「暗闇で飛鳥がチューチューされちゃうそうですよ？」 (Kurayami de Asuka ga Chuu Chuu Sarechau Sou Desu yo?)
“Someone Might Get All Kissy with Asuka in the Dark?”
This episode was impossible to cap. Completely impossible. How on earth am I supposed to pick only thirty-six shots given just how much awesome content Mondaiji manages to bring to the table? Between the bathing scene, the combat, and the yukata skit, it was scarily easy to rack up awesome caps.
I think I’ve decided that Mondaiji is without a doubt my favourite winter season show this year. Everything it does, it does well. The story still isn’t the strongest, but it tends to serve no more purpose than an outline in which the characters can screw around to give rise to everything from stunning action to pretty damn funny comedy. Even Kurousagi being the butt of most jokes never seems to get old, and as we saw last episode, when something is on the verge of growing stale, it’s quickly revamped and becomes immediately entertaining once more.
The idea of being left on the sidelines clearly doesn’t sit well with Izayoi. It was only a momentary reaction, but there was obvious irritation in his eyes when Shiroyasha suggested the idea. He’s been cooperative so far, but only because things fell in line with his own goals – to have as much fun as humanly possible. It would be interesting to see what would happen if someone tried to force him… I imagine it wouldn’t end well! Despite that short-lived conflict, Shiroyasha and Izayoi seem to be true kindred spirits, quite possibly even the ultimate combination! Between them, their observations were quite… astute. Izayoi’s were perhaps more entertaining though! Interesting to see where his interests seem to lie…
Once again, there was a fair bit of focus on Asuka this week and how she feels about everything. It has to be pretty hard for her to realise her gift doesn’t work on everything given how it seems to imply she had complete control over everyone and everything in the world she originally hails from. At first she didn’t seem to be taking it well and she obviously considers herself inferior to both Izayoi and You despite her masterful sword skills, but it’s good to see that she’s resolved to aim higher and improve rather than wallowing in despair. If nothing else, being in the Little Garden grants her the freedom she (or rather her ojou-sama character archetype) has always desired.
Along with the threat to the Rise of the Fire Dragon Festival, two new characters were properly introduced this week. The loli princess Sandora Dortlake (Sadohara Kaori) and her overprotective elder brother Mandola (Konishi Katsuyuki). It is their community that’s mostly threatened by the Demon Lord attack that may be on the horizon and working closely with the no-names to prevent it, I feel as though Mandola may warm a bit more towards them. This is evidently not necessary for his sister. The attack will undoubtedly come from Rattenfänger with their obvious connections to the Pied Piper and the swarm of rats Asuka was forced to face. All things considered, it seems quite likely they’ll be facing off against someone with very similar powers to hers. It’s kind of sad there are only three episodes left.
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – Battles, bathing, and yukatas. You couldn’t ask for a better combination! #Mondaiji
- Quite a bit of Calico Cat this week!
- I never get tired of seeing Izayoi so effortlessly block attacks… or not even bother!
- D’aww that fairy.
- Age-changing Leticia is pretty cool!
- Seeing the different reactions to Izayoi’s words is even cooler! We get quite a bit of insight into their personalities there!
Random aside: I released an awesome eight track sci-fi electronic video-game-inspired album! You should listen to it, buy it, and spread the word or something!