「デュラハンちゃんは甘えたい」 (Durahan-Chan wa Amaetai)
“Dullahan-Chan Wants To Be Cuddled”
Man, why can’t more of our teachers be like Takahashi-sensei?
After a great showing last week, Demi-chan returns to us this week with a slightly more relaxed atmosphere as we dove into Machi Kyouko’s story. Being one out of the three known Dullahans in the entire world, there’s bound to be troubles that most people haven’t even considered. From having the flame on your body revealing your inner emotions to literally not having a neck and suffering the physical consequences of missing a crucial limb, it makes you really view some Demi’s as having a true disability instead of some quirky trait. And you know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it must be a gigantic pain in the butt having to carry a non-attached appendage. Especially when it’s something as important as your head for god sakes! Luckily, it looks like Machi has done a bang-up job at overcoming the shortcomings of not having your head attached to your body. That said, I’m sure we’re all wondering — how does what she eat end up going to her body? The scene where she was drinking a bunch of juice and needed to pee after left me with a bunch of questions that I’m not sure if I want answered but at the same time would like to know the anatomy behind it.
Going Above and Beyond
Even though we talked a little about it last week, boy am I glad that we have someone like Takahashi-sensei acting as the main male MC for the show. With various situations appearing that would throw your typical male MC for a loop, I absolutely love how nothing seems to faze him sans a few situations where our aggressive vampire-chan pops in to stir up some laughs. Honestly, can you imagine how badly the mood would be broken if Takahashi didn’t keep up that professional attitude while listening to his student’s inner thoughts and secrets? That and there’s no denying the guy gives pretty darn good advice for high school kids. Instead of just giving lip-service or pulling things out of his butt, there’s a genuine sense that he’s put a lot of thought into the difficulties his students are facing and tries to keep their needs in mind. Again, why can’t we have more teachers like Takahashi-sensei?
A Quick Take on Humor and Looking Ahead
I pointed this out last week, but the facial expressions on all the characters have been spot on and the amount of exaggeration used is just right when it comes to selling the jokes in the show. With Machi supplying a brunt of humor this week, I have to applaud the animators and artists for being able to get so much expression without the use of the entire body. That and I’m glad to see that Hikari hasn’t lost her extremely menacing face when she gets dirt on anyone.
Also, unlike another show that features mythical creatures that may or not have gigantic chests, there was a cute charm to the sound effects this show gave to Machi’s fire. Serving as a form of characterization and not just as “sound”, I really appreciated the shows conservative approach with its use.
And with that, let me close things out before the post gets any longer. I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully see a little more Satou-sensei and just a pinch more of Hikari. See you then!
P.S. Am I the only one who felt shivers go down their spine after this scene? God, I can feel my pinky toe hurting just thinking about it.