「彼女のきょうしゅう」 (Kanojo Nokyoushuu)
Hilarious episode! I do so enjoy the dramatic Sakurasou, but it’s these comedy-filled episodes that lay the foundation that makes the drama work so well. To me. I realize that this is a controversial statement to some – to those, the silliness of the characters in episodes like these makes the drama ineffective – but these are the episodes that make me irrevocably care about these characters, and it’s that fondness which makes the drama work so well. But enough of that–this episode lacked drama, so that’s the last mention it’ll get today! First we’ll go with a few relatively high-brow comments, and then we’ll descend straight down into DECFON 1 Gushing/Ecchi Mode, YOSH!
There were a few things that struck me and made me say “wow…that’s some good storytelling right there.” One was the cutaways that happened when Sorata was talking to his parents (among elsewhere). They were a bit jarring at first, but I came to enjoy how they took what would have otherwise been relatively dull visuals – nothing more than Sorata sitting there talking on the phone – and used that time to reinforce each of the character’s personalities. Anime is, after all, a visual medium, so anything that can be done with images should be. It also made way for the funniest visual gag of the episode. Them’s the ABC’s of love, Yuuko-chan (Ogura Yui)!
The other thing struck me (though not for the first time) was the deft comedic timing. This came from a relatively innocuous scene, where Sorata was yelling at Mashiro about the latest misunderstanding, and he tells her to “step on the breaks,”–only for the scene to shift to Misaki-sempai’s driving lessons. This was a minor thing, but simple moves like this illustrate to me how this series is being executed at KyoAni levels. So yes, maybe J.C. Staff should have put Sakurasou’s staff on Little Busters! – if they even could, that is…I don’t pretend to understand the politics of Japanese anime studios – and given it the adaptation it deserved. Or, you know, just done it spring of next year? Eh, oh well. Not like we can do anything about it now, right? Besides, I’m enjoying the fuck out of this show, so screw it!!
One last diversion before I start gushing and nose-bleeding like a…well, like me. On the brocon imouto: I’m not sure about this thing here. Yes, this from the guy who intro’d OniAi, but shut up! Stay with me here. While I love a good imouto as much as the next Stilts, anything that pushes Sakurasou too close (much less into) harem territory may not be a good idea. A love triangle is fertile enough territory for drama (okay, so I lied…I said it again), but too many girls going after Sorata could get tiresome and cliche real quick. But, does Yuuko really love love him? There are certainly hints, most notably when she was talking about saving him from the other girl’s clutches with her (future) big breasts, but I’m not yet convinced. Mostly she just seemed like a childish young girl who wants to be spoiled by her onii-chan…with just an edge of jealousy and a hint of brocon, to pull in those fans. Hopefully she’ll stay in disapproving-future-sister-in-law territory, rather than growing into a true rival. Hopefully.
Now, because the plot was relatively light, and because gushing is best done in bullet form, I’m going to forgo my normal Random Thoughts section…in order to move it up here. Let’s go!
- Censoring? We don’t need no stinkin’ censorin’! RandomC brings you the hardest hitting screenshots – along with a complimentary dose of Stilts’ reputation going even further into the sewers – guaranteed!
- That banana…the gods love a good joke…and so do I >:3 LET THE MISUNDERSTANDINGS BEGIN!!
- I was sitting here trying to figure out who voiced Sorata’s father…only to realize that Kanda-mama is voiced by the amazing Arai Satomi! Ohhh man, the only thing better than hearing her speak (seriously, she can say damn near anything and I’ll crack up) was seeing that little red riding hood reference. Remember what I said about the cutaways? Because I chose to take that as an Ookami-san reference, and LOVED it!
- Related: after those conversations with his parents, I can see where Sorta got his habit of tsukkomiing everyone.
- Cutest. boxer. ever. No arguments!
- Sorata is Mashiro’s owner?? XD! Ohhh, but the Goddess of Misunderstandings is only getting warmed up… Also: doujins plz.
- Initially I wasn’t sure…would a Hidaka Rina loli-imouto have been the better choice? But no, I think not. Compared to Rina-chan’s more tsuntsun disapproving loli, Ogura Yui’s more childish and in-over-her-head imouto was the superior choice. Also, yes, I am so familiar with all the loli seiyuu as to have strong opinions on casting choices. What? Stop looking at me like that! I-I’m not the ecchi writer, I swear!
- Nanami was simply adorable this episode. That “Aaa~n!” bit? Me thinks she doth not protest too much!
- “I think it’s time.” *Stilts nearly dies to intense fit of laughter* Oh man, the way that even Sorata was so shocked that he just gave a stunned “Eh…congratulations?” was wonderful! Ohhh Misunderstanding-chan, you’ve gotta be trolling us, right? So hilarious!
- Yeah, they’re not even trying to hide it. Your life, Sorata… XD
- During the bath scene, I enjoyed (in no particular order): the dwarf comment, the fanservice, Yuuko sizing up the competition, the fanservice, Mashiro groping Yuuko, the fanservice, the amusing censorship, and of course, all the fan–ecchi bits. Damn soap!
- Related: it’s tough being popular, isn’t it, Sorata? YOU DAMN LUCKY BASTARD YOOOOU!! *froths at the mouth
- Pro brick joke (trope!) – Plan C is back!
- They won’t let go of him, HNNNNNNNNNNNNG!!! *staggers, trying to stay conscious* Wait, what are you doing there Nanami… *critical strike!* *collapses and dies* *Would you like to continue? Y / N*
- Only Nanami wished for something for someone other than herself, and that makes me want to root for her more. Guuuhh, don’t do this to me, J.C. Staff! I don’t need this kind of stress in my life!!
- I’m not sure if it was just me, but when the screen darkened and the characters wondered what high school Yuuko was going to apply to, I knew. I don’t say that to brag–it wasn’t hard. I say it because that simple lead-in made a tiny reveal into a pretty funny joke. There is some pro comedy writing going on in this show.
- Mashiro Duty AND Yuuko Duty? That’s either heaven or hell, and I’m not sure which!
- Ohhh man, she outed Nanami! I hope they don’t wait long before revisiting that little tidbit. Blushing Nanami is just too cute to leave alone!
- This episode ended with a view of the driving school sign, and then a shot of Misaki-sempai triumphantly holding her license to
killdrive. It’s the little things that make these jokes all the better. That, and anticipating the future carnage. Bring it on!
- Final thought, and a question: was this episode good? I enjoyed the hell out of it, and a few useful plot points (Yuuko’s introduction, opening the door for her to reappear later on, Misaki-sempai’s driver’s license) were slipped in to boot…so yeah, definitely! I just hope they didn’t use too much time here, for fear of the rushed Toradora ending. As for the question, anyone know how much of this was anime original? I know series creator Kamoshida-sensei was heavily involved, but I don’t know if he just moved things from later volumes up, or created new content whole cloth. If you know, head to the comments below…and if not, do it anyway! That’s where the party is at, all the cool kids are doing it, I GET SO LONELY WITHOUT YOU! …erh, ahem. Right. Until next time, tehehe~ ; )
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – My blood pressure can’t take much more of this HNNNG + hilarious. Can you die from laughing? Watch this episode to find out! #sakurasou