Kuragehime – 05: a challenger appears
With this episode the series established its central plot, and an important secondary problem: the destruction of the current Amamizu-kan due to redevelopment. The series also introduced Tsukimi’s virtual opposite (as I mentioned in my previous post, her antipode): Shoko Inari is a woman with a progressive career. She’s also highly attractive, and very manipulative, using her body to get what she wants from men. She is a world away from Tsukimi’s virginal innocence and Tsukimi’s introversion: Inari has no hesitation to go out and be a whore to propel her career forward.
It has become troublesome for Tsukimi because she has finally fallen in love with Shu, only to deal with him ignoring her and then seeing him with Inari. As much as I hate to admit it, beautiful women, or at least women who know how to make themselves up tend to attract men more than types like Tsukimi, no matter how beautiful she is. It didn’t help that she saw Shu with Inari and protected her from the rain.
The episode made Shu’s affections for Tsukimi clearer: he loved the attractive Tsukimi, but remains to be dense that he could not associate that Tsukimi from her normal self. While his affections for her are undoubtedly genuine, the fact that he cannot accept the totality of Tsukimi’s person lessens the probability of a relationship between them becoming successful. In a relationship of love, the good must be accepted with the bad. Ignorance excuses no one.
Somehow, Kuranosuke’s more respectable in this aspect, because he accepts that the normal Tsukimi is all right, but not if she wants to improve herself, or fight for a cause, as was shown in this episode. While he’s also quite selfish, as his acts of kindness are nothing more than acts to stoke his ego for the most part, he accepts Tsukimi as herself while prompting her to improve. His concern for Tsukimi, however, evinces itself in this episode.
It’s really a difficult thing to peg Inari as a villain of this series, since she’s really just doing her job. She’s the designated high-class whore, and it’s been working well for her, judging from the number of phone calls from her fans. She just represents the modern lady who seeks to improve herself by doing her job, whether it’s presenting or having sex with powerful men. She will be more of a catalyst to the story, proving perhaps to Shu that it’s not only appearances that matter, and providing some attrition to Tsukimi so that she will force herself to change.
Did anyone else like Kuranosuke’s resolve this episode?