Posted by psgels on 25 November 2010 with categories: Kuragehime



This show is just amazing: it just grabs its cast of characters, and instead of wasting its time with dull building up or slice of life, it just grabs its entire cast and pulls them out of their comfort zones, and it does this with such class, dynamic energy and variety that it becomes awesome to watch.

This episode continued the transformation of the sisterhood into a group of stylish ladies, and it puts them into a cafe in order to get accustomed to their new identities (and high heels. How can women walk on those?). The great part with them is their tension with Kuranosuke, who had to continue to pull them out of their shells throughout their entire adventure, and that wasn’t even the awesome part of this episode: the romantic tensions. And I don’t say that often.

There of course was Kuranosuke who against his will got turned on by Tsukimi, but I just loved Shuu and Inari Shouko in this episode, and how incredibly straight to the point the latter was when she tried to seduce Shuu: just forget building a relationship, simply drug the guy and blackmail him with a few pictures! Not to mention that the moment in which Shuu woke up was just priceless.

I can also really see this work as an 11 episode series: Noitamina’s short format really is a double-edged sword: it really forces creators to condense their stories, and weave building up more into the stories: with a pretty much guarantee that there isn’t room for a sequel in the prestigious Noitamina timeslot, the creators who realize this can get some amazing series that are short and to the point out of that. Kuragehime has also shown that it knows not to put too much on its plate, and I can really see a good conclusion for all of the characters it introduced in just five episodes.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

12 Responses

  1. Arisu says:

    Shu’s innocence was violated. Imagine if a girl was put in his place. I feel so sorry for him. That pushed was so very well deserved.

    This episode was pretty fast paced. I don’t know if I like it. On one hand. a lot has happened on this epi, but it kind of lost that charm that makes the earlier episode so good. I guess I’ve been desensitized by the antics that I don’t find them as funny as before.

  2. Sapphire says:

    I just love Kuranosuke’s way of falling in love with Tsukimi… It’s so funny and refreshing!

  3. Frost says:

    Kuranosuke steals the show here, I loved the part where he says his name by mistake, and then makes up Kurako LOL “Thats the most unreal sounding name ever… They actually believed it!”

    And yeah the sisterhood is always fun to watch, specially because I am also pretty anti-social, so I know exactly where they are coming from

    And then theres the eccentric uncle… I think the real strength of this anime is that every character is awesome in its own way, its lots of fun to just watch them do whatever

  4. Moonhawk says:

    Aww, wonderful episode again!

  5. Kethy-chan says:

    good episode, but definitely not as funny as the last two. I LOVE how Kuranosuke treats his little harem of odd women and forces them to be who they actually are, just in a different environment. and they looked like they had so much fun !
    Go, Kuranosuke !

  6. RustyDove says:

    I’m so split between who I want Tsukimi to end up with… Shu is pushing my DAAWWW-meter more and more each episode.

  7. ama-ri says:

    I wonder what tsukimi meant at the end of the episode with “brother”. Did Shu remind her of her brother or did she recognize he was her brother? Or did he smiply felt like a brother?
    Can’t wait to see the next episode. I really love this show.

  8. Kazu says:

    “I wonder what tsukimi meant at the end of the episode with “brother”.”

    She calls him “onii-san” (brother) because he’s Kuranosuke’s brother and she doesn’t know his name. She always calls him that way.

  9. Kiryn says:

    I love this series more and more with every passing episode. This episode in particular leads me to believe that Shuu is somehow going to be paired with Tsukimi – he seems to have gone to her to cleanse himself of Inari Shouko (one handshake? REALLY? After that embrace at the aquarium?). The pairing’s really beginning to grow on me, especially since Kuro-kun is so late in entering the love-triangle.

    The antics DID feel more toned down this episode, somehow. This may be due to the fact that the plot lines are coming into play all the more? Well, we’ll have to see. Looking forward to the next episode. :)

  10. Cher says:

    I don’t believe it will end well in 5 episodes, unless they make an original ending and you know it seldom ends well…

    Because after this the manga is kind of slower, and has tons and tons, and tons of building up.

  11. cheesesticks says:

    kyaaa~ hehe, Shuu or Kura?? X))) Whenever I feel like I’m leaning towards Shuu,Kuranosuke does something so cute and funny that makes me like him better. Haha! Amazing episode!

  12. Kurara says:

    I…I think I’m actually rooting for Shu here, instead of Kuranosuke. Kura’s suave, confident, and charming, while Shu’s introverted, shy, and incredibly sweet–he matches Tsukimi’s personality so well that I’d like to see them go on a proper date (hopefully with less blushing and stammering). This show continues to be awesome. :)

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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:11 PM)
    But I agree with Bam in that the show has lots of moments where it shines, namely in the action and the entertaining character interactions. If I was interested more so in a character story rather than an overall plot, I’m sure I’d like Eva a lot more. Certain shows work really well purely off that principle like Phantasia, but by the time I got to Eva I’d gotten relatively desensitized to those character tropes. Shinji didn’t help much either.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:07 PM)
    There’s no narrative thrusts throughout the show, it’s just scenes happening to get from one action set piece to the next all the while shoving blatant symbolism in your face. The little plot there is feels incredibly weak, aside from the world building there’s no clear objective besides a vague idea of defeating angels and something about Gendo that’s almost background noise with how little it affects the story.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:03 PM)
    Having started watching anime only in the mid 2000s despite occasionally seeing them on TV during the 90s, I come from a school of thought that emphasizes coherence more than anything else, basically I want the story to have focus. And while Eva’s influence on character archetypes and animation cannot be argued, I still think the story in Eva is pretty bad.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.

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