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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  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 01:32 AM)
    @Bam, Nah. Tried that. Thing kept telling me that the blu-ray was acc coded and wouldn’t play. I then tried following steps which were said to fix the problem but it didn’t do a damn thing. Spent nearly 3 hours on this shit.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:58 AM)
    @Aidan: yep, Bluray quality is like a sore dick, it’s hard to beat. You should be able to use VLC to play Blurays. What you gotta do is open the folder, find the main menu file using VLC and just run it from there. You do need the right plug-ins but they are usually packaged with the newer VLC and BSPlayers.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:28 AM)
    Still, in general I don’t really care all that much for video quality so long as I can at least follow whats happening.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:17 AM)
    Damn…blu-ray anime is something else. It’s all so…clean.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, May 26. 2015 12:13 AM)
    Ah ha! Pirates to the rescue. Found a nice little torrent that’s solved my problem. Yeah no way in hell I was shelling out 80 euro to buy this software.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 11:53 PM)
    Thats one of the reasons I stopped picking up anime dvds at animecons, started noticing too many of them being sold were on bluray and I don’t have a bluray dvd player and apparently I can’t use my computer for it either…
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 11:37 PM)
    I managed to get something free that can play them, but it isn’t the best. Yep, here I am trying to give something back to anime and I am forced to go though this bullshit. No wonder everyone pirating.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 11:31 PM)
    Well isn’t this fantastic. I go and buy anime blu-ray’s thinking that if I have a blu-ray drive then I can play blu-ray dvds. Low and below apparently you can’t without software. And they is no real working free software that plays blu-rays. So I need to pay money, to get a goddamn program, so I can use my goddamn Blu-ray drive. Serious bullshit sir.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:39 PM)
    Part of the reason I bring this up is because I recall speaking to a Negima fan that told me I didn’t give the series enough of a chance because I dropped it 7 volumes in and because it hadn’t even begun.
  • Emma
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 09:35 PM)
    The four/five episode rule maybe it doesn’t really apply to long running shounens? Because they don’t really get started till much much further in

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