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INS: 「秋色のアリア」 (Aki-iro no Aria) by 小清水亜美 (Koshimizu Ami)
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「ケイトの朝と夜」 (Keito no Asa to Yoru)
“Keito’s Day and Night”

It’s always the quiet and diligent ones that we need to be careful of, whether it’s in the bedroom or the karaoke room, as Keito quickly showed us this time around. You think you know someone, and then they they do something that leaves you absolutely speechless. Tetsuya sure wasn’t kidding when he said the things that happen at part-time jobs can go far beyond one’s wildest imagination. Keito’s pop version of the “Aki-iro no Aria” maiden song doesn’t quite have the same epic feel to it as Sakana’s “Monochrome”, but it sure is epic in its own way. I was already amused to no end when they made her out to be a huge hypocrite, and it only got better when Takuto caught her in the act. I would’ve figured this was a good trump card to keep on Keito, yet Takuto decided to keep it a secret and get into her good books instead, marking the first time that it actually looked like he made a pass on one of the girls.

From a broader perspective, this episode quickly reminded me of an advantage to having characters with alter-egos, allowing the high school and Cybody aspects to be flipped between seamlessly even this late in the series. Kou and Madoka are prime examples, quickly joining in the end of summer festivities right after being introduced as some new antagonists on the Zero Time side of things. Regardless of whether or not that was the goal of having alter-egos, it sure executes well in hindsight, as nothing comes off as excess, lighthearted, fan-service-type material when all the characters are involved in some way. At the same time, it provides the same type of entertainment, and from Wako of all people too. Sometimes, it makes me forget there’s a robot element to this series at all.

Coincidentally, there always seems to be some interesting developments when Zero Time isn’t involved, and this week left me wondering about the somewhat depressed look Takuto had when Wako talked about her childhood with Sugata. I wasn’t sure if he was recalling memories of Natsuo and Hana, thinking he shouldn’t be getting in between Wako and Sugata, or something else altogether. Then there was the picture inside his pocket watch, whom I presume is his mother. There’s been mention about how his father abandoned him, but nothing about his mother thus far, so I wonder if that was a bit of foreshadowing on some discussion that will come up later on.

Story-wise, I’m having second thoughts about Reiji and Keito after seeing how they’re both supportive of Sugata in some form. The two of them seem to know the most about what’s going on and have been seen conspiring together, but the question is to what end? While it’s easy to say that Keito might be doing it for the bedroom benefits of awakening Sugata from his deep sleeps after he uses Samekh’s powers, the same obviously can’t be said about Reiji. What’s more, Tiger and Jaguar know that Keito’s a maiden, so I wouldn’t be all that surprised if Sugata did as well. In any case, I like how this series keeps me and just about everyone else guessing since it’s an original story, plus how a potential Sugata x Keito pairing makes the Takuto x Wako one seem like less of a home wrecker one. It’s just too bad neither of them seem to be himself in the preview.

 

Preview

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February 8, 2011 at 12:10 am
53 comments »
  • February 8, 2011 at 12:27 amInstantNoodles

    Could Sugata in preview be lesbian possessed via 1st phase?

    • February 8, 2011 at 2:00 amamado

      yeah, probably a 1st phase but I dont think its mind control.
      I think its an illusion made by kou since madoka got illusion as well.

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:29 amukato

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:38 amMorridin

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:43 amShadiic

    I wonder what the duties were of the other maidens. We know that Wako purifies herself in the cove, but what did the North and West do? Still I’d say that it was an offering of Soma to Sugata in order to revitalise him.

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:47 amNhelraios

    PWNED

    Madoka just used her first phase and at the same time she’s using her star sword. Could it be that those with real marks can bring out their star sword outside zero time?

    Apparently, theres a hidden meaning behind King’s Pillar lol.

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:49 amSolarguardian

    That… ending…. The weekend needs to come by faster.

    Also, not really important but, I don’t like where this is going relationship-wise only because I don’t like Wako with Takuto. I was actually hoping for the seeds to a TakutoxKeito pairing would form here.

    • February 8, 2011 at 1:57 amtmt12718

      Not sure how likely this will be in the ending but I’d always kind of felt they were hinting at there being something with Sugata & Keito from at least as early as ep 10 (eg. 07:53-08:11 when they’re all playing baseball and the interaction between the two as she goes up to bat.

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • February 8, 2011 at 2:05 amamado

        I also think that the series will end with none of the pairings being official.

        its a harem except the fact that there is another person besides the main character who attracts the same ladies. the other anime I know that has something like this would be the to aru series(touma attracts the girls as well as misaka).

    • February 8, 2011 at 5:03 amrau

      Sugata X Keito was hinted back in ep 1, you know.
      He doesnt really support arranged marrige because he believes in love marrige.

      • February 8, 2011 at 7:54 amDa5id

        Now, how is that SugataXKeito specifically? Can’t that just be Sugata not wanting to be in an arranged marriage?

        Not everything in anime is made for hinting at pairings, you know.

  • February 8, 2011 at 2:07 amjrj

    the bedroom scene at the end sure made me drop my mouth… crazy is an understatement here…
    “It’s a wonder” would be the theme of this episode…
    keep a girl’s secret is always the first step of a romance… but guess Sugata will make a move first…
    can’t wait for more to come

  • February 8, 2011 at 2:13 amamado

    hey Divine, it seems like the spoiler tags arent working right…
    Show Spoiler ▼

    try clicking it.

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:27 amDivine

      Fixed. A change in the latest WordPress update broke it, so I reverted that portion of code.

  • February 8, 2011 at 2:30 ampaulrenzo

    I love Keito and Takuto’s expressions when Takuto caught here singing. Best moment in the series for me, especially when Keito was talking about how “immature” those actions were.

  • February 8, 2011 at 4:53 am♕Croosboy♕

    the most funniest episode. go pres ^_^

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:00 amtmt12718

    and also because no one seems to have mentioned it yet – an offer to stay at kanako’s and make fireworks…. //yes please//

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:04 aminfinite

    Thats why Takuto is always looking at that painting. The picture of his mom and the painting look like the same women.

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:14 amStigmata25

    I was thinking the same thing infinite.

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:15 amBossun

    I got a slice-of-life feeling from the first 2/3 or so of this episode. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t disappointed.

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:21 amKarmafan

    Two things I have a hard time with in this series…

    How all the folks wear these disguises in zero time to battle Takuto and then they go to school together and no one can tell its their classmates? They are just too clueless. Especially those characters that have unusual hair colors or hair cuts.

    For the famale lead Wako is just bleh. She is probably the least attractive of any girl in the series and is as bland as plain yogurt. I don’t see why either of the 2 male leads would be interested in her.

    • February 8, 2011 at 7:02 amSuppa Tenko

      Don’t think too hard about it.

      Anyways, I always thought of those 2 new Kiraboshi members as too bitchy for my liking.

      I like on how the subbed version, the translators added their own comments like saying Keito is a rapist :3

    • February 8, 2011 at 8:08 amBossun

      Actually, they’ve kind of implied that Takuto knows some of his classmates are Kiraboshi members. But it’s Takuto. He’s too nice to engage them outside of Zero Time.

  • February 8, 2011 at 7:01 amSwift

    Head went to go visit a women in the hospital, could that be the same person in the painting which is the same person in takuto’s watch?

    • February 8, 2011 at 3:52 pminfinite

      I starting to think Takuto and Head are brothers.

    • February 8, 2011 at 5:16 pmInstantNoodles

      I thought the coma person is a man?

      • February 9, 2011 at 9:48 aminfinite

        i think so to. maybe thats heads father.

      • February 9, 2011 at 1:41 pmSwift

        My computer is to slow to see whether the doctor called her a man or women, but judging by the look and long hair im assuming thats a women. Plus I was thinking takuto and sugata were brother since red + blue = purple (head). and they were both born on the same day.

  • February 8, 2011 at 7:47 amOtaku_Brawler

    There are surprises out here I couldn’t even imagine. O.o

  • February 8, 2011 at 7:52 amrau

    Just curious but why is Sugata going into a coma again. He’s used the kings pillar in ep 7 randomly, to support takuto against Takashi once, to beat Aingott once, and uselessly against Hegent. So why after all these uses he coma’s this time?

    • February 8, 2011 at 9:59 amDivine

      It was implied he went into a coma every time and Keito has been bringing him out of it each time.

      • February 8, 2011 at 10:43 amArcad

        Yeah I am thinking she is doing some sort of prayer ritual. Not anything dirty like is being implied. I mean thing about it, when Wako does her rituals she is naked as well.

    • February 8, 2011 at 1:59 pmShirt

      Thanks. This helps clear things up.

    • February 8, 2011 at 4:32 pmReis

      Except the show’s own discretionary shot called her a rapist…

      • February 8, 2011 at 5:01 pmDa5id

        Except that was only in the fansubs, not the actual show.

  • February 8, 2011 at 11:31 amRockmanshii

    This was the funniest episode for me yet, especially Wako teasing the other girl for once.

  • February 8, 2011 at 12:48 pmWingZeroZXT

    lol my knee jerk reaction was that she was raping him to restore his libido and that this is done to him every time he uses kings pillar and whats sad about this is that its messed up and sem to make sense (in a twist anime style sort of way) however i honestly hope im wrong because if im right this show just pulled a ‘time release code geass manuever’ where it starts out seemingly soft and ends up the most messed up thing youve ever seen on television

  • February 8, 2011 at 3:08 pmWingZeroZXT

    (correction(s) to previous post in order : *seems /(twistED…) )

    Also does anyone else think that most of the pairings people seem to want are not only unlikely but also premature considering the type of show!! I never never seen a mecha anime program that hanst completely dissapointed me on the pairings front simply because the protagnoists always have somthing better to do then pursue romantic relationships

  • February 8, 2011 at 4:24 pmTanuki

    While, most of us probably know Keito is probably doing some kind of maiden ritual or something, so correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there 2 ways to break a maiden seal?
    It’s either destroy her cybody or the maiden loses her virginity before passing on her seal to their successor, right?

  • February 8, 2011 at 4:25 pmSuppa Tenko

    That is just what I was going to say. Everytime Sugata uses King’s Pillar, he loses some libido, and Keito has to make hot love with him to restore it… or they could just make him some clam soup. I heard it does wonders for one’s virility.

  • February 8, 2011 at 6:40 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

    No, it should be Takuto and Marino+Mizuno!

    • February 8, 2011 at 7:46 pmDa5id

      Now…explain how that will work within the seven episodes remaining in the show.

      • February 9, 2011 at 2:50 amSpacyRicochet

        Easy, just grab any normal doujinshi and you have enough development in 2 minutes :P

  • February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pmEliteF22

    Heh, all the girl’s busts get bigger when they put on the Zero time costumes.

  • February 8, 2011 at 8:55 pmLuNa

    lol the karaoke scene…
    and the last scene just made me go O________O?????

    as for pairings… I don’t see any chemistry with Takuto & Wako
    & there’s a BIG chance he won’t fall for another so I think in the end it’s going to be
    Takuto&Wako or Sugata&Wako or Sugata&Keito?
    or Wako wants both so Wako&Takuto&Sugata

    • February 8, 2011 at 11:51 pmDa5id

      Why is everyone suddenly throwing Keito into the mix like she’s any more relevant than she was in Ep 1? Remember there’s non-maidens after both main guys too. Benio and Tiger have liked Sugata for awhile, and Kanako is taking a liking to Takuto, not to mention Mizuno and Marino…who are the same person.

      So basically, each girl has an equal chance at each guy, in that none of them will get a chance to do ANYTHING AT ALL before everyone is swept by the end plot twists. PERIOD.

      Leave it for the fanfiction.

      • February 9, 2011 at 6:33 amChaos

        this of course assumes that there won’t be a second season of this later-which im thinking is a possibility we can’t rule out. There are a lot of things i think have not been resolved yet hand we have what 6-8 episodes before the series ends i think its possible. Also i want to know something -WHAT IS TAKUTO’s FIRST PHASE-its probably something really powerful but not useful normally like restore a mark that has been removed or seal away something ect… its probably something he can’t use for combat at the very least.

      • February 9, 2011 at 7:15 amDa5id

        There are only 22 cybodies, each based on a letter from the phoenician alphabet. Only four have not yet been revealed. Plus, where the hell do we go after the fifth phase? Cybodies in space?

        It seems much more likely for this story to end with this series.

  • February 9, 2011 at 1:14 pmSilentcid

    I wouldn’t mine being raped by Keito. I rather be awake then be in a deep slumber.

    • February 9, 2011 at 5:58 pmDa5id

      If you wouldn’t mind it, its not rape.

  • February 9, 2011 at 9:18 pmunlisted

    I didn’t even notice there was no zero time this week…Until I read your post lol.

    BTW, stream doesn’t work.