Shimoneta – 10

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Negotiations between SOX and Gathered Fabric go nowhere as Kajou condemns the group as a mere front for satisfying its members’ fetish for dirty underwear. The next morning, the rival group flexes its superior logistical muscles by sabotaging the monorail and hijacking 42 buses.

That sheer number confirms SOX is way out of its league from scale, logistics, and technical perspectives, considering how hard SOX has worked just to collect enough warm bodies to distribute porn in order to make a dent in society’s forced decency. It’s to the shorthanded SOX’s advantage then, that the hijackers on three of the buses are neutralized by non-SOX members.

An unintentionally badass Fuwa notices her hijacker’s gun is fake; a frustrated Anna hoping to win righteousness brownie points with Tanukichi beats the shit out of her hijacker; Goriki strips down to reveal he wears women’s lingerie, forcing the entire bus into a fit of nausea.

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That last incident is also the most revealing character-wise, as Goriki has gone from StuCo stooge to a complex individual in his own right whom, like Anna, might be in SOX were it not for his ultra-conservative conditioning. It also seems more and more like he has feelings for Tanukichi, though those feelings continue to be treated with sophomoric frivolity.

But at the end of the day, GF is still in the driver’s seat, with 39 buses under their control. Heck, they even have the Decency Squad HQ openly discussing what color underwear their female colleagues wear, and in some cases whether they wear any at all. Kajou arranges to bait White Peak, AKA Ichinose Takuma, into a trap where they can capture him and proceed with clearing up the differences between GF and SOX to a confused world.

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The trap works, but only to a point: Tanukichi is able to occupy Peak long enough for Kajou to arrive and spout some pretty good monologue about the value of one’s own scent, but in an episode where so many non-SOX members help SOX, it’s an acutal member that ends up screwing them over, and not in a particularly surprising or creative way.

That’s right, after being hardly in the episode (aside from a somewhat unnecessary scene in Tanukichi’s apartment where she’s called upon to procure bait), Kosuri shows her true colors as predicted, literally throwing Kajou under the bus and pledging herself to Ichinose and GF, having lost her faith in SOX’s lighter touch.

It was bad enough when Kosuri was introduced as a little-sister figure and redundant harem member; it’s verging on unacceptable that she could now be the one to bring SOX down from the inside. Still, my money’s still on the group that’s more often than not helped, intentionally or not, by the likes of Anna, Fuwa, and Goriki. The fight to salvage this show from the bane that is Kosuri continues.

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Author: sesameacrylic

Zane Kalish is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

One thought on “Shimoneta – 10”

  1. Why is it unacceptable for Kosuri to be one who betrays SOX? I’d say she is the only one who would and could.

    If we take the show’s point being a satire on Japanese moral conservatism in general and take our allegorical reference points from that – SOX represents an argument for an acceptance of a basically uninhibited ‘normal sexuality’, Gathered Fabric represents the demands for uninhibited more abnormal sexuality, Anna and Co are the repressed Moral Majority, Okuma is the long suffering every-man, and Kosuri represents the ‘Me Generation’ intent on sensation and self gratification etc. When she finds the position of SOX too staid and middle ground, Kosuri’s search for gratification logically leads her to Gathered Fabric. No other character could do that – I couldn’t see Goriki making that switch for example. No doubt Kosuri will get a suitably hilarious comeuppance by the end of the season, :0

    Maybe I’m overthinking this but I’ve found with other shows like Shimoneta that satire censorship and morality in Japan, such as Haiyore Nyaruko-san for example, it is what goes on behind the surface jokes that make them truly funny.

    Peace everybody :)

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