3-gatsu no Lion – 18

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Nikaidou and Shigeta are always fighting over the proper move to make, on diametrically opposite sides like Vader and Obi-wan. Neither ever seems to back down, resulting in escalation that has to be refereed by Shimada.

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The boys’ pulpy, comic-booky visualizations contrast sharply with the match Rei gets into with Shimada. Their visuals are more refined and rooted in classical art. It’s not just a matter of how the two pairs approach the shogi workshop.

Shimada’s elegant blue waves crashing against Rei’s hazy red base until he and it are consumed by the torrent. The exhaustion Rei feels afterwards in his overlfowing tub, are a means of expressing what it’s like for an A-rank player to come at your with everything he’s got.

Shimada isn’t just trying to beat Rei, but to learn something new from him, something that might not have occurred to him. Anything will do; after all, he’s one loss away from a do-or-die match with the reigning champion.

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Back at school, Rei examines his report card, which indicates he just squeaked by and will be advancing to the next grade. When he looks at the last school year, Rei laments how little he accomplished.

Hayashida-sensei lets him know what an ordinary 17-year-old typically accomplishes (not much) and how little he accomplished at that age, and puts things in perspective. Rei is not a kid who seeks praise directly, so as usual he finds all this praise uncomfortable.

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In another nice crossover of worlds, Hina comes by with Momo in tow to collect their empty food boxes. Both girls are very on-edge, but after downing a stiff drink composed of cold milk, Hina asks what she came to ask—who that beautiful, bad-tempered girl was—and gets an answer that satisfies both her and Mom.

Kyouko isn’t, in fact, a witch, she’s just his big sister. Siblings fight all the time, but they’re still close. The girls comprehend this from their own experiences with each other and Akari. It’s a nice air-clearing scene that brings warmth to Rei’s apartment, and lil’ kid expert Kuno Misaki and superstar Kana-chan kick ass as usual.

 

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I’ll just leave this here because it gave me a chuckle. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen Castle in the Sky…

Of course, when that’s what Hina tells Akari back home, the older sister wonders if it’s not actually worse than if Kyouko were Rei’s girlfriend. After all, from what she saw, Rei and Kyouko weren’t very close, despite ten years of living together.

Akari suspects that distance was the reason Rei yearned to leave that home, though to be fair to Rei and Kyouko, Akari doesn’t know the intricacies of their relationship, or the fact that every time they see one another they struggle to resolve what exactly they are, while simultaneously never doubting for a second that they’re…something.

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 08

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For some reason, all the characters have left Orenchi no Furo Jijou…so this week is just Tatsumi and Wakasa clowning around again. This time Wakasa won’t eat his vegetables.

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The BL elements of the show were in full blast as well, though I’m not sure if the implication is Wakasa doesn’t know how BL he’s being or not.

In a nut shell: Wakasa is reading male magazines that end up in the river and they talk about being a meat-eater/carnivore man, which Tatsumi and I took to be about picking up dudes…

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At this point, I’m torn over dropping this show for having lost interest in it’s formula (silly creature of the week + antics) and for it’s stated/unstated BL angle and just keeping it because it takes no effort and no time to watch and review.

I’m not sure I have anything interesting to say about it though and, considering how few of you are reading it’s reviews, I feel like even that 10 minutes isn’t time well spent.

Thoughts? Keep/Drop? Comment below!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 07

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 7 introduces Kasumi-chan, Tatsumi’s little sister. She looks like she’s in kindergarden, which would make her more than a decade younger than her brother but I’m not going to think about those logistics.

Kasumi is staying over for the day so Tatsumi’s parent’s can get something done or whatever and Tatsumi is worried she’ll learn about Wakasa because I guess that would be a problem?

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She obviously learns about Wakasa but, at first, she’d assumed he was some evil woman who was stealing her brother away. The details aren’t important, really.

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Best Moment: during the credits Wakasa catches Kasumi inhaling her brother’s fumes out of an old stinky shirt. Wakasa says “Wakasa has witnessed this” and slinks away. Then DUCKY breaks the fourth wall and says he’s seen it too!

DUCKY WAS THIS WEEK’S TRUE CHARACTER REVEAL!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 06

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 6 changes course from the last few weeks and doesn’t introduce a new sea creature/boy. It doesn’t even feature either of the newer boys we’ve come to boy-love and expect either!

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Tatsumi and Wakasa take a bubble bath. Well, Wakasa takes one alone first but tells Tatsumi it’s a waste if they don’t both enjoy it, which they eventually do. Unfortunately, a bubble fight later and they are out of bubbles.

Then, while Tatsumi is drying off, Wakasa slips in more bubble packages and BOOM! The house is destroyed.

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Welllll? That was harmless…

Cute, uneventful, and half the episode is just opening and closing credits. I’m giving it a 5. Would you give it more or less? Explain in the comments below!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 05

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou episode 5 goes trick or treating for Halloween. Strangely, for a holiday I would imagine Anime could have a ton of fun with (especially by not understanding the cultural details) Halloween is one of those rarely-given-an-episode events.

So seeing it here was nice, if not absurdly short like everything Orenchi does.

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Takasu is dressed as a Witch, because he’s a blonde and that’s his curse! Wakasa is dressed as a vampire and Mikuni goes as a mummy!

Since they can’t go anywhere else, they just keep saying Trick or Treak to Tatsumi who dutifully keeps giving them candy. Soon they realize he’s the youngest and should be treated more specially than they. Then its over.

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Reviewing Orenchi is a bit of an exercise in finding something to say. Honestly, there weren’t any jokes this week, unless you count Wakasa wanting to hide his head inside the jack-o-lantern because it’s a small dark space.

Uhm…

So this is a thing you could watch while brushing your teeth because you too ate too much candy a few days ago. Or you could skip it. Up to you really…

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 04

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Orenchi seems to get shorter and shorter with each passing episode. This week, we meet Mikuni, a jellyfish boy who Tatsumi worried was a ghost.

Takasu and Wakasa appear to to know Mikuni, though they too were worried at first. Weird…

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Anyway. Mikuni is a very nice fellow/BL character and he is want for nothing more than some water. In fact, he’s so ecological, all he can think of as a special treat from Tatsumi is fresh bottled water.

Tatsumi is very taken with him and very very happy to get him that bottled water and… this is getting pretty BL at this point isn’t it?

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Thankfully, Orenchi no Furo Jijou doesn’t seem interested in making its BL aspect especially physical, which is probably for the best. It’s goofy enough — awkward enough — as it is.

I’m not sure there were any jokes this week, which… uh… uh… I don’t know what to make of, really? There isn’t much to this show and calling it harmless over and over is an awful strange thing to say as a critical response.

Why am I still watching this? Somebody? Anybody??

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 03

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Takasu, a country Octopus…Man joins the crew. Where he came from or how he found out Wakasa was living in Tatsumi’s bathtub is not explained and I’m not even going to try. I mean, it doesn’t seem like Tatsumi lives too close to the river and, aside from a portable TV, Wakasa has no connection with the outside world!

But don’t over think it! This is a 3:30 long show when you deduct the opening theme. We only have time for the jokes!

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Takasu is a bit clumsy and, like Wakasa, he’s definitely taking advantage of Tatsumi’s easily exploited kindness and inability to kick people out. However, unlike Wakasa, he fixes what he breaks. (at least he fixed a flat-panel TV this week)

I get the feeling though that he’s more clever than Wakasa too. Not just in technical things, but in planning. He knows there’s an order to things — an order to the events leading up to asking someone to stay in their bathtub.

And hey, he even mooches Wakasa’s pizza! He definitely knows what he’s doing!

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Over all, the episode was was adorable…and kinda creepy. Concluding on an octopus massage, which was definitely arousing Tatsumi went a long way in that regards. It was very ‘happy ending.’ But with sucker popping noises. Ick?

However, during the credits we learn that Octopi love small, dark spaces and Takasu climbs into Tatsumi’s washing machine. Uh, I guess each creature will have his or her own place?

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a weird show and it’s getting weirder. It’s also getting decidedly more BL too! I’m not sure how I feel about that yet…but for now, it’s harmless short fun and worth at least 2 laughs, which is way above the average laughs per minute!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 02

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Tatsumi’s gas bill is way high and he works such a low paying job he fears he wont be able to keep up with it. Worse, Wakasa is very wasteful with hot water, having no real concept of it’s cost.

However, Wakasa is completely aware of it’s value, having lived in the river during winter for many years. He hates the struggle of it and, even though he’s terrible at helping out, he does go along with Tatsumi’s attempts to make a compromise.

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First they try filling the tub with water bottles to reduce the amount of water used, but this looks and feels like living in a trash filled river. Then they try to put an insulated cover over top of the bathtub, which also works, but isn’t practical to move around under without making more of a mess.

In the end, Tatsumi remits and says he’ll work longer hours to sustain the both of them.

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a weird show. In some ways, it feels like it could go BL on us at any minute. I mean, it’s just 2 guys sitting in a bathroom, occasionally bathing together, having a relationship…

Still, I can’t help but watch. It remains charming, harmless, and under five minutes. The perfect length for my Monday lunch!

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Orenchi no Furo Jijou – 01

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Well this was unexpected! Orenchi no Furo Jijou is a delightful, nicely styled, 4-minute format show featuring a merman who’s living in a human’s bathtub.

It has a bit of Arakawa Under the Bridge feel to it, though there is no question that Wakasa is a real merman. Still, Wakasa is totally a goofball who is taking advantage of his host’s inability to kick him out.

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Orefuro is a nice and tidy 4 minutes. We see Tatsumi save Wakasa from the side of the river, not entirely realizing Wakasa is a merman. Then we learn from Wakasa that he used to live above the dam but construction has chased him out.

When Tatsumi tries to get Wakasa to leave, Wakasa breaks down crying over how awful the river is and his hatred of green water. Then they share a pink bath and Wakasa demands hamburgers, shampoo, etc.

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It’s charming, harmless, and under five minutes. With that checklist, I will certainly give it a chance!

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