「真、まことの王子様」 (Makoto, Makoto no Ouji-sama)
“Makoto, A True Prince”
You know, I tried to go with the flow of this episode and see Makoto as a girl — I really did — but it’s so damn hard to. It’s like they designed her character so well that it’s practically impossible to her any other way. Sorry Makoto, you’ll forever be the idol prince who dreams of being a princess. I don’t think most Makoto fans will mind since that is her main appeal — even in the eyes of Miki — but I’m sure there are some who really like what lies on the other side of the mirror.
It’s really cute to see a bit of Makoto’s feminine side; however, her deeper voice and infallible tomboy demeanor are really hard to overcome. It would probably help her girlish image if she were to show some more signs of weakness and/or dependency on others. It wouldn’t hurt if she grew out her hair a bit longer either, especially after seeing her in that white one-piece in the ending sequence. Quite honestly, I’m torn over which Makoto I prefer, as one of the appeals of the reluctant prince is that no one will see her as the princess she wants to be. It’s very different from a very feminine girl with tomboyish ways who can come off as a guy if the need arises. I find the latter a lot more attractive from a personal standpoint, which is why I kind of want to see Makoto’s character shift in that direction, but it’s also a lot more common in anime, so it would mean she’d lose her unique charm in the process. I guess I should just be grateful that it’s not up to me to decide, as I really wouldn’t know which side to edge Makoto toward.
As for some plot-related developments (yes, they do exist in IM@S), the problems with 961 Pro continue to pin all the blame on Kuroi. Touma still believes that 765 Pro started it, while Hokuto and Shouta are completely indifferent to all the petty squabble. I’m glad that they didn’t get any more attention than that, as it doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved any time soon anyway. The other bit of course is Chihaya’s problems with her parents, which continue to be built up for what I imagine will be a pretty deep episode centered around her. It doesn’t look like the next one will be about it though, as things shift back to Ryuuguu Komachi.
* I got a good laugh out of how Makoto was impressed by the Producer’s gaming skills. The cynic in me thought it just meant he’s a bigger geek than her. He does deserve praise for understanding Makoto’s feelings and treating her like a princess though.
* Full-length images: 15, 23, 27, ED17 02, ED17 03.
INS17: 「自転車」 (Jitensha) by 菊地真 (平田宏美) (Kikuchi Makoto (Hirata Hiromi))
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ED17: 「チアリングレター」 (Cheering Letter) by 菊地真 (平田宏美) (Kikuchi Makoto (Hirata Hiromi))
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