Kuragehime – 02
「スキヤキ・ウエスタン・マツサカ」 (Sukiyaki Uesutan Matsusaka)
“Sukiyaki Western Matsusaka”
Given my experience with Hanazawa Kana, whose roles such as Segoku Nadeko and Tachibana Kanade just happen to be far more familiar, I had always thought she was a pigeonholed seiyuu. I didn’t really mind, as I love her wispy soft voice, but most of her characters were too emotionless to ever really get attached to. With Kurashita Tsukimi however, she expresses a range of emotion I didn’t even know she had, with shrills you couldn’t possibly believe coming out from a girl who voiced the serious and almost emotionless Kanade. She might even pull off completely comedic roles, although Tsukimi’s role is quite close already.
Comedy is, surprisingly abundant, me being the only example, having laughed an obscene amount of times throughout the episode. The subtle character quirks bleed through the dialogue at every moment, never failing to remind the viewer of their obsessions. C’mon, having Banba recognize a train by its horn? It was funny, and yet.. I was also genuinely impressed. A rather weird feeling since no one would be impressed at my knowledge of anime or manga (this also includes yours and just about everyone else). Perhaps I was just in a good mood, but that might be a little insulting to what is probably genuine comedic writing. In fact, I might have been in a good mood because of the show itself, an amazing feat in my current stress filled life. It’s funny that Mayaya hates moe conversions of her favorite generals, because for many viewers, they probably wouldn’t go near The Romance of the Three Kingdoms unless it was retold with an all female cast, with clothes occasionally ripped off during battle. And guess what! They actually exist.
Not to be overshadowed by the females, Kuranosuke continues to visit the Amamizu complex, for the sole reason of seeing Tsukimi. After nonchalantly telling Tsukimi this, the seed of love might have just been planted, which if eventually sprouts, will end in the weirdest couple I’ll ever have witnessed. Even though Tsukimi is so easily charmed, her otaku buddies aren’t so ready to accept a visually superior being, leading to some under the breath chants about how “she” just doesn’t understand “them”. Typical otaku behavior, and yet applicable to just about anyone. Two of the most hilarious moments were around this scene, one being Tsukimi going off on a Spanish “Ole” dance to cover up for Kuranosuke’s male usage of “ore” and the other just echoing, “I just wanted to see you”. That part was particularly funny because I’ve seen it a ton of times, so I wondered how far they were going to go. By the time they passed the planets, I pretty much just lost it. Incidentally, the rock reaction wasn’t just a casual joke, but rather a complex defense force the “Amar” use against the “Stylish”, which on the outside, just looks like them being typical antisocial nerds. But that’s the irony, right?
Kuranosuke’s brother is also introduced, played by Suwabe Junichi (who actually played Takashi from HOTD, which kind of ticks me off lol), and seems like he’ll be playing a major role in the upcoming story arc (if 11 episodes even has enough time for several arcs). Don’t get why? Let me explain. The mention of the vacant lot and how more are appearing near the middle of the episode was not accidental. I thought nothing of it, until the TV showed Koibuchi Shuu being the son of the “Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism”. Now, that sounds exactly what it is, and Tsukimi instantly realizes the situation. She now questions whether or not Kuranosuke’s meat bribe to be friendly with the residents of the Amamizu complex was actually with good intentions. The preview seems to show that Shuu will become more involved with the Amar, and from what the story is telling me right now, the Amamizu complex will eventually face eviction.
A perfect big problem intertwining all the characters right? Too bad I’ve seen this kind of plot before, and am now a bit cynical into how this will play out. Hopefully it’s only a midplot climax, rather than the finale, but anything can happen. I really hope self discovery will still end up being the centerpiece and main point of the story, rather than bank on such an obvious plot structure as house eviction (of course, I could be horribly wrong, and this all gets resolved next episode, because no one cares to evict the apartment -__-). I’ve got more of my defense up now, but am delightfully looking forward to Tsukimi getting the inevitable makeover next episode, most likely given by Kuranosuke himself.