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「ハイスクールララバイ」 (Hai Sukuuru Rarabai)
“High School Lullaby”

The planets magically align and Hajime has a good feeling about the return of the pretty girl maid warrior Yamazaki Kanako. As hilarious as it was seeing Kanako’s reaction to the thought of that, we get another unexpected development — a grown-up, well-endowed Jun in hotpants!

I’ll be quick to admit that I never thought of Jun as a girl either all this time. It doesn’t really help when she masquerades as a guy in front of everyone, with only Kaya and Arashi knowing about her real gender. Her rapid overnight growth changes all that, giving her womanly curves like she’s never had before. Some of the appeal comes from the fact that she was in clothes way too small for her at that point, which highlighted all the right stuff. It’s just a shame that the effect wore off by the end of it all. I think the choice between having Jun pretend to be a guy or an older sister is an easy one.

As silly as all that may sound, this episode had more depth to it than I expected. It focused entirely on Jun, who learned a bit about how everyone felt about her while pretending to be Kamigamo Ryoko. No one really said anything bad about her behind her back, though they were pretty blunt about the little things such as washing cups and skimping on syrup in ice coffee. They were trivial tidbits to learn, but this gave her the opportunity to ask Hajime how he really feels about her. To Jun’s flustered surprise, he nonchalantly defended “him” and claimed he likes his simple-minded personality. Following the retrieval of some wild raspberries and the eventual surprise birthday party everyone held for Jun, it was almost as if she had fallen more for Hajime. Granted, he still doesn’t know she’s a girl, but Jun’s always been dishonest with her true feelings so it’s fun when something gets to her like this.

Other than that, it was amusing seeing Arashi want to toy with Jun since she knew what was up. My only gripe with the whole surprise birthday party was the fact that it involved pie tossing. After seeing School Rumble end with one, I just can’t associate pie tossing in anime with anything good. I enjoyed the character development in Jun (both mentally and physically), but could’ve easily done without the pies.

 

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December 19, 2009 at 1:52 am
8 comments »
  • December 19, 2009 at 2:05 amShimapan

    FTP!!!!!

  • December 19, 2009 at 2:43 amAlec

    in the end it was never explained y jun’s body became like that

  • December 19, 2009 at 6:50 amRijasy

    I quite enjoyed this episode.

  • December 19, 2009 at 5:30 pmSplash

    They looked like raspberries to me. Do Japanese people know raspberries as “wild” strawberries?

  • December 19, 2009 at 7:35 pmdivine

    No, it was just a bad translation on Crunchyroll’s part. They said raspberries in Japanese 「きいちご」 (Kiichigo). I called them wild raspberries in my post too.

  • December 20, 2009 at 5:25 pmAnon

    I enjoyed this. This show is seriously underrated.

  • December 21, 2009 at 1:24 pmIsland Esper

    I had always felt that Hajime was going to fall for Jun, until last week when he confessed to Arashi. Now I’m not sure anymore. All hail the the alignment of the planets and the shadow of the moon over Leo . Jun really developed great :) too bad it didn’t last.
    I still remember in high school after summer vacation how some flat chested girls expanded in just two months to oppai proportions.

  • December 21, 2009 at 1:40 pmMark