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Medaka Box – 05

「勝って得よ!」 (Katte Eyo!)
“Win Your Earnings!”

I can’t speak for anyone else, but one yen seems a little too cheap to die for. This is not so for the three flying fish of the swim team though! We had several new character introductions this episode – Yakushima, Tanegashima, and Kikaijima, the three ‘flying fish,’ often considered monsters when it comes to aquatic competition. Not just because of their skills in that department either, but because of their sheer recklessness and willingness to go to any lengths for money. Alongside them, we also had the introduction of Aso Tanzaku of the broadcasting club, acting as one of the two announcers for the competitions. To be honest, based on general whisperings in the community, I had kind of expected to meet the final member of the student council this week but I guess that will come at a later date.

The aquatic competition is a great excuse to see some of the side characters from earlier episodes – I was a little worried they would just be swept under the carpet and left there. It should be entertaining to see Nekomi and Medaka go head to head (though the Judo club has already fallen behind and I doubt Nekomi is going to be considered a serious competitor) even if the focus is on Medaka’s battle against the swim team.

Subtle comments on socialism and handicaps for male students this episode! I wonder who decided that there should be a rule handicapping male students given that Medaka is living proof that males aren’t always necessarily stronger than their female counterparts. It gave Nekomi an easy exploit for the first match (which she seems to have failed to utilise given her team’s final score) too! Oh wait… it suddenly occurs to me that this could be a not-so-subtle comment on the supposed buoyancy of breasts… (at least with that logic Medaka has quite the handicap!) I’m not even sure at this point, but it seems somewhat unlikely.

Back to the socialist comment, allow me to lecture you in depth on politics politics aside (I have no intention of turning this into any sort of political debate and politics isn’t exactly my subject of choice anyway), if my memory serves me, this is the second time Medaka has taken a simple, negative phrase and rephrased it to be more positive. The first was during the battle between Zenkichi and Akune – instead of saying ‘Don’t lose!’ she specifically chose to use ‘Win!’ – and this time around, she converted the socialist slogan to ‘He who does work, will eat.’ I have no idea whether this is intended to be a running theme in relation to Medaka’s personality, but it does work – so far Medaka has taken everything in a positive light, or at least converted everything to a positive light.

Random thoughts:

  • Bounce, bounce, bounce… oh hello Gainax.
  • Looks like you’ve finally realised what you got yourself into eh Akune?
  • That’s quite a stash there Shiranui… whoa wrong link!
  • I deliberately want to misinterpret this shot
  • After the deliberate (and somewhat dodgy) pun on Shiranui’s name, I actually looked it up… this seems slightly prophetic. Why does ‘optical phenomenon characterized by moving, changing fires’ sound like it could be such an accurate statement? Could it be those glances at a seemingly darker personality? My imagination? Who knows! Well manga readers I guess… but no spoilers!

Full-length images: 04, 12, 19, 23, 24, 29



May 3, 2012 at 5:48 am
  • May 3, 2012 at 5:50 amjustin

    Can that girl stop eating for 1 sec ?

    • May 30, 2012 at 12:45 amStranger

      Maybe she’s related to Jughead.

  • May 3, 2012 at 6:00 amStereoman

    Nice full-lengths! The last one must’ve been hard!
    /me gives a medal to Moomba for making it.

    Oh wait, wrong place.

  • May 3, 2012 at 7:32 amFirefly

    If I remember correctly the kendo club was all male, how well did they do with the handicaps?

  • May 3, 2012 at 7:35 amNanatsuya

    And the student council is almost assembled…minus the VP whom we likely won’t see this season…

    • May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pmstarss

      Then why is she in the opening and ending?

      • May 3, 2012 at 6:21 pmTarage

        We haven’t met, nor will we probably meet the VP this season. They are NOT in the intro.

      • May 3, 2012 at 7:23 pmstarss


        …… oh.


  • May 3, 2012 at 8:21 ambelatkuro

    Hachikuji and Illyasviel in the commentary? Oh joy…

    And was Kikaijima this hot? Though her eyes are quite fierce. I prefer her later appearance though.
    And more bouncing from Medaka. Not that I’m complaining. Just…the voice…

    Okay I guess. Though after this is the part where it all ends and everything begins. Nisio’s antics I mean. You’ll see.

  • May 3, 2012 at 9:37 amPtolemaios00

    Kikaijima was so fierce!

    I personally don’t think it is too hard to dive with those tiny floaters.

    • May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pmKJacket

      It can be harder than you think. Not too bad but enough of a pain to be a handicap I guess, but not much of a handicap after you get used to it though.

      • May 4, 2012 at 9:00 pmPtolemaios00

        I’ve gone to the bottom with a kickboard; those tiny floaters are nothing really. Also, it does help if you do what the swim team did and exhale everything. It is not really particularly dangerous since all you are exhaling is carbon dioxide anyways. Experienced swimmers with good “lung capacity” just means they can operate with low oxygen for longer.

      • May 5, 2012 at 6:27 amBeedle

        I hear shallow water blackouts are common with experienced divers/swimmers…

        Plus, it’s quite easy to angle your kick-board to dive maybe 7 feet, whereas those floaters are likely to cramp your arms given their position.

        Also, the funny thing with CO2; that’s actually what keeps your lungs functioning. The human body doesn’t actually know how to sense oxygen levels, and instead senses dissolved carbon dioxide, which turns the blood acidic. What this means is, if you do what the swim team here did before diving, your body doesn’t realize that your organs- specifically your brain- doesn’t have enough oxygen because you just blew off all your carbon dioxide, and you end up blacking out. One small miscalculation, and it’s hello lifeguard for you if you get lucky o/

        Just food for thought for people thinking what the swim team did here is viable.

  • May 3, 2012 at 10:24 amKevz

    Fun episode. Each episode continues to go up and up. Akune and Zenkichi continue to make me laugh and have great scenes. Shiranui always feels like there is something more than meets the eye with her. Enjoyed this first swim event cant wait to see the rest.

  • May 3, 2012 at 11:24 amPhantasm

    Show Spoiler ▼

    @Nanatsuya: (If you read the manga up to ch.140 no spoiler) Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pmrasone0104

    iirc painting came before swimming… did they cut that part out cuz i m seeing the painting guy in the background.

    • May 3, 2012 at 8:19 pmion62

      Maybe they wanted to add the secretary, which kinda isn’t such a bad idea. Looking at the manga, it actually depicts the group as happy as they are. So adding the secretary in would be nice. Ah, next week is the infamous kissing scene.

  • May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pmstarss

    I don’t completely understand why the males were handicapped. Is it because males are generally regarded as better swimmers? No?

  • May 3, 2012 at 7:16 pmFT5Havok

    I want to see RIas Gremory whoop her ass..

  • May 3, 2012 at 8:07 pmYanDaMan

    Oh trust me moomba, you’re not MISINTERPRETING anything from that preview of next week, kekeke.

    • May 4, 2012 at 3:56 amMoomba

      I will look forward to it! :3

  • May 4, 2012 at 7:08 amSingerOfW

    Look out Kamina, here comes Viral to finish this once and for all!

  • May 4, 2012 at 9:21 amTingster013

    Shiranui is so epic cute!!! And evil in a funny way…

  • May 4, 2012 at 1:07 pmewok40k

    gosh what else games will she think of? bondage swimming?

  • May 5, 2012 at 12:51 amSaangi

    Third Preview Picture = Win

    And we totally need our VP in this Season(Or At least the Next Season.) Too Awesome to be left out.

  • May 5, 2012 at 12:57 amomeganx

    never been down with small kid cute girl type but dang….
    Shinraui has brought me over! OMG!

  • May 6, 2012 at 11:07 amgodsmoney

    This may seem trolling. but had to say it
    YES! More shiranui!!

  • May 7, 2012 at 8:39 amKagura

    hmm…this anime is lacking something. ROMANCE.

  • May 10, 2012 at 1:49 pmNikku

    Zenkichi and Akune’s broship. I like it.