Feelings of Inadequacy
I don’t know how many series get that feeling just right the day Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue. did this week. We watched Subaru battling with her inner thoughts at his own book signing this week.
Throughout the scene, Subaru was constantly putting himself down in his head thinking that everything that he was doing was not quite right or that people would be disappointed or angry at him in some way. Even just writing his name crookedly had his nerves afire.
To me, this was an important episode because it really highlights some of the issues we may have with self-esteem. As for myself, I am constantly putting myself down before someone else can and thinking the worst in myself in any given situation. If I so much as say hello and someone walks by me without hearing me, I wonder if perhaps I’m getting in their way and bothering them. Or if I make a simple mistake at work, I feel like the world has ended because I’ve hassled someone by wasting their time to talk to me and then had to waste more time to make sure the issue is fixed. I think many people can understand how this feels at times. Is there anyone else out there who can relate?
My favorite part was when Subaru was about to give up because Okami was too far, but then he pushed himself to shout out his thanks to her. Sometimes, we all have to do something along those lines to ensure we aren’t stuck in our own shells. It takes courage, but if you want things to happen, you can’t just expect it to happen without any effort like it was fate. With a little push, you can take the reins of fate in your hands, too.
Behind Enemy Lines
It's always great to wage a war in neutral territory, but it's even better if you can get to the enemy ground. The last episode of Kaguya-sama: Love is War had the perfect build-up to the most intimate battle, one that occurred in Kaguya's bedroom!
Poor Kaguya was with a fever, so the student council sent the president to pay a visit to her at home. So far so good, right? Well, her fever was so high that she was delirious, so according to Hayasaka —I mean, Smithee A. Herthaka— quoting Sigmund Freud, she was in the most vulnerable state and acting like a child so anything could happen while meeting Miyuki... anything, like inviting him to sleep together.
Aside from seeing Kaguya in more casual, sexy clothes, this episode is awesome for those who like Hayasaka, presenting her as the perfect matchmaker while also melting us with her fake accent. I'm sorry Chika, they outshined you this time! Yes, Chika cheating is fun and all, but we're talking of an overly cute Kaguya and her proactive caretaker after all. In regards to Miyuki, he was truly living a dream. The first stories are kinda bland, but it all pays off in the end. I bet both of them wanted to be there, acting all lovey-dovey... but according to Hayasaka's check, nothing sexual happened between them. Can you imagine Hayasaka's face if she was to found evidence? Lol!
Ally or Threat
Tate no Yuusha no Narigari...boy does this series love to tease us viewers.It seems like each week has yet another surprise in store for us to just completely sweep us off our feet. While Naofumi, Raphtalia and Filo made their way to the capital for some holy water to cure Naofumi’s curse on Raphtalia, they ran into quite a strange young girl. The girl introduces herself as Melty--Mel-chan according to Filo--and seems to just be an eccentric lover of all Filo-like beings. We should have knew there was more to this young girl dressed like a noble as we find out she is actually the second princess of Melromarc and is the younger sister of--drum roll--Mein! That surprise revelation had our eyes bug out while watching Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari episode 09 and we’re sure we aren’t alone! Melty then attempts to talk to the Shield Hero himself but Naofumi denies her once her past is revealed. Is Melty an ally that can be trusted unlike her big sister Mein or does she too want to use Naofumi and his band for some dastardly plot? Episode 10 of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari should be intense and we’re sure Melty’s request will be heard...Naofumi might be rough but he’s not a total jerk. Plus, we think Melty might have something of intrest for our hero...that doesn’t mean we trust her yet though.
The Deceptive Promise of Battle
Kirito and Eugeo’s all-out fight is finally here, and Kirito is dedicated to saving his friend from the fate of an Integrity Knight. He shows off a few new moves and tries to talk Eugeo down by reminding him of the people they had met together along the way. Eugeo thinks about it for a moment, but shakes his influence off, and seals Kirito and Alice in ice as he returns to Administrator. Yet we soon see that Eugeo has broken free of Administrator’s influence, attempting to stab her. She deflects his attack, and when Kirito and Alice follow the Prime Senator up to her floor, she leaves the fight to her subordinate, asking him to take out the three reunited friends.
Though we’ve gotten to see both Kirito and Eugeo in fights plenty of times, we’ve never had the chance to see them use all their strength in a battle against one another. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with what we got in this episode. Sure, both Kirito and Eugeo showed off a few brilliant new moves, with Eugeo having adapted his old mentor’s style. But the battle was short-lived and not as eventful as we were hoping for. Eugeo walks away and then seems to be totally fine again in the next five minutes, remembering everything from his past and apologizing to Kirito and Alice. The big twist from the end of the last episode was a dud. We can only hope that the fight against the Prime Senator for the next episode will be more epic!
War is Hell for Young Dororo
The last two episodes of this anime were uncharacteristically lighthearted, so it was only a matter of time before the suffer train came barreling back into the station. This week, we explore Dororo’s backstory as the young boy is being treated for a fever.
Several years ago, Dororo’s father Hibukuro led a band of brigands who targeted samurai. His wife (Ojiya) and child traveled along with him, and they eked out a mostly happy life together. But one day, his closest confidant sold him out to the samurai and drove the brigands into an ambush, slaughtering almost everyone and critically injuring Hibukuro. Left destitute, Dororo and his parents were forced to scavenge from corpses for food and tried to avoid anyone with a grudge against the brigands.
Despite being stuck in an unbearable situation, it’s amazing that Dororo’s parents kept their dignity to the bitter end. Hibukuro mounted a last stand against the villagers who despised him for his past actions and, in a moment of badassery that seems straight out of an ‘80s action movie, stabbed a man with a spear that had just been pierced through his own chest. Ojiya showed her quiet tenacity by holding scalding hot soup in her hands to feed her child, and anyone who read JoJo part 7 knows how well that ended for her. They died protecting Dororo, and that’s why our young hero is so tough and mature to this day.
Dororo recovers from his fever and sets off in his freshly washed clothes, only to realize that the lady taking care of him must’ve found out his secret and told it to Hyakkimaru. Dororo is actually a girl!? For living in feudal Japan, that makes her accomplishments twice as impressive!
I’m the Cartado King?
This week, we see the girls head into the land of the Tarka to take part in the Cartado Festival. Mei and her friends are invited to compete in the festival after Mei befriends a Tarka named Dodo at her favorite Cartado shop. The girls are able to win the Cartado hunt competition thanks to a combination of their skills, an impassioned speech from Mei, and a little bit of luck. As the new Cartado King, Mei gets the privilege to sit front and center as she watches all of the Cartado collected during the festival get set ablaze. With her respect and love for Cartado traditions, Mei sadly sings along with the Tarka's song as she watches all of the precious Cartado burn.
No matter what they are doing the girls of Endro are always good for a few laughs and this may be their funniest outing yet. This episode has so many great moments from Mei's reaction to the Tarka children to the ridiculous song the Tarka sing, but the ending with the burning Cartardo makes this episode great. Watching Mei go through so many emotions in such a short amount of time really makes you feel for her when she is crying around the fire, but you also can't help but laugh at what is happening. Not only is the scene hilarious, but it captures displays every one of the great aspects of Mei's character.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!