Little has changed in my perception towards the Amars since the first episode. They mainly serve as the comic relief of the series, and, while irritating at times, are nothing more than innocuous anyway. It has always been the dynamism of the central characters that have sucked me in, and the recent episode is proof of that.
I should have seen the episode by early Friday (and spared my pharmacology exam by waking up early), but I’ve had connection problems these past few days, so I couldn’t update as quickly as I wanted to. Mayaya is a pestilence, as always, but the other ladies have slowly been growing on me. More than the Amars, however, I admire how Kuranosuke strives in his own way to expose the Amars to the real world and attempts to let them understand that it’s not as horrible as they think it is. I also love how he’s slowly becoming more and more besotted towards Tsukimi, as seen with him being heavily affected by her small gestures. It’s pleasing to know that he appreciates Tsukimi for who she really is and not merely for her beauty.
I think that the episode’s centerpiece, however, is Shu. Inari’s quite a vicious bitch (I mean no disrespect, but she is one) to sedate Shu and then let him think that he was molested for her own selfish causes. I love how the show does the opposite of Shiki when they show evil or foreignness: in Shiki, the vampires’ eyes becoming nearly black; in contrast, Inari’s eyes become white during her crusade to bag Shu in.
I like how the four major players in the series oppose their same-sex counterparts: Tsukimi is a virginal recluse of society, but has a heart of gold; Inari, on the other hand, is a sexually-promiscuous woman who uses the act of intercourse to get what she wants. Shu is a cool and calculating man who cares for the good of his family; Kuranosuke is a childlike crossdresses who lets his impulses drive his actions.
Shu’s motivations and contemptible actions the previous episodes were given reasons, and these were heavily intertwined with Kuranosuke’s existence. He is virginal because he detests women for the most part, seeing that his father was sucked in by Kuranosuke’s mother: the incident this episode will probably not ease this fear. What he did after the incident, however, was quite a delight to watch: it was loyalty at its finest. Having been molested by Inari (how could it have been otherwise?), he drags what he believes is his filthy body to be purified by Tsukimi. His heart is only towards her, and the simple act of him taking her hand has such beautiful implications regarding his character. Although his past has given him scars towards women and has made him preternaturally dense, the fact that he trusts and relies only on Tsukimi to save him is just beautiful.
Kuragehime is just another love story. But it’s also another love story. I’ve always believed that a romance is beautiful when the major players are not difficult to root for. There will, of course, be drama along the way, but when the protagonists are noble and likable in their own quirky ways it’s bound to be at the very least great – or a masterpiece.