Posted by psgels on 23 September 2012 with categories: Uta Koi

They may have been one of the best episodes of Uta Koi yet. In any case the emotional impact it had on me was one of the highest. It’s one of the more whimsical stories of the season (yet again of a love unfulfilled), and it also has this energy that was very addictive, and emotions kept changing from one to the other.

Also, what I really liked is how this episode basically told the same story twice: once from the perspective of the guy, and then from the perspective of the girl. The guy’s story was focused on how he met her, and his struggles to restore his family name that eventually failed, while the girl’s story was that of a young empress falling in love and being unable to do anything to get together due to society. Once again with Uta Koi establishing that there was no such thing as freedom back then.

On a side-note: this episode had a few cameos from Sei Shonagon. Slowly, we’re moving further down history, and that’s the red thread connecting all of the episodes together here. Apart from episode six perhaps.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

5 Responses

  1. rufe says:

    You know, we watched this family rise up and then fall down again…It’s a little tragic.

    • Fluffily says:

      It was quite sad hearing Michimasa talked about happier times. As for watching the family rise and fall, I don’t feel that emotionally invested since we never got to see much of Michinaga’s actual plotting.

      • rufe says:

        Ok…but we also watched Teishi struggle to protect the family after his death. I believe Teishi was the daughter of Fujiwara no Michitaka.

  2. Fluffily says:

    Wait wait she was not an empress, but a princess who was the high priestess of a shrine in Ise. To put it in colloquial terms, that is quite a prestigious thing (or so it seems). They never mentioned her joining the current Emperor’s harem.

    It might have been a good episode, if not for my brain being unable to comprehend how she looked less than 10 before she left, and came back 3 years later looking like she’s 17. Or that the guy, who seemed like he was 30, having trysts with a girl who was such a young kid not too long ago (technically wikipedia says she was 15 when she came back while Michimasa was 24, which some people of our current society would still disapprove of).

    Gripes aside, it was a bittersweet episode again, which also nicely contrasts with his grandfather’s happy-ending story. I thought it was a pity we didn’t see more of Murasaki Shikibu, but at least we will finally see Teika’s story.

  3. kero says:

    This episode was just tragic, I kept waiting for a silver lining, but of course that does not happen.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    Or more accurately the feeling that I’d watched a grown up anime for the first time.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:57 AM)
    The feeling at the time of “This is my first “REAL” anime.
    And I was a cyberpunk nut ever since.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:56 AM)
    Call it nostalgic nonsense, but randomly video hopping on youtube, I find myself listening to the bubblegum crisis soundtrack, laughably dated yes but its taken me back to that moment when I was 11 and those ovas were the first thing I saw that wasn’t pokemon and how blown away/emotional I got and felt.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:47 AM)
    Seems like they’ve licensed Umineko.
  • MCAL
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:46 AM)
    @Emma Well they are the kind of company who will license those kinds of titles.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:16 AM)
    Honestly, I’m a bit concerned about Mangagamer licensing euphoria and some lolicon game I can’t remember the name of, it might be sending a bad message of VNs in the west.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:14 AM)
    I really, really want to see Aiyoku no eustia licensed as far as visual novels are concerned and I’m willing to give comyu another shot if it gets fully translated.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:12 AM)
    Not sure if I like what they’re doing with Charlottes protaganist, fair enough he’s a badass, he may become funny/entertaining, but he also kind of comes off as a loser/gary-stu/forced.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:09 AM)
    Yeah, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to kids targetted stuff I guess, but I found the first witch academia thing kind of endearing.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jul 5. 2015 06:07 AM)
    @;(: Welcome aboard.

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