I probably should’ve mentioned this last week when it was relevant, but it feels good to finally know which Oreimo episode the image in this meme came from.
Episode 26: My Little Sister Can’t Wear a Wedding Dress (originally posted: October 26, 2016)
Remember two episodes ago when I was wondering where all those random bruises Kyosuke had at the beginning came from, and concluded that Ayase had something to do with it? Well, turns out I was right on that one, but not in the way you’d expect.
Instead of picking up right from where the last left off, this episode begins all the way back when Kyosuke and Kuroneko were still an item, and Ayase had just found out about it. While Kyosuke – in handcuffs, as per usual when visiting Ayase – expresses sadness at no longer being able to sexually harass her at worst, Ayase tells him that if he’s dating Kuroneko, chances are that he and Kirino might drift apart, eliminating whatever need she has for his assistance in helping her mend their friendship every two months or so. Kyosuke’s comment that him and Kirino growing less close is what Ayase would want doesn’t help matters, as Ayase calls him a liar and kicks him out of the room, without even hitting him! So how did he get the bruises? Well, as a result of Ayase’s mom overhearing their yelling and the realization that he still has the cuffs on, he accidentally fell down the stairs. Well, at least it wasn’t as ugly as I’d anticipated.
Humorous injuries aside, days after that last conversation, Ayase gets a call from Manami, who informs her that Kyosuke and Kuroneko have already broken up. Though relieved by this news, Ayase can’t help but feel guilty, so she calls Kyosuke herself and asks if he broke up with Kuroneko because of what she said to him. His response of “no” gives her further relief, but she’s still reeling some from the guilt, so before Kyosuke can think to explain that Kuroneko was the one who broke up with him, Ayase asks for (read: demands) his assistance in a little task. And though initially put off by her yelling at him, Kyosuke sees this opportunity to make peace with her beyond the whole “Pervy Onii-san” thing that defines him in her eyes, so he agrees.
The task is actually rather simple: show up at Meru-Fest, a special event corresponding with Stardust Witch Meruru season 3, and attend a concert that Kanako, whose grown to accept her role as a Meruru cosplayer, is performing in. (Also performing are ClariS, the two-person unit who performs the OP for both this show and the in-universe Meruru anime.) As a bonus for his assistance, he even gets an extra ticket for admission into the event, which he plans on giving to Kirino, who wanted to go to the event but was unable to secure a ticket herself. However, Kirino’s ability to attend the event, ticket or no, is compromised by her current photo shoot running late, so Kyosuke, knowing how much that concert would mean to her, decides to do as a good onii-san does and give her a ride to the event himself.
By the way, the reason the episode is titled as such is because Kirino’s shoot involves her and several other models wearing wedding dresses. Definitely has nothing to do with the inevitable incest ending, but even if it does, what an excellent troll on the part of the guy who picked out the title to begin with.
So Kyosuke heads out across town to get to where Kirino’s shoot is, and as with his return trip to their house in episode 13, he borrows an otaku’s bike to make it there. Only instead of Gennosuke’s customized OniUnd bike, he borrows one brought by Mikagami, who decided to attend Meru-Fest with Gennosuke, that’s somehow even more embarrassing. Simply put, it’s Meruru-customized, has nudity (censored for broadcast/the inexplicably still free-to-watch Hulu stream), and its mere presence is enough to have the other female models call him a creep and all the male models call security on his ass. As for Kirino’s reaction, her initial thought is to pretend they aren’t related, but after realizing that her fellow models have taken notice of her panicked face, and that she has no better way to cover for herself, she admits that she and Kyosuke are related. In hindsight, that thought process was pretty humorous.
Regardless, after hearing Kyosuke out (and showing her surprise at Mikagami’s taste in bicycle customizations), Kirino decides to go with him to the concert after all. However, even after her agent Misaki (now in a different hairstyle) decided to cut up her dress some so she could ride on the back of the bike without having to change, Kirino and Kyosuke make it to the event late, just in time for Kanako’s portion to end. They still have time for the ClariS portion, though, so it all works out. And though she berates Kyosuke for getting there late (and through an entrance farther from their assigned seats), Kirino is thankful for the effort he took to get her there. Not that she’d admit it to him twice in a loud and crowded performance hall.
Not the best episode I’ve seen this season, but far from one I’d despise for any other reason. When you view this season as the one where Kyosuke doesn’t give half a shit anymore about the embarrassing stuff he goes through, it’s pretty fun to watch. All those times Ayase hit him, for example, were easily fixed not by the “it’s just slapstick” mantra that comes with shows that are normally like that, but the belief that she only keeps hitting him because whenever he harasses her, she somehow doesn’t get used to it like he’s expecting. There’s also him worrying more about being surrounded by the male models (why them?) when arriving at Kirino’s shoot instead of the reactions of the females; proof that unless it’s something out of nowhere like the nickname of “Sexual Harassment Manager-san”, being called a perv by random girls doesn’t mean a thing to him. 8/10.
RANDOM COMMENTS: It’s so weird hearing Saori mentally speak over her online chat with Kyosuke in her normal voice; I currently have no ideal voice actress for Bridget (Kanako’s cosplay friend) but I’m certain it would be someone from the English dub of Lolirock (yes, that’s a real thing and its real name); and the regular OP being bumped to the end and switched out for a Meruru-themed OP was hella weird.
WHY? Lots of dialogue. Mostly mentions of sexual harassment, plus some perv-calling and various worries and accusations from Kirino regarding her breasts and Kyosuke’s eroge-playing respectively. Hell, this episode would’ve gotten a TV-PGDL for all that (plus one use of “pissed”), if not for the Meruru images on Mikagami’s bike wheel covers.
Yeah, that is pretty weird with the suicide screens and Mitarai. Come to think of it, they also could have made more use out of Monaca, as she was unaffected by it. I'm guessing the video doesn't work if one views it from a camera like she would have had to.
His original body could have been killed before he even met Emilia a century ago (which would explain her not recognizing the current Subarus). If he's been leaping to new bodies for that long, yeah, he could easily forget his original one when you add madness on top of all that. It's not like he can look at old pictures.
And before you say it, his original Subaru does not have to be contemporary with this time period, as it would seem Satella can drop him in anywhere in the history she likes.
One more thing, the guy who the tree was named for was from Japan too (as indicated by the carving in the trunk being in Japanese), and could well be yet another Subaru. Or not. :D Things can get pretty pretzeled with more than one leaper...
Like I said, it wasn't really a translation problem - you'd have to know the right spelling, and the kanji or kata wouldn't tell you. One thing I did learn was that they don't just take CR's subs and tweak them, they do their own in-house TL (which is probably cheaper than paying for the rights to use the existing subs). So basically, I think the only way to tell them something useful in advance is for arcane facts a translator probably wouldn't know. And seriously, no one would even care about this but me! :D I just happen to have a very, very, distant relative many times removed who wrote the book on the subject. ^.^
I was reading a blog on the last chapter of Bleach and the series overall, and the author brought up something I for some reason never even thought about. Ichigo and Orihime are both humans, and Rukia and Renji are both Soul Reapers. So if Ichigo and Rukia got together, Ichigo would grow old while Rukia stayed young. So, that would be kind of depressing in the long run. Sure, Ichigo would eventually die and go to the Soul Society, but still.
I also would have preferred the torch to be passed to Karin. But the kids are fine, I suppose.
Don't forget that many shows do this, it just seems like OP is worse because of its longer openings and no endings.
But for example, HxH does the whole Hunter explanation, plus opening and ending, which eats up time too.
That's true, but most shows don't occasionally spend up to seven minutes on that stuff and a lengthy recap. I just finished getting current with the anime series again (marathoned it from 678 onward) and a pretty decent amount of those episodes spent five to seven minutes on that stuff. Very few were anything shorter than that and a couple were actually a little longer.
I love One Piece to death, it's still my favorite series, I'm still completely opposed to them ever doing actual filler arcs, etc., but sometimes I feel like they're really going overboard with the padding. It's tolerable when marathoning it, but when I watch the show on a one episode per week basis it's pretty much hell.
Honestly if I could split this up a bit differently, I'd have to go for the late 90s to mid-late 00s. Think Bebop up until the time of E7 or so. There were multiple ridiculously-good series pretty much every year during that time.