This might be the worst review I have ever written. Why? Because I really have nothing much to add to what I first said about the Yuruyuri anime. I hated the first episode, but from the second episode on, I became lulled into a blank, zen-like state of boredom. Kind of like how, if you stick your hand in near-freezing water, the pain eventually gives way to a lack of feeling.
I mostly remember the characters as an amorphous, candy-colored mass that I felt nothing for. The girl whose friends always made fun of her for being bland? (Because they're so much more interesting, obviously.) Nothing. The endless tsukkomi-boke routine by the magical girl-loving blonde and her brunette friend? Nothing. The girl whose gag was nosebleeding while slashing her friends? Nothing. Her twin who did the same thing, but with drooling? She actually creeped me out for getting turned on by the idea of her sister getting action. Ick. Well, I guess that's a feeling.
I was incorrect when I said that no two characters in this series have feelings for each other. I forgot about the two girls who are tsundere towards one another. But it's hard to root for them when all they ever do is have conversations like, "You think you're so great because you have huge boobs?" "Screw you!" I did think it was kind of cute when Ichijinsha created a marriage license for them, but also kind of asinine that they joked about how the government wouldn't accept it simply because one of the two characters filled it out incorrectly. It's similar to how eye-rolling it is when some female seiyuu makes a Katy Perry-like show out of how she "married" another female seiyuu, tee hee. But I'm getting off track.
The girl who likes the blonde seems to have genuine feelings for her, but I can't for the life of me see why. (Granted, that's part of the joke.) The student council president has a "forbidden relationship" with her mad scientist-like science teacher- meaning that she volunteers to be the subject of her experiments. The explanation of why their relationship is forbidden did elicit a chuckle. The one really funny gag was the one about the pink-haired pigtailed girl's macabre drawing style. Since she has the cutesiest character design while being the bitchiest character on the show, she had the most potential to be entertaining, but it was wasted aside from the drawing joke.
I actually turned out to have quite a bit to say about this show. Nothing that really surprised you, I'm sure.
I'm really happy that there's more for yuri fans this season. You have:
- A canon side couple in a crappy series. (Horizon) By the way, screw you, Horizon. Watching you feels like a weekly chore. Like, "Empty trash can and recycling container in the garbage and recycling area on the first floor, do laundry, watch Horizon." I'll do the same thing I did with Yuruyuri, and catch up to what's left of it after it finishes airing.
- A character with a one-sided crush in a crappy series that I haven't seen. (Ben-to)
- A character with a one-sided crush in an okay series. (Working!!)
- A character with a one-sided crush in an awful series. (Shinryaku?! Ika Musume)
- I'm still slashing Iris and Saber- or as I think them, "Iris and OMGSABER!!!" *shameless fangirl* (Fate/Zero)
- A canon major character in a fantastic show. (Penguindrum) I hope 46 year-old Ikuhara lives a long, long life so he can keep producing weird, wonderful shows. (Even if he only does it every 14 years. I'll take quality over quantity any day.) Some commentary on episode 15 after the jump, for anyone who has seen it.
Alright, so...Ikuhara played us by making it seem like a worst case scenario was happening at the end of episode 14, but- surprise!- subverting it.
Going by the message on Ringo's phone that sounds like it was recorded when she was still 100% lucid, it seems like she decided to sleep with Yuri and let Shouma know what she was going to do just to snub him for how he behaved when he left her and test how he would react. (Would he be jealous? Would he be like, "I'm sorry! I was wrong, don't do it!" That is how he reacted.) She even used the same language Yuri used ("Hey, I'm going to be messed up! Tata." Yes, I'm paraphrasing.), so it seems like she expected that kind of scenario and was fine with it, although she didn't seem to know that Yuri was using her as a substitute for Momoka. (I'm still glad Yuri realized that she couldn't use Ringo as a substitute for Momoka, though.) It's really the message on Ringo's phone that I'm basing most of my interpretation on.
Of course, the meat of this episode was the flashback. Momoka is a great, quite possibly yuri character. We finally know much more about the diary, which explains why the realities of the different flashbacks don't completely match up. My biggest question is still how there are twin Takakura brothers in the present when only one was born in the flashback that depicted the morning of Momoka's disappearance. As for Yuri's father- I think that he physically and sexually abused her, but Ikuhara simply chose to convey what he did in a symbolic way. Glad he disappeared, at least.
Honestly, I loved this episode. I love Ikuhara's brand of messing with my mind, and I'm glad the yuri took a turn for the better from where it seemed it be in episode 14. This show is still twisted and chock full of shades of gray for most of its characters, but that's part of what makes it fascinating. (And my favorite scene: Natsume stealing the fake half-diary, for its insanity.)
Do you agree with my interpretation? Think that I'm off the mark, or being too charitable?