「布団に移るものを知らない」 (Futon ni Utsuru Mono wo Shiranai)
“I Don’t Know What That Thing Moving About the Futon is”
Well if this first episode was any indication, it looks like I wasn’t too far off the mark about how Cube x Cursed x Curious (a.k.a. C Cube) would tread into romantic-comedy territory more than anything else. The premise involving cursed items that manifest themselves into a human consciousness was just sort of slipped in — between all the naked and underwear shots of our blue-haired cube girl, Fear (Tamura Yukari). I can’t imagine anyone was really paying attention to what curse-resilient high schooler Yachi Haruaki (Kaji Yuuki) had to say about the cursed items that his overseas father sends to him, but talk about them was in there somewhere.
So far, the plot device comes off fairly gimmicky, simply because the story itself has made it out to be an everyday thing for Haruaki. That thought was quickly confirmed by the introduction of Muramasa Konoha (Chihara Minori), Haruaki’s curse-freed friend whom Fear immediately disliked because she referred to her as a kid. From that point on, it was nothing short of the two girls chirping back and forth at one another, much like one would expect from any high school comedy. Quite honestly, I didn’t find the slapstick delivery too funny, but I did enjoy seeing C3’s stylistic touches, from the goofy pencil-shaded faces to the super-deformed characters emitting murderous auras. Oddly enough, I was most amused by the Rubik’s Cube, even though Haruaki wasn’t trying to make fun of Fear when he gave it to her to play with. (If anyone deserves to be laughed at, it’s the shopping district shop owner for only making one correct side.)
I question whether it was necessary to devote as much time as they did to Fear wrecking Haruaki’s place while trying to do a good deed, but I could see what the story was going for by showing her naivety (and underwear) and reminding Haruaki (and us) that she’s not human and that he has to be patient with her like he was with Konoha. It wasn’t quite enough for me to be completely understanding of her carnage, but it did much me soften up to the sound of the high-pitched whiny voice that Yukarin uses for Fear. Her opening theme “Endless Story” (shown as an ED this episode) is a different story, as I didn’t even realize it was Yukarin singing at first. I could definitely get used to hearing more songs like this from her. It comes with a pretty good opening sequence too, with sakura (cherry blossom) petals fluttering about everywhere. While it’s really easy to spot SILVER LINK’s influences, right down to the same character designer as Bakatest, the opening sequence isn’t something I would’ve expected from them.
Seeing as Haruka’s class president, Ueno Kirika (Kitamura Eri), has yet to show up, plus all the other characters and organizations interested in cursed items, it’s far too early to tell if C3 will be anything like Kore wa Zombie Desu ka (as per my impressions in the season preview). The series has shown that it has a somewhat similar comedic element, so I plan to check out some more episodes to see where it’s headed. Your mileage will vary.
ED: 「Endless Story」 by 田村ゆかり (Tamura Yukari)
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