Who’d have figured that this show would’ve spun an episode entirely and explicitly devoted to T&A into a moving character portrait? Can’t say that I did- - especially after that cheeky (yet oh-so-sonorous!) opening ode to curves. This time, it’s not Ichiko who’s getting the multi-dimensional portrait, but her oft-humiliated guy-friend, Keita.
As weird and creepy as it sounds, the kid’s hopeless attempt to hide his… uh… excitement at the end of the episode was actually rather poignant. We know that the guy’s had to take on some big responsibilities early, raising a family of kids and trying to set a good example for them. He isn’t a voyeuristic perv like our “mad monk,” but he’s still a guy, and there’s no way of denying all the… reflexes the come with that when he finds himself in a bathhouse full of pretty, naked gals. Hell, his brothers and sisters kind of don't him to deny them, either.
I’m also totally aware that I’m probably “in too deep” with this show, at the moment, since this exactly the sort of episode you’d have to come up with hasty rationalizations for. Some “norm” could barge in, see me watching a cartoon girl testing the buoyancy of a chick’s DD’s and then listen dubiously as I gave a stammering, insistent explanation of how, “No no no… I’m watching this for the moving character studies!”
We’ll see if Momiji’s shrewishness really came to her just needing a good bath and scrubbing. I’ve brought up some (overly-serious?) comparisons to Dickens throughout the course of this series, and it’d probably make me seem even smarter if I could note some parallels to Shakespeare and “The Taming of the Shrew” as well.
Yes, yes… anything to justify all the juggling.