Tears Even In The Onihime's Eyes

Tears Even In The Onihime's Eyes is an anime episode of Sket Dance that was released on 05/12/2011

Synopsis

Sket Dan is challenged by Tsubaki to prove their worthiness as a club in order to prevent their disbandment which leads to them choosing to put on a play about Snow White with the help of their friends being part of the cast such as Shinzou, Himeko, Switch, Roman, Reiko, and Momoka's gang. Although their props and costumes are purposely destroyed by their competitors, Roman, Reiko, and Shinzou leave the rest to Sket Dan and Momoka's gang in the puppet show, that tells the sad story of Momo Onihime who had no friends, which really foretells the real life of Momoka herself.

Plot Summary

Tsubaki barges into Sket Dan's clubroom and informs them that they will be disbanded. He explains that the Student Council has decided to get rid of any silly and pointless clubs that have been created recently, especially those that do nothing but goof around. He then says that he's also had complaints about delinquents visiting their school as he points towards Momoka and her gang adding that she's famous for rampaging through town under the name "Onihime". Bossun tries to convince him that people need help to change and to this, Tsubaki gives his club a chance from dissolution by proving its worth, when really he meant "no". Just then Yabasawa shows up right on time and Bossun drags her into the room, stating that Sket-Dan is there to fulfill any request as Tsubaki follows him. Later, Tsubaki explains to the President of the Student Council, Agata, that he challenged the Skan-dan to a drama performance at a preschool and that if the children liked them better, he would recognize their accomplishments. He asks Agata to grant him permission on accepting this challenge, to which he gladly agrees, adding that it would be good entertainment.

Roman as Snow White
Roman as Snow White

Meanwhile, the Sket-dan group together with Momoka, her gang and several others to rehearse for a Snow White play. Bossun assigns everyone their roles, with Momoka being the narrator, Reiko being the witch, and Roman being Snow White. At the Student Council's office, Tsubaki is told that they have decided to do a play on Peter Pan. Determined to win this battle, he's been granted a larger budget for a new lighting and aerial wiring system which is to be handled and set up by Kitaouji, the head of the theater's club.

Bossun, the director
Bossun, the director

Back to Sket-dan, everyone does their best to rehearse, albeit with their own added touches, to Bossun's annoyance. Nevertheless, they manage to put on a good first time practice performance in their costumes, with Switch switching the roles of the prince with Bossun, to the latter's disappointment. Little do they know, Kitaouji observes them from the doorway, jealous and threatened by their growing talent as entertainers. After practice, Momoka walks home with her gang, when she overhears a conversation between two students who express their uneasiness towards her due to her fame as a fearsome delinquent to which she looks down in sadness.

Tsubaki punches Kitaouji for his scandalous actions
Tsubaki punches Kitaouji for his scandalous actions

The next day, the Sket-dan enter their practice room only to be shocked by the ruined props and costumes scattered everywhere. Kitaouji reveals to Tsubaki that he was the one who did it, receiving a punch to the face as a result. Tsubaki tells him that this is not the way he wants to win their challenge, clearly upset with Kitaouji's sabotage. Meanwhile, as everyone tries to figure out who could have done such a heinous thing, Momoka proposes she leave the school if that would mean the Sket Dan would be spared from disbanding. She continues, admitting that she's had lots of fun coming to their clubroom seeing as how she was never able to make any friends due to her violent and deviant behavior as a delinquent. Hence, she concludes, she's been growing so close to them that she doesn't want to cause trouble. But Bossun tells her that it has nothing to do with her. Whether or not she leaves, they may still be disbanded. Still not given up, Bossun puts on his goggles to boost his concentration skills in hopes that he'll come up with a way to continue the play. However, he's unable to come to a solution, telling everyone that they'll have to give up on the play, to their dismay.

Tsubaki as Peter Pan
Tsubaki as Peter Pan

Outside the preschool, Sket Dan breaks the bad news to the rest of the crew. As they drag away Reiko, whose become angered at whoever ruined their play, the Student Council shows up, with Agata apologizing for Kitaouji's doing. With Tsubaki and co. performing first, Agata explains that Tsubaki decided to take responsibility for Kitaouji's actions (and injuries) by playing the lead role as Peter Pan. When Unyu asked whether they would win if the competition was still on, Bossun informs her that they haven't bailed on their challenge. To Tsubaki's surprise, Sket Dan revealed their puppet show called "Momo Onihime Cried" which is a story about a Peach Demon Princess.

Momoka's violent past
Momoka's violent past

Momoka began narrating the story, explaining that a peach haired demon lived in the mountains and tried to make friends in the village but the villagers were too scared to approach her. Then, something inside the little demon snapped and began to hit the villagers. After asking the children what would they do, to which some said tell the teacher or ask their mom, she said that the demon didn't have either of those. The villagers went to consult with Aho Onihime (voiced by Hime) who agreed to talk with Momo Onihime. After doing so, the two began to fight. As Momoka narrated, she began to recall her rough encounter with Hime who reached out to her as a friend and began to believe in her ability to change for the better. She promised to always be with her as a friend, which finally opens her heart. As they tearfully perform this puppet show based on Momoka's dark past, Momoka concludes that Momo Onihime went home and cried all day to wash away all the bad things she's done and became happy after experiencing her friends' kindness. Once the show was over, the children began to cry and ask for more and Agata began to explain to Tsubaki that they used themselves as a theme, which allowed them to connect with the children. When the teacher asked them which play was better, Tsubaki interrupts and says that there is no need to ask.

Later that day, Bossun does an impression of Tsubaki, who, at the school said that they deserved to win, and states that Tsubaki always tries to act like a big shot but Hime says that it doesn't matter since the President decided not to disband them and overlook Momoka and her gangs' past. Plus, she adds, he's pretty handsome to which Bossun objects and says that he's better looking when Hime stretches his mouth asking how he'd learn to talk like that. While doing this, Bossun asks Momoka whose more handsome, him or Agata to which she asks if its his name he wants her to say to which he says of course.

Points of Interest

  • Momoka calls Bossun "Bossman" and Hime "Ma'am"
  • The puppet show is really a story of Momoka's violent and lonely past
  • Sket Dan win the challenge and are saved from disbandment
  • Tsubaki takes the main lead as Peter Pan in order to take responsibility for the sabotage committed by Kitaouji against Sket Dan and its cast
  • The puppets' looks (which resemble dwarfs for their Snow White play) were altered to look similar to Momoka and Himeko
  • Bossun used his goggles to come up with a way to win the challenge
  • Bossun wanted to play as the prince in their play but was replaced by Switch
  • Sket Dan meet the entire Student Council for the first time

Manga and Anime Differences

Miscellaneous

  • Japanese Name: "Onihime no me ni mo namida" (鬼姫の目にも涙)
  • Manga Chapter: 10, 11, and 12 of Vol. 2
  • Opening Theme: "Kakkowarui I Love You" by French Kiss
  • Ending Theme: "Comic Sonic" by the pillows

Characters & Voice Actors

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Kibitsu Momoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Inui ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yuka Saitō ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sarukawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Aki Kanada ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Hime Onizuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ryoko Shiraishi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Bossun ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroyuki Yoshino (voice actor) ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kazuyoshi Usui ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Sugita ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Reiko Yuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Fumiko Orikasa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Roman Saotome ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ai Kayano ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Moe Yabasawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Toyoguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sasuke Tsubaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiro Shimono ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sōjiro Agata ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Seki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kikuno Asahina ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yū Kobayashi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kijima ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kaoru Mizuhara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shinzo Takemitsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kenta Miyake ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Mimori Unyu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Megumi Takamoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Masaya Kitaōji ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

Credits

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Kenta Shinohara Original Concept The mangaka behind Sket Dance.
Keiichiro Kawaguchi Director Director for Hayate the Combat Butler and Moetan.
Manabu Nakatake Character Artist/Designer He's the staff behind character design in Sket Dance and other things like key animation editor in other franchises.
Shinichi Inotsume Series Composition He's does series composition in Sket Dance and screenplay or series composition in other franchises.
Shuhei Naruse Music He's the musician in Sket Dance and other franchises.

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