Posted by psgels on 31 December 2010 with categories: Kuragehime



Yeah, this episode was rushed. At the same time though, I’m amazed at how much the creators managed to put in just this single episode.

Overall this series should have been better balanced in order to avoid this problem. I’d say, that stuffing episodes7, 8, 9 and 10 in just three episodes would have already done wonders, but this episode still was really enjoyable. It’s just that it didn’t resolve half of its plot and the things it did resolve were… yeah.

As for the cliff-hanger at the end of the previous episode: it turned out to be a mistake by a bunch of construction workers. In the end the problem gets solved in a way that does make sense in the end… but still remains questionable: Chieko’s mother just arrives with the message that she doesn’t intend to sell the thing after all. It’s one of those “why didn’t you say so in the first place!?”-twists at the ending, though granted this is a decent version of it: it was established episodes ago that Chieko’s mother’s phone was broken so she had no way of contacting them.

This episode also went back and forth between a fashion contest from out of nowhere at the same time. And remember that girl that Banba and Jiji ran into? She’s a supermodel and is at the same fashion show. Apart from a few “ah, I remember you!”, that encounter was never really used. At the same time we also see Shuu and Shouko who bump into each other at the same plane.

And don’t get me wrong, this was a very entertaining episode: the creators knew that they’d never be able to wrap everything up so they tried to stuff in as much as possible in this episode. Overall this is a series that doesn’t do well in terms of the big picture, but rather shines through its individual scenes and jokes, and that’s something it really was excellent at.

Probably the worst thing about this episode was that none of the romances were resolved. Shouko and Shuu were literally on a plane together when we last saw them, and the tension between Kuranosuke and Tsukimi is the same that it ever was. Unlike Shiki, which ended Perfectly, Kuragehime really should have had a normal time-slot to really show its best.

Next season’s Noitamina should prove to be significantly different: from a silly and over the top Josei comedy about cross dressers, we’re moving to a realistic and down to earth slice of life series about cross dressers and from a brutal horror show with lots of mystery we’re moving to a moe show with lots of mystery. Again, the question is whether they’re right for Noitamina or not: are their mangas small enough to fit within 11 episodes or will they be as incomplete as Kuragehime?
Rating: * (Good)

9 Responses

  1. Diasen says:

    Which are the two shows in this timeslot next season?

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Diasen: Fractale and Hourou Musuko

  3. “moe show with lots of mystery,” sure you aren’t confusing Fractal with Gosick? Fractal seems more like a fantasy than anything else…

  4. Happy says:

    Did you watch this with eng subs?

  5. lHyDrAl says:

    Fractale is anime original btw..
    Yamakan FTW.

  6. LS says:

    particularly enjoyed that they found time for a Burmese Harp reference … that’s a deep cut right there

  7. Perrin4869 says:

    Bah, this didn’t work as an ending, or as anything for that matter, for me it was a terrible episode. I would have preferred something even more open ended, rather than a piece of nonsense. Or at least that’s what I felt I was watching all along.
    In the end, I must say that this series never lived up to the expectations I had of it after the first episode (though I’m not sure exactly what my expectations where, they definitely weren’t met), but I enjoyed watching… Except for the last few episodes.

  8. windy says:

    Shouko should be labeled as one of the funniest character of the year; she was really good at making me laugh, I loved the moment when she was plucking off the flower’s petals and it ended on “he hates me”, it’s just so like her, I don’t think I ever heard a character that concluded with the same result, it’s a shame this show has to end so soon, I’d like more and more of it.

  9. Jeremy says:

    I rather enjoyed this ending but it would have been much better if it was in 2 or 3 episodes instead of just 1. The whole fashion show thingy should have taken a whole episode. It’s also sad that we don’t get closure on many storyline like shou and that lady (which is one of my favourite characters on the show, she’s hilarious!) Overall, the show would have been so much better if it would have lasted longer. Sad :(

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  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:42 AM)
    More importantly, I’m more intrigued by things within the realm of human reasoning- unlike the bootstrap paradox or any paradoxes for that matter. The grandfather paradox, god paradox, etc.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:33 AM)
    She has family issues. But if you want my honest, unfiltered opinion, it’s that she’s being a whiny douche about it to not just herself, but to everyone around her. It’s not a secret, she posts pictures of her wrists on Instagram with some bullshit “inspirational” quote slapped on to it, and is basically a bitch about it. I don’t know why I should care but she’s going to get her MBA this year, so I expect my peers to act like they have a brain.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    True, but it often makes them bottle themselves up even more and shut everyone out further. It’s not worth it and the last thing anyone would want is to make a depressed person distrust doctors.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:25 AM)
    I’m genuinely surprised that nobody’s intrigued by the Bootstrap Paradox.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:22 AM)
    Thats a problem in itself though Marius, sometimes you have to intervene and make people do what is necessary and make the choices for them.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:20 AM)
    I just think before giving up on this girl or deciding she’s a lost cause, figuring out why someone is depressed is a good option.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:19 AM)
    @K-off: But in all seriousness something is clearly going on in her life.
  • MariusOst
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:18 AM)
    If she’s comfortable in self-destructive behavior, I feel that she’s a lost cause. You can’t force her to go to the hospital, or can you make her live a healthy lifestyle.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:14 AM)
    @Marius Nah, she’s lazy as fuck when it comes to that, and at this point I doubt she even wants treatment.
    @Emma ? I said the music wasn’t helping better her condition.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 10:10 AM)
    This girl who keeps cutting herself K-off, she’s surely got some story behind her for why she’s engaging in self-destructive behavior. And if you say its just because of the music she listen too… ;o;

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