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The Onee-chan Effect (Seitokai Yakuindomo S2E11)

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Uomi has quickly skyrocketed into a favorite character from being a mere side character. Not only does she have to do something to contrast her calm demeanor, she’s already gotten a promotion in a very anime-verse meta way. Her new relations with Tsuda has elevated her into a higher tier of silliness, despite the jokes maintaining consistency. I’m not Japanese though, so I’m pretty sure some of the effects of honorifics are lost on me. It’s an obvious element in anime. Abused like no other, a character suddenly being allowed to address another female as onee-chan (お姉ちゃん) will ignite the hearts and souls of some people.

Speaking of this Onee-chan Effect, I had gone and rewatched the entirety of Squid Girl. In the second season, the amnesia bit also used the gap moé tactic with Ika-chan herself. After an entire one and a half seasons of our beloved Squid Girl’s lack of respect for Eiko, it turns on a dime. A single “onee-chan” was enough to break Eiko’s regular facade. Why the hell is it this entertaining to watch it happen?

I also somehow managed to completely miss watching episode 6. Most likely due to the “download now, watch later” tactic. Letting things pile up like that isn’t good. (As I say this, my laundry continues to become a mountain.)

I’m disappointed I couldn’t find a screenshot more awkward than the one I already have.

Uomi’s “ひ。み。ちゅ。” while hugging Hagimura was silly as hell and I suffered from a six-inch smile.

-maserbeam

Seitokai Yakuindomo Kyuun.

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I’ve become dangerously comfortable with Seitokai Yakuindomo‘s humor. No hesitation whatsoever to watching an episode. Heaven forbid the day I end up watching the show in a public place and some kid eyes it over my shoulders, and blurts out, “Ah! I have one of those!” when on the screen is a strap-on dildo.

The highlight of this episode is Lum’s voice actress appearing as the visitor Furuya-san, or the revelation that she was the previous student council president. I’ll admit to not having watched Urusei Yatsura. It’s very obvious how much of a legacy it has left. I bet it was quite a kick for some to see the past come knockin’ in via old jokes. Unfortunately, they’re lost on me. I may have experienced the same era of anime, but there’s a bunch of holes left in it. Mostly due to my sources of anime rental VHS tapes didn’t have everything. This really was the downside of old anime. Limited access is no longer a thing unless the anime has very few physical copies left. A couple of anime archivist groups exist, but I don’t think there’s enough interest.

With that said, I felt a disconnect with this episode. All I could think was “Furuya’s old mannerisms are old.”

Oh well. At least they left me with a hilarious ending bit. Hearing Tsuda and Hagimura’s eagerness to get the segment over quickly was great. Sometimes seiyuu tend to forget to sound like their characters in such scenes, but they nailed it.

-maserbeam