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Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san 2 – 08

「体育倉庫/保健室/宝くじ」 (Taiiku Souko/Hokenshitsu/Takarakuji)
“Storage Closet/Nurse’s Office/Lottery”

It’s back to the manga for Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san this week (not that it ever felt like we left it). This was mostly pretty low-key material right in the series’ strike zone, but there was an iconic manga moment or two stuck in there. In a season that’s pretty light on romance, the kind of idyllic charm this series can conjure up really hits the spot.

For my money, the best-ever “locked in the gym storage closet” scene in anime was definitely Kyou no Go no Ni. For sheer laughs and innocent ecchi that one is hard to beat, but Takagi-san subverts the trope to fit the premise quite well. I know some will argue this was yet another case of Nishikata being hoist by his own petard and yes, he was the one who decided to try and use the situation to prank Takagi-san in the first place. But damn, she was pretty ruthless once she’d turned the tables. As pure trolling goes, just for the layering this is one of her better efforts.

The real importance of this scene, though, is in setting up the next one. Fans of the manga know that nurse’s office chapter well – it was a cover image, and became one of the series’ signature moments. I would say Takagi actually shows a fair bit of tenderness towards Nishikata-kun here, but I must point out this is yet another example of her cheating. I mean, that whole “seitai” business, come on… It looks like Funimation didn’t even try and translate the pun and I can’t blame them – that would have been a hell of a challenge (for the record, seitai is a type of Japanese massage).

And yes, an 8th-grader did just offer to perform massage on another one in the nurse’s office. I was surprised that didn’t get more of a reaction from Nishi-kun.

Honesty is one of those cliches about Japan that’a actually true. This is a county where people leave their laptops on their table in Starbucks when they hit the head, and I can speak from experience in saying that every item I’ve ever misplaced or forgotten on a train has been turned in to the relevant authorities. But a ¥100 shoutengai raffle ticket? No one would have blamed the girls for just taking a spin there, surely – though with the price being the local sake, it sort of becomes a moot point…

Finally, we have the payoff to that setup. And as usual, Takagi-san saves the most intense relationship chapter for last. Though it’s framed as a game there’s not much teasing going on here, really – as easy as Nishikata’s “games and manga and better games!” dreams are to mock, you can tell Takagi is pretty into her own dream here. And I think when Nishi-kun initially said “build a house” you could almost see her heart rate creep up a bit. This whole scene was interesting because you could see Nishikata perceptibly get swept up in the moment when he was answering Takagi’s questions about the summer festival, and forget the game altogether – and that never really changed. This is about as natural and “couple-like” as I’ve ever seen the two of them, I think – which I suppose means Takagi-san’s game plan is definitely starting to bear fruit.

BTW – if you aren’t, you really should be listening to the ED sequences. As with the first season they’re changing every week, and I love that the series is using classic J-Rock and J-Pop tunes this time. And judging by the fact that so many seem to hail from around 2001 (like this week’s “Anata no ni“, by MONGOL800) my guess is that they’re the tunes mangaka Yamamoto Souichirou was listening to when he was Nishikata-kun’s age.

August 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm
7 comments »
  • August 28, 2019 at 2:28 amBobbytheperv

    This is masturbating material

  • August 28, 2019 at 3:18 amHenrietta Brix

    https://randomc.net/image/Karakai%20Jouzu%20no%20Takagi-san/Karakai%20Jouzu%20no%20Takagi-san%202%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2006.jpg
    https://randomc.net/image/Karakai%20Jouzu%20no%20Takagi-san/Karakai%20Jouzu%20no%20Takagi-san%202%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2018.jpg
    If THIS WASN’T SET IN MIDDLE SCHOOL… We all know what’s going to happen next. Period.

    You know… I actually went to YouTube to look for 8man x Yukino Nurse Room scene immediately after the episode ended.

  • August 28, 2019 at 8:08 amruicarlov

    Good lord, Takagi’s flirting is getting more intense. It’s like Enzo keeps saying, for a series that keeps sorta repeating itself, there’s definitely a progression. I’m pretty sure that between the first season and this one, Takagi’s teasing is changing. A greater percentage of her pranks now is about making subtle passes at Nishikata, and I think even her body language is different. In those scenes in the storage room and nurse office she presents herself more seductively than usual.

    • August 28, 2019 at 9:34 pmGuardian Enzo

      I suspect that if one marathoned this series, they’d be struck by how much the Nishi-Kagi relationship evolves over time.

      • August 29, 2019 at 3:22 amDude

        I’m going to binge then.

  • August 29, 2019 at 7:53 amRoguespirit

    I can’t get enough of this series. It’s so adorable and Takagi is so delightfully evil and smug I just can’t get enough. She’d be a brilliant statesman, XD.

    When Takagi and Nishitaka were talking about their dreams it really seemed to highlight the fact that girls tend to mature earlier than guys (besides a certain two girls it seems) and it’s most noticeable at around that age. The way Nishitaka was just totally focused on games and manga while Takagi was thinking of something totally different. I actually have expected her to reveal to Nishitaka a 1 Million Yen winning lottery ticket, XD.

    It was kinda funny how Nishitaka reacts to his own 10 M Yen dream, which is just a house full of games and manga. He’s just stuck thinking, “Is that all I can dream of?”

    Then there was the “This year” moment where I really wanted Nishitaka to take the plunge and say “then this year I’ll win you the best prize at the ring toss!” Not sure if that was what he was about to say but I wish he’d have said it.

    • August 30, 2019 at 4:15 amGuardian Enzo

      It’s a generalization but yes, as someone who’s taught kids that age (and been one) girls are generally more “mature” (though it’s subjective – I’d say it’s that they’re immature over more mature things) than boys.

      As for Nishikata, I just don’t see him pulling out that line. I don’t think it’s in his character.

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