Posted by psgels on 18 November 2010 with categories: Kuragehime



This episode did exactly what I hoped to: instead of goofing off, it wasted no time in pushing the plot forward. Instead of waiting until the penultimate episode for the Sisterhood to actually stand up and do something, it brings in the news that Chieko’s mother is planning to sell the place. That was exactly what this series needed to prevent it from getting stale.

This episode itself was also a complete chaos with the amount of things that happened at the same time: Tsukimi was too busy being love-sick, the sisterhood made a failed attempt to speak up at a council meeting, a newly introduced woman starts hitting on Shuu and Kuranosuke starts his attempts on giving the entire sisterhood a huge make-over. Every part of this was just full of energy, and I especially liked the parts of the episode that tried to mix all of these together, which made this episode juggle all kinds of emotions. It’s one of the rare points at which you can really see that this is from the same director as Baccano and Durarara, as Takehiro may be one of the most versatile directors out there: it feels like his style changes with every series he’s working on.

Unlike the previous episode we didn’t get to see into Shuu’s mind this time, which probably was a build-up for the next number of episodes, because we don’t know exactly what kind of impact the previous episode made on him. This episode portrayed him as relatively normal, but at the same time we also don’t really know what kind of impact that woman made on him (who by the way is quite a character: the personalities she creates for the people she manipulates sound so fake when you consider her real character): was she meant as a character to develop him, Tsukimi or both?
Rating: *** (Awesome)

11 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    That, was, awesome. I was afraid it started going stale, but this episode just felt so fresh. A ton of things happened, switching from comedy to more romantic stuff seamlessly (and I really like that sinking scene). If it continues like this it might be a classic.

  2. jzar says:

    One of the funniest episodes I’ve ever watched. I almost never laugh out loud and this had me busting out right from the belly. So refreshing to see such a creative approach to really quite standard ideas. What a great roller-coaster of a ride….I just hope it can keep it up.

  3. Sapphire says:

    AWESOME, indeed.
    The funniest scene for me was Kuranosuke at the breakfast table thinking about Shuu’s virginity.
    I can’t wait for next week, we’ll be able to watch Shuu’s response to that woman’s advances AND the sisterhood running wild with fashion!

  4. Julian says:

    I’m so glad I found this show. Watching geeky women is far more entertaining than watching geeky men. I love the part where the crossdresser uses a “jutsu” to seal the afro. Hilarious.

  5. Cher says:

    Damn it, this serie so needs a second season…

    Maybe it’s just because I’m a girl, but the way Kuranosuke treats other Amars and Tsukimi is so sweet. It’s funny how manly a wholesome crossdresser could be.

  6. Momo says:

    Yeah. Funny how a guy who crossdress is a hundred times more manly than his super straight laced brother.

    Sigh. This episode was half depressing and half enjoyable. The transformation of the amars weren’t really that surprising. I’m just glad that Kuronasuke was there for them.

  7. Kethy-chan says:

    I LOOOOVE the Ma*Ya*Ya make-over introduction !!! I’t hilarious !!!

  8. Kethy-chan says:

    Oh, and the bruise ! it looks sooo bad ! I can’t wait for next week !
    Oh, and Shuu has gots to be a jack*ss for not being able to recognize her. She wore glasses last episode too and STILL !! Go, Kuronasuke !

  9. Juna says:

    Wow an awesome *** rating? Thats the first time I’ve seen that *^^* And this episode did deserve it. I starting watching this show purely based on your recommendation bc I usually don’t go for slice of life type stuff. But this is so fun, and I just love love lovelovelovelove Kuranosuke :D

  10. Frost says:

    AFRO SEAL! Looking forward to seeing the whole group with make over next episode… Then Shuu will finally realize whats happening, probably

  11. blah says:

    Great episode.

    It happens once in a while where a series feels genuine, like it’s based off realistic emotions and this series definitely has that feel. Especially the sinking scene, where she’s talking about how she wants to be reborn.

    The last series that did that for me was the first “story” of Aoi Bungaku which was also really great. The rest…eh.

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    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
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