「唇よ、熱く君を語れ」 (Kuchibiru yo, Atsuku Kimi wo Katare)
“Tell Me How You Feel”
Standing in for Zephyr this week, I’m here to cover one of the greatest episodes of one of my favorite currently airing shows.
Ryuuko and Satsuki
The amount of love I have for these two characters is so immense that I’m having a difficult time trying to put it into words. They are two sisters who have been put through so much hardship that it’s tough to imagine that they have even shred of humanity left inside of them. Not only did they have to watch their father die (albeit in slightly different ways) but how could you live with yourself after finding out that your mother thought of you as nothing more than test subjects to experiment on?
But even with all the bullshit they’ve had to deal with, they both have something that’s been cushioning the blows and keeping them standing — their friends who are even more than family. For those of you out there who were as dense as me, I was blown away when I realized the Four Diva’s are to Satsuki as Mako and her family are to Ryuuko. Maybe it was when Satsuki finally admitted she’s been doing things the wrong way and that it’s not right to use people but when the realization hit me I was almost as moved as Senketsu.
However, even that wasn’t the biggest thing that stood out to me. The biggest thing was that in this messed up world where they essentially have no family (crazy mom don’t count) and can only count on the people close to them, they’ve accidentally stumbled on another source of strength — each other. A source of strength that can’t be broken nor stolen, it’s a feeling of warmth that protects them while pushing them to new heights. Not to say that the bonds they have with their closest friends isn’t as important, but when you add blood into the equation it changes things up a bit.
On a lighter note, I am so freaking happy that the two have essentially patched things up. While I was disappointed that Ryuuko never embraced Satsuki (I expected her to hug Satsuki instead of trying to punch her) and didn’t call her “onee-chan”, I’ll give it to TRIGGER for bringing out some unexpected emotions with their transformation scene. Something about playing it at the same time side by side really brought out something that I didn’t expect. Almost as if they were trying to say that the two finally see each other eye…
The Four Devas
With Mako getting the VIP treatment last week, it was the Four Devas’ turn this week. Even though it’s been clear for the longest time that they do what they do out of respect for Satsuki, I’m so happy to see that it isn’t just blind faith that’s driving them. While I’ve always speculated that Satsuki isn’t the biggest bitch she attempted to be, it’s nice to finally get some confirmation that the Four Devas are as important to her as she is to them.
That said, if there was something that I am curious about, and has almost nothing to do with what’s going on at hand, it would be Gamagoori’s feelings for Mako. I’m sure I saw a hint of love shining through his eyebrows when Mako was saved a few episodes back but ever since then it feels like the whole Gamagoori x Mako thing has been thrown on the backburner. Personally, I’m really hoping that we get back to it sometime before the series ends — I don’t want tumblr to be my only place to see this happen!
Crazy Mom Raguu Ragyou and Harime Nui
Switching back to the problem at hand, I must say that Ragyou’s plan to essentially blow up the planet seems to have a lot of holes in it. Besides giving every human on the planet a reason to revolt against her (because who would want their home planet destroyed for the sake of powering stupid clothing?), it seems that its success rides on some pretty flimsy points of interests. A tower at Honnouji Academy that the original life fiber needs to mount in order to broadcast its signal? Come on! You saw how much damage Nui and Ryuuko did with their bare hands! My best guess though is that if the giant COVERS that came from the sea isn’t this “Shinra-Kouketsu” that Nui is working on, it’s probably going to be their contingency plan should things go awry.
That and Nui scares me. Besides completely losing her marbles, I wouldn’t want someone who can sew with their teeth running at me — creeeepppyyy!
Looking Ahead and BADASS MAKO!
With the battle raging on all fronts, it looks like we’re in for a great final boss fight. All the pieces of the puzzle have finally been revealed and it’s just a matter of who’s going to get to place them. That said, things aren’t looking too good for Ragyou. Sure she might have a couple tricks left up her sleeves but with two pissed off daughters coming for her head and a bunch of souped up Goku Seifukus following right behind, I don’t know what she can really do. Then again, she is super overpowered so I wouldn’t be surprised to watch her pull something ridiculous out of thin air. Too bad we have to wait a week to find out ;__;