Kuragehime – 06
「ナイト・オブ・ザ・リビング・アマーズ」 (Naito obu za Ribingu Amāzu)
“Night of the Living Amars”
The story continues strong this week, with an undeniable yet confusing love in the air, and reverse fake rape somehow linking towards a past trauma. Yet somehow, it all remains fairly lighthearted, but the dire consequences inevitably remain for our underdog Shuu. Perhaps a pivotal plot point in the story, as the “seed” is planted by Inari, Shuu is drugged and then convinced that he had some hot and wild drunk sex. Inari’s plan is quite obvious, most likely involving blackmail with the pictures she took, but she could not predict Shuu’s reaction.
Although I laughed at first to Shuu’s seemingly innocent nature to go so far as to push Inari down, it’s revealed that he’s had a phobia of women from a young age. Whether or not that explains his virginity, you tell me, but I’m totally hating on his dad right now. Apparently he had some sort of affair with Lina, Kuranosuke’s mother, and Shuu had found them while they were “in action.” But before judging anyone, there’s a ton of questions surrounding this event. For example, it’s possible that his father had a good reason, although that’s very unlikely. Hell, maybe they weren’t even doing anything sexual, but again, not likely. It also doesn’t explain Kuranosuke’s situation, and why exactly he can’t see his own mom. I mean think about it, he’s not HIS son, so why does he get any right to say what Kuranosuke can and can’t do (this goes for crossdressing as well)? However, if he IS his son, then that’s one hell of a situation. That would mean he had an affair with Lina, kept quiet, and only Shuu knew (and well, the driver too). Lina couldn’t take care of the boy, so she had to give it to him, which explains his angst towards Kuranosuke. This would also explain why Kuranosuke doesn’t know anything about his mother, but when he finds out, shit’s going to hit the fan. Though oddly enough, he already knows about the affair now, but he wasn’t angry at all. Maybe it will just take time? (or maybe he just doesn’t know enough) As for Shuu, I suppose he’s just caught in the middle again, keeping his mouth shut. You’d think he’d bare some sort of hatred for Kuranosuke, but I suppose he’s a “bro” isn’t he? He’s just a poor guy whose been traumatized by his father’s poor actions, yet forced to follow him in politics. Like I said last time, Shuu’s totally being written as the innocent bystander. Still, having relatively good reasons for him being the way he is doesn’t hurt to help me empathize with him.
On the more lighthearted side, Kuranosuke, who was the main source of laughs for me this week, has been slowly but surely falling for the Princess of Jellyfish, Tsukimi. Although he’s been in a number of high tier relationships, he still becomes embarrassed as he finds out he can’t stop seeing Tsukimi in a cute light. But it always seems to be when she’s in makeup form, right?! Haha, I won’t bring that back again, but keep it in mind! Honestly at this point, I’m very surprised with Kuragehime. Although they went for the house eviction plot, it’s nothing like I’d assumed, and the character relations are coming along nicely. You’ve got Shuu and Kuranosuke liking Tsukimi, but they’ve warped into completely different situations. I did notice a lack of focus on Tsukimi having her own plot, but it’s completely possible they’re just taking the time to develop the other characters before coming back to her in the last couple episodes, so we’ll just have to wait and see. I don’t see any of the support characters such as the Amaz to be getting anything in depth, so I was pretty wrong on that one, but who knows? If there is a sequel to this series, then it just might happen.
Tsukimi makeover looks like a cross between a hot librarian and .. something else that I can’t really place my finger on. Bayonetta? LOL