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Hiiro no Kakera – 10

「守護の想い」 (Shugo no Omoi)
“The Guardian’s Feelings”

Oh, Hiiro no Kakera, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. This show spoils me too much, really. First it gives me a level-headed, likeable heroine. Then it went on to give me an equally likeable cast. And now Hiiro no Kakera has been kind enough to treat me to an almost-kind of-confession and the start of some classic romantic hijinks. Suffice to say, I love this show in every way a fangirl can!

This has to be my favorite episode by far because it’s a collection of moments that highlight the show’s strength: its characters. Really, it’s the simple touches that put a stupid smile on my face and the fluid progression of the characters’ relationships that make me squeal like the fangirl I am. I don’t know what it is but Hiiro no Kakera responds to my mental commands so well – every time I feel like the show could use a bit more of this or that, lo and behold: I don’t have to wait more than an episode or two to get what I want. This is why I enjoy Hiiro so much, right up there with Fate/Zero or Tsuritama – as a viewer that prioritizes sympathetic characters and natural interactions between them above all else, Hiiro no Kakera seriously hits all the right spots. Nothing is overstated, the dialogue is well-written and carries the confidence of a writer who knows what they’re doing. Conflicts are never dragged out for too long and the resolution always occurs in a manner that’s true to the characters.

And speaking of responding to mental commands: this. SCENE. Thank you, thank you, thank you Hiiro no Kakera! I talked about how the romantic situation is complicated by the issue of duty vs. personal feelings before, and when the show first started out, I wondered how they would choose handle it. To be honest I wasn’t expecting a resolution (I apologize for my lack of faith, Hiiro no Kakera. Never again!), or for one to come so soon. Here’s some unprofessional fangirling depicting just how much I enjoyed this scene:
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The romantic connotations of Takuma’s speech aside, the scene really delivers on all the points I was hoping it would – it’s an acknowledgment of Tamaki as a comrade, and it defines her as her own person instead of her role as the Tamayori Princess, which is something I’ve been really wanting to see. It’s also something that needs to be settled properly if a romantic relationship should start – do the guys want to stay by Tamaki’s side because she’s Tamaki or the person they have to protect? The clarification really made my cold and dead heart flutter in excitement because it also resolved something else I hadn’t been expecting at all. It’s something minor that had been bothering me (and some of the commenters, I think), but Hiiro no Kakera, being the satisfying show it is was already starting to resolve it little by little. It was the matter of Tamaki’s efforts going unnoticed, and how she was always the one extending the olive branch first and trying to rally the group after every defeat. I wanted some more effort from the guys’ end since it wasn’t fair for Tamaki to be the only one to show some desire for change.

But man did it ever feel satisfying watching Takuma set that little problem right. He gives her the assurance she needs and it was just… so good to see her get the acknowledgment she deserves. Thank you Hiiro no Kakera – nothing you do from here on will make me hate you, barring some sort of super long angst-fest and derailed characterization in the second half.

Enough fangirling though! There was some plot involved, with the dissonance within Aria’s group growing worse. I think it’s pretty safe to say Aria won’t be the final boss; in fact, it’s looking more and more like Drei will be the one to look out for. Not only does he have the creepy atmosphere down-pat, he seemes just manipulative enough to turn everyone against Aria and go rogue. I don’t know what that would mean for Vier and the little girl, but it would certainly make for an interesting twist if they were to end up working with Tamaki.

In that vein, Masataka and Ryou are still the wild cards here, as their motives are the ones most shrouded in mystery. It’s clear Ryou has some sort of negative interest in Shinji, but as of right now, nothing’s really been confirmed. Even Masataka, who claimed to be Tamaki’s ally, is looking shadier by the minute. This is all some nice set-up for the main plot though, so I’ll be leaving everything up to the show’s capable hands to reveal each thread of mystery when the time is right.


P.S. Oh Suguru, you troll. In more ways than one, mind you.

P.P.S. I actually lol’d at Mitsuru’s reaction more than Tamaki’s.

P.P.P.S. On the heels of Mahiro’s “I want to grow bigger” and “I’ll make you happy” line, Ryou continues the innuendo trend with his “I’ll warm you up”, complete with a feral grin and a bath scene. I’ll be preparing a NSFW tag for next week. Just in case.

Full-length images: 16, 19, 27, 32, 35.



June 4, 2012 at 3:38 am
  • June 4, 2012 at 6:13 amAni_BEE

    I’m not really a fan of the “let’s get together” ending they are placing each episode that that’s because I’m not a fan of dating sim games. That being said I was laughing so hard with Ryou this week. Not only dose the bath tub look to small for him, his are the only liners that don’t come off as fake to me. (You know he means it!)

    • June 4, 2012 at 11:06 amBakaMochi

      LOL That bathtub is too small for him on purpose, I bet! But yeah… I was kind of surprised how “far” they took it w/ the preview this episode since the others shorts have always been pretty tame O:

      • June 4, 2012 at 6:51 pmAni_BEE

        Yes the bathtub was two sizes too small. ;) Nice in cosy. I love how Suguru managed to escape/set that last scene up. haha I’ll that these Outro scene with a grain of salt as they are modeled after very stereotypical archetypes responses … which is why I’m not a fan of dating sims, I like my stories to move,flex, grow and surprise like the scene with Takuma near the end.

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:23 amKJacket

    I don’t know about you but I hate guys like Masataka, 100% evilness leaking out there, the type that no matter which side wins, I win type of guy.

    • June 4, 2012 at 11:10 amBakaMochi

      Yeah… he’s pretty shady which is why I hope Grandma will cough up some information and FAST! lol

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:36 amKagura

    kya~~ finally takuma x tamaki hints!! man!! this takes 10 episodes!! ryou n yuuichi are very cool and definately my type but…I’m all for Takuma from the beginning

    • June 4, 2012 at 11:09 amBakaMochi

      I know! I don’t mind who Tamaki ends up with, but I’m a secret TamakixTakuma shipper XP It still looks like they’re vacillating between Mahiro and Takuma though, so we’ll see who gets the girl in the end

      • August 10, 2012 at 11:13 amanon

        I love all the guys but I secretly ship Takuma/Tamaki too so you’re not alone LOL

  • June 4, 2012 at 9:57 amAki-Chan

    frankly , I find Ryou’s line creepy.
    But I loved that cute little Tamaki and Takuma scene.
    And I’ve also been wondering , why exactly does Kiyono keep going on about Tamaki “being young”?are they not the same age??

    • June 4, 2012 at 11:05 amBakaMochi

      O: I actually have no idea why she keeps saying that. Maybe she’s an old soul?? Or even Masataka in disguise?? o__O

      • August 10, 2012 at 11:14 amanon

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  • June 4, 2012 at 12:29 pmverdant

    Two things:
    1. I thoroughly enjoyed your “unprofessional” fangirling, haha
    2. What’s this about your cold and dead heart?

  • June 4, 2012 at 2:57 pmAutumn The Cuzzy

    Best. Episode. EVER.

    LOLs, I enjoyed this in so many ways, even the preview made me laugh and fangirl at the same time. Let’s hope it continues to be this good through the end!

  • June 4, 2012 at 7:59 pmrandom viewer

    The fan-service scenes definitely scored points with the ladies.
    And the face-to-face talk between the Tamaki and Takuma is better than usual, but I want some face-to-face action instead. ^_-
    Ryou in the bathtub!!! o_O (faint) ^~^
    I feel like the good guys won in this episode.

  • June 5, 2012 at 1:21 pmEburin

    Okay, this episode review just convinced me to watch the show. ^w^

    • June 6, 2012 at 2:00 amBakaMochi

      That means so much to me – thank you so much and I hope you find it enjoyable! =D

  • June 6, 2012 at 12:43 pmTakumi

    yes!!! its Takuma time!! gosh finally!! it’s like dream come true! well…Im very sure she’ll ended up with him anyway judging from the op ^^ no offence