Anime Review: Kuragehime Episodes 7, 8, and 9

(Originally published and formatted for Livejournal on 1/15/11)

Anime Summary Review: Kuragehime Episodes 7, 8, and 9

Rather than the longer reviews with all sorts of pictures and such, this is just a quick summary review. For a series that I’ve already been watching for several episodes, there’s not much of a reason to go into much detail. At this point in the series, you’re either still watching it (so you already know what’s going on and a long detailed run-down of everything is not really needed), or don’t care. So, without further ado:

Kuragehime Episode 7 – Inari visits the Nunnery to bribe them with sweets, but only ends up setting Kurako off as he vows to prevent the building from being sold off. After discovering all of the tenants are essentially penniless, he searches around for things to sell, incurring the wrath of the Amars. Inari then visits Shuu and blackmails him with her illicit photos to meet with his father.
My thoughts: I have to wonder just how *dense* everyone is that they haven’t figured out Kurako is really a dude, especially after seeing him/her close-up for extended periods of time, bare-chested at that, and he’s not trying especially hard to hide it. I guess the writers would pawn it off as just another example of the Amars willfully ignoring what they don’t want to see or believe. In any case, forget about the whole crossdressing thing anyways, because this show is so totally *not* about that at all. Instead, it has turned into a farcical comedy as the tangled relationships are forming between everyone (Shuu, Kurako, Tsukimi, and yes, Inari) who are so totally inexperienced at real love. It would be cute if it wasn’t so awkward at the same time.
A better review: Random Curiosity

Kuragehime Episode 8 – After finding some great vintage dishes to sell in storage, Kurako and Tsukimi head down to the flea market to raise some dough. But it turns out the buyers are more interested in Tsukimi’s cute jellyfish charms instead, which become and instant hit. Meanwhile, Shuu’s father gets his driver to tail him, but blithely ends up bumbling the investigation instead. Back at the Nunnery, Tsukimi gets entranced at some frilly lace, wrapping herself up in it imagining it to be a wedding dress; Kurako catches her playing dress-up, totally embarrassing Tsukimi, but Kurako is inspired to make a jellyfish dress.
My thoughts: Trying to buy off the building…five bucks at a time? Methinks they’re going to have to find something with a better R.O.I. than jellyfish charms if they plan on saving the Nunnery. I mean, all the enthusiasm in the world is not going to compensate for their naivete. But once again, that’s not the story here, instead it’s a vehicle to throw Kurako and Tsukimi together. He’s trying to explain away his feelings towards her, but it’s clear that he’s falling for her.
A better review: Random Curiosity

Kuragehime Episode 9 – Inari’s blackmail works, and they drive to the mansion to meet with Shuu’s father. At the same time, they inadvertently meet up with Kurako and Tsukimi, leading to a big confrontation where it is revealed that Shuu is really a virgin (causing great consternation for Inari, even though she doesn’t understand why herself), and Tsukimi takes the blackmail photo at face value believing that Shuu really did sleep with Inari. Tsukimi runs off confused and hurt, and ends up attempting to drown her sorrows in sweet wine.
My thoughts: Wow, I don’t think you could have found a different foursome of relationship neophytes (all for different reasons) if you tried. Inari may be a man-killer, but for her it’s always been about the conquest and the power-play and the sex, never about forming an emotional bond; for the first time in her life she’s run across a person who *doesn’t* want her, and it’s left her befuddled. For his part, Shuu has totally rejected women due to a childhood trauma, so at thirty years old he’s forced to confront the concept of a relationship for the first time. Tsukimi, of course, is just a kid with gigantic self-esteem issues, and Kurako may have always had the eyes of the girls but always on the most superficial of levels. Frankly, Kuragehime turned out to be a totally different show than I expected (I envisioned more about an exploration of fujoshi culture, acceptance of social outcasts, blah blah blah), and honestly that’s a *good* thing. I’m glad my initial trepidation about watching a series where one of the main characters is an unabashed crossdresser proved unnecessary.
A better review: Random Curiosity

The Verdict:

Up next: Bridge Over the River Arakwai (Madness!), Legend of Neverending Heroes (frustrating non-finale), Shikikikiki (finale), Soredemo Wahhhh Maidshit (finale), My Annoying Sister Can’t Be This Tsundere (finale), Pantsuu and Stockinggu with Galtelbert

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