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「黒神めだかは私が潰します!!」 (Kurokami Medaka wa Watashi ga Tsubushimasu!!)
“I Will Crush Kurokami Medaka!!”

We’re on a roll! For the second week in a row we’ve been introduced to a new character I can only really describe as ‘adorable.’ And adorable she is. There’s something I find really entertaining about characters with a somewhat sadistic side who can still be pushed to embarrassment and retaining a conscience. Onigase Harigane (Ohashi Ayuru) certainly fits these criteria. While she’s not afraid to use violence to solve problems (and in fact seems to relish doing so), she still upholds her own sense of justice and views (and sucks at lying). I’d say she’s perfectly suited for the disciplinary committee at Sandbox Academy – capable of being reasonable, yet apparently able to match up against the specials should it come to that.

I’m both surprised and not surprised by the fact that the student council’s opponents for this arc will be the disciplinary committee. Surprised in the sense that two school bodies with similar purposes are going head to head, but also not surprised given Medaka’s slightly unreasonable views on rules. Both Harigane and Medaka make fair points on the subject – all are equal before the law and exceptions should not be made just for the elite, yet rules without merit are pointless. I, however, am more inclined to side with Harigane on this one (n-n-not because she’s kawaii or anything I swear!). While I can understand Medaka’s point of view – that there is no point to the restrictions on uniform when they don’t actually benefit anyone (not entirely true, but more on that in a moment) – rules are rules, regardless of the reasoning (or lack thereof) behind their enforcement. If, as she implies, she has the power to alter those rules and disagrees with them, then she should do so instead of breaking them.

In a sense, restrictions on uniform do have a function beyond merely ensuring that everyone is smartly dressed, representing their school, and ‘fostering a sense of pride.’ They also serve the additional purpose of helping to abolish social ranks within the school – by ensuring that everyone is dressed the same, in theory fewer people will be segregated based on their inability to shell out for absurdly priced clothing. Of course Medaka being Medaka, she’s probably entirely unaware of this possibility, especially when she has seven spare uniforms and sees no value in her own material possessions!

At this point, I have some suspicions about how Harigane will act in the coming conflict. While her reasons for wanting to crush Medaka are evident (and I don’t blame her!), the events of the second half of the episode allowed her to see the good Medaka does for the student body, despite her choice to break certain rules. It feels as though she may have warmed more towards the members of the student council and her sense of justice meant that she was willing to protect them when it came down to a fight. While I know nothing about the other members of the disciplinary committee beyond what was shown in the short epilogue (which pretty much just screamed eeeeeeeevil), it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Harigane ended up with conflicting emotions when the battles begin. Then again, maybe I’m just biased because I like her character!

Random thoughts:

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Epilogue:

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May 24, 2012 at 6:45 am
20 comments »
  • May 24, 2012 at 7:29 amBroskander

    Cant wait for the “new and exciting” developments to come for the next eps! This show will only get better when it’s true colors reveal.

  • May 24, 2012 at 7:55 amCrook

    So I wondered, is this really gonna be just 1-cour, because I heard the manga didn’t really start until later on, with all the genre shifting going on.

  • May 24, 2012 at 9:45 amTingster013

    This is getting much better, I was foreseeing a darker plot due to the preview, turn out to be so light-heart and funny like funny. Want the next episode now!!! Shiranui still beat everyone hands down with her scheming mind yet innocent face!!!

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:04 amomeganx

    YEAH! the manga just shifted gears in like a single chapter and im like… WAIT! So was anything that was done before really relevant that couldn’t have been explained in a small narration?!

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:19 ambelatkuro

    Still don’t like Medaka’s voice. Ugh.
    And Paku Romi as Unzen. Can’t say she’s a good pick but she has a reputation for playing shotas I guess. And Koshimizu Ami is that other girl.
    Disciplinary arc incoming. Gonna get messy now.

  • May 24, 2012 at 10:46 amHalfDemonInuyasha

  • May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pmKusabi

    While I’m not too fond of megane character, I found Kikaijima really adorable in this episode.

    Offtopic: Moomba, I just realized that your gravatar is Vlad Tepes from Eiyuu*Senki VN. Have you finished playing that VN?

    • May 24, 2012 at 1:22 pmMoomba

      I haven’t actually found time to play it at all yet. Currently working (slowly) through the Muv-Luv series.

  • May 24, 2012 at 1:00 pmAndré

    8 episodes and this show is still fun. Impressive. These very shouneish comedy shows usually get boring pretty fast, but Medaka is still 100% fun (maybe because they’re always introducing new characters and stuff).

  • May 24, 2012 at 1:42 pmDa5id

    http://randomc.net/image/Medaka%20Box/Medaka%20Box%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2009.jpg

    No idea what’s going on in this scene…but I like it.

    …wait, what happened?

    • May 24, 2012 at 4:22 pmThe Moondoggie

      Handcuff-knuckles chan stripped her off to show she’s wearing a swimsuit.

  • May 24, 2012 at 1:44 pmYalvyn

    Really wish they made this 2 cor with 2nd be Flask plan arc.

    So that ss2 will be Minus arc + Not Equal arc ( Kumagawa&Anshin’in-san )

    • May 24, 2012 at 3:22 pmDa5id

      How do you know it’s not?

    • May 24, 2012 at 8:51 pmAndmeuths

      Sure, give season 2 24 or 36 Episodes.

      Unless you want Gainax to butcher the Minus Arc. And you forgot the Flask Plan arc. That’s already one Cour in itself.

      The ominous thing here, in my view though, is that the animators seem to be skipping over and rushing through all those scenes like the kick- of which is just a foretaste of the direction the plot is taking.

      At this rate, they just might be able to do the impossible, and compress the Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 24, 2012 at 4:19 pmThe Moondoggie

    Pink hair in Medaka uniform just made me smile….

  • May 24, 2012 at 8:56 pmrandom viewer

    Why didn’t Onigase just wear the school uniform that she was going to make Medaka put on?
    Let’s see if next week the characters will just go back to wearing their own fashion-style of clothing.

  • May 25, 2012 at 12:41 amion62

    Unzen, the monster child, abnormal of the abnormals, member of the 13 and one of the 6 who oversee the school facilities.

  • May 25, 2012 at 3:18 amc2710

    Shiranui admits to having a black heart!

    Totally one of the few things that made the whole episode for me

  • May 25, 2012 at 5:05 ampotato

    Coming up is quite the messy transition arc as the show shifts from comedy to action. Just a disclaimer.

  • May 25, 2012 at 7:58 pmSaangi

    Here it comes. FULL SPEED AHEAD!