One normal evening, while sitting down for dinner with his overly possessive virgin roommate, Ikuto almost gets shot in the head by an arrow. Had this been something unrealistic like Naruto, it would have been aimed straight between the eyes, with him snagging it out of the air, but his face just goes blue as Suzu plucks it from the drawer behind him. Wussssss
The letter attached to it is from Mikoto, calling for an “omiai” – one of those traditional arranged marriage interview things. It’s for her sister Shinobu, who’s coming back from her lengthy training excursion.
Just to clear things up, Shinobu is Mikoto’s actual sister; the crazy lesbo just calls Rin her onee-sama cuz she’s crazy like that.
Anyways, Suzu isn’t too happy about all this, and makes one of those puuu~ faces.
The next morning, the two are out plucking vegetables when they come upon a collapsed girl on the street. Wouldn’t you know it – it’s Shinobu, looking very much in pain, clutching at her throat and stomach as if she just guzzled a half gallon of bleach. “I-I-I’m so h-h-h-hungryyyyy” she bleats out. Figures.
After eating all of Suzu’s food, Shinobu gets up and makes her declaration: I challenge you to a sword duel! Ikuto is left flustered (he thought he was gonna get another big-boobed chick attached to him) while Suzu is relieved that Shinobu only wants to engage in recreation rather than procreation.
Why Ikuto? Well, Shinobu has been pretty isolated during her training, but heard of a new guy in town that was wiping the floor with all the powerful masters of the island. Rumors were flying around and eventually were twisted to the point where Ikuto was known to have chopped a tree into 100 bear-figures with one slash of his sword. Sugeeee
Ikuto ignores her challenge and heads inside for lunch. The rest of the day, Shinobu pesters him minute after minute to duel her, even jumping into bed with him and whispering duel me duel me duel me in his sleep. Suzu finds the two intertwined on the futon the next morning, and gets pissed off. Oh Suzu, you’re so easy to read. Why can’t all girls be as simple as you…
The pestering continues as they head out fishing – Suzu catches a huge eel and handles it gingerly with a big smile on her face (oh yes, that does look delicious doesn’t it), but Ikuto is too busy with turning down Shinobu that he doesn’t notice her. That night, Shinobu jumps in the bath with him and restrains him with her boobie guillotine – naturally, Suzu walks in – and goes apeshit. Woohoo.
Suzu forces Ikuto to agree to the duel, so the next day they head out with a nicely packed bento. Shinobu meets them out by the big tree, wearing some goth loli getup that Chikage supplied her with… and um… it looks pretty nice -_- The two get in their triple threat positions and get ready to strike… but get all self-conscious as there seems to be a gathering of picnic-goers that have come to witness the epic duel.
No matter, let’s get going! Shinobu clearly has the advantage of speed, but Ikuto’s technique has improved greatly since his fight with the big ass two-tailed cat, so he’s able to keep up. However, he’s unable to hit her due to her ninja-like speed. Cmon only man on the island, you can’t lose to a chick, no matter how moe she is or how hot her clothes are! Shinobu ups the ante by going kage bunshin and surrounding Ikuto, then inexplicably attacks him one bunshin at a time (what’s the point??) – Ikuto is able to defend against every attack, then dodges what is supposed to be Shinobu’s deathblow. Oh hoh, I can see her attacks now, says Ikuto as he readies his defensive stance.
Thrown off by his sudden increase in awareness, Shinobu takes a step back and then lunges forward for her final strike! Ikuto gets ready for the attack… until Shinobu’s ankle (hot) gives out. Ikuto, being the hero that he is, tosses his sword to catch her fall, and conveniently gets two handfuls of Shinoboobs.
“Gasp! What was that attack!? With just his bare hands, Ikuto was able to completely defeat my attack and send a shockwave of euphoria throughout my body. What a powerful strike!” At this point, Meimei is blushing brighter than a tomato, being the only girl who’s ever seen a guy. Anyways, Shinobu admits defeat.
So now that she’s back in town, where’s Shinobu gonna live? Rin helps her put up her new house… about 50 yards from Suzu’s place. Ikuto-sama, please make me your disciple! Please make me your disciple! Please make me your disciple! Please make me your disciple! Please make me your disciple!
Fun days ahead.
It’s a cheap tactic to keep introducing new characters to keep the show fresh, but at this point, I don’t think anybody cares any more. There’s no plot, not even a sub plot, but the sub sub sub plot that’s been becoming more apparent in recent episodes is Suzu’s increased awareness of the other girls that may have their own reasons for getting close to Ikuto. Suzu has become more willing to show her disapproval for such frivolous activities, and continues to immaturely keep Ikuto to herself.
I’ve always held this question at the back of my mind – what happens when the chase is over? Johnny Bravo, what are you gonna do when you finally get the girl? What’s Wile E. Coyote planning to do with the Roadrunner? Family Guy answered the question of the Elmer Fudd x Bugs Bunny issue; so how about Suzu? When Ikuto finally says, ok Suzu, I’m never going to get close to any other girl ever again, what’s she gonna do? Smile and serve him tea?
On the flip side, Ikuto is a curious case. He’s able to maintain all of his chauvinist morals, and yet remains polite and courteous to all the girls that throw themselves at him. The man should defend the girl! The man should be the one doing the hard work! The man wears the pants in the house! Oh look, you’re naked and rubbing ur D cups all over me, please cover up because you’ll make me nosebleed!
Yes, I realize that’s the whole point of this show, but no, I’m never going to stop complaining. Iku-to, Iku-to, Iku-to ganbatte !!