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「くんずほぐれつランデヴー」 (Kunzuhoguretsu Rendezvous)
“Scuffling Wildly Rendezvous “

Comic Girls is exceeding all expectations with the effort they put into characterization, story, and artwork for a comical slice-of-life. The focus on unpacking the challenges Rukki faces with her work and herself taken far more seriously as we understand from her perspective why it can be tough to gain recognition as an author of erotic manga.

From the start, Rukki had always been somewhat ashamed to have worked on the lewd manga she has perfected over the years. But her problems come to a head when she has to face two sets of challenges that further push her away from her comfort zone: needing assistance with her manga so that she can reach her deadline without suffering from anymore sleep deprivation and attending an autograph session her agency set up for her. The many times that Kaos and Koyume were shocked by Rukki’s material didn’t help her summon up the courage to ask for their help until they directly offered after seeing how her lack of sleep is affecting her daily life. Although they’re still taken aback by the explicit illustrations they have to work with, accepting their aid was one small step that Rukki had to make to get her to be prouder of her output, especially when Koyume had slowly become enamored by the plot she weaves into her erotic manga. It was interesting to see how Koyume’s involvement in shoujo did give her a better appreciation of the romance in Rukki’s manga considering that the only difference between Rukki’s work and Koyume’s is how much titillation they can get away with.

What gives Rukki the most trouble in this episode, however, is her first autograph session. Coming forward and revealing herself as “Big Boobies♥Himeko” is the source of much of her anxiety as she has to confront the first time she’s ever had to publicly appear as the mangaka of erotic material. If the panic attacks that Kaos has to battle involves the social anxiety of being seen as inferior with how many times her inexperience is ingrained in her work, Rukki’s social anxiety is from being viewed the wrong way because of the stigma that comes from her own material. She imagines multiple scenarios that end poorly on her behalf whenever she thinks of the autograph session as she sees herself being condemned for ruining people’s lives with her erotica, mocked for her name being the agency’s over-embellishment of her chest size, and labeled as a loose woman for making pornographic material.

The number of times it takes for Rukki to be somewhat comfortable with her lewd manga is an interesting aspect of the episode as there isn’t one clear-cut solution for diminishing one’s fears. It took so much for Rukki to look at her work with pride as the scenarios that plague her picked away at her self-esteem even when things seemed like they were getting better. Tsubasa’s personal experience with having to stay hidden as a female shounen mangaka had no influence on her encouragement to remember that the fans lining up for Rukki’s autograph would be as excited to meet her as she was to meet other mangaka when they were younger. But even with that relief and some time to unwind before her signing, she reaches that wall yet again when she’s trying to style her hair for the signing. The animation is amazing in this particular part as it does an effective job at showing the emotional range Rukki goes through as she finds herself in another bout between her enthusiasm to see her fans and the inadequacy she feels about the possibility of not meeting their standards of confidence for someone who draws erotic manga.

The confidence she gains by the time her autograph session begins is ultimately the end result of the makeover that Ririka gives her to help her feel mature enough to handle the signing with aplomb. By the time she’s able to face her fans with a smile and a wink, it’s extremely touching because of the long trip that Rukki had gone from the start of her manga career to the autograph session. As she looks back at the times she’s pushed through youth and tragedy to get to where she’s at now, it’s hard not to feel as tearful as Rukki does about how she can finally say that, in her reflection, she is proud of the work she’s done. That the effort she put into her work and the fans that she’s made so happy define her more as a person than the content of her manga or the genre she got lumped into.

Outside of the more serious aspects of the episode with Rukki’s development, it can still retain its lighter side with how Kaos is slowly finding her niche in the dorm. Despite facing a brunt of her anxieties and inadequacies in past episodes, she finally found her calling as her depth of experience with computers and illustrator software has caused the tables to turn. Rukki’s inexperience with computers has made the pupil the master as now it’s Kaos’ turn to teach those around her how to properly use a computer, install illustrator software, and use these programs to import and color in illustrations. A small instance in her further comfort with being in the dorm is within the montage during a stretch of time in which she uses Rukki’s laptop for playing visual novels, joining Rukki in scaring Koyume, lighting fireworks, and playing with the local fauna. The additional scenes of Rukki using Kaos as a plushie to help her sleep were also very funny and gave some levity to the episode. It gives us something to look forward to with Comic Girls as it seamlessly alternates between giving us cute and funny hijinks with our main cast and fleshing out their personalities further as we explore what makes them flawed, unique, and brilliant.

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April 26, 2018 at 3:23 pm
9 comments »
  • April 26, 2018 at 4:51 pmSpitFire

    I am not currently watching this… but I always find myself checking Choya’s weekly blog about this anime.

    I find the character designs…

    http://randomc.net/image/Comic%20Girls/Comic%20Girls%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2001.jpg

    and the over all composition of it’s presentation…

    http://randomc.net/image/Comic%20Girls/Comic%20Girls%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

    to be very aesthetically pleasing…
    ,at least from the pictures that Choya uploads.

  • April 26, 2018 at 10:05 pmJeffers

    http://randomc.net/image/Comic%20Girls/Comic%20Girls%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

    Makes me remember of a certain girl in gochuumon wa usagi desu ka :)

    • April 27, 2018 at 12:21 pmpuppygod

      You mean Rose, isn’t it? ;)

      • April 27, 2018 at 3:31 pmJeffers

        Yeah but what I mean is her alter ego. Rose-chan if I still remember it right

      • April 27, 2018 at 3:34 pmJeffers

        Oops. I thought you typed Rize… Yes you are correct it was her.

  • April 27, 2018 at 1:01 amIncognito

    Anyone else notice that Ruki’s English textbook was a parody of New Horizon? (a.k.a.: The textbook that introduced the memetically famous 2D English teacher, Ellen Baker.)

    http://randomc.net/image/Comic%20Girls/Comic%20Girls%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2005.jpg
    LOL, those faces remind me of Maika’s reaction to Miu’s bondage H-doujinshi in Blend-S

    http://randomc.net/image/Comic%20Girls/Comic%20Girls%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2008.jpg
    Looks like I spoke too soon… (Though I do appreciate the adaptation expansion to the original 4-koma scene.) Well, at least it’s also a better (if somewhat tame) depiction of S&M than the entire Fifty Shades trilogy. XD Now, if Ruki can draw undies as well as Imouto Sae Ireba Ii‘s Kaiko Mikuniyama, then it would be perfect.

    Also, if Ruki already looks more beautiful with makeup on, I’d love to see what she looks like when she’s all grown up.

  • April 27, 2018 at 8:40 amAructer

    That hair scene though…

  • April 27, 2018 at 9:06 amRoguespirit

    Self-confidence is actually a big issue for a lot of creators as it turns out. We were discussing this very topic in my creative writing class last night so this episode was very well timed.

    It’s hard to say exactly where this lack of self-confidence comes from but in Rukki’s case, some of it is just from the very subject matter she creates. In Kaos’ case, she suffers from this condition even more but it mostly stems from the fact that she got a lot of negative comments about her debut work and she recognizes that she is very out of touch with her intended audience. Another part of her self-depreciation is that she holds her friends and other manga artists on a much higher level than her, almost like she’s putting them up on a pedestal, when really she’s stuck behind hurdles that many of them have already crossed or that they have to cross on the time but she isn’t aware of.

    In addition, most writers, and likely many mangaka, are introverts and don’t feel comfortable about revealing themselves in public and giving said public a face to put to the work they create. Some people just prefer to remain in the background but sometimes, you just can’t do that.

    In the end, the experience of her first public appearance proves quite healthy for Rukki’s self-esteem; although, like in many real-life cases, people assume that fictional writers/artists are experts on the subjects they write/draw. Rukkis pulls it off pretty well but she risks starting an auful precedent. Wouldn’t be surprised if that comes up in a future episode.

    It was nice to see Kaos have some of the limelight. She’s a digital artist unlike the more traditional artists around her and we haven’t seen her use those digital skills to much effect until this episode and I think she improved her standing among her peers at the house and hopefully helped her own self-confidence.

    While it’s hard to believe someone Ruki’s age to be so technologically inept in our information-obsessed world, I went to high school with some girls who genuinely were that incompetent with technology and I’m young enough for it to apply to Rukki, so while it is a stretch it’s not an unbelievable one. At least they didn’t do the cliché of her locking up the computer with a mass of errors or viruses.

    All in all, a solid, fun episode. Not sure I liked the montage they put in the middle, it just seemed unnecessary and a waste of time. The only reasonable purpose it seems to serve is to show the passing of time but even that probably wasn’t even necessary given that they could have gone to Rukki getting ready for her public appearance without it. I’m not sure exactly what they could have put instead but showing more of Koyume or Tsubasa working on their own stuff might have been a better use of the time.

  • April 27, 2018 at 2:46 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

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