Posted by psgels on 17 December 2010 with categories: Kuragehime



This was probably the funniest episode of the entire series. It’s not like a lot of new things happened, and it instead continued to develop things further. as a build-up, this was truly excellent. The portrayal of Shu who is consistently trying to get rid of that woman around him, but the point at which she found out that Shu was only a virgin really took the cake. I really have to applaud the creators for that scene.

As for Tsukimi: that’s going to be the biggest issue for the final two episodes. In this episode, she again spent most of her time sulking about Shu. Something NEEDS to happen to her now. And don’t get me wrong, her angst was quite good here: her feelings of just wanting to disappear were again very well portrayed and engaging. 11 episodes however is not the length where you can just pull this card over and over again if it’s not building up to anything.

Speaking of building up, Kuranosuke did get a great balance between build-up and actually doing something. This guy is constantly trying to pull Tsukimi out of her comfort zone and forcing her to not run away, and I also like how he was inspired by Tsukimi’s drawings. The final scene in this episode was also a nice touch.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

5 Responses

  1. Frost says:

    Best scene of the episode: Kuranosuke’s dad and uncle in school girl outfit LOL

    Anyway this anime as a whole has some of the best comedy around… I like the funny moments a lot more than the serious stuff actually

    Not a fan of Tsukimi sulking every episode either, its just boring… Kuranosuke needs to just go ahead and kiss her or something

  2. Nene says:

    You know, there are lots of common points between this story and Kimi wa Pet. I hadn’t noticed it until now… it was the scene where Shouko tells Shu to ‘fess up that he actually *likes* having an aggressive temptress like her forcing herself into his life that made me realize it.

    The love quadrangles share the same parameters in both series. We have the heroine, the super serious older man who is her romantic interest, Kura=Momo (about 20 years old, beautiful and androgynous, has dated a hundred girls already, super experienced at sex, actually understands the heroine and knows all her secrets), and the slutty sexbomb who eventually steals the heroine’s man — leaving her free to fall into the other guy’s arms.

    I think it’s clear now that Kura x Tsukimi will win the day. The morale of the story in Kuragehime looks like it’s shaping up to be something like this: “If you’re a shy introverted virgin, your ideal partner is a sexy, experienced, dominating figure who will force his/her way through your defenses and into your life whether you want it or not.” Hee hee. ^_~

  3. Maureen says:

    Nene has just described the Gothic romance genre. Except Seventies Gothic romance usually involved mysterious mansions and heroines getting hit over the head or having amnesia.

  4. jzar says:

    I think this is one of the more interesting stories and it’s damn funny…well to me anyway. I would like to see a bit less sheer terror reactions but they make it work very well within the characters. Always lots of fun to watch.

  5. Upscaled says:

    I think there’s hope for a second season yet!
    Kouji Yamamoto, Noitamina producer, wrote on Twitter, back on Nov. 5, that Kuragehime received a rating of 3.7%. That’s much better than what Noitamina was getting over the summer.

    http://twitter.com/koji8782/status/592744737144832

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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