Posted by psgels 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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 10:10 AM)
    I’ve noticed Aidan you’ve had no additional words on rolling girls, yatterman night, Junketsu no Maria. Also I would definitely gladly read your Garo posts.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:59 AM)
    Fumoffu was considerably funnier than the actual show, but it only paid off if you were somewhat invested in the main series.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:50 AM)
    Man, making favourites list is so hard, I needed to fit some shoji Kawamori, Asano Inio and Tsutomu Nihei on the list…
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:47 AM)
    Side question, is anyone still reading black lagoon?
    The new arc isn’t the strongest the series has been at.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:45 AM)
    I ragged on about full metal panic pages back…you know I really wanted to like that I really did but after 6-8 episodes instead of a cool mech show I was bored by an unfunny comedy.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:38 AM)
    @Emma: yeah that was weird. Almost as strange as Alita not getting a long-running OVA series. But I think one day Alita will eventually be readapted as its too much of a goldmine to not be dug into. But you know some staff call Texhnolyze a spiritual successor to Blame!.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:34 AM)
    There’s a megacut of Gargantia that removes all the festival episodes and the sagging middle arc and moves bits and pieces around with reworked dialogue that is far far superior to the original show. It’s crazy how bad implementation ruins shows that have all the essential good parts.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:32 AM)
    @Bam: I feel so dashed that blame only got that 45 minute ova…
    He got a proposed zombie manga which got cancelled before it even got started =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:30 AM)
    While Macross zero may not have been the highest point of the franchise I almost felt Gargantia was a confused poor mans version of it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:28 AM)
    Tsutomu Nihei’s works are criminally underutilized in the anime industry. I remember how hard I fangirled out when I heard the rumors of a Madhouse black&white Biomega anime that they called a ‘moving manga’, but all of that dissipated into thin air unfortunately =/

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