「ケモノなスパイ」 (Kemonona Supai)
Kanou Shinichi does it for the tail. The furry, furry tail.
You Are What You Believe Yourself To Be
Shinichi’s question about whether he’s an invader or not is an interesting one, as was Jinzaburou’s reply. Personally I think Jinzaburou was right: we are what we believe ourselves to be, so if Shinichi thinks he’s an invader then for all intents and purposes he is. Even so, it’s not something he need worry too much about, because philosophical pondering aside, he’s there with the consent of the Eldant government. Not that that’s always enough, but since Japan didn’t put a puppet government in place (I assume) he should be on fairly safe moral ground.
Great Teacher Shinichi (& Minori)
Shinichi my hero, my king, my liiiiege! Shinichi was already ranking among my top few favorite main characters of the year before this episode, but when he opened with zettai ryouiki (trope!) I totally lost it. Mandatory zettai ryouiki? YES! Then he goes on to talk about no panties? Shinichi, I’ll follow you to the ends of the eart–whatever planet you’re on!
But what this show is doing really well on the comedic front is going a step further to get a joke out of characters or situations you normally wouldn’t expect. Case in point: the usually serious Minori, who was freaking out about Shinichi’s teaching a second prior, goes on to teach the class about hardcore BL! Not that this hasn’t been foreshadowed, but watching it happen was still hilarious, especially when you remember that this is a class of ten-year-olds. Yes, even the ones with the beards. Related: Hah!
Shinichi Does It For the Furries
I knew as soon as we saw Hanaiman Erubia (Uesaka Sumire) drawing what her role in the story would be, but what fun getting her there. Shinichi’s
pure totally not pure at all reasons for wanting to save her were hilarious, as was how quickly Petrarca saw through his bullshit. But once again it was from the unexpected angle that the biggest laugh game, when, after Minori ships Shinichi x Garius out loud (and with both of them there!), Garius blushes and lays on the tsun!! I totally lost it again when Shinichi noticed the flag Minori just shoved him into. There’s nothing better than a straight man (trope!) getting a good laugh, though perhaps straight man isn’t the best way to put it in this case.
It’s Because It’s You
The crowning moment of heartwarming (trope!) came when Shinichi mistook Petrarca’s angst for lingering anti-human sentiment. Of course Petrarca only saw another rival, so once she said she didn’t care about that (that Erubia isn’t human), Myuseru couldn’t take it. In an episode primarily filled with comedy, they still wrapped in some character development and a heartwarming moment to boot. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Looking Ahead – Double Agent Erubia
I don’t know if the Holy Eldant Empire has never heard of double agents before, but that was a good gambit on Shinichi’s part. I look forward to Erubia completely coming over to the Eldant – or really, Shinichi’s side, once she gets a taste of that patented Shinichi kindness that has all the girls falling for him.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shinichi makes zettai ryouiki mandatory for all women <18 & scores himself a busty furry double agent artist. My hero, my liege!! #ob_c 04
- That troll with the dead goldfish at the beginning was terrible, and I’m just going to leave it at that. At least Shinichi’s reaction was reliably amusing.
- Female dwarves are really…well, they actually look sort of feminine. What, no beard on her too?
- “Listen to me, girls! I’m your mother!”, hah! Plus Takanashi Aozora? Gotta love them seiyuu jokes.
- Speaking of, so Garius likes Code Geass, and his favorite character is Suzaku? Better watch out, Shinichi. If Garius tries to pierce you, run!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: I’ve never regretted any of them, Great stories make you stop…and just feel, The subtle sexism of not killing female characters, and It’s all about the characters.