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BAMBOO BLADE #4 -- Watch & Learn

Beware the dark side! The "blue" personality!

Ah ha ha… we’re starting to see the dark underpinning realities of that oh-so-cute mismatched relationship.

Confusions over that whole framing device where the incident at the canal is revealed to either be a diary entry or an outright fiction notwithstanding, the gist here is that the girl’s sublimating a whole host of pent-up aggression by doting on her little schlubby. All the dialog about how she’s worried about being defined by her boyfriend and not having a personality of her own does point to the “Grass is always greener” drawback that can often arise from getting into a serious relationship too early on. It’s hard not to see that when you’re a jealous and lonely observer at the time, but I’ve seen it pop up plenty of times later on in real life.

Really wasn’t expecting a sports comedy about a high school kendo team to ever go down such darker avenues of psychological profiling… but that’s the beauty of anime, ain’t it? I mean, this girl even has some sort of metaphysical color-coding to the sides of her personality with this “Pink and Blue” business. That’s like having some Grand Guignol garnish on your otherwise safe and inoffensive family entertainment. "Only in anime!" Somebody go make that catchphrase into a snarky t-shirt.

Speaking of which - - is there some sort of cultural idiom to black/purple ink symbolizing evil in Japan? I can’t get help but notice how, whenever this girl indulges her dark side, the transformation’s accompanied by an abstract splash of ink that’s exactly the same effect as the one used any time Kazuya goes evil in TEKKEN. It seems like too specific a stylistic flourish for it just to be a coincidence.

Watch this episode, "Pink and Blue” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

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Alamunon Aug. 7, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.

The colors refer to the the teacher comparing them to a super hero team in an earlier episode. Tama is red, the leader. Kirino is yellow, Saya is blue, and he designated Miya as pink because of her girly personality. But the various characters also refer to her as black when her meaner side leaks out. So Miya's dual colors are pink and (unofficially) black.

The title refers to the interactions between Miya (pink) and Saya (blue), namely their beef and the subsequent apology. Them making up is why it's "Pink and Blue", as opposed to last episode "Black and Blue" where she threw the bike in the river.

Also, the part where Saya was writing was her taking inspiration from real life events for her novel or whatever she was trying to write. But she dropped that for guitar this episode. Who knows how long that'll last.

I've started a second run through this series to watch along with you. Thanks for picking it up.

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