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「君に届かない」 (Kimi ni Todokanai)
“It Doesn’t Reach You”

Oh my… did the Gachi Ranger misunderstandings just come to a stop? That was the pinnacle of humor surrounding Hitoha, so saying it’s a bit of a downer would be the understatement of the year. Why’d she have to come out of the closet and show everyone she’s a die-hard Gachi fan? To make matters worse (as far as I’m concerned), everyone was receptive to her hobby because they happen to like the live-action super heroes to a degree as well. What the heck is that!? I swear it’s all Miyashita’s fault. She had to get all curious about Hitoha and try to be her friend. For goodness sake, let the creepy quiet girl read her porn books in peace so that the Gachi Ranger misunderstandings can continue! I think the one saving grace is that Yabecchi wasn’t around when that was all cleared up, so at least there’s still one avenue where the hilarity can persist on. The nicer and more understanding side of me says that I should be happy for Hitoha, but it would be an outright lie to do so when it’s no secret that I love the humor that stems from misunderstandings.

Take Ogata Airi for example. After believing that her ultimate rival for Shinya’s love was a soccer ball, she’s now convinced that it’s panties he loves more than anything else in the world. End result: She’s vowed never to wear underwear again out of spite. All that was needed was Futaba passing off some mistaken information to Airi and that thought running completely wild in her mind to produce some hilarious results. That type of material is almost always an easy sell to me, much like when Airi was attempting to perform her version of seppuku to repent for hitting Shinya in the face during dodgeball. Now I know girls can be vicious to one another, but Shiori and Mayumi’s instant change of heart towards Airi took that statement to new levels. It came like a flick of a switch in their brains and filled them with malicious intent, which was pretty priceless because Futaba was among them for no real reason other than stupidity. That’s on top of asking for it in the face with the three girls hopelessly in love with Shinya, a statement that could be easily misunderstood in more ways than one.

Potentially masochistic girls aside, I just love how the actual sadist Mitsuba is so unbelievably weak to further contrast how reality doesn’t live up to the image she gives off. In fact, it’s pretty amazing that the ball she threw even made it to Chiba. As for Miyashita, I’m still not convinced that suffering the fate of being a character defined by the two hairpins in her bangs is enough to make up for spoiling the Hitoha Gachi Ranger fun, but it’s a step in the right direction. Incidentally, her claim to be the most normal one out of the group makes her just as odd as the rest of the bunch too. Anyway, the final episode next week looks like it’s going to center primarily around the Marui household, which may turn out to be an interesting way to end things off if Shinya gets dragged into it. We can’t have the laughs without it being at someone’s expense can we?

 

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September 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm
16 comments »
  • September 21, 2010 at 9:48 pmTakaii

    I LOVE MIYASHITA. I love her name, her voice, EVERYTHING. But I’m biased, and I like Hitoha the most as well. Too bad there isn’t a GREEN Gachi Ranger.

    I want my Hitoha in Yabee-chi’s room segment D:

    • September 21, 2010 at 9:50 pmTakaii

      Also, in the ending sequence, did you notice that one of the girls who love Shinya doesn’t have the other two in her dream bubble? I smell conflict.

      • September 22, 2010 at 6:23 pmBROOKLYN otaku

        that’s because unlike her “friends” she is a TRUE WOMAN *LOL* that puts her man FIRST.

    • September 22, 2010 at 6:52 amShinjiro

      MY Hitoha…thank you. :P
      I really like Miyashita but I have a weakness for Yoshioka (voiced by Aki). I mean the scene between Hitoha-chan and Yoshioka that played out from the Gachi Rangers misunderstandings was priceless. I still watch it just to have a quick laugh.
      Anyhow Miyoshita seems like a really sweet girl. I LOL’ed so hard when she tried to befriend Hitoha-chan but ends up being pushed away.
      Mitsuba can’t throw a mean ball :P

  • September 21, 2010 at 11:36 pmWill

    Did anyone else notice how non-chalant Hitoha was about hiding under yabecchi’s desk? I don t know why but I found the fact that he just scooted out of her way, so casually, to let her in was hilarious. I guess you really can get used to anything.

  • September 22, 2010 at 12:16 amCroosboy

    i guess making friends with hitoha isnt easy. lol

  • September 22, 2010 at 6:16 amMesousa

    What are you talking about, Divine? The Gachi Rangers misunderstandings were getting crappier, not to mention abused to death.

    It was epically awesome that Hitoha basically lampshaded it and buried the hatchet by admitting it. It was also sorta heartwarming.

    So there.

    • September 22, 2010 at 9:37 amXxDestinyXx

      I agree. While I did find them funny at first, the Hitoha/Gachi Ranger misunderstandings were way over-played (almost every episode since it started!) and feeling stale.

      I am just glad they are not carrying it over to season 2. A good show knows when to cut a joke after it has lost its edge.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:24 pmDivine

      It was a bit overused at times, but I felt there were still so many things they could have done with it if they laid off it for a while. Of course, the plus side is that some new type of humor can come from Hitoha now.

  • September 22, 2010 at 7:50 amMrRei

    T_T last episode next week… I’m gonna miss this! good thing the 2nd season was already green lit.

  • September 22, 2010 at 1:30 pmdiet otaku

    i have to agree that i’m glad (most of) the gachi rangers misunderstandings are over. the joke was getting pretty old.

    i’m probably a horrible person but i thought airi looked absolutely adorable when she was trying to bite her tongue off. ♥

  • September 22, 2010 at 6:13 pmCode Breaker

    LOL this never seized to amaze me! favorite show of the season <3

    PS: no I'm not pedo!

  • September 23, 2010 at 1:57 amoutcast

    • September 26, 2010 at 12:52 amXxDestinyXx

      I did not think she would look so pretty with her hair down. Pleasant surprise! :)

  • September 23, 2010 at 6:34 amShinjiro

    The moment with Yoshioka running to find a partner after Miyashita forced herself at Hitoha-chan made me melt. Oh the pure cuteness!!!!

  • September 24, 2010 at 11:31 amWheate

    I love this anime<33