Kannagi – 09
The art club is trying to figure out the mystery behind Daitetsu and Nagi’s fight, and Tsugumi wonders if something happened yesterday when Daitetsu spent the night at Jin’s house. Imaginations start roaming, so after Takako manages to embarrass Tsugumi via embarrassing Akiba (with the massive amounts of questionable manga that he brought to school in his bag), Tsugumi decides to confront Jin about the new rumor that he and Daitetsu are gay – the same rumor that she inadvertently spreads throughout the school by screaming it out in the hallway a little too loudly.
Jin suddenly finds himself being treated quite oddly by the other boys in his class, so when he brings it up in an awkwardly silent art room, Akiba fills him in by showing him Nagi’s website, (on his Sony laptop) updated with the rumors that he might be gay. Elsewhere, Daitetsu’s luck is fairing about the same. In addition to his ongoing fierce standoff with Nagi, he’s also getting strange treatment from the other boy students, and even receives a pink invitation note from a sparkly young drive-by that clues him in to the depths of his current predicament.
Tsugumi feels guilty for starting the rumor, so her classmate recommends visiting a service that might be able to help. She’s not the least bit ecstatic to find out the “service” her friend was referring to is none other than Zange-chan. Irritable, Tsugumi pretends to have nothing to confess, but Zange is smarter than she looks (or maybe this is her power?) and knows there’s something about Jin that’s bothering her. However, she’s quite amused to hear about the rumor Tsugumi started, but offers great advice to straighten things out: All Jin has to do is get a girlfriend, and the rumor will be proven false. After Tsugumi hesitates to take the lead, Zange decides she’ll help out personally and try to date Jin instead. Alarmed, Tsugumi can’t find a single reason (physically, anyway) why Jin wouldn’t say yes.
As Tsugumi walks home in the rain, she worries in reasonable self-doubt and anxiety, but ultimately decides she’s got to do something to help Jin, and goes to his house. She arrives to find the TV on, but no one is around. She decides to go to the restroom to dry her wet uniform, and walks in on Jin naked after a shower. She reacts romantically (in bizarro universe), and Jin manages to come out of the situation relatively in tact after the assault. They have a few minutes to talk alone before Nagi bursts in, and revels in Jin’s embarrassment. While she quizzes Tsugumi on Jin’s proportions, Zange’s sudden appearance surprises everyone. Since Zange is also intrigued in Jin’s personal information, Tsugumi pulls out the dreaded photo album. Mr. Elephant makes a few cameos, and Tsugumi tells several humiliating childhood stories before Jin explodes and steals the album, forbidding its use ever again.
It seems Junior High was a troublesome time for Jin, but before any succulent details can be spilled, Jin confesses he has something to say to Tsugumi regarding something that happened around that time. Before he can start, Zange interrupts with her suggestion that Jin chooses either her or Tsugumi to date in order to resolve his problems with the rumor about being gay. Jin blushingly turns her down, thinking that neither of them have anything to do with it, which causes Zange to realize Tsugumi hasn’t confessed her crime yet.
Since Jin also has something private he wants to apologize for, he and Tsugumi go talk in his bedroom (while Nagi and Zange eavesdrop from outside). Jin apologizes for “that” incident when they were younger, but Tsugumi doesn’t remember until he gets more specific. It turns out to be such a trivial thing, but it never stopped bothering him so when he remembered this afternoon he decided to apologize for it. Tsugumi is heart-warmed by the fact that he hasn’t changed at all since childhood, but after a sweet moment it becomes her turn to confess, and Jin’s reaction is less than tender when he finds out it was her fault the gay-rumor started.
Zange presses the issue of choosing a girlfriend again, so after cornering Jin to answer, he almost spits out Tsugumi’s name but is cut off by Nagi’s idea that he doesn’t have to choose between either of them to battle the rumor. The next day, Zange, Tsugumi, and Jin share a bento picnic together in the middle of the school grounds with everyone watching as they feed him by hand. While they fight over him, Nagi snickers in the background, and Daitetsu appears to be in shock at his friend’s new troublesome situation. At the end of the day, it seems Nagi’s plan worked a little, but the rumor hasn’t dissipated completely yet…
Eyecatch and “Preview:”
Jin and Daitetsu suffer humiliation because of Tsugumi’s accidental volume mishap in the hallway, and Zange-chan offers her sound advice in resolving the situation. I love it when she steps in because her actions inevitably come off as a really well planned attempt to help, but always with the extreme side effects of being able to take sexual advantage of Jin somehow. No matter what the results of a Zange-plan, it’s a win-win situation.
The girls gathered around the kotatsu with evil sparkles in their eyes to discuss Jin’s childhood and penis in detail, making him writhe in pain and humiliation at home after a full day of pain and humiliation at school. He and Daitetsu really had a rough time this week, but I can’t blame Nagi for everything. Her reactions were great this week, but it was Tsugumi who caused most of the trouble.
As far as character personalities are concerned, I have to confess that aside from just not having much interest in the childhood friend scenario, I am becoming incredibly biased against Tsugumi. (Sorry, Tsugumi fans.) I’ll try to explain why… I hate weak-minded characters (or, people in general): She never says what she thinks or feels; she has no self-esteem; she doesn’t have the guts to confess her true feelings to Jin; she’s in a constant state of fretting; she looks like a stray puppy (admittedly this one is unrelated); she’s sexually repressed (don’t injure your crush fatally after accidentally being flashed); and basically, to wrap it all up, she’s just a weak moe character that I have a lot of trouble sympathizing with whatsoever, albeit a well-developed one.
Compare this to my thoughts on Nagi (her usual personality): She says what she thinks with no filter; she is childlike and selfish; she has a huge ego; she’s bold and does what she wants, when she wants to; she’s naïve and gullible; she’s got an attitude and never hides what she thinks (from her inner circle anyway); she’s devious in a rather innocent way, pretending to be a princess but really acting like a spoiled brat… As for her goddess personality, that is truly stunning, but unfortunately I can’t go into much detail because not much has been revealed so far. Let’s just say she’s a much better person than her childlike-half.
What about Zange?: Clearly the most devious of the three girls, she *may* have good intentions; she offers double edged help, but it usually comes off as somewhat genuine, if not to her benefit; she’s bold to make sexual advances, and abuses her sexuality to win in a power game; she’s not afraid to cheat to get what she wants; she is straightforward; she likes to shock and toy with people for fun; she’s as selfish as Nagi but hides it better… I’m interested to know what she really looks like since it’s easy to forget she’s not in her real body, but I’m almost positive the anime won’t reveal that info before it’s finished.
Compared to the strong personalities of the goddess sisters, Tsugumi is a constant beacon of self-doubt and anxiety, and it drives me crazy. Nagi and Zange might be much less ethical and well-mannered, but that makes them so much more interesting and fun to watch. I guess part of what makes them special (besides not being human?) is that they make everyone else around them seem even more normal – particularly Jin and Tsugumi. After so much bias towards Nagi (concerning Jin’s feelings), maybe this episode was meant to reaffirm that Tsugumi does in fact still have a string of hope floating around somewhere for a happy ending. I personally feel Jin sees Tsugumi as more of a sister, because he’s never expressed even the slightest romantic feelings towards her – At least until today when he almost chose her over Zange before Nagi’s interruption. And that was more of a desperate situation with no happy alternatives, not a confession of feelings.
Anyway, we get to go to karaoke soon! I’m really looking forward to seeing how A1 adapts the manga for this scene. So far they’ve done a ridiculously fantastic job at adapting the manga above and beyond what would be plain yet acceptable, so I’m sure next week’s episode will be hysterical.
Summary incoming soon….