13 Silver / White-Haired Ladies of Fall ’14

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1. Hachiko

Ai Tenchi Muyo! – The silver-haired muscle of the student council, Hachiko shares her name with a famously loyal Japanese dog, and is similarly devoted to President Momo-sama. She’s almost constantly armed with her trusty bokken, and when she’s not, she devolves into a fearful, mewling child…though she did overcome that very large weakness on one occasion.

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2. Najenda

Akame ga Kill! – The unquestioned general and leader of Night Raid, Najenda’s silver hair belies her mid-twenties age. While she presently sports a pixie cut, she once had a substantial braid.

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3. Muse

Amagi Brilliant Park – A fairy of water and the leader of the fairies of Elementario. Muse has a very energetic and cheerful personality and she is often seen with a smile on her face. Despite the lack of popularity of the Elementario, she still works hard. (Source: Wikipedia)

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4. Mochizuki Maho

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Shiomi Academy’s Student Council President, the ethereal-haired Maho pressed hard for Kyoutarou to join the council, to no avail; he joined the library club instead. She also seems to have a thing for him.

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5. Murakami Fumio

Girl Friend BETA – The quiet, bookish, cautious Fumio is ironically best friends with the energetic, gregarious, impulsive Mochizuki Erena, who considers Fumio her photography muse. Erena’s attention, support and friendship has improved Fumio’s self-worth, and shows the whole school that Fumio is a lot warmer and more amiable than her cool exterior suggests.

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6. Raraiya Monday

Gundam: G no Reconguista – Raraiya’s white hair has an odd green tinge to it, but aside from her striking appearance and propensity to spout “Chuchumy” as she tosses a goldfish-ball around, there’s not much to Rara-chan; at least not yet. She’s missing memories and does not yet possess the faculties to tell Bell, Noredo and the others who she is and where she came from.

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7. Chaika Trabant

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – Like Raraiya, Chaika has a unique way of speaking that can put some people off, but while she started out with considerable holes in her memory, Chaika was clear about two things: she’s the daughter of the deposed Emperor Gaz, and her mission is to gather his remains so she can give him a proper funeral. Of course, those things she thought she knew with such certainty have gradually crumbled as the truth about Gaz’s plots has come to light.

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8. Vivi Holopainen

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – An involuntary newcomer to the Whitehair Club, shortly after learning her commanding officer and love interest Alberic Gillette died, she transformed into a kind of demi-Chaika, and was visited by Guy like the other Chaikas. Unlike Trabant and Bohdan, she’s only interested in gathering Gaz’s remains so she can keep them out of the hands of those who would use them for nefarious purposes that would upset the piece of the Six Nations. To her, that’s anyone that’s not her.

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9. Chaika Bohdan

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – A slightly more athletic-looking version of Trabant with bloomers and short hair, Bohdan has the same mission as Trabant as well, and believes Trabant to be an impostor.

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10-11. Alina & Irina Hartgen

Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle – A pair of twin Chaikas we know very little about, Hartgen, one of the heroes who took out Gaz, seems to have adopted them as his daughters, and are as devoted to him as Trabant and Bohdan are devoted to collecting their “father’s” remains.

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12. Kushikawai Hatoko

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – The bubbly airhead of the Lit Club, Hatoko’s silvery hair has a pinkish tinge, and her superpower is control over the five elements of fire, water, earth, air, and light. She’s also Jurai’s childhood friend and has feelings for him now that they’re in high school, but she’s long repressed the frustration of not ever knowing what the hell he’s talking about, as revealed in a recent (and very powerful) rant.

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13. Furukawa Yui

Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete – While many of these pale ladies have mysterious pasts, it’s more accurate to say Yui has a mysterious – and likely lost – future…if we’re properly interpreting the clues surrounding her appearance and apparent mission.

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Sket Dance 26

The three-person main cast of Gintama crosses over to Sket Dance, using a strange interdimensional device that then shorts out. As Switch works to repair it, the two casts trade barbs, pointing out the similarities in their characters and their voices. When they activate the device again, it takes the two casts back in time to the first episode of Sket Dance. Eventually, the Gintama club returns to whence it came.

Sket Dance is apparently going on another 13 episodes, if not more, but I believe I’ve had my fill; it’s time to say goodbye. Update: due to the poor debut of C³, we’ll be dropping that and continuing to watch this for the time being. I must admit, I have never watched a single episode of Gintama and know nothing about it or its characters, nor the understanding that Sket Dance is, at its core, Gintama in a school setting, what with all the gags and parody. Ah well, you learn something new everyday! And the fact the core trio was essentially doubled gave this episode an immense amount of energy.

Despite not knowing anything about Gintama, I could still appreciate virtually an entire episode of breaking the fourth wall, though I’ll admit it seemed a bit overdone at times – fourth wallbreaking is best when used sparingly, lest it get tired. I did recognize Rie Kugimiya as the voice of the red Chun Li, and the fact that Switch and Gin had the same voice, and the harking back to Teppei – the red herring for the main character in the first episode – was a nice touch. If nothing else, pointing out its blatant similarities to the obviously very popular Gintama franchise – obviously done to cash in on its success – is a nice bit of self-depricating humor.


Rating: 3