Mitsudomoe – 11
「マジで変する5秒前」 (Maji de Hen Suru 5 Byou Mae)
“Things Get Seriously Weird 5 Seconds Before”
Holy crap a masochistic mother played by Inoue Kikuko! I always knew she had a knack for taking her innocent Belldandy voice to questionable levels, but it still doesn’t make it any less wrong when it’s Miku’s mother Marina asking Mitsuba to verbally and physically abuse her. There’s something pretty disturbing about an adult asking a sixth grader to call her trash and whip her, albeit absolutely hilarious when a masochist freaks out a sadist by telling her how much she wants it. The best part of it had to be how they were in a department store and Miku and Ryuuta were right there trying to stop their mother from making a scene that would get her arrested. When I take into consideration how much Miku doesn’t like Mitsuba, it makes it even better in my mind. You could even say it’s “mind blowing” in more ways than one.
Disturbing mothers aside, it looks like the extra weight Mitsuba’s packing will become a running gag from here on. According to the breast master Futaba, Hitoha’s cheeks are of a C-cup feel, whereas Mitsuba’s belly is at I-cup levels. Like seriously, I-cup? “G” is already considered pretty large and “H” is often an unnatural outlier, making “I” some pretty uncharted territory. I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t aware that softness directly correlates to size, but what do I know when the sensation from Mitsuba’s stomach is enough to knock out both Futaba and Chiba after one feel. While I should be concerned that they have some sort of inherent baseline that they’re comparing this to, I really don’t want to know where sixth graders are getting their reference material from. I will say that Mitsuba’s use of Miku’s vibrating cellphone as a substitute for an exercise belt is just as useless as the belt itself. However, it did lead to a hilarious misunderstanding when Miku wanted in on the good feeling that Mitsuba can provide. I just loved the priceless reactions from Satoshi, Yuki, Miyashita, and all the other onlooking students.
As for Gachi Ranger misunderstandings, it sure seems like underwear goes hand in hand with it when Yabecchi is involved. Granted, the sight of Ryuuta looking under Hitoha’s skirt to see if she’s wearing a Gachi belt more than warranted it this time. Incidentally, I had a pretty severe case of déjà vu upon seeing Yabecchi think Hitoha was too poor to afford underwear and run off to buy her some. The reason being is that a very similar scenario happened in Kannagi between Jin and Nagi, who were also voiced by Shimono Hiro and Tomatsu Haruka respectively. It led to some good laughs because of that, and even left Hitoha thinking Yabecchi’s outgrown Gachi Rangers after all the inadvertent hazing she’s given him about it. Somehow, I get the feeling that this will only carry on to more misunderstandings down the road.
Last but not least is the reappearance of our air-headed school nurse Aiko. It’s been a while since she’s been a part of any skits, but her intensive training that resulted in her “Healing Roll” bandaging technique allowed her to come back with some impact. Evidently, her eyesight without glasses is bad enough for her to mistake a red hoodie for blood, yet not bad enough to negatively affect her aim. Overlooking why Aiko didn’t bother unwrapping Mitsuba’s face, I thought it was pretty clever how they kept changing the background between reality and the kidnapping that Mitsuba thought was going on. The end result where she mistook an anatomic model for Miku’s body was pretty hilarious when she learned that she’s actually alive. The sight of a sadist in a pool of her own tears has yet to grow old on me. Mitsuba victimization episode? I guess you could call it that. :)