kurenai – 05
After making plans with Yuuno, Shinkurou makes a lengthy trip over to her place on Sunday and takes Murasaki along with him. Unbeknownst to them, Yayoi has come along to keep an eye out for Murasaki. On the train, Murasaki is a bit worried that Shinkurou might be taking her to the Kuhouin household, but he reassures her that he’s not since he doesn’t even know where it is. On a bus shortly after, she also says she’s scared of Yuuno since she knows about the Kuhouins, so Shinkurou reassures her again, saying how kind Yuuno is.
After the bus ride, Shinkurou and Murasaki arrive at the Houzuki household, where they run into Yuuno’s 5 year old sister, Chizuru. After Murasaki’s short interrogation of Chizuru, Yuuno arrives and Shinkurou suggests that they head off to the dojo. Murasaki wants to come along to see this “training”, but Shinkurou doesn’t let her, so she hangs out with Chizuru instead. (Murasaki thought that they’re going to do some ecchi training, after Shinkurou said it’s not something for kids to see.)
In Chizuru’s room, Murasaki starts playing with a Nintendo DS until she breaks it, while Shinkurou gets worked by Yuuno in the dojo. After breaking Chizuru’s doll too, Murasaki heads off to look for Shinkurou just as he and Yuuno are finishing up. Yuuno’s grandfather, Houzuki Housen, then speaks with Shinkurou about his jobs with Benika and how the Houzuki family has already killed countless people. In particular, he mentions how Yuuno and Chizuru are going to get pulled into this and wonders what Yuuno’s like as a normal girl at school.
Elsewhere, Murasaki has fallen asleep, so Shinkurou carries her home. As they leave, Housen tells Shinkurou to come by whenever since this is also his home, and Yuuno decides to walk them to the train station. Later that evening, Shinkurou and Murasaki are grocery shopping and Murasaki manages to get Shinkurou to agree to buy her a DS, despite how expensive he thinks it is. The two of them then talk about what they should eat (with Murasaki surprising Shinkurou with how knowledgeable she is about saba no miso ni (鯖の味噌煮), “simmered mackerel in miso“) before heading home.
Back at their apartment, Shinkurou suspects that someone’s in his room and finds that Tamaki and Yamie have made themselves at home to eat yudoufu (湯豆腐), “boiled tofu”. After watching Shinkurou get teased to no end and lose a week’s worth of food, Murasaki realizes how fun Sundays are. Meanwhile, Yayoi is starving outside and freezing to death.
「貴方の頭上に光が輝くでしょう」 (Anata no Zujou ni Hikari ga Kagayaku Deshou)
“A Light Probably Shines Over Your Head”
First off, minor oversight on my part regarding Shinkurou’s “technique” shown last episode. I’ve added the extra tidbits of information to my previous post, which involves some discussion about how it uses his bone(s). Next off, a word of warning to everyone playing The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on their Nintendo DS: Don’t be like Murasaki and get frustrated to the point where this happens. I know when we get into games, we think pressing buttons harder (or in the case of a DS, tapping the screen harder) makes a difference, but it never does. =)
From the onset of this episode, it seems like Shinkurou still hasn’t quite recovered from using his “technique”. In that regard, I found it interesting how he told Yuuno that this techinique isn’t true strength and that true strength comes from the heart. Speaking of Yuuno, I was surprised at how ridiculously strong she is. I mean, it looked like Shinkurou was going to get killed while they were “practicing“. In hindsight, it was probably more of a “beating” than practice for Shinkurou, although he did land some blows on Yuuno near the end. As for the background of the Houzukis, there were some hints from what Yuuno and her grandfather said, which I found intriguing. Based on what they said, it seems that the Houzukis used to get involved with killing people for some reason or another. Because of this, Yuuno thinks she’s already tainted/stained. Shinkurou tells her to stop thinking that way, but Yuuno says she won’t. While I’m not surprised that they killed people given their ability to do so, I’m quite interested to know what the history, both past and present, of the Houzukis is.
Other than that, there was also a fair bit of subtle comedy from Murasaki based on what she learned from watching TV, and near the end of this episode when Tamaki and Yamie made themselves at home in Shinkurou’s room to eat yudoufu (湯豆腐), i.e. boiled tofu. Semi-drunk, Tamaki kept bugging Shinkurou about what kind of “recuperation” and “practice” he was getting at Yuuno’s place, with all types of sexual connotations. Yamie on the other hand kept bugging him with comments about being poor, to which Shinkurou simply replied that it’s because he is poor, but she wouldn’t have any of that nonsense talk. =) I actually felt kind of bad for Shinkurou when they took one week’s worth of his food (which is more like rations with the way he eats it) and put it all into the nabe at once. It looks like poor Shinkurou’s going to starve for the rest of the week.
While nothing major happened this episode (e.g. no Benika), the introduction of Yuuno’s younger sister Chizuru and the “sparring” (if you can call it that) between Yuuno and Shinkurou made it all worthwhile. Production-wise, distant face shots improved (much to my relief) and some of the scenic shots were drawn pretty nicely. Based on the preview for the next episode, it appears that Ginko is gazing off into an empty park with a somewhat troubled expression, and Yamie runs into Yayoi, much to her surprise.
- Kurenai Shinkurou (紅真 九郎) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
- Kuhouin Murasaki (九鳳 院紫) / Yuuki Aoi (悠木 碧)
- Inuzuka Yayoi (犬塚 弥生) / Ookubo Aiko (大久保 藍子)
- Houzuki Yuuno (崩月 夕乃) / Shintani Ryouko (新谷 良子)
- Mutou Tamaki (武藤 環) / Sanada Asami (真田 アサミ)
- Yamie (闇絵) / Kimura Haruka (木村 はるか)
- Houzuki Housen (崩月 法泉) / Takkou Ishimori (石森 達幸)
- Houzuki Chizuru (崩月 散鶴) / Imagawa Reina (今川 怜奈)
- Passenger 1 (乗客1) / Takatori Masafumi (髙取 昌史)
- Passenger 2 (乗客2) / Ogasawara Yuuki (小笠原 裕樹)
- Preview narration (予告ナレーション) / Muramatsu Ken (村松 健)