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Sasameki Koto – 03

「ファーストキス」 (Faasuto Kisu)
“First Kiss”

It just had to be an Ultraman mask didn’t it? If I were in Sumika’s shoes, I would’ve ripped that mask off Ushio’s face at the last moment before going in for the “kill”.

First off, it’s probably worth pointing out that the episode elongated a lot of scenes to fill the full twenty minutes, but the extended freeze frames weren’t that bad while watching it. As the title suggests, Ushio is concerned about her first kiss and hoping it’ll be with the female Akemiya Masaki. In order to prepare herself for it, she decides to practice the art of kissing. Much to Sumika’s dismay, Ushio discounts her as a potential practice partner due to her height, causing Sumika to vent out her uncontrollable desire to kiss Ushio with karate. As an unexpected twist of fate, Ushio misunderstands Sumika having an interest in Masaki and volunteers to be a kissing partner for her sake. While not quite what she was hoping for, Sumika goes through with the practice kiss, mask and all.

It’s such a simple theme, but they played it up so well here. The whole emphasis on the sunset classroom setting and Sumika’s unrequited love for Ushio was very pronounced, yet they managed to slip in timely comedic moments without terribly disrupting the mood. This goes for Ushio’s willingness to practice with a skeleton dummy over Sumika, Sumika’s inability to accept that fact, and Masaki’s secret that Ushio’s still oblivious about. At the same time, they concluded the episode with a really sweet scene using Ushio’s naivety. While far from her original intention, it’s just what Sumika needed to calm her desires at that point. Unfortunately for her though, that only lasted until she realized she wants the real deal now.

This time around, we also got to see more of the established yuri couple of the series, Hachisuka Tomoe (Harada Hitomi) and Taema Miyako (Saitou Chiwa). Other than helping convey the importance of a sunset setting, they still haven’t become major players in the series yet. However, I expect that to change now, seeing how they’ve stumbled upon Sumika and Ushio’s after school practice session. The preview also hints at their increased involvement next time.

On another note, Kiyoura Natsumi’s OP/ED single for the series, “Kanashii Hodo Aoku / Niji-iro Pocket”, was released yesterday as well. In additon to the aforementioned songs, it also features a third, titled 「すぐそこにみえるもの」 “Sugu Soko ni Mieru Mono”. For its instrumental version, there’s a piano solo performed by Kubota Mina, whose notable works include “Undine” and “Euphoria” from the ultimate slice-of-life ARIA series. Given Natsumi’s style of music (which is very Makino Yui-like), you wouldn’t normally expect it to be coming from 19 year-old, but surprisingly it does. She also looks really cute in the CD jacket, more so than I remember her to be anyway.



October 21, 2009 at 8:04 pm
  • October 21, 2009 at 8:14 pmnagi

    yaay first comment ! :D

  • October 21, 2009 at 8:15 pmMearex

    SECOND….. anyways your lame…. LOVE THE SHOW!

    Irony? Yeh, so what are you going to do about it?

  • October 21, 2009 at 8:36 pmkahzeelol

    I love this show.

  • October 21, 2009 at 8:37 pmPANTO

    i,m loving this right now

  • October 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm“BEME”

    Great Episode

  • October 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm“9ICE”

    3RD 9ice show by the way

  • October 21, 2009 at 9:37 pmMearex

    aw man it’s not out on sub yet!! OMG

  • October 21, 2009 at 9:52 pmjeffng9

    looks good :3

  • October 21, 2009 at 11:01 pmPhosphatide

    Ultraman mask? Awesome.

  • October 22, 2009 at 12:24 ambamboocurl

    best episode so far. the sad bg music is annoying me though.

  • October 22, 2009 at 3:17 amNeo_NMO

    lol, seems like you, me and MG all had the same thought that she should have lifted the mask at the last second… too bad she’s a goody goody and wants to maintain their friendship.

    Also, there’s still something about this artstyle that makes ushio cuter than she probably is.

  • October 22, 2009 at 9:57 amChaos

    Dang it, why!! Why Ultraman!? Why!!?

    Everything was going so well and good with this episode…Ultraman just have to ruin it all T_T

  • October 22, 2009 at 2:43 pmQUIN

    so we have three new faces

  • October 22, 2009 at 2:43 pmMearex


  • October 22, 2009 at 4:36 pmStory

    Wow. The kiss scene looks so pretty.

    And Tomoe and Miyako do become major characters. They’re both awesome.

  • October 22, 2009 at 4:57 pmShinmaru

    That guy at the end with the caveman face is still freaking me out.

  • October 22, 2009 at 6:23 pmvaldor

  • October 22, 2009 at 7:38 pmbrianleung8912

    im rooting for Akemiya… maybe i just love rooting for couples that arent meant to be, e.g. eri/harima, tomoya/tomoyo, tomoya/kyou, hinagiku/hayate … u catch my drift… beside im not really fond of kazama’s character

  • October 23, 2009 at 2:14 amlol

    love the “kiss” scene, very cute ^^

  • October 23, 2009 at 8:34 amAnonymous

    Akemiya will do no effect in terms of this series relationships. He’s just there as a comedic plot device.

  • October 24, 2009 at 9:54 pmRuri

    I can’t get used to the serious feeling of the anime. I kind of like it, but I enjoy reading the manga with all its silliness more.

  • October 25, 2009 at 11:08 pmZerasu

    Damn, I love the manga…and learning that an anime based off it had been made just totally made my day. :]

  • October 31, 2009 at 2:11 amqueenie

    Hell, her hormones were probably going nuts at this point.
    I just wanted her to take the damn mask off cause it was KILLING ME INSIDE!
    /says straight girl

    You gotta wonder, though: what was Kazama thinking during that kiss?
    I`d have loved to see her face during that.
    OH WAIT.
    ULTRAMAN MASK!!!!! /rages