehow. I swear, I’m not sure if Nasu gave in to pressure to make a so-called “good prevails” ending, or that he honestly believes in it. Looking at his material, I’ll bet on the former.
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    hehe … that’s why you don’t get me started on Eva or Berserk.
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    It also delved into the depth of what a desperate goodie-two-shoes people-pleaser protagonist would actually be like, and the reception he would get from his peers, specially the women. That alone right there was a deconstruction of the majority of shonen main characters.
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    It also didn’t hurt that the character, costume and mecha designs were slick and attractive, done by the under-appreciated Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
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    It came up with clever scenarios to common mecha tropes, and answered the questions that would arise from them:
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    -Why use kids to pilot them? The Gehrin Project.
    -What happens when you put kids in sever combat situations? Extreme PTSD.
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    These types of deconstruction shows that are run-of-the-mill now didn’t really exist back then. Eva did afterall became the tropemaker for Gainax endings. To see the creator’s psyche twist in front of our eyes was incredible. The show went from a regular monster of the week mecha series to a deranged psycho-thriller by the end of it.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:23 AM)
    Eva was fresh and quite unique for its time. Not that everything they did was original, but they certainly put their own twist on it. I also enjoyed the “fuck-you” ending of the tv series. Anno always defended it as intentional, but we all know it was really a budgetary constrain. well, at least we got the amazing End of Evangelion movie to supplement it.

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