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The episode opens with Ayane sitting out on the porch having some seaweed crackers. Turns out they’re spiked or something by Machi, which causes Ayane to have an aneurism, immediately prompting the OP sequence to start. Looks like the psycho miko sisters will get more screentime finally!

As with all Japanese shrines, there’s always some arduous million-step stair climb before you actually make it to the top. Ikuto and Suzu are making that climb, carrying huge daikons on their back (Suzu’s is notably larger). Seems like they’re bringing the daikon to Chizuru, the priestess…who unfortunately never shows up in this episode. Anyways, when they reach the top, Suzu runs ahead while Ikuto melts down in fatigue.

Chance!

Machi jumps out of nowhere onto his lap and unleashes some of her slowloli voice combo’d with some tantalizing blushing. Machi episode, right? Right? At this point Suzu runs back and says she can’t find Chizuru, and Ikuto finds out that Machi and Ayane are sisters as he pops a few veins himself. Chizuru is out finding ingredients to make her special daifuku, those mochi things Suzu was eating while explaining the Naruto story to Ikuto in episode 2. If you can remember that scene, you’d know that Suzu is a daifuku fiend, raising questions about how she can keep that gorgeous figure. Must be all the heavy lifting they do around the island.

So it turns out that Machi is on the hunt for Ayane, and bribes Suzu with twenty (!!) daifuku for her capture. Naturally, Suzu’s eyes turn to large azure plates and scampers off to set up some traps. Ikuto wonders how she’s going to bait Ayane to walk into them, and Suzu responds immediately by jumping to the top of a hill and screaming something like “AYANE HAS NO TITS.” Quite effective, as Ayane shows up faster than the road runner spotting bird seed. Suzu gets some daifuku-powered purple aura and higurashi eyes as Ayane is almost snared in a trap, but her fat black chocobo jumps from nowhere and saves her, grabbing Ikuto in the process.

So as Ayane is explaining about Suzu’s daifuku fiendishness and Machi’s voodoo tendencies, Suzu jumps out of nowhere (a lot of these this episode…) looking like a possessed cat (her blue ribbon looks like nekomimi, freakin’ awesome). Ayane, seemingly more level-headed than her previous exploits, offers Suzu thirty (!!!!) daifuku to find Machi’s weakness. Suzu immediately complies and runs off.

At this point I’m thinking that if I was Suzu, I would go find Machi’s weakness and score 30, then as I’m reporting back to Ayane, grab her and return her to Machi, scoring another 20. Ah, the things that anime conveniently forgets.

Anyways, Suzu reports back with a startling Machi weakness: if you stop her heart, she’ll die, or something like that. Whoopee. Ayane gets pissed off and starts cussing out her sister with stuff like “old hag” and “middle-aged woman.” Of course, Machi has come out of nowhere and heard all this, and they seem to do a lot of damage as she crumbles to the ground. Could this be her weakness! Ayane declares victory and she grabs the voodoo doll that has been the bane of her prepubescent life. Oh well, Machi has more tricks up those huge sleeves, and does some t-rex ghost summon no jutsu. Poor Ayane.

The second part of the episode opens with Ikuto and Suzu falling off a cliff and landing on one of those Japanese gnome statues. The head breaks off much to Suzu’s horror, but Ikuto fixes it up with some head-to-foot rearrangement as they walk off. Unfortunately for the two, most things on this island are either possessed by some vengeful spirit or able to pop out of nowhere at the most inopportune moments, so naturally we see the eyes of the state start glowing red.

They head back and have dinner, while Suzu keeps feeling this chill going down her spine. Ikuto keeps telling her to stfu, but then Suzu actually sees the ghost peeking through the door, which causes her to freak out. For the next several minutes, we see Suzu wrapped in her blanket like one of those sushi rolls, kinda like a Suzu-maki, which would probably sell upwards of a few million yen at your neighborhood kaiten sushi restaurant.

Seeing her rival completely disarmed, Ayane starts poking fun at Suzu and saying stuff which freaks her out. Ayane keeps laying on the lame ghost teases, and eventually Suzu snaps and throws her in one of those “team rocket’s blastin’ off again” things. Honestly, though, if she can throw people that far, she should just start tossing Ikuto in Japan’s general direction. But after she’s tossed everyone, who would toss her? Oh Suzu.

So they’re having dinner now, and Suzu is still curled under her blanket. In some ways, she looks like one of those bomb koopas in Mario who turn into bombs when u step on them. Except rather than a face full of shrapnel, she’s an explosion of moe. Oh Suzu. Anyways, she explains that being scared reminds her of her mother, since her mom would always comfort her whenever she got scared. Doing the manly thing, Ikuto swoops in with the typical “don’t be scared, I’m here by your side” lame-o line, which makes me think up of how many different ways Suzu can repay Ikuto for his manly valor.

During all this, Ayane is outside, ready to pounce on unsuspecting Suzu, but decides not to because of her sobby sobby mother story. (Useless side note: you know when you’re in a flame battle with some nerd online, and they start making fun of your mother? In these situations my default answer is “my mother is in a coma” and they usually shut up. That’s sort of like what happened here…I guess.) Anyways, right as Ayane is about to walk away, the ghost mauls her as she unleashes a blood-curdling scream which gets Suzu all riled up again. Ikuto goes out to find a passed out loli on the porch, as I think of more doujin-worthy solutions to this problem. After Ayane wakes up, Suzu unleashes her own cry – turns out the ghost is uh… sitting on her, spouting some oogie boogie nonsense as Tonkatsu is passed out on the floor. Super genius bishoujo miko Ayane jumps into action to defeat the ghost, but is instantly KO-licked into oblivion. The ghost makes his move on Ikuto as he stands there confused at what a phantom tongue could possibly do to him…screw it, he thinks, as he lets loose a furious makinouichi uppercut that one-hit-KOs the ghost.
So uh, Ikuto scolds the ghost and tells him not to bother people any more. The ghost disappears, suggesting a return at a later date (as Ayane and Suzu freak out some more).

Thoughts:
Nagasarete continues its winning formula with its awesome characters and inexplicable antics. It seems that the anime skipped a chapter of the manga which involved more Machi time – as one that hasn’t read the manga, I don’t really care, but since Machi is all sorts of awesome I would like to see her get some more time. Ayane is growing on me, though – she just seems cooler, more diabolical, and uh…younger than Suzu. Anyways, I implore you manga readers to try to forget what goes on in the manga and just appreciate the anime for what it is by itself. You know, like pay more attention to how moe Horie Yui’s voice is and stuff.

-jaalin

April 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm
33 comments »
  • April 25, 2007 at 6:37 pmOskar Anly EX

    i was expecting a Machi/Ikuto episode, but this one was fun too.

  • April 25, 2007 at 6:48 pmShinji103

    So they combined Chapter 7, Chapter 8, and the Extra Chapter from volume 2 in reverse order. (chapter 8 and the extra chapter mixed together, then chapter 7) Howver, I found certain humor scenes to be more flat than the way they were in the manga…

    …and they skipped the Machi episode.

    They skipped the Machi episode.

    THEY /SKIPPED/ THE MACHI EPISODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And they aren’t getting to it next episode either, which is Chapter 9 from the manga. (this is made clear by the title of the next episode)

    And thus they ended up ruining how the Machi episode starts, because it was supposed to start with Ikuto still recuperating from working himself over the chores from last episode. But they’d better come back to it. /THEY’D BETTER COME BACK TO IT!/ Or I might just have to roll out the riot guns and go head-hunting for the staff….

  • April 25, 2007 at 7:08 pmGStrike-

    hey it’s BOO!!! lol

  • April 25, 2007 at 8:08 pmX

    where can i download this??

  • April 25, 2007 at 8:15 pmHudson

    Where’s Mario when you need him…..

  • April 25, 2007 at 8:32 pmrandom passerby

    OMG Suzu looks so awesomely kawaii while being possessed by Boo. =D

  • April 25, 2007 at 8:57 pmeReBoS

  • April 25, 2007 at 9:10 pmShinji103

    Errr, Suzu’s not possessed by it, she’s scared silly of it.

  • April 25, 2007 at 9:15 pmSailor Enlil

    The owl outside Suzu’s house with the bandages, splint, and crutch (after the ghost’s invasion of the house) was hilarious (and considering it was just fine moments ago) :D

    Oh, and was that a rug Suzu was wrapped in during the ghost arc when Ikuto (with Suzu attached to him) dropped by Rin’s workplace? (screenies 21-24)

    The last screenshot (33) could make for a good caption game don’t you think? :D

  • April 25, 2007 at 9:36 pmBanzemanfa

    Probably, this is the best anime in this season. It is perfectly following the manga and the animation is good too! The background music matches the mood and the comedy is hilarious too!

  • April 25, 2007 at 9:52 pmShinji103

    well, perfectly following the manga with the glaring exception over the pointless ommission of a great chapter.

  • April 25, 2007 at 10:04 pmmoondoggiebuiscuit

    So they got to the ghost chapter already? manga = normal speed anime = 180 * 10 ^100 kmph.

  • April 25, 2007 at 10:16 pmAishiteru

    Is that Boo? So many Suzu funny moments :) I’ll be waiting for this one too

  • April 25, 2007 at 10:26 pmTimerSwing

    Imagine seeing that ghost on the middle of the night…aaa >.

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:07 pmcbhl

    I don’t think it’s supposed to be boo; just your standard sort-of-a-ghost-but-not-really.

    I’m still laughing at the ghost’s expression here:
    http://randomc.net/image/Nagasarete%20Airantou/Nagasarete%20Airantou%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2032.jpg

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:34 pmKaris

    I’m a little sad that Machi didn’t get enough screen time(which in my opinion she should deserve all the screen time in the entire series), but she’s still the best gal in this series! Hopes to see more of her and her voodoo magic!

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:38 pmanim3guy

    the machi x ikuto scenes got ignored i hope they put that on dvd

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:51 pmfurinyue

    damnmit they have cut chapter 6 from book 1 and go on to chapter 2 never follow the flow……………

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:52 pmGil

    Wow you can physically beat up a ghost?

  • April 25, 2007 at 11:54 pmfurinyue

    i mean book 2 and they never introduce well machi characteristic and seem ikuto back pain never stated here also and how it cure ??

  • April 26, 2007 at 2:07 amShinova

    The Machi chapter they skipped I felt was the weakest of the three that serve to introduce Machi as a character, so I don’t really mind it all that much. It’s nice though that they’re trying to move through the slice-of-life parts of the manga quickly. The better parts are well worth getting to.

  • April 26, 2007 at 3:21 amquigonkenny

    “Wow you can physically beat up a ghost?”

    Duh, of course you can. Easy as pie. Just turn away so it’ll appear, wait until it sneaks up right behind you, and then do a backflip, land in a butt-stomp, and it’s blue coin city. Psh… n00bs…

  • April 26, 2007 at 5:08 amShinji103

    Shinova: The ghost chapter really isn’t any better than the Machi chapter in terms of what you’re talking about. There’s no more advancement in the ghost chapter than there was in the Machi chapter. The only real difference is that the Machi chapter is focused on Machi and the ghost chapter is focused more on Suzu.

  • April 26, 2007 at 11:11 amRinkun

    machi episode is skip……….
    why?WHY??!!!!!

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  • April 26, 2007 at 5:07 pmDeathclock

    Oh boy, Machi is just so MOE.

  • April 26, 2007 at 5:13 pmjaalin

    Wences,

    You are welcome to talk about anime here as much as you want, but please stop posting your email address! Practice your english by reading the comments and posting your own, but make sure it is about anime!

  • April 27, 2007 at 2:16 ammikemil828

    //as he lets loose a furious makinouichi uppercut that one-hit-KOs the ghost//
    You forgot that he curb stomp the ghost afterwards

  • April 28, 2007 at 1:13 amBROOKLYN otaku

    man!! the face’s of those creatures alone make me laugh my ass off!

  • April 28, 2007 at 9:51 amShinn

    I dont care about the manga skipping they talking about, the important is to watch the T.V. screen in front of your eyes.

  • May 1, 2007 at 2:02 amAnon

    Damn, Machi is my favorite character and they skipped her bath scene.

  • May 3, 2007 at 11:51 amAnduin

    “Wow you can physically beat up a ghost?”

    It’s not a ghost, ghosts don’t exist, it’s a polar bear!

  • May 21, 2007 at 5:59 amRage

    This episode give me a lot of laughter i understand what they say on sub.