「図書室と幼馴染」 (Tosho-shitsu to Osananajimi)
“The Library and the Childhood Friend”
Seeing Tsugumomo finally get the subtitles it deserves makes me feel really happy. If you have seen the first episode with sub-par translations, I would suggest viewing it again using the new version provided by Crunchyroll.
So far, Tsugumomo has not too heavy on the exposition and drama but still manages to progress fairly well. Therefore, the attention of my post this time will mainly be on certain characters and their interactions with Kazuya.
Without further ado, this week’s episode focuses on the childhood friend Chisato, providing insights regarding her current dynamic with Kazuya. Let me start by saying her often unsolicited abuse of Kazuya is not okay – it would surely constitute battery of the illegal variant! Not the Duracell type of batteries, those are cute. The kind of treatment Kazuya endures would certainly be criminal in the UK and many countries, though I am not too sure about Japan. It doesn’t help that anime gives the impression that this level of violence is usually acceptable in Japan but my common sense is telling me otherwise. Can you justify people beating up their childhood friends for such trivial reasons at an adolescent age?
Although I’m still not a really big fan of Chisato, I definitely don’t dislike her as much as before following these sequence of events. In fact, when Kazuya suffers denser than titanium moments leaving Chisato devoid of a soul, it is hard not to feel sorry for her. Having a similar reaction by dying on the inside would not seem too unlikely, if I been misunderstood despite my obvious intentions.
As always Kiriha is so great. She continues to carry the show by breaking Kazuya’s alarm clock not once, but twice. If only I could have someone to do that for me, then I would have a legitimate excuse for not turning up to inconvenient arrangements. We see in her master/servant relationship with Kazuya that she is not infallible either, when he manages to completely trick her. Considering the repercussions one expects from Kiriha, Kazuya’s decision-making was worse than Bronze 5 – that is to say extremely rubbish. Hell hath no fury like a woman stuffed into a compact box for hours on end, though maybe the strict revision oni might be able to contend. Tragically his efforts were completely for naught. He still didn’t even make it to school on time, consequently receiving a whipping from Chisato, and a more extreme beating from Kiriha for pissing her off. Overall, my only conclusion can be that he suffered a huge negative loss.
It may seem like I’m exhibiting double standards, by disliking Chisato’s violence towards Kazuya while finding Kiriha’s abuse of him hilarious. What else can I say, I won’t deny I am a hypocrite. Maybe it’s my subconscious discrimination against Chisato’s character design, since I find her hair unattractive. It did not help that the anime dropped her harisen combo during her home visit to Kazuya in favour of her regular look. I do want to suggest that Kiriha’s abuse is usually not so one-dimensional and that as a character, she possesses various redeemable qualities which I personally find lacking in Chisato. Otherwise, Kazuya seems docile enough to take the hits and kicks without complaining too much. Makes me wonder if he is a masochist who is secretly enjoying all this suffering.
Can I just say… GIGA DRILL BREAK! Though this is still nowhere near the full experience, we get more of a taste in terms of the action we can come to anticipate, during the library fight scene. The titan comprised of books presented quite an upgrade compared to last week’s evil wig, and the animation quality was on another level. In terms of faithfully adapting from the manga, Zero-G have done a good job, and have so far paced the episodes quite well. Admittedly, I even preferred the action scene for this instance over the manga version. This unfortunately doesn’t say a lot, since a lot of Tsugumomo’s earlier content was potato, for lack of a better word.
A commenter on my post last week made me realise that Tsugumomo felt like a comfortable show precisely because it has such an old school vibe. Therefore, I would also recommend this series to people who enjoy old-school action and ecchi series from the previous decade.
Next week, we can look forwards to the introduction of the shrine maiden and expect to see a lot more action going on. However, I will only be blogging Tsugumomo until Episode 3 meaning next week will be my last post for this series. My real-life schedule makes a Sunday series difficult to pick up. Nevertheless, I think Episode 3 is important, because enough things happen in it so that people can decide for themselves whether they want to continue watching this or not.
Having said that, see you next week for my final post on Tsugumomo!