What a strange episode.
Anju In Love With Oshutoru
Say what you will about this episode, but it played Anju’s crush on Oshutoru correctly, I think. She seemed earnest about it, but the other girls were immediately punching holes through her sob story about being a caged bird. The girls trying to help Anju was funny, I think. Especially Atui and her in love with being in love bit. Rurutie’s yaoi production skills … I feel like that jokes being done to death, I think. Once in a while and it’s funny, but any joke can be run into the ground, I think. Nekone, however, was adorable. Though the question remains: What’s the point of this extended Anju-loves-Oshutoru plot? Especially since it’s extending into another episode. Once again, it feels displaced from the overarching plot, I think. Whatever the overarching plot is.
Nosuri, Haku, and the Nugisomukami
Nosuri and Ougi return, and I have to ask: Was there a reason for them to appear two episodes ago? This did their reintroduction just as well, and at least they’re involved in the plot for more than a quick cameo, I think. Though perhaps that was foreshadowing for what will come next. While I very much enjoyed the Noble Thieves gag, which was quite funny, the Nugisomukami is another element that requires previous Utawarerumono knowledge, I think. At least, I didn’t catch it in context, other than knowing that “nugi” has something to do with undressing or nudity, and “kami” being some kind of god. Some kind of spirit that strips people, or appears naked, I think? Original series watchers can fill us in, unless it’s an important spoiler, in which case use spoiler tags, I think.
Nosuri was painted a lot more comically this time, which I enjoyed, I think. Her whimped when she went off to take her bath, or her reactions throughout, were all funny. And her overhearing Anju’s request was in line with her current comedic portrayal, I think. Not sure if that’s good or not.
“I’m told you know little of the subtleties of the heart.”
Haku has Kuon set to rights, I think. About the subtleties of the heart, perhaps, but no friends? Circumstances would suggest otherwise, I think. Kuon’s reaction to all the romance talk, and to Haku in particular, were the most interesting element again. I enjoy the slow burn their relationship is on, I think. I just wish the rest didn’t still feel so slow and random, I think.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Anju loves Oshutoru, & the girls are helping. Meanwhile, Nosuri is back, & she’s an idiot #utawarerumono s2e10
- The way they told Haku’s story while it was happening was weird. Very immersion breaking, I think.
- Looks like the emperor has some new clothes. Also, a yaoi lover.
- I like how Haku said the one thing that wasn’t true (Kuon has no friends), and not the two that were (monstrously strong, eats too much). He fell for the obvious gambit, I think.
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