Kuragehime – 04
「水族館で逢いましょう」 (Suizokukan de Aimashō)
“I’ll see you in my Aquarium”
Oddly enough, the Amar actually knew about the redevelopment, and none of them were really that worried. The problem then seemed to be shoved to the side, as it bares no mention for the rest of the episode (or the preview for that matter). So as far as the typical plot structure I was previously hoping not to occur, apparently didn’t occur, which is great! But that means there’s not really much driving the story as of now (again, I may be wrong), except for the completely obvious love triangle that I also wanted to happen.
After knowing Tsukimi for a while, Kuranosuke has never looked at her “that” way. However, after seeing her entranced in a pure state with her love for jellyfish, he now finds himself questioning continuously where these “strange” feelings are coming from. I’ve seen this kind of development before with people suddenly falling for others, and it feels a little unrealistic to be asking yourself seriously, “why am I pissed off at this situation”. Given the nature of the show, it just sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the previous kinds of character development so far, so I can’t help but feel this way. Anyhow, at least the KuranosukexTsukimi pairing is now completely possible, and ShuuxTsukimi is growing more and more impossible. Shuu is freaking thirty years old, so the age difference alone gives him a huge disadvantage. But the fact that he hasn’t had a single girlfriend, yet Kuranosuke’s dated the hottest women in Japan (the lucky bastard), is something I just have to sympathize for. Though now with the facts are laid out, I’m actually quite conflicted on who to root for. Well, I’ll side with Kuranosuke anyway, because Shuu’s love is totally shallow right now.
Basically the entire episode reveals more about Tsukimi’s relationship with her mother (yet not her father, whose face wasn’t even shown. Is he just not important or will he come later?), and the reality of it is that she’s still hurting over her death. So much so, that even bonfires will bring tears to her eyes, causing her to pine for the jellyfish to calm her down. You could call this a bad road to take, seeing as how people who eat when they’re sad, or hide in their obsessions when depressed, usually create a worse and worse situation. However, obsessing over jellyfish has never harmed anyone, so I suppose this is a special exception. Anyway, Kuranosuke inadvertently pushes himself into the aquarium visit, resulting in another makeover (though I have to say, a little overdone this time), leading to Shuu inevitably tagging along.
As we all know from last episode, Shuu pretty much only likes makeover Tsukimi. As you know, liking someone gives you an incredible bias into loving everything they do, so Shuu falls more and more in love as he experiences Tsukimi’s true feelings of love and pain, all at the same time (it’s that “seeing a new side” of someone that Japanese people find extremely romantic, as do I.. to some degree). For example, instead of seeing Tsukimi as some creepy girl salivating at the sight of Jellyfish, he sees a prim and proper lady with “an intense admiration for nature.” Shuu is in love with a “mask” (this being the makeup), giving him bias based on that mask, even though the foundations and emotions are the real Tsukimi. Now, the interesting thing here is that Kuranosuke falls for her at the same time, and because of the context (intentional or not), we might be led to believe that he’s fallen for the “mask” as well (which of course, most of us wouldn’t even consider). Ironically, he’s the one that put that mask on her, and it brings up the inevitable question: Did Kuranosuke fall for Tsukimi herself, or did the mask help the process? I mean, that’s only a valid question because we have proof that the mask has made it possible for people to fall for her, a la Shuu. The conflict is that we know Kuranosuke knows the true Tsukimi, and still became friends with her, but was the mask the catalyst to him falling for her, or was it solely based on seeing a new side of her? Of course, I’m thinking too much into it, but it’s an interesting thought. I don’t expect this to actually be the case, as Kuranosuke never once talks about her makeup, or even remotely about how she “looks.” But like he says, he doesn’t even know why he’s falling for her, and simply believes it must be the obvious reasons. Again, seeing as how simple the show is so far, this kind of subtle underlying “statement” about beauty might be something I’m pulling from thin air, yet was expected since the first episode, as the building blocks are definitely there. Maybe it’s intended, maybe it wasn’t. Of course, it’s up to the individual viewer to interpret, but I’m grateful that it gives me something to write about. :D
Besides that whole deal, there’s a couple random things I noticed as well. I thought it was interesting that as Kuranosuke started blushing towards Tsukimi, he went to the bathroom and took off all his female guise, as if to reassert his manhood and properly present himself in front of her. Of course, he has no idea what he’s doing, if not just because he said so himself. Also, him losing his mom, while not nearly as tragic as Tsukimi actually losing hers, led him to say that he understands her pain. I suppose he does, but then again, not really. A death and knowing that person is gone forever is completely different from knowing that person is still alive but just around. Perhaps this will lead to some fight between the two later on, where she calls him out on “not understanding”. Haha, I hope that doesn’t happen though, because you know you’ve seen that scene before. I mean, I can call him out on even wanting to be friends with Tsukimi in the first place. It’s not all that innocent as it seems, since he’s BEEN with almost every hot girl out there, and now he’s sick of women. Lo and behold, someone comes around that isn’t googly eyed for him (though really, she kinda was/is), and that interests him. It’s in vein of the saying, “You always want what you can’t get.” To me, that’s not exactly the most innocent reason to spark a friendship, even though it’s displayed as such, and we simply believe it as such. But hey, I’m just putting this out there: Kuranosuke is not the angelic selfless person he’s presented to be. And consequently, this makes him a surprisingly realistic character. At least he falls in love with Tsukimi for more innocent reasons right? OH WAIT. :P Only time will tell.
Despite me dissecting these characters to be a little more realistic than we might have wanted to see (which is funny because we watch media to escape reality), the show itself continues to make me laugh everytime. And it’s not like “hehe *chuckles*”, no it’s like “pfffffft HAHAHA *spits on the monitor and screams because it’s new”. I don’t know if Banba’s hair is going to become a running gag from now on, but so many jokes were centered around it that it wouldn’t surprise me if it did. Jiji also gets a joke, as she drew old men into the BL manga they work on, giving her some presence, as she barely gets any elsewhere. It’s too bad, because she has an excellent seiyuu that I can’t wait to hear in KnT S2 this winter. There’s also the reappearance of “ole”, and a bunch of other jokes that if I keep on rattling about, would result in further examples of poor organization in writing if not committed already. The show seems to always create great “cliffhangers”, if you can call them that, with an upbeat song coupled with a sudden realization of some sort (which so far, is always funny). Sadly, I have no witty remark to end this impression today, and so, I leave you with this: “no bra, no life.”
man, this show makes me talkative. also, the ED has grown on me so much for the past few episodes.