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Kage Kara Mamoru! – 11, 12 (END)

Episode 11

Kage Kara Mamoru   11   01 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   02 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   03
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   04 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   05 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   06
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   07 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   08 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   09
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   10 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   11 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   12
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   13 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   14 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   15
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   16 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   17 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   18
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   19 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   20 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   21
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   22 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   23 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   24
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   25 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   26 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   27
Kage Kara Mamoru   11   28 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   29 Kage Kara Mamoru   11   30

Summary:
There’s a contest being held for writing a love letter where the prize is a year’s worth of Belgian chocolate. This drives all of the girls in the city, including Yuuna, to write love letters. Mamoru sees Yuuna’s letter one night as he’s covering her with a blanket because she fell asleep. Though her letter starts off a bit “strange,” it is in fact a love letter. And in the end, it is indeed Yuuna who wins the contest, though Mamoru had to foil a plot by Yamame and Hotaru that involved feeding letters to goats. Mamoru doesn’t understand why the girls are so motivated by chocolate, but Tsubaki says that he’s the one who doesn’t understand. On the way home, Yuuna wants to give the love letter and her prize to Mamoru. When she insists that he take it, it finally dawns on Mamoru that she likes him. He stops her before she can fully confess and basically turns her down by saying that their relationship isn’t like that. In tears, Yuuna apologizes and runs off. Mamoru then hears a car crashing noise and a scream.
It turns out that only Yuuna’s arm is injured, but the incident has left Mamoru visibly shaken. He knows that everything that happened was his fault, and he’s still unsure about his own feelings for Yuuna. Mamoru’s father comes back from meeting with the rest of the Kagemori family with bad news: Mamoru is going to be dismissed and replaced by another ninja. In Yuuna’s room, Mamoru is already accepting her feelings. But this Mamoru is not the real Mamoru. When confronted, this ninja introduces himself as Hinomori Tasuke. It seems that the Hinomori clan shadows the Kagemori clan, meaning that Tasuke knows everything about Mamoru and Yuuna. And, as Mamoru’s mother learns from Mamoru’s father, Mamoru is going to be sent back to the Kagemori village. Mamoru and Tasuke start fighting, but when Mamoru tries to grab Tasuke from behind, Tasuke disappears in a burst of feathers and reappears behind Mamoru. He does the same attack Mamoru was about to do (a back rock drop attack) and drives Mamoru straight into the ground. Mamoru is defeated, but is granted one more day as himself. The day goes through normally, except that Mamoru holds Yuuna’s hand on the way back and remembers all the previous times they’ve walked home together. Upon seeing her home, Mamoru says “Bye bye Yuuna.”

Episode 12

Kage Kara Mamoru   12   01 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   02 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   03
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   04 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   05 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   06
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   07 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   08 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   09
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   10 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   11 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   12
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   13 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   14 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   15
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   16 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   17 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   18
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   19 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   20 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   21
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   22 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   23 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   24
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   25 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   26 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   27
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   28 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   29 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   30
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   31 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   32 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   33
Kage Kara Mamoru   12   34 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   35 Kage Kara Mamoru   12   36

Summary:
It seems that Yuuna and “Mamoru” have been busy going out on dates. And on this day, both sets of parents are departing for a vacation, leaving Tasuke to guard Yuuna. In the Kagemori village, Mamoru is doing chores when the higher-ups come to a grave realization: the owner of the car that hit Yuuna is actually a ninja, meaning that everything so far has been a farce. But this comes too late as they are surrounded by the Hinomori clan, who have come armed with machine guns; they are after the secret Kagemori art. However, their initial search fails to turn it up. The Kagemori clan has been tied up, but they start to form a plan. Top priority is saving Yuuna from Hinomori hands and for that, the chief sends Mamoru. With Burumaru’s help, he escapes to the graveyard where the secret scroll is kept. After reading it, he returns to the city.
In Yuuna’s room, Tasuke tries to make a move, but she realizes that it’s not him and pushes him away. When the real Mamoru shows up, Tasuke knocks Yuuna out and holds her hostage in exchange for the secret scroll. Mamoru trades it, but then a flash grenade goes off in the room. Tsubaki, Yamame, and Hotaru are responsible, and they now have custody of Yuuna. Mamoru leaves her in their hands and chases Tasuke, but it turns out that he’s only chasing a fake. The real Tasuke has defeated all of the girls and has taken Yuuna again. He leaves a note on Burumaru telling Mamoru that he’ll be waiting by the riverside. There, Tasuke reveals to Yuuna that all of the dates she’s been on recently have been with him and not Mamoru. When Mamoru attacks, Tasuke repeats the rock drop attack that he defeated Mamoru with last time and it works again. Tasuke then opens up the secret scroll, but it only has one word written on it: “heart.” Tasuke doesn’t believe that this is the real thing and prepares to harm Yuuna.
Yuuna has started to cry because she never knew that Mamoru was protecting her. She couldn’t even tell that Mamoru had been replaced by someone else. Yuuna’s repeated apologies and tears cause Mamoru to gather his strength and stand back up. He tells her that he’s not protecting her because he has to, but instead because she’s his most important person. Both ninjas then don their ninja garb and Tasuke launches the first attack in the form of thrown blades. The other girls finally rejoin the battle and block the attack for Mamoru. Tasuke then tries to pull off the rock drop on Mamoru for the third time, but this time it’s Mamoru who disappears. He returns the favor by doing a special heart version of the rock drop that sends Tasuke crashing down like a meteor. In the aftermath, Mamoru apologizes to Yuuna. Yuuna doesn’t want to have to rely on Mamoru and even says that she’ll protect Mamoru from now on. But as she’s climbing up the steps towards him, she slips on a banana peel. We learn from Mamoru that Yuuna lost her memories about the incident and everything returns to normal.

I had kind of wished that Mamoru and Yuuna had ended up together in a bit more of a satisfactory way. In the end, they used a banana reset button to turn everything back. But at least Mamoru knows Yuuna’s feelings now, so if this were to occur again, the outcome would be very different (or so I would hope). Overall I thought the final two episodes were alright: not great, but not bad. They traded humor for story in the finale.

Final Thoughts: Kage Kara Mamoru! ended up being a series that was very hit or miss for me. Every week, Mamoru gets to play ninja to save Yuuna while all the girls around him like him. There weren’t any deep character relationships to analyze or plot twists to surprise me. Some episodes provided some good laughs (episodes four and five come to mind) and some had interesting premises (the mole men), but the rest episodes left me with very little to say. I’d call this one of those non-thought provoking shows you watch to get a few laughs or just to see some ninjas.

March 25, 2006 at 8:30 pm
24 comments »
  • March 25, 2006 at 9:18 pmZanarky

    Does Yuna find out the Mamoru and friends are ninjas?

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:19 pmOmni

    Yes….well kind of….
    She does, but then she slips on a banana peel and forgets everything.

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:30 pmJT

    what! only 12 episodes.. lol i think im glad that its only 12.. the banana song kinda got on my nerves -.-’

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:40 pmhiken

    lol yes kind of a crappy way to open end it but at least it gives Tsubaki and the other girls a chance.

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:42 pmMonkeyBrains

    Silly to the end, I suppose. That’s good.

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:45 pmRasmiel

    Dude. I can’t believe how big of a role bananas got in this series. Way sad, yo.

  • March 25, 2006 at 9:58 pmAnza

    The whole series is just a running joke XD

  • March 25, 2006 at 10:57 pmlol

    in wat way does this look like the end???!!!! I don’t get it, it looks like just a regular episode.

  • March 26, 2006 at 1:06 amAznSoulBoy

    ya i dont get it LOL mamoru love some1? o.o

  • March 26, 2006 at 2:45 amHaesslich

    Well, Yuuna looks a LOT better when she’s not being a complete ditz… although I guess they couldn’t let things end ‘seriously’ by letting her know that she’s surrounded by ninja.

  • March 26, 2006 at 2:46 amshojo

    This series is just too light for me, they only had a few good laughs here and there but besides that, it’s quite an average anime. The banana theme is still quite interesting tho’, hehe.

  • March 26, 2006 at 2:49 amZmmCool

    quote: “Belgian chocolate.”

    Oishii ~ ^o^

    (The best chocolate of this world !)

  • March 26, 2006 at 10:59 amKuya

    Serious Yuuna looks cooler than ditzy Yuuna =/. I love how…almost ritualistic anime makes a confession look. It looks so much simpler lol.

  • March 26, 2006 at 11:14 pmJT

    i agree about the show being very light… comparing to Magikano!.. woah magikano beats kage’s ass in the comedy department but i have issues with that show as well (its too damn loud and too obvious)

  • March 27, 2006 at 1:29 amBlanc

    Ah well.

  • March 27, 2006 at 2:35 amVexx

    I shall miss the banana song and all the verses (yes, I have an mp3 of it but its more fun to watch the ditzy little thing sing it).

  • March 28, 2006 at 1:18 amumi

    belgian chocolate is the best!!

    btw did we ever find the reason why the kagemori clan had to protect yuuna’s family?

  • March 29, 2006 at 12:33 amVera

    Shoot! I was hoping they’d give the remaining verses of that banana song. She only sung the first part.
    It’s a satisfactory ending. To suddenly change Yuna’s character so drastically threw me off but brought it right back to square one with that banana. lol. I mean forgetting everything was for the best b/c she wasn’t happy when she went on all those dates. (Yeah, yeah, I know it was the other guy BUT do you really think Mamoru would be so in-tune with his emotions?)
    For 12 episodes, he only found out now that Yuna liked him. What about the other girls??? Leave it the way it is.

    Maybe they could do a spinoff or something and explain how they got the “400 year protect your neighbour” gig. That’s my only reason for watching the bloody show. Why?!?!?!

  • April 13, 2006 at 10:04 pmnini

    do you know where i can get the banan song… its so funny… may be i can put it as my ringtones lolz

  • April 17, 2006 at 8:00 pmsho

    So is the series done? Is it over totally?

  • April 19, 2006 at 5:20 pmLeon

    Done? Nah. There are goign to be two more seasons, each revealing a new verse of the banana song. At the end of the third season, there will be an Evangelion-esque finale.
    It’s one seasone per year though, so we’ll have to wait a quite bit.

  • April 21, 2006 at 4:07 amfearpils

    The series is quite fun though, maybe since i didn’t have high expectations

  • May 13, 2006 at 8:41 pmshojo

    Just wrapped up the entire series; concluding thought: a relatively average anime with its shares of laughs and fun. I didn’t really expect too much of the series coz it doesn’t seem to have much plot or character development from what I’ve seen so far. I was still a bit disappointed at how they end it, they could have use a better plot device than erasing Yuna’s memory.

  • July 7, 2006 at 4:31 pmdogging

    shout out to the (lol guy) it really did feel like a regular episode…. I wouldnt be surprised if there was a spinoff