Sasami-san@Ganbaranai – 10
「見えない敵と戦ってみる」 (Mienai Teki to Tatakatte Miru)
“Try Fighting an Invisible Enemy”
Yuri, yuri, and more yuri! It looks like we’re completely back to the more light-hearted and downright silly atmosphere the earlier parts of the series prided themselves on and I can’t say I’m complaining. Tsurugi’s sly expressions were especially entertaining as well as the uh… exaggerated dynamics between Sasami (or Tama for the most part really) and Kagami. My only gripe is that despite the build-up of the past few episodes, the mysteries surrounding Kamiomi appear to have taken a backseat once more.
Edogawa is an odd one. There’s something quite profound in how not only her body apparently alternates between male and female, but also how her personality shifts continuously through various archetypes. In her speech alone she managed to switch from ojousama to class rep to tsundere and all manner of others in-between, accompanied constantly by a myriad of anime references. I would hesitate to call her two-faced, it’s more as though she’s constantly changing from one form to another, even in her alternating desires to befriend and kill Sasami. I have to wonder if this is what Tamamo-no-Mae referred to when she talked about ‘saving’ her. There’s a bit of an interesting parallel between Sasami’s inability to make friends and Edogawa feeling as though she has to remain apart from others to avoid her secret being discovered. Both have seemed quite lonely despite being surrounded by others.
Telepathy as a chatroom is quite cool and certainly fits with the running themes I discussed in episode 8. I never fail to love how magic is tied in with technology and the internet in Sasami-san@Ganbaranai. It seems rather inconvenient compared to conventional telepathy though – that you have to physically read the text in front of you making you rather conspicuous. I kind of wonder whether Edogawa realised right from the start that it wasn’t Sasami she was talking to – her reaction seemed to imply so, as did Tsurugi’s easy realisation of what was going on. But for now, the big question is exactly why Edogawa will be killing Sasami in the near future. I imagine we’ll find out next week!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Copious yuri, vacations, and messing with telepathy! #Sasamisan
- It should come as no surprise that Sasami finds using chopsticks too bothersome when she’s not even used to feeding herself.
- With how she and Kagami have been acting together, it’s not too hard to see why she hasn’t made any other friends – theirs seems a relationship you’d not want to disturb!
- There’s something rather ironic about the idea of Tama babysitting Sasami.
- I’m surprised that Sasami didn’t have a bad feeling even before initiating her plan. I know I did!
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**As of 4/18, coverage of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai has been dropped. We’ve been trying to find a writer with spare time to finish this series, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen soon (it may happen some time in the future however). We apologize for the late notice.