To LOVE-Ru – 06
「宇宙人の刺客」 (Uchuujin no Shikyaku)
Episode at a Glance:
Zastin and his men detect an unknown light heading towards Earth and while Zastin believes he can easily intervene, he decides that this is a trial that Rito should pass on his own. On Earth, Lala and Rito are in biology class and about to dissect a frog, but after finding out that dissecting something allows you to learn more about it, Lala is more interested in dissecting Rito. Meanwhile, an alien has crash landed on Earth and while spying on them, realizes that Rito is Lala’s fiancé, but Haruna is his real love interest. The alien, Gi Buri, then runs into the principal and assumes his form to lure Haruna to the gymnasium storage room.
Later on, Saruyama finds Lala still chasing Rito with tweezers and a scalpel on the roof, and passes on a message to Rito that the principal has taken Haruna to the storage room. Hearing this, Rito rushes off and Saruyama gladly substitutes in as Lala’s dissection toy. At the storage room, Rito finds Haruna tied up and unconscious and Gi Buri tells him to get away from Lala so he can marry her and become the king of Deviluke. In the meantime, Lala is still waiting for Rito to return, but after talking to Peke, decides to send out a search dog with Rito’s scent to find him. She eventually finds Rito and upon seeing Gi Buri, reminds the alien how much she hates him.
Gi Buri doesn’t mind hearing that, but he transforms and continues to take advantage of Haruna in an attempt to get Lala to marry him. Infuriated, Rito steps in and is about to punch Gi Buri, but it turns out that Gi Buri is actually scared of being beat up. Realizing this, Rito screams and scares him one more time, which causes Gi Buri to revert to his true form. Gi Buri’s wife and child then show up, as well as his wives and children from other worlds. To deal with the crowd, Lala summons a machine that warps them all back into space (with some of them warping into Zastin’s spaceship.)
Peke then fixes Haruna’s ripped up clothes and Lala takes her to the school infirmary. When Haruna wakes up, Lala tells her that she collapsed in the gymnasium and Rito saved her. Back in the storage room, the real principal is still tied up and enjoying being a masochist, while Saruyama is feeling the same way on the roof.
「男とはかくあるべし！」 (Otoko to wa Kaku Arubeshi!)
“This is What It Should Be Like with a Man!”
Ahem, tentacle “groping” goes to all new highs this episode as poor Haruna gets her clothes ripped off and fondled beyond belief. Since we all know those single screenshots don’t do those scenes any justice, please refer to the full length screenshots here, here, and here. They’re there for your viewing pleasure. :X
Saruyama on the other hand chooses to be Lala’s dissection “toy”, which was pretty darn hilarious when she first took her tweezers to him. Ever wondered what Allelujah Haptism would sound like if he screamed and cried to tears? Well here’s your opportunity to, as Yoshino Hiroyuki delivers in that department.
As for Lala, I thought I’d take this opportunity to mention how distinctly different a voice Tomatsu Haruka can do, without it coming off as sounding forced. Lala’s voice is pretty high, but cute and not annoying in anyway. In fact, I’ve actually come to really like the voice that Haruka uses in To LOVE-Ru. On the other hand, Himemiya Senko/Midarezaki Chika’s voice in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is a lot lower and has more of an attitude behind it. The voice she uses for Senko/Chika isn’t necessarily “bitchy” or anything though, it’s just the kind of voice you would expect from a character who’s a bit stuck up. If you heard these two voices separately, I would say it’s almost impossible to tell that they’re played by the same person. Now that’s skills.
There are other seiyuus that can do this as well, but there aren’t that many of them. Some examples are Kugimiya Rie (Miharu in Nabari no Ou vs Nagi in Hayate no Gotoku!), Tanaka Rie (Lacus Clyne in Gundam SEED vs Suigintou in Rozen Maiden), and last but not least, Sawashiro Miyuki (Shinkurou in kurenai vs Shinku in Rozen Maiden vs Maria in Zetsubou Sensei). Because of this, when I find a seiyuu that can play a wide range of voices well, I usually take notice as I did here.
Next week it seems like we see the introduction of Ren Elsie Jewelria, who’s actually played by a female seiyuu, Ooura Fukuya. Based on the episode title, I’m assuming he’s supposed to be a pretty rugged kind of guy, but he doesn’t seem to be looking very composed in his boxing match. We’ll also see Lala and Haruna taking up the role as the ring girls, with Haruna looking embarrassed as always, despite having a body like this. Either way, it should make for some good laughs and ecchi fun as always. Otanoshimi ni~
- Yuuki Rito (結城 梨斗) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
- Lala Satalin Deviluke (ララ・サタリン・デビルーク) / Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
- Sairenji Haruna (西連寺 春菜) / Yahagi Sayuri (矢作 紗友里)
- Gi Buri (ギ・ブリー) / Madono Mitsuaki (真殿 光昭)
- High school principal (校長先生) / Ogata Kenichi (緒方 賢一)
- Zastin (ザスティン) / Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人)
- Peke (ペケ) / Arai Satomi (新井 里美)
- Saruyama (猿山) / Yoshino Hiroyuki (吉野 裕行)
- Gi Buri’s wife (ギ・ブリーの妻) / Satou Chie (佐藤 智恵)
- Momioka Risa (籾岡 里沙) / Yuzuki Ryouka (柚木 涼香)
- Buwartz (ブワッツ) / Matsuo Daisuke (松尾 大亮)
- Mauru (マウル) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
- Student (生徒) / Nishino Youko (西野 陽子)