Episode 8 of Kuragehime, “Million Dollar Babies” (ミリオンダラー・ベイビーズ), begins with Kuranosuke ransacking a storage room for stuff to sell. Considering the sort of people the Amamizukan caters to, it’s no surprise that the particular room in question is full of the same stuff collected by a fetishist: cups of all sorts. While everyone else thinks the newer and cheaper looking cups are cute, Kuranosuke focuses on the older antique cups that might fetch a high price at the flea market.
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Episode 7 of Kuragehime, “Unemployed Financial Islands” (金融無職列島), starts off with Kuranosuke reminiscing over his closet, remembering a closet full of his mother’s clothes and the time he first arrived at the Kuboichi home with his mother, when Kuranosuke seemed to be about ten while Shuu seemed to be close or at college-age. Meanwhile, Shouko is annoyed that the purchase of the Amamizukan has still not been finalized: the owner of the Amamizukan, Chieko’s mother, doesn’t spend enough time inside Japan to sign the contract, even though the decision to sell the place has already been made.
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Episode 6 of Kuragehime, “Night of the Living Amars” (ナイト・オブ・ザ・リビング・アマーズ), begins with Kuranosuke finishing the transformation of all the Amars except for Chieko, who looks like a rich lady among the transformed Amars with her kimono attire. Kuranosuke hasn’t quite thought through beyond dressing up the Amars, however, so he suggests going to a cafe for “training”. Incidentally, a cafe is the Amars’ number one heart rate raising location (by now, I want to see a “number two” something).
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Episode 5 of Kuragehime, “I Want to be a Jellyfish” (私はクラゲになりたい), begins with Tsukimi sighing over her time with Shuu the previous day. Especially the last bit where she was exposed in her underwear, recalled in the form of a movie trailer, which prompts her to bash her head in an attempt to expunge the terribly embarrassing memory. Meanwhile, Shuu is sighing the same way during breakfast, prompting Kuranosuke to have all manners of thoughts about how yucky it is to watch the virgin Shuu pine over Tsukimi.
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Episode 4 of Kuragehime, “Let’s Meet at the Aquarium” (水族館で逢いましょう), begins with the Amamizukan residents cooking sweet potatoes, where Tsukimi suddenly has a flashback to a similar situation with her mother. Except her mother had doubled over at the end, so it’s a sad flashback that sends Tsukimi into a crying fit to the confusion of the other residents. Meanwhile, Shuu still has no clue that Tsukimi is the lady of his dreams, while Kuranosuke still has no clue where his mother is despite having broken into his father’s room.
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Episode 3 of Kuragehime, “Enchanted” (魔法をかけられて), begins with Kuranosuke dressing up to the chagrin of the male members in the family. His internal monologue reveals that the biggest reason he cross-dresses is to destroy any prospect of himself becoming a politician, something he loathes of ever becoming. Obviously the father does know of Kuranosuke’s habits, and Kuranosuke was just avoiding him in the previous episode because an encounter would just raise a bothersome fuss.
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Episode 2 of Kuragehime, “Sukiyaki Western Matsusaka” (スキヤキ・ウエスタン・マツサカ), starts out from the end of the previous episode. Tsukimi is desperately trying to hide the existence of a fashionable person from the other residents of the Amamizukan, presumably fearing that it might end up with her being kicked out. It’s even worse that the person in question is male, as Tsukimi’s query to the reclusive Mejiro about what punishment she should receive for what she poses as a hypothetical situation is death.
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One blurb for Kuragehime says:
The story centers around Kurashita Tsukimi, a huge fan of jellyfish and a girl who moves to Tokyo to become an illustrator. She moves into an apartment complex that is full of fujoshi with a no-men-allowed rule. However, one day, Tsukimi invites a stylishly fashionable woman to stay at her room at Amamizukan — only to discover that the guest is not who she seems to be.
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For like half a year, my anime blogging had effectively stopped. (For that matter, all my other blogging had stopped as well.) This is mostly because a big change in routine has put a crimp on my blogging activities. It wasn’t that I lacked the time to blog, but rather that I didn’t feel like doing any blogging. In fact, I haven’t even been able to watch much anime, either. Recently, I’ve been getting the urge to watch more anime and blog again, however. I obviously won’t be able to watch and blog a ton of anime, but I think I can manage one or two series. The question is: Will this be the last throes of a dying anime blog, or will this be a resurgence of a blog that has been in hiatus for too long?
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In episode 11 of Dance in the Vampire Bund, “Underworld” (アンダーワールド), the hunt for Akira has spilled over to public areas where the “general public” mills about, except this is a rather special group of the “general public”: This is the Bund, so they are all vampires. Becoming a vampire definitely seems to addle people’s brains a bit, since when confronted by a homicidal maniac who is killing everyone in her path during her hunt for a single person, they all go berserk and start attacking her to no avail.
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