Kuragehime 4 – V-V-V-Virgins?!
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m absolutely shocked — shocked! — that Shuu is a virgin. Almost as shocked as Louie was to find gambling at Rick’s in Casablanca.
Maybe he did realize that was Tsukimi in the last episode, though. He didn’t seem particularly shocked to see her with her glasses on (the Clark Kent Effect is not a go here), and there was of course his run-in with Tsukimi later in the episode. The guy’s come to terms with the fact that his crush is a big ol’ geek rather than a Yamato Nadeshiko extraordinaire . . . or, at least, that she lives with a bunch of geeks. Maybe he’s still holding out hope for her.
Also, I definitely smell shipping wars on the horizon. I can tell that people are shoring up their lines for battle. Shuu is crushing on Tsukimi (who is already falling headlong into the “Why was he hugging me?! He can’t like me . . . he’s just a really nice guy!” anime misconception dealie), and now Kuranosuke is bit by the Tsukimi bug. “Wow, why am I relieved that she’s back to her geeky look?! Why does it bother me that my brother is all rabu rabu with her?!” A bit heavy-handed, I think, but it’s anime, so it’s not as if that’s a shock or anything. It was kind of funny to see Kuranosuke react so strongly, though, since he basically hooked them up. “Shit, can I get a mulligan on that??”
It’s probably a parody of some computer brand, but I enjoy that Shuu has a “NED” computer since he kind of has a Ned Flanders thing going on.
I wonder when the politics will fully converge with the wacky romantic hijinks going on? If there is one thing that is sure to stop government construction projects, it is wacky romantic hijinks. That’s what threw Bill Clinton off near the end of his second presidential term, right? Shuu certainly seems to be thinking a bit about going back on the plan now. I wonder how much political power he has; probably not that much given how young he is, although he is related to two guys who wield a good deal of power (although one is probably on his way out soon, given his low approval rating and Japan’s propensity to boot out prime ministers at the drop of a hat). But, yes, five bucks says that Shuu is stubborn about the project at first and then slowly decides to relent. :p
I did like the amusing point the episode makes about people willfully ignoring politics and plunging into a fantasy world, even when they are directly affected. Is it worse to be politically ignorant or politically apathetic? I’d say the latter. At least the former might not be intentional. The Nuns know the danger their building is in, but they’re leaving all the political heavy lifting to everyone else and hoping that a miracle will happen. I think we all know by now that there are no miracles in politics. (Actually, the one miracle is that we swallow so much of what goes on in politics, but I digress.) Get out their and defend your building, ladies! Or at least sneak a gopher into the local golf course and mess up the politicos’ skins game.
But jellyfish are waaaaaaaaaaaay more interesting than politics, anyway, amirite?