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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:46 AM)
    UBW 20 felt like another rendition of Eva 26 (Take care of yourself), complete with character analysis, battle with one’s Jungian Shadow, and loosely Buddhist ideas of self-actualization. It even featured the repetitive monologue shots that fade to black (with “I saw Hell” instead of Rei’s “Sky. Red, red sky”). It never went as far as Eva with “which way is up?” type of Soliloquy, but that’s probably a good thing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.

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