Wow, they won’t even let Akari have her short opening message anymore. This is really verging on trolling levels thanks to Kyouko. It’s one thing to joke about how Akari has no presence; it’s downright cruel to take it away from her. It’s probably not much reconciliation when everyone busts out”cute” (i.e. creepy) faces and Akari somehow winds up with a butt-ugly one. (I still wince every time I look at that picture.) On the plus side, she did get some attention playing with clay, even though it degenerated to another troll-fest before long. Poor Akari. It’s not even a figure of speech when I say the world is out to get her.
The highlight of the entire episode was undoubtedly Kyouko seizing an opportunity to finally get Chinatsu in a Mirakurun cosplay, which was all-too reminiscent of another pink-haired girl in Oreimo. Chinatsu even acted like a grumpy, chain-smoking alcoholic when Yui’s relative Mari (Uchida Maaya) was gone, much like Kanako did after she got off stage. The similarities alone made Chinatsu’s misfortune a lot of fun to watch, and Mari pretty much sealed the deal on it by getting disillusioned at the very end.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing about Chinatsu’s drawings from hell. Some people may consider it art, but images of Kobayashi Yuu’s drawings came to mind. The first time I saw her drawings, I thought she was just messing with everyone to try and get a reaction out of them. Not too long after, it became painfully obvious that that’s actually how she draws and it wasn’t the least bit funny anymore. In fact, it’s pretty unsettling how a normal sweet-looking girl has a hand possessed by Satan. Much like Chinatsu, she instinctively draws with black and red too, making whatever she’s trying to draw look like a scene of a massacre. I still remember the look on the faces of other seiyuu who were on television specials with Yuu, which weren’t too different from Yui and Kyouko’s. A quick online search of “Kobayashi Yuu drawings” will show you exactly what I’m talking about. I really really don’t want to re-post her drawings. *shudder*
Drawings from hell notwithstanding, I love how Kyouko staked a claim on Yui in her doujinshi and provoked the jealous wrath of Chinatsu. It’s just too bad Chinatsu didn’t take Kyouko up on her offer to let her ravage her instead, because I already had some S&M yuri scenarios in mind. In lieu, I did get a kick out of Chinatsu’s bipolar personality when it comes to Kyouko and Yui. It’s an ongoing gag that the series has been playing up in the past while, but only now did it really emphasize how impure Chinatsu’s thoughts are. For those who have seen Seikon no Qwaser, she reminds me a lot of Hana and her aggressive stance toward Katja, except Yuruyuri has stayed clear of all the lesbian S&M (for the time being anyway). If Chinatsu’s fantasy was any indication, things can probably head that way fairly easily though. I’m sure she’d love the prospect of being (wo)manhandled by Yui. I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing it either.
* Amazingly enough, I only had one full-length shot to put together this week.