Kuragehime – 08
「ミリオンダラー・ベイビーズ」 (Miriondarā Beibīzu)
“Million Dollar Babies”
Earlier in episode three, I had speculated Hanamori, the driver, might be an important character later, and while he doesn’t seem to be heading that direction within this season, the man is a riot. Here’s a guy who created a melodramatic scene about how he and Shuu were childhood friends, and that he would go against orders to spy on him, but topples over in a split second with the bribe of a Benz. Though a Benz isn’t anything to scoff at, the man is a little obsessed with the car, being able to draw a perfect sketch, and yet not a face. But hey, I can’t blame him, cars are much easier to replicate anyway.
For Shuu, things aren’t going so swell. Inari’s now made it pretty obvious that she plans on blackmailing to get what she wants, but since Shuu’s childhood friend spilled the beans, he’s got a private investigator to track what’s happening. Somehow because of a sneeze, Hanamori ends up calling up Shuu instead of the PI, leading to the funniest scene in the entire episode. Frankly, I can’t see how Shuu’s going to get out of this, but it’s not going to be easy. The forecast for TsukimixShuu doesn’t look so swell either. Shuu’s life is just all bad, but otherwise, not much development for him this week.
As it has been shown, purchasing the Amamizu-kan isn’t easy, but it has slowly become the main driving force of the story. Currently, Kuranosuke’s trying to find something to sell, and stumbles upon some ancient tea sets. You’ve got to hand it to Kuranosuke for being persistent on finding things to sell, especially with the way he keeps coming up with new ideas. He might not want to inherit a political position, but he’d do well in business (or fashion business ;]). One thing leads to another, and he ends up selling Tsukimi’s handmade Clara terubozu (who wants to bet these things will appear as plushies somewhere?). They sell like hotcakes, everyone gets called over, and the scene soon turns into a showcase for Tsukimi’s passion of Jellyfish and Chieko’s godly sewing speed. Kuragehime has this way of making me say, “well I didn’t see this coming,” because well, I really didn’t see this coming. Selling them for 500 yen wasn’t going to cut it though, so although Kuranosuke mentioned a plan of selling the Clara doll on the internet, I figured there had to be something more.
After seeing frills again from making Clara dolls, Tsukimi can’t help but reminisce about her mother, who had promised her a dress with the frills of a jellyfish. Tsukimi then imagines the dress and wraps sheets around her, and of course, Kuranosuke walks in on her, leading to more of “seeing a side he has never seen.” The love he possesses is unmistakable, and is now at chest pain levels (HNNG), so much so that his gender is almost found out, but thanks to the general stupidity of the Amaz, they think “she’s” just flat chested. Now if only he would admit and confess. Personally, I can relate to Tsukimi’s entrancement with frills, as I imagine they really are beautiful when fluttering in the water, like many things in nature. Even if they aren’t, the frills are her connection to her mother, a symbol of purity, and the reason she might have went overboard on her hobby with jellyfish in the first place.
Being curious as to why Tsukimi would drape herself like a princess (I’m sure there’s irony in there somewhere), Kuranosuke lands at the impression that she might have taken an interest into fashion, and imagines whether or not she would enjoy seeing his mother’s closet. While it may not seem like it was much, I read that statement as if he wants to “share” something I consider pretty personal with Tsukimi, which shows the care he has grown for her. So as Kuranosuke attempts to return the frilled cloth, he accidentally stumbles onto the promise Tsukimi’s mother had made, and instantly comes up with the idea of making jellyfish dresses to sell. At first when he said, “let’s make the jellyfish dress,” I thought it was just an action of love, but then he said we could sell it to purchase the Amamizu-kan (and apparently become famous and billionares, but given the track record of this show, I doubt that’s going to ever happen in the story). While I heaved a sigh for a split second, I realized this was a pretty cool idea. It’s as if both their personalities and interests have intertwined into a single “dream,” with the result being a jellyfish dress. Aww, it’s like they’re having a hobby baby!
Random Thought: You know, the Amaz avoid the Stylish like the plague, but seriously, EVERY single female that aren’t the main characters are drawn attractively with no flaws. If the world was perfect like that, and I wasn’t, I’d be running away constantly too.