Medaka Box – 03
「余計な真似だよ!!／めだかさんの御心のままにっ!!」 (Yokei na Mane da yo!! / Medaka-san no Mikokoro no Mama ni!!)
“None of Your Business!! / As You Wish, Medaka-san!!”
I’m forced to conclude that everyone in this show is a monster. At first glance Zenkichi seems to have pretty normal levels of strength (and relative to Medaka I suppose he does), but he’s obviously a lot stronger than he appears to have been able to embed those wooden bats in the ceiling! Not only that, but to take down Kanoya (Nara Tooru) – a guy so tough he has to use wire cutters to trim his nails – in a single blow is probably not a feat that could be achieved by a normal human being.
I still find Zenkichi immensely cool during those times where he feels the need to stand up to the students who turn their nose up at Medaka. In a way, I can understand his anger – it’s pretty frustrating to have your feelings thrown back in your face and despite the fact that Medaka doesn’t care, this obviously rubs him the wrong way. It’s good to see him do his own little part to protect Medaka, a being who ostensibly needs no-one to defend her (even if it does appear to have disappointed her a little bit)!
This episode once again gives us a good idea of how Medaka is viewed by the rest of the student body. While the slightly more intelligent ones (maybe intelligent isn’t the right word here…) stockpile an absurd number of weapons, others still view her as ‘just a girl.’ Quite a poor judgement there friends! It’s fortunate that they never actually had to face the demon herself, else they would have learned an extremely painful lesson! Although… perhaps it would have done them some good to witness firsthand that gender is no barrier to our beloved student council president…
Three episodes in and we’re finally introduced to the third (I’m assuming) prospective member of the student council – Akune Kouki (Namikawa Daisuke), Judo Prince and Zenkichi’s rival in love dating back to their middle school days. My first impressions of him lead me to believe he could well be your typical pretty boy whose frequent stripping leads to frenzied screams of ‘Hentai~’ from girls everywhere. This, however, doesn’t seem to be the case as his chest reveals are carefully restricted to the dojo and girls swoon at the sight of him instead of fleeing in panic. If I wasn’t rooting for Zenkichi, I would almost consider Kouki and Medaka a match made in heaven.
Continuing with Kouki, it seems pretty clear that he’s very close to being Medaka’s adoring pet dog. In fact, perhaps that’s what the students were referring to when they mentioned that they’d heard Medaka kept a dog eariler in the episode (or they could have meant it literally). While basking in Medaka’s presence he becomes subservient and affectionate, but when confronted with a rival (Zenkichi) he becomes agressive and dangerous. The perfect guard dog perhaps? These early interactions between Kouki and Zenkichi really make me hope we’ll have some amazing scenes later on where they’ll put their differences aside in order to team up to take down foes on Medaka’s behalf. For now though, it looks like Zenkichi is in for a tough battle next week as he strives to protect his spot on the student council! I know who I’ll be cheering on!
- What’s with this reaction?
- Five litres of ramen? Really Shiranui?
- As much as I appreciate the nod to Nagisa and Honoka, that wasn’t exactly the most subtle of Pretty Cure references.
- Nekomi makes a good point – it’s far more impressive that Zenkichi manages to keep up with Medaka through sheer hard work than it is that Medaka is capable of superhuman feats when she naturally has the strength of a demon!
- Speaking of which… I want to see more Nekomi!