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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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:29 AM)
    Although it looks like Liden Films is working with a decent budget, the 3d models weren’t really that impressive. They’re actually pretty lucky to have Studio Millepensee on board as well; since their still frames and 2D in-betweens were actually really good.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:13 AM)
    The song from Gut’s nightmare sequence in the wagon was good tho. That might be the Harasawa insert track.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:11 AM)
    @Aidan: I already favorited their page. That’s incredibly. It’s like Kotaku hired a bunch of bronies to write reviews.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 05:05 AM)
    @Bam, don’t think it’s a parody. After all it’s the same site that posted this comedy gem of an article.
    http://kotaku.com/sword-art-online-is-the-smartest-anime-i-ve-seen-in-yea-5947171
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:59 AM)
    I really do hope that I’m wrong about all of this.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:57 AM)
    I’m starting to question Miura, and wondering how much of the genius of it was the 97 series director Naohito Takahashi, I mean I did watch the series before reading the manga. His choices are starting to make sense: leaving Puck out, ending the show right at the eclipse. He knew Miura will never finish it, and that is the high point of the whole story.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:52 AM)
    @Aidan: this article has to be a parody. I refuse to believe otherwise.
    The original’s pilot was disjointed and messy, but it kept the dark atmosphere and the somber tone. It still captured your attention and got you to watch the second episode, which was the real hook. This upbeatness … it’s just wrong.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:51 AM)
    @Bam: Ah, I’m am slightly high at the moment and it makes me giddy/shit post.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:48 AM)
    @Kaiser: might be a “bab” but I am far from innocent.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 2. 2016 04:46 AM)
    And hearing the characters voiced in Japanese, it reminds me just how the dub for Berserk sat much better for me.

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