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「デュラハンちゃんは甘えたい」 (Durahan-Chan wa Amaetai)
“Dullahan-Chan Wants To Be Cuddled”

Man, why can’t more of our teachers be like Takahashi-sensei?

Dullahan-chan!

After a great showing last week, Demi-chan returns to us this week with a slightly more relaxed atmosphere as we dove into Machi Kyouko’s story. Being one out of the three known Dullahans in the entire world, there’s bound to be troubles that most people haven’t even considered. From having the flame on your body revealing your inner emotions to literally not having a neck and suffering the physical consequences of missing a crucial limb, it makes you really view some Demi’s as having a true disability instead of some quirky trait. And you know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it must be a gigantic pain in the butt having to carry a non-attached appendage. Especially when it’s something as important as your head for god sakes! Luckily, it looks like Machi has done a bang-up job at overcoming the shortcomings of not having your head attached to your body. That said, I’m sure we’re all wondering — how does what she eat end up going to her body? The scene where she was drinking a bunch of juice and needed to pee after left me with a bunch of questions that I’m not sure if I want answered but at the same time would like to know the anatomy behind it.

Going Above and Beyond

Even though we talked a little about it last week, boy am I glad that we have someone like Takahashi-sensei acting as the main male MC for the show. With various situations appearing that would throw your typical male MC for a loop, I absolutely love how nothing seems to faze him sans a few situations where our aggressive vampire-chan pops in to stir up some laughs. Honestly, can you imagine how badly the mood would be broken if Takahashi didn’t keep up that professional attitude while listening to his student’s inner thoughts and secrets? That and there’s no denying the guy gives pretty darn good advice for high school kids. Instead of just giving lip-service or pulling things out of his butt, there’s a genuine sense that he’s put a lot of thought into the difficulties his students are facing and tries to keep their needs in mind. Again, why can’t we have more teachers like Takahashi-sensei?

A Quick Take on Humor and Looking Ahead

I pointed this out last week, but the facial expressions on all the characters have been spot on and the amount of exaggeration used is just right when it comes to selling the jokes in the show. With Machi supplying a brunt of humor this week, I have to applaud the animators and artists for being able to get so much expression without the use of the entire body. That and I’m glad to see that Hikari hasn’t lost her extremely menacing face when she gets dirt on anyone.

Also, unlike another show that features mythical creatures that may or not have gigantic chests, there was a cute charm to the sound effects this show gave to Machi’s fire. Serving as a form of characterization and not just as “sound”, I really appreciated the shows conservative approach with its use.

And with that, let me close things out before the post gets any longer. I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully see a little more Satou-sensei and just a pinch more of Hikari. See you then!

P.S. Am I the only one who felt shivers go down their spine after this scene? God, I can feel my pinky toe hurting just thinking about it.

 

Preview

January 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm
45 comments »
  • January 14, 2017 at 9:23 pmgoerg

    wow…it’s great, they expand the story from manga without messing up the pace , the scene at the end where succubus-sensei witness takahasi-sensei talking with the headmaster was original and works great for giving some background for succubus-sensei(at the manga she kinda too easily accepting takahashi-sensei and it’s kinda weird because her problem..well just watch next episode).

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:06 pmTakaii

      I mean, sometimes you just need a little bit of modesty and a good heart and you’ll naturally attract people ;)

  • January 14, 2017 at 10:03 pmAex

    Yet another dullahan for the “adorkable” club! I approve of these pyrotechnics!! Seriously though, Hikari is a pretty good wingwoman. Not like there’s any chance something will happen, but she didn’t do it all for comedy. Just partly…

    And I’m just gonna say it: Kyouko and maybe Satou-sensei want tickets to the gun show! XD Seriously, how does collected, thoughtful and jacked keep a guy is his thirties single? Is this really anime?

    • January 15, 2017 at 3:07 amTakaii

      Takahashi-sensei is a pretty buff dude :^)

    • January 15, 2017 at 9:03 amdanes256

      That’s the kind of problem that Japan has which have led to their depleting population. Not unrealistic if you look at Japan today.

    • January 15, 2017 at 4:02 pmGuile

      Kyoko’s arms are surprisingly girlish when we see her outside her long-sleeved old-timey dresses for the first time.

      I kinda expected her to be as ripped as Takahashi.

  • January 14, 2017 at 10:09 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Machi…too…cute…! Now I want more Lala too…

    And a Satou-sensei episode already? YES PLEASE!

    http://randomc.net/image/Demi-chan%20wa%20Kataritai/Demi-chan%20wa%20Kataritai%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2004.jpg

    This does make me question how the food gets to her stomach…magic? lol

    • January 15, 2017 at 1:34 amWizel

      It is being discussed in the latest manga chapter, Takahashi and Machi went to see a scientist friend of his and he theorizes that Machi’s neck a stable micro wormhole, her neck exists but is in a different dimension. Machi said that she has had her throat checked before by a doctor and it was completely normal in that regard when they looked at it.

    • January 15, 2017 at 3:08 amTakaii

      It sounds like we’re about to dive into some quantum level string theory stuff here.

    • January 15, 2017 at 4:04 pmGuile

      It’s not really wrong to just go ‘magic lol’ on how Macchi’s digestive system works, I think.

      The glowing fire vortex thing where her neck should be helps with that.

  • January 14, 2017 at 11:12 pmraxar

    another great episode of Demi, gosh I love this anime so much. I’m quite surprised that there are only three dullahan in the world, I thought they’d be more. Takahashi-sensei is lucky to found one, and in school even hha.

    The scene when her body is on the bullet train while the head stayed behind was hilarious lol. Also praise for Takahashi-sensei that stay cool while bringing Machi’s head around, I imagine it would be tiring to hold something that weigh around 5 to 11 pounds while exploring the town.

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:00 pmTakaii

      When you have arms like him though, he probably isn’t feeling too fatigued ;)

  • January 15, 2017 at 1:17 amBambi

    I haven’t read the source material but pleasantly surprised, this is so, so cute

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:00 pmTakaii

      Right! They’re doing such a good job capturing all the feelings from the manga.

  • January 15, 2017 at 2:53 ammac65

    Devilishly cute. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:01 pmTakaii

      Yesss!

  • January 15, 2017 at 3:07 amSK

    This show is adorable and funny. I agree with you Takaii, that the expressions work well for this series, and that Takahashi-sensei is suited for the MC role.

    http://randomc.net/image/Demi-chan%20wa%20Kataritai/Demi-chan%20wa%20Kataritai%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2026.jpg
    Is it bad that I can imagine something along these lines in an NTR doujin (if it hasn’t already)?

    • January 15, 2017 at 7:33 amBear

      There’s more devil in Hikari than vampire!

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:01 pmTakaii

      I think Bear said it quite nicely, haha.

  • January 15, 2017 at 5:16 amRak

    There are 3 known dullahans. That would be Machi Kyouko, Lala(MonMusu), and Celty Sturluson.

    • January 15, 2017 at 7:08 amDevastator001

      That’s… a pretty plausible reference… O_O!

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:02 pmTakaii

      I didn’t think of Lala, haha.

      Celty is the first one that popped into my mind.

  • January 15, 2017 at 5:37 amstarss

    Any other teacher would refuse to spend time outside of class with a student on the grounds that it’d look very wrong and their reputations could be ruined. But Takahashi knows what Machi needs to feel better! He’s a gentleman.

    … am I just a wimp? Through the second half of the episode, I nearly cried, because I realized juat how sad Machi’s life is like. Only one in 3 dullahans in the world!? She’d be guaranteed to feel lonely in a world where no one understands you! Poor baby.

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:03 pmTakaii

      Nah, you’re not a baby.

      It’s a really depressing thought if you overthink it.
      Takahashi-sensei, the teacher we all needed but didn’t deserve.

  • January 15, 2017 at 7:29 amBear

    Man, why can’t more of our teachers be like Takahashi-sensei?

    Because a few bad apples have made it almost impossible for a teacher like him to even touch a student.

    This show has the potential to be one of the best stories about teenagers I’ve watched and it’s utilizing mythical beings to accomplish it. The problems the girls face are unique but the underlying issues about being an outsider and just growing up have really been well written.

    Machi’s joke to Takahashi-sensei just left me gasping for breath I was laughing so hard! Perfect timing, perfect delivery. She’ll quickly put the other kids at ease with lines like that.

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:04 pmTakaii

      True, true.

      I forgot how bad the stigma is when you talk about most teacher-student relationships.
      But yeah, go Demi-chan!

    • January 17, 2017 at 10:52 amAoihoshikage

      I know colleges and universities (especially smaller ones) where professors and students will go hang out and grab a beer. For me, I was a teaching assisstant back in university/grad school and we would visit our professors houses for lunch/dinner whenever we graded papers or hang out together whenever we went out to conferences. I guess being older also obviates any teacher-student inappropriateness.

      I do recall one of the teachers from Amaama to Inazuma telling Kouhei how teachers used to visit students and also join families for dinner. Not sure if that’s a reference based on reality, but Anime is usually based on some sort of truth.

      I think it’s more American public schools (K – 12) where there have been so many bad apples that any teacher-student interaction (especially hugging/touching) may be perceived as inappropriate or some sort of harrassment.

      I love how this Anime sparks such great discusisons. And we haven’t even touched on the main theme of the series: how Demi’s are in a sense like an analogy for different human races/cultures and how we should respect each race for their individual characteristics.

  • January 15, 2017 at 9:46 amdaikama

    Yep. This is getting a good adaptation – at least IMO. So far I think the changes made, whether moving things around a bit or adding anime only scenes, all work and add to the source material. One item I liked is keeping both Yuki & succubus-sense (forgot her name) around this episode (even if not for long) since the show introduced both last episode. Also think Hikari’s voicing is noteworthy. All in all, pretty impressive.

    • January 15, 2017 at 12:04 pmTakaii

      Right!

      I’m so happy that everything seems to be falling right in-place for this show.

    • January 15, 2017 at 4:05 pmGuile

      I think it’s a much stronger adaptation that Jitsu Watashi Wa got. It’s nice, but a little sad that way. I really wish Jitsu’s adaptation wasn’t so forgettable.

      • January 15, 2017 at 5:21 pmdaikama

        @Guile: Agree. So far this is a solid adaptation, and yeah, better than Jitsu Watashi Wa. Also better than Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon IMO. :/ Only one episode, but I think Gabriel Dropout is getting a noteworthy adaptation as well.

  • January 15, 2017 at 11:30 amWorldwidedepp

    i watched both episodes:

    Vampire Seiyuu-chan is the best, i mean all Seiyous here, even the teacher one, are very good

    *bow*

  • January 15, 2017 at 12:05 pmTakaii

    -finger pistols-

  • January 15, 2017 at 1:32 pmGoukaRyuu

    I’m enjoying this show, glad I gave it a chance.

    • January 16, 2017 at 2:13 amTakaii

      Glad you came for the ride

  • January 15, 2017 at 5:15 pmXRaider

  • January 15, 2017 at 8:51 pmRoguespirit

    Takahashi-sensei is quite reliable and surprisingly good at talking with girls. He’s perceptive and calm and understanding. I’m sooooo glad he’s a teacher/authority figure instead of some high school brain dead dink that so often gets put as the MC in these types of shows. Him simply being there makes the show somewhat unique.

    I love the little details the show goes into, not just the little details from the manga (assuming because I haven’t actually seen but I have heard about) like how they do their emotions, wow are the facial expressions great. Also the way they showed how walking was from Machi’s point of view (even I was starting to get motion sick from that POV shot).

    Seeing how Machi has to adapt in order to do everyday ordinary things was quite something to watch; like even eating she has to wear a whole rig, she puts her head in a cat house to sleep and it’s possible for her to actually lose her body over vast distances.

    I’m amazed how this show can go seamlessly from light and happy scenes to sensitive and deep scenes and back to lighthearted scenes all without feeling jarring or mood spoiling. Truly remarkable and I think it’ll continue to be a great adaptation.

    • January 16, 2017 at 2:13 amTakaii

      \o/

  • January 15, 2017 at 10:13 pmMormegil

    She has a little house for her head when she sleeps at night. That’s adorable. Machi’s adorable.

    • January 16, 2017 at 2:12 amTakaii

      Gotta keep that noggin safe :)

  • January 17, 2017 at 1:47 amewok40k

    apparently food and drink magically teleports between head and rest of the body for Machi…
    chuckled hard at the joke about “heads rolling and next dullahan”
    and absolutely loved how adorable Machi was throughout the episode
    vampire girl best wingwoman for Machi – though the romance is not getting anywhere cause Takahashi would consider that unprofessional to romance a student. A fellow teacher romance might be in the workings, though…
    chuckled when Hikari mentioned dullahan “advantages at ecchi” – I can already see the doujinshi flood coming soon TM
    Takahashi shone as calm collected and well, adult acting MC.

  • January 17, 2017 at 2:44 amLookBehindYou

    You know, aside from the food problem, what I would really like to know is how dullahans are born? I mean, does their head separate from the body in the womb? But if the doctors and parents saw something like that on a ultrasound, wouldn’t there be a major freakout? At least the first time it happened. Or does it just roll off sometime after birth? Because that would also cause a major freakout, I imagine. If dullahans were a more common thing, then I would understand, but seeing how there are apparently only three scattered around the planet, one has to wonder. I somehow doubt this gets adressed in the manga, but if, by some miracle, it does, would you please care to share?

    • January 19, 2017 at 12:34 pmTakaii

      That’s a terrifying thought. “Congratu.. OMFG”

  • January 17, 2017 at 8:18 pmonion warrior

    I wont lie if i dont have a thing for this Takahashi-sensei.

    I mean, even from ep.1, i kinda like him. And in ep.2, if Takahashi-sensei is a real person, i even would wanna date him XD (yea i got a thing for buff man, especially those with some facial hair hahahaa…kinda rare for such character to be the MC in most animes if you know what i mean, its always those generic male design) so yea, i dont blame Machi to have crush on him hehe

    I think i kinda relate to these main female characters in the show XD especially the part where Satou-sensei was staring at Takahashi’s arm <3 hohoho cant wait for next week!

    Takahashi is the man of the year. Enough said.

    • January 19, 2017 at 12:35 pmTakaii

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