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Summary:

One quiet and rainy evening, Jin and Nagi are sitting at home watching the news when a knock comes at the door. Jin answers it only to have his soul escape his body in fright at the sight of a drenched and horrifyingly depressed Daitetsu. He lets his friend in to dry off, and can’t help but be a little envious of Daitetsu’s hulking body as he takes off his wet shirt in the bathroom. Daitetsu tells Jin and Nagi that his family is away and he forgot his house key, so while he was trying to figure out alternative ways into his own home, his neighbors called the police on him for looking like a suspicious burglar. He laments having such a big, scary appearance, but Jin finds himself jealous and completely unable to sympathize, wishing he didn’t have such a baby-face.

Since Jin’s clothes obviously won’t fit Daitetsu, Nagi recommends lending him one of “their” father’s shirts. While digging around in the closet together, Nagi unintentionally presses up against Jin and makes him uncomfortable, so they start bickering again. For some reason Daitetsu can feel the embarrassment in the room and wonders why it would exist between brother and sister. He remembers what happened between them on the day when they went to the cosplay restaurant and Jin accidentally made his garbled emotions quite public, which prompts Daitetsu to wander away into deep and remarkably detailed and elaborate fantasy scenarios in his mind.

Forbidden Love Scenario 1: Soft jazz music (think forbidden romance!) plays under a reenactment of Nagi in her cosplay outfit talking to Jin. Even if she’s his sister, he can’t help his feelings! She’s too cute! Forbidden Love Scenario 2: Nagi gives Jin a birthday cake, and Jin discovers the secret she’s been hiding: The reason she got a job at the cosplay shop was to save money for his birthday cake. Jin thanks her sweetly, calling her “big sister” for the first time, which causes Nagi to start crying without understanding why. Jin takes her hand and suggests it’s because… their hidden feelings are the same! Forbidden Love Scenario 3: Jin admits his true feelings of love over a shy and naked Nagi, telling her that their blood relationship doesn’t matter. Confessing her feelings too, the two of them consummate their love in a volcanic eruption of pink fumes exploding out of Daitetsu’s head. Forbidden Love Scenario 4: Jin protects Nagi from a snowball attack from all his classmates as they each give their two cents, damning their relationship to various extents depending upon the person. They leave town together, outcasts in love.

Daitetsu can’t handle his own daydreams a moment longer so he jumps up, grabs Jin, and rushes him into the hallway to talk privately. He wants to know what Jin really thinks about Nagi. As the conversation slowly becomes uncomfortable, Jin can’t keep Nagi’s lies straight, and she rescues him with a kick to the head and drags him into the kitchen to talk. She tells Daitetsu to wait in the other room, but since it’s filled with hanging undergarments and laundry (inside because of the rain), he overhears her bossing Jin around in the kitchen, and discovers that she’s not his real sister and she’s definitely hiding something, seemingly using Jin as a tool in the process. New scenarios surface, with Nagi kicking Jin in the back after taking all his money, laughing maniacally.

Back in the living room as Nagi hands Daitetsu a gigantic bowl of steamed rice with an award winning smile, he wonders how she can put on such a fake attitude while secretly she whips Jin like a beaten puppy behind closed doors. Jin tells Daitetsu not to worry about the food – it’s safe because Jin made it, not Nagi. This puts Daitetsu in an even darker mood, feeding his worries that she’s abusing him for his generosity, home, and money. Noticing that Daitetsu’s mood is worsening and worrying that it might be because they’re not acting like brother and sister enough to satisfy him, they go into a sibling act inspired by the best that TV anime has to offer. Unfortunately it doesn’t go over well, causing an opposite reaction instead.

Bursting with the need to know the truth, Daitetsu suddenly backs off when he realizes how awkward it would be to ask such a thing so straightforwardly, so he changes the subject to the art project Jin was working on awhile back. He holds up the designs of the girl Jin had planned to carve into wood, and asked if perhaps Nagi was the model. Mistaking his coincidental question for a threat, Nagi comes forth with the truth in very aggressive tones – She was the model for the design, and Jin carved her form out of the sacred tree. Daitetsu doesn’t catch the true meaning of her words, and assumes that she was only the model for the tree, and not the actual tree or its spirit. Wondering if he finished it yet, Jin becomes flustered and apologizes for failing to complete the job after Daitetsu went to so much trouble to get the wood for him.

Daitetsu does manage to make the connection between the spirit Jin saw as a child and the figure he wanted to carve out of the wood, and admits that he was the one who stole the tree from the shrine for that purpose. Finding himself inexplicably launched midair via uppercut and subsequently subjected to a barrage of kicks from an incredibly angry Nagi, Daitetsu apologizes to deaf ears, saying he saved the wood from the construction workers who were planning on burning it down anyway. She says it was a cleansing ritual and that she takes his negligence as a declaration of war, and thus two new enemies have formed.

That night as Daitetsu tosses and turns in Jin’s bedroom, he dreams about Nagi’s threats that a curse will fall on him for what he did to the tree, and wakes up in a panic to the image of Nagi crawling onto his futon to strangle him in his sleep. He looks for Jin in the futon next to his, but it’s empty, and the lights refuse to turn on – Thinking he’s been caught by the curse, Daitetsu runs screaming out of the house into the rain and down the street. Outside, Jin stands with an umbrella at his circuit box trying to fix the electricity and witnesses Daitetsu’s escape. As he walks back inside, the lights return, revealing that it was just a simple power outage due to the storm. With one mystery solved, Jin knocks on Nagi’s door to figure out what she did to Daitetsu to make him flee in fright, but there’s no answer. When he opens the door, he finds that Nagi is no longer in her futon, either.

In the pouring rain, Daitetsu runs all the way to the shrine to apologize, worrying that it might be too late since it was already torn down. He bows and begs forgiveness, calling out for Kami-sama to accept his apology. Lightning strikes the ground in front of Daitetsu, knocking him backwards, and a pillar of earth (very similar to episode one) shoots out, with Nagi standing in front of it. In a soft, mature voice, she tells him that he’s a good child, and doesn’t need to apologize for such a thing while patting him on the head. Daitetsu listens in shock as she faints onto him and the storm begins to clear in the morning light.

The next day Nagi gets ready for school and wonders why it feels like she has a cold. Jin asks her if she remembers last night, and she says she remembers falling asleep and waking up, if that’s what he means. Clearly missing the point, Jin points out that surely she should remember being carried home by Daitetsu in the rain. Nagi’s eyes fade for a brief moment before vaguely recalling that something like that might have happened last night after all, but Jin explodes in anger, thinking that she’s hiding something from him. As she listens to him vent his anger, her expression changes from innocent to feeling hurt by his insensitive words, and she yells at him for trying to interfere where he doesn’t belong.

Walking to school with Daitetsu, Jin tells him Nagi doesn’t remember anything about last night, but Daitetsu finds himself unable to explain what happened very well, either. At school, Nagi hasn’t forgotten her anger at Jin from this morning, so Jin sulks while remembering what happened the last time she fainted after something mysterious happened. Meanwhile, Daitetsu is equally nonplussed about Nagi’s actions, and obsesses about her like a zombie in the hallway. Throughout gym class, and even in the restroom, his thoughts about Nagi consume his mind. His anger comes to a peak when he wishes Jin had contacted him sooner about his problems with her, and he frightens a whole crowd of students (and others as well) out of the men’s bathroom. Still wrapped up in his thoughts, he looks for Jin in the Art Room only to find Nagi standing there alone. He puts his arms up ready to fight…

Meanwhile, The Art Club girls worry about Daitetsu and Jin’s strange behavior all day, but Tsugumi doesn’t think they’re fighting. She eavesdropped on Daitetsu trying to pressure Jin for information about something earlier in the day, but he escaped dramatically, unable to answer. The other girls share a few laughs about what might have happened at Jin’s house the night before as they walk in on Daitetsu and Nagi’s standoff in the Art Room. With arms up in a fighting stance and neither willing to back down, they both shout equally embarrassing and seemingly incomprehensible ultimatums at each other.

Next Week: Embarrassing School Comedy!

 
 

Eyecatch & “Preview”:

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This Week’s Eyecatch is drawn by “Zekkyo“. If, like me, you thought this artwork looked similar to Toradora!, you were right! Beautifully done, I think.

First Thoughts:

The production quality is as strong as ever as we finally get to dig into the first hints of the more serious side of the story. (I laughed when Nagi dragged Jin into the kitchen and the staff was considerate enough to make sure his head hit the step as she carelessly dragged him inside.) Thanks to this episode, now we know that Nagi’s anger at Jin back in episode two wasn’t because she wasn’t trying to protect her godly secrets – She really couldn’t remember. That she made up a lie about a “second personality” to cover for the wand on the table incident is just hilarious, but she probably got the idea from her own inability to remember what happened with the kittens. She fainted this time, too, as they pointed out in the flashbacks.

For a harem-esque character, Jin is a really likable guy. He yells at Nagi a lot, (and usually she deserves it) but in cases like this it stems from concern about her well-being. I like it when his frustrated side comes out due to Nagi’s everything, but I think the writers have done a good job at making him a really decent human being that anyone with a spec of purity in their soul can relate to. As opposed to some other characters this season. (Just kidding, Takumi must be loved for his ability to be a total disaster and still achieve harem status.)

Daitetsu is a riot this week. After crashing at Jin’s because of the whole key incident, he and Nagi became swift enemies after misunderstandings (and kicks) fly left and right. His imagination went truly wild, and I could barely handle how ridiculous and melodramatic it was! Forbidden sibling love… And what’s with the cow border? On top of that, after Nagi’s godly appearance and fainting on him in the rain that night, the next day he did nothing but obsess about her and Jin and what to do about it all (in gym, in the hallways, on the toilet, etc…). I loved hearing all his insane and incessant thoughts. Somewhere buried deep inside them is concern for Jin that proves he’s a good friend. I’d say he accounted for most of the best humor this episode, and that’s not a bad thing at all. A little well done character development never hurt anyone.

This episode covered a lot of good, serious plot points and ended on a “cliffhanger” of Nagi and Daitestu ready to battle it out in the Art Club in front of everyone else as they walk in during the standoff. As usual, I’m really looking forward to next week.

November 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm
46 comments »
  • November 24, 2008 at 2:53 pmsikvod00

    Neato.

  • November 24, 2008 at 2:57 pmheartofadeadpoet

    FAN SERVICE SHOTS OF NAGI IS WIN. Enough Said.

  • November 24, 2008 at 3:01 pmBroth3r at law

    This show is ok, something to waste time on before going to bed. Was hoping for more serious side and more emotions to it. Oh, time of finish of Emma A Victorian Romance second 2.

    Thanks for the infor :D

  • November 24, 2008 at 3:02 pmBroth3r at law again

    PS ~ This show is very stubborn

  • November 24, 2008 at 3:05 pmSirMuffin

    I only just noticed the cow border! Wow… That really adds to the humour Daitetsu makes!

  • November 24, 2008 at 3:21 pmGP

    @Broth3r at law

    It should get more serious and have more emotions later. Though I think this will only be part of it anyways. The manga is monthly and I dunno if it’s close to ending anytime soon.

  • November 24, 2008 at 4:36 pmkazio

    Nagi is kawai :) .

  • November 24, 2008 at 4:37 pmKyaura

    Did no one else notice the girl haired girl running out of the boy’s bathroom?

  • November 24, 2008 at 4:44 pmSammy

    Getting burnt on harem anime, even lite-harem anime.

    Why do all the male leads in recent anime all look the same?

  • November 24, 2008 at 4:45 pmSammy

    And for that matter, why are they all the same character? Clueless pushovers, the lot.

  • November 24, 2008 at 5:10 pmRyvius

    I love this show! Thanx for the review Trillian! Loved Daitetsu in this episode, and especially the fantasies he was having. Funny…

    http://worldofanimemusic.blogspot.com

  • November 24, 2008 at 5:26 pmfilphil

    Daitetsu is a really like-able character! Enjoyed the episode alot!

  • November 24, 2008 at 5:32 pmLucky Channel

    didn’t notice the cows until you pointed it out… maybe Daitetsu wishes for big boobs instead of Nagi. Yes he’s the type to like big breasted women.

  • November 24, 2008 at 6:28 pmMegas

    This series is as full of win as it is stupid. There’s no way in hell this series could ever get serious & even if it tried to it’ll still be a gut-buster.

    For all those harem anime buffs out there: usual the guy involved have 3 main attributes… They are very plain (your everyday joe), they have deep-rooted concerns for every girl involed in the harem, & they look like they could fit very well in the ‘trap’ role i.e. they could cross-dress with great success if they didn’t already in the series. That leaves a great deal of room for each male harem character to develop their own traits. I really don’t envy them at all – I would however do so if any of them actually knew they had a harem. Some have came close to realizing it but fell short when it came to actions.

    OK, now I’ve sounded like an otaku for enough for one day :)

  • November 24, 2008 at 6:44 pmasdf

    spirts in the bathroom

  • November 24, 2008 at 6:56 pmblank

    I much prefer this type of anime to be comedy oriented with a bit of romance/emo aspect to it to keep the plot interesting. I for one enjoy this series with its great comedy and the occasional emo moments. Also Nagi has such a fresh personality that seperates her from all the cookie cut super nice, quiet female characters in other harem anime that makes this series enjoyable to watch every week. Keep up the great blogging on this series trillian, its much appreciated.

  • November 24, 2008 at 6:58 pmAnimeniac

    @Trillian – check out the next episode’s preview at

    http://www.nagisama-fc.com/anime/oa/index.html

    though the company has not uploaded it yet…

  • November 24, 2008 at 7:08 pmdyh

    Gotta agree about Daitetsu’s wild imagination ^_^

  • November 24, 2008 at 7:17 pmjho

    I love this series, it’s the minami-ke series of 2k8 for me.

  • November 24, 2008 at 7:18 pmGGear0323

    i couldnt stop laughing at all. this episode was great. if Daitestu does get in on the little secret, i am sure Jin would appreciate it. someone to talk to about it all. besides, Daitestu’s little imaginations were so thought out and detailed, it made it that much more hilarious. also, you can only imagine what the art club president has running through her mind all day.

  • November 24, 2008 at 7:53 pmpierce

    Speaking of Takumi, Omni has stopped blogging Chaos;Head! :(

  • November 24, 2008 at 8:04 pmChimasternmay

    Its here….
    yea

    woo hoo

  • November 24, 2008 at 8:06 pmKannagiFan

    Question for the experts: why in this show, when they write Jin’s name, they write イニ (read: Ini) instead of ジン (read: Jin) ?
    You can see it in the note that Nagi leaves to Jin in the previous episode, and in the cake of this episode.

  • November 24, 2008 at 10:18 pmMieu

    A few months ago, I was asking for any real comedies that could make me laugh.

    I’m so glad for shows like these.

  • November 24, 2008 at 10:55 pmZeroAlpha

    @KannagiFan
    仁 is an actual kanji read jin. The character itself means purity, humanity, benevolence, etc (hence Jin actually is quite true to his name). If you pull the character apart it becomes katana and then would be read イ and 二 (i and ni). Just a quick Japanese lesson.

  • November 24, 2008 at 11:39 pm.tiff

    Daitetsu was <3 this week.
    Absolutely fantastic, this episode xD

  • November 25, 2008 at 12:20 amcbhl

    This was an awesome episode… xD

    Although walking in to that particular segment of conversation at the end could lead to some very, very interesting misunderstandings. :D

  • November 25, 2008 at 12:23 amreal13

    The best was the last statement Daitetsu and Nagi said before the episode ended. XD

  • November 25, 2008 at 12:56 amOmegaH2O

    Did anybody notice the girl an ghost that came out of the boyrs bathroom when daitetsu was look at the mirror an got mad?

  • November 25, 2008 at 4:25 amp0ltergeist

  • November 25, 2008 at 4:41 amKannagiFan

    @ZeroAlpha
    Thanks a lot :) I’m learning Japanese too. But I was too dumb to notice / imagine that it could be a kanji and not 2 katakanas. Maybe because they always write both “parts” of the kanji so far from each other…

  • November 25, 2008 at 5:10 amA Anime Loving Republican

    http://randomc.net/image/Kannagi/Kannagi%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2010.jpg
    Ok this picture is making me uncomfortable.

  • November 25, 2008 at 5:44 amBROOKLYN otaku

    that ‘forbiddin love’. hilarouse!

  • November 25, 2008 at 7:49 amDTSX

    What about the weird girl/alien popping out of the bathroom? Anyone notice that?

  • November 25, 2008 at 8:44 amoutcast

    i loved how daitetsu imaginiation of jun being dominated came into reality only he was the one getting dominated

  • November 25, 2008 at 10:59 amTrillian

    The weird girl running out of the bathroom could be the mangaka, though I’m not 100% certain about that.

    @KannagiFan: Don’t feel bad! I’m doing fairly well in Japanese and I also thought it was Katakana at first glance. I have some of the manga raw though, so I recognized the character from that resource. I think it is more of a statement about how immature and poor Nagi’s handwriting is, and less of a statement about your own level of Japanese.

    @Republican: That’s why I took the screenshot of that particular moment. I just can’t resist the awkward shots. That, and it’s just funny. Don’t take yourself so seriously ^ ^

    Speaking of serious/funny: Yes, I did say this is getting into more serious plot, but don’t think for a moment that this isn’t a comedy series! For a show of this caliber and comedy level, ‘serious’ takes on a new definition. It’s still fun and good times, but there’s plot afoot. The serious side will always be 100x’s more lighthearted than an actual serious show. I think that proves that perhaps they aren’t taking themselves *too* seriously to the point where there’s no comedy involved in the more important moments. That would be a mistake.

    Summary incoming shortly-

  • November 25, 2008 at 11:17 amNightflame

    great episode, nicely adapted from the manga. =)

    but somehow i’m getting lots of déja-vue’s for some time now ( like ‘huh!? wasn’t this eps 4?’ ) xD
    well… mabe cutting down on some mangas… :D

  • November 25, 2008 at 11:47 ampaulrenzo

    I’m just glad they decided not to pull off a Genshiken while the art club president was “thinking.”

  • November 25, 2008 at 4:02 pmtommykn

    seeing how he got jealous over daitetsu’s body build was pretty fun – haha his mimic was ubber funny!

    nagi naked! oh holy holy…loved it and her grinning towards jin was very cute :D

  • November 25, 2008 at 7:24 pmZero>Kira

    that kick nagi gave will forever in my heart be win.

  • November 25, 2008 at 9:21 pmexia

    pity you stopped blogging chaos head. its gettin to the good parts now it seems. o well ill have to go elsewhere for my chaos blog, tho im used to the quality and quick updates to this place. total bummer.

    o yeah, nagi ftw

  • November 26, 2008 at 4:13 amTommy

    This anime have it all with the harem, a bit of emo, comedy, romance and some romance.

  • November 26, 2008 at 6:50 amMy Heart

    This show is really hilarious… Daitetsu’s imagination is awesome!

  • November 29, 2008 at 6:50 amMaimeDaifuku

    Daitetsu ftw!! I love the part where he’s obsessing over Nagi in the toilet and the guy is like “how long are you shitting in there?”

  • November 29, 2008 at 8:45 amA. A. Player

    did anyone else notice, during the part in the toilet, as the students were rushing out there was one that looked out of place. Anyone know who it is?

  • November 30, 2008 at 7:56 pmex

    somehow this series is way to much for me, this chapter was funny but gave me the chills, watch out!
    :D