Posted on 18 March 2011 with categories: Hourou Musuko



The drama in this episode was just utterly brilliant. It’s where everything comes together, the build-up is really paying off and the characters start to change even more. Doi turned out to be a wonderful addition to the cast here.

This was a terrific example of the heights that subtle drama can reach. The entire episode was quiet, but so much was going on. The red thread was Nitori doing the impossible and coming to school in his girl outfit, being nudged by Doi in order to do this. It brilliantly made use of his insecurities as a girl in a guy’s body. It all culminated wonderfully until the climax of this episode.

Now, there still is the matter of that ending. This is a manga adaptation after all and I still haven’t forgotten the cheap way in which Kuragehime ended its run, but if that ending is good then this really is an excellent experiment of Noitamina to try and focus on series with a different group of lead characters (unlike Fractale for example). Noitamina is a very double-edged sword, but those who understand its limits (like the creators of this series seem to do) can use it to air some of the most wonderful series.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

7 Responses

  1. Jérémy says:

    I wasn’t expecting this event to happen so soon but yay that was the dramatic event I had been waiting for :D And I’m really curious as to how they’re going to finish the anime now :S

  2. c160 says:

    Well didn’t expect that watching the cross dressing at school animated will be even more awkward than just reading it XD Yeah, love this development and if I remember right, from here on, the development went up a gear(well,its still slow as usual, but more things happened.but still,slowly..so..yeah..).So its a bit sad that its so short.Go read the manga after this ends psgels ;)

  3. Belle says:

    This show gets better and better with each passing week. Everybody in the cast comes to life. I’ll definitely be picking up the manga after the anime finishes its run.

  4. Jérémy says:

    Everyone that liked the anime should read the manga afterwards! I just love how these kids changed over the years. Also, the manga is gonna get published in english in the upcoming months. It’s called Wandering Son and it’s being published by fantagraphics book or something like that. You should go check it out!

  5. Tractatus says:

    I like how they played it out, Mako’s narration after the ending credits was a really nice way to do it, imo.

  6. ojisan says:

    OK, I’m sold on the manga. I’ll hunt it down. I especially love how characters who would remain peripheral in most stories – Anna, Doi – suddenly pop into three dimensions and command our attention. There’s a sideways-skittering unpredictability to the story and to the characterization that is really, really wonderful and all too rare.

  7. thomas says:

    Brilliant. Best Winter show, easily.

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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:34 AM)
    I’m gonna leave this subject with one last personal gripe: How do we keep defending the banks as our primary job creators? How many jobs have they created since the bail-outs and the great quarterly turn-arounds that it provided for them? Too big to fail?! as the great late Robin Williams once said “that’s like saying you’re too fat to diet you assholes!”.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:33 AM)
    I’d say the damage from 2008 has still not healed.
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:32 AM)
    @Bam In conclusion, it does have it’s merits, no doubt. But that process from the graph to your financial report, is all it takes to fuck us over in the bum.
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:30 AM)
    @K-off: can’t argue with The Science Guy :)
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:29 AM)
    @K-off: But I do see your point. There were many conflicting extrapolations (intentionally maybe?) from the same data, and a lot of the other, more indicating information, were simply withheld or misreported.
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:29 AM)
    @Bam As Bill Nye likes to say, we all agree on the facts. The conclusions we derive from the facts however, are in the air.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:26 AM)
    Then it the proceeding 4 years they passed two more pieces of legislation through the supreme court (the Citizens United ruling and the McCutcheon decision) with devastatingly detrimental consequences. So I don’t apologize for not foreseeing the betterment of our politics in the near future.
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:26 AM)
    The Federal Reserve intervened to save Bear Stearns, the first casualty of the subprime mortgage crisis. The Dow dropped to 11,650.44, but seemed to recover. In fact, like idiots, many thought the Bear Stearns rescue would keep markets from sliding below 20% of the October high, and avoid a naked market. But then of course, as history tells us, it went to shit. There were conflicting reports, and the extrapolations made from the data were all over the place.
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:24 AM)
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    (Friday, Aug 29. 2014 03:21 AM)
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