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Old 2021-11-26, 13:24   Link #61
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They've updated the intro to reflect the progress Yuzu has made in her love with Tamahiko! No longer is she a budding Otome who can only dream of love and a kiss, she's now metamorphizing into a butterfly who has truly found love .

Tamahiko hasn't heard back from his father on whether he can go to school again, unsurprisingly because his father doesn't seem to care a lick about Tamahiko, but thankfully it seems like his uncle Tamasuke is another member of this family that isn't a sociopath (no surprise he's a doctor) and with Tamako's good word he ends up helping support his nephew .

I guess if Ryo is good for anything, it's letting Yuzu be a little more aggressive to keep a shameless hussy away from her man .

We finally meet the legendary Kotori Shiratori and she has a very serene voice and pretty face, no surprise she's as popular as she is, and she can sing in Engrish too! Although it was kind of funny that Tamahiko is the only one in the crowed educated enough to understand what she's actually saying .

Tamahiko's efforts finally paid off and he's off to school! It's nice to see how proud Tamako and Yuzu are of his achievements! Yuzu's even seeing him off to school like a proud mama .

Tamahiko's not the only one transferring to a new school, as Kotori's twin brother Haraku is attending school as well, and he seems very sociable in contrast to Tamahiko who is still awkward and has the stigma of his bum arm and family name keeping people from associating with him. It also doesn't help that his disability ends up giving the class more work during PE. Tamahiko didn't get off to a good start with his classmates .

Tamahiko trying to draw Yuzu...I mean, the likeness is there, so I can't fault him on that, and honestly it came out better than Haraku's rendition of his sister (also if his sister is the most important thing to him, does that make him a siscon?). Of course, their renditions of each other end up being even worse .

No surprise Tamahiko didn't feel like he could tell Yuzu the truth about how bad his first day was, he doesn't want to upset her, but the bit about Haraku becoming his friend ends up becoming true because Haraku enjoys their company and sees something in Tamahiko's earnestness. And what is Haraku lying about? Is it something involving his sister ?

It's kind of funny that Yuzu was so happy at Tamahiko bringing a friend over that she completely missed the fact that Haraku is Kotori's brother. And now she's going to be living with them .
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Old 2021-11-26, 19:39   Link #62
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We've known who she was for a while but it was good to see Kotori properly introduced. Yuzu going full fangirl mode around her is entertaining.

Tamahiko's uncle seems like a really good guy, that's now two people in Tamahiko's family who are not evil. Tamahiko's first day at school was rough, but he at least made a friend. I'd say it's an okay start.
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Old 2021-11-29, 17:49   Link #63
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Episode 7 - A bit more should really have been done with such an incident as the 'bad girl' prostituting herself and being sexually assaulted, a thing really likely to happen to a lone teenage prostitute. It wasn't made clear, but this 'flashback' very likely happened during episode 7; Ryou's comment on Yuzu that 'someone who has been sold can still be happy' implies strongly that she decided to sell herself to support her siblings then. Following on, before that, from Tamahiko calling Yuzu a 'good girl' and Ryou a 'bad girl'; if you set up a toxic dichotomy like that and put an abuse survivor who loves her siblings on the wrong side, going from bad to worse is exactly what will happen to her. The story should really have made that clear.

Of course, Yuzu has dealt exceptionally well with her situation, while Ryou has done bad things, and dealt badly with hers. Albeit, as always, that being born into a really terrible situation does not necessarily equip anyone to deal with it. It is very telling that things turn out better for the good girl who submits to her situation, and the protection of a man, than the bad girl who breaks the rules for her siblings' sake. Fairytale morality can be very nasty.

Ryou's ordeal is not the corrective reminder of the real evils of unfree sex that I already suggested Yuzu's rose-tinted life ought to be paired with. Apart from its extreme briefness, when bad things happen to 'bad' people the implications that the person, not the 'punishment' is wrong are unavoidable. Furthermore, patriarchal cultures that profess to hate prostitution can't get enough of forced teenage marriage. If men may protect you in the latter case and abuse you in the former case, that doesn't make either of them right.

There are many evils related to sex work, but its rightness, wrongness and potential for happiness in itself are controversial. If Yuzu were forced to prostitute herself, she might still make the best of it with heartbreaking happiness, if she didn't convince every man to stop buying sex and live a better life, like Mariana in Pericles. Many Japanese stories romanticise prostitution, especially economic prostitution, nearly as much as Taisho Otome romanticises forced marriage. Luca in Berserk, Helena in Eden, Mio in Dororo, Hinowa in Gintama and many other women found a certain happiness- and kept the most tremendous strength and dignity- despite being prostitutes. Ryou need not have been so unhappy, if Yuzu could be happy with her lot, even some years before the invention of OnlyFans.

While slut-shaming and stigmatisation is wrong, however, romanticisation of prostitution is just as problematic as the romanticisation of forced marriage. Both make for emotionally powerful stories, but the reality shouldn't be forgotten. While it would have been even better for Tsukuyo, Courtesan of Death, to drop in and save Ryou from assault, it is good in the end that she was saved and she wasn't alone.

(The anime could also do more to convey a sense of the passing time; something over a year, since the characters are growing sosignificantly.)

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Old 2021-12-03, 13:24   Link #64
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So it turns out Kotori writes an advice column for girls and gets a lot of questions about love, but not really knowing anything about it, she wants to get first-hand experience and write a song about it by watching the two biggest lovebirds in the village...Tamahiko and Yuzu .

Man, it really puts into perspective how much these two look like a married couple with Kotori watching their daily intimacy and Yuzu being best wife .

I love how Kotori couldn't resist going full Kotori Shiratori for the kids, and taught them singing. That was sweet. Also that brief scene of Yuzu with her fluffy hair out and in ribbons looked so adorable .

Tamahiko was able to talk to another classmate and lend them a pencil! He's made progress! Although it seems like what really bonded him with his male classmates was Hakaru coming out with the fact that he owns dirty novels and bringing them to class. Nothing quite brings men together like Taisho-era porn. I love how Yuzu just assumes they're reading in the library together because she's so wholesome .

Nothing sweeter than Kotori getting Yuzu to verbalize when she fell in love with Tamahiko .

So what is the siblings' deal? Well, Hakaru was the one who got Kotori into music in the first place, but eventually he got sick and had to give his musical dream to Kotori, who became a star with her singing, although Kotori always wanted to sing with her brother. Hakaru just felt inadequate coming out of his illness and seeing how much his sister exceled, even though it made her sad that her brother dropped music. Tamahiko can definitely relate to feeling inferior and insecure .

But he had Yuzu and other people in his life to give him a reason for living and continue to aspire to something rather than just wallowing in depression or what he lost from his injury, and now he's a genuine friend to Hakaru and wants him to open himself back up to his sister. They're real friends now .

Tamahiko and Yuzu figure out a surprise for Kotori on the day she publically debuts her new love song, with her brother joining her for a duet of their favorite song, which was pretty heartwarming and cool. And the love song was pretty great too. Some nice and pleasant singing in this episode. Although I was actually thinking for a second Kotori would sing the Opening .

Tamahiko and Yuzu finally riding a bike like in the Opening! And it seems like Yuzu was about to tell Tamahiko that she loves him, but instead the pair settle for riding in tandem and always being together, which is good for now .

Looks like Yuzu is going to visit old friends! I think this will be the first time she and Tamahiko have been separated since she arrived, so it'll be interesting to see how that effects them before they reunite...also, do they kiss before Yuzu boards the train ?
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Old 2021-12-03, 19:22   Link #65
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Kotori's story didn't do much for me, but at least she's a nice person through and through unlike a certain thief.
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Old 2021-12-05, 17:45   Link #66
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Kotori's story didn't do much for me, but at least she's a nice person through and through unlike a certain thief.
Ryou isn't a nice girl, since her situation and reaction to it are rather more realistic than Yuzu's Pollyanna-ism in a fairy tale. Ryou is an important character for her contrast with Yuzu. More could have been done with her, particularly to show that the 'good girl' and 'bad girl' have different strengths and weaknesses; there is a time when rebellion is necessary. Calling Ryou a bad girl in an serious personal sense for having a miserable home life and envying Yuzu's happiness, or for stealing and prostituting herself to feed her siblings, is extremely problematic. Although Ryou's siblings do care for her, that's also a torment because she can't help them; it's easy to imagine the rest of the village loving Yuzu and scorning Ryou as a drunk's delinquent daughter.

Episode 8 was painful in spite of all I've said; it's great that Tamahiko is going to school, but impossible to ignore that Yuzu is being forcibly denied the same right. Tamako studying hard to be a doctor was very needful, and I have some hopes Yuzu will get to spend time with her schoolfriends again, at least. Even if most girls at this time would have been denied a chance to use their education is work, by a ubiquitous patriarchy far vaster than child marriage, socialisation and friendship-forming are a key part of education to. I think it was mentioned that Yuzu is exchanging letters with her schoolfriends? That wasn't enough to acknowledge what she's lost, though, not by a long chalk.

Tamahiko's depressed lying was very well-portrayed, and his new friend isn't just a functionary but a character in his own right. The OP does also give me further hope that the issue of Yuzu's education will be addressed, specifically the part when she does martial arts poses in school uniform to summon a blasting wind. Is the smirking boy who Sailorfuku!Yuzu blows away in the OP actually Tamahiko, or one of his brothers? Does anyone know what this segment refers to?

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Old 2021-12-10, 13:24   Link #67
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Tamahiko's really come a long way since his doom and gloom days...he has family he can invite home and that cares about him, he has Yuzu, he's enjoying being a teacher, and he has genuine friends. Things are really looking up for him .

That's a pretty big shock to learn in a letter that your old friend from school is having a shotgun wedding and she wants to see you before she heads off to Kyushu, but it goes to show how far Tamahiko has come that he's willing to let Yuzu leave so she can see her friend after so long .

I wouldn't have asked Ryo of all people to take care of Tamahiko, and even Ryo is self-aware that Yuzu has no reason to like her, but to Yuzu Ryo comes off with her brothers as the kind of person Yuzu thought her dead older sister would've been like, so on that front she appreciates her. Although she could do without Ryo's flirtatious teasing .

Yuzu looks great in that hakama! And come on, Tamahiko, screw being in public. See your girl off with a kiss! Although he did promise way more when she gets back, so he'll have to live up to that when she returns .

Midori seems like a nice girl, and thankfully her boyfriend made all the apologies to the family for getting her knocked up and plans to take responsibility and start a family with her, and it was nice to see Yuzu reunite with someone from her old school life .

It also turns out that Midori partially invited Yuzu to find out how things were going with Tamahiko, and if Yuzu was unhappy, she would've been willing to whisk Yuzu away with her to Kyushu to keep her safe. But thankfully Yuzu is more than happy with Tamahiko and even sees him as a Bishonen! And she's fully ready to get married when Tamahiko's accepted himself, and she'll stick with him to the end. She also wants a bunch of kids, so Tamahiko better be ready for that too .

Things seem normal, safe, and happy with Tamahiko ready for Yuzu to return...and then the Great Kanto Earthquake hits and devastates the village and Tokyo .

Jeez, dude, I know Tamahiko has a bad arm but at least he was trying to help .

No surprise that, worrying about Yuzu's fate, Tamahiko retreats into himself and gets depressed, but seeing a gift Yuzu left for him of matching warm wear is enough to inspire Tamahiko to admit to himself internally that he loves Yuzu and to go straight to Toyko to find her. He's not going to sit around and not do anything, he's going to find the girl he loves .
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Old 2021-12-10, 18:00   Link #68
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Kotori's story didn't do much for me, but at least she's a nice person through and through unlike a certain thief.
I see what you mean about Kotori's story; an idol singer in the 1920s isn't only a bit of an anachronism, but doesn't have the same relevance to Tamahiko and Yuzu's relationship as Tamako, his sister, or Ryou, her unhappily-treated-and-sold somewhat-love-rival.
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Old 2021-12-10, 19:30   Link #69
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With only two episodes left, Tamahiko's family issues will never get addressed (apparently the manga changed a lot of things), but hopefully we'll be able to get a conclusive ending regardless.
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Old 2021-12-10, 20:18   Link #70
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With only two episodes left, Tamahiko's family issues will never get addressed (apparently the manga changed a lot of things), but hopefully we'll be able to get a conclusive ending regardless.
I don't know if there's anything left to address when the rest of the family seem so rotten and are fine pretending Tamahiko is dead...I guess it would be nice to see someone tell them off, but Tamahiko probably never wants to see them again .
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In some ways I'm surprised the story jumped into territory like this. Of course it was nice in how it lead to good moments. Quite the situation with Yuzu's friend getting pregnant and the hurry towards marriage. Can imagine that apology tour was quite the thing .

Still it was a good excuse for Yuzu to go on a trip and see her friend again. Also nice to hear first hand how Yuzu is doing and be comforted in knowing that she's happy. Things obviously spiraled out of control from there, but it was a nice little moment.

I did not see the Earthquake coming . It felt like something was coming. But I figured it would be a freak typhoon or something. What a tragic thing to strike at such a time. And all the scarier with Yuzu in a place like Tokyo and with her pregnant friend. All kinds of things to worry about.

Totally wrong tone...but when seeing Tamahiko all huddled up like that I couldn't help but think of how he clearly has joined the "BLANKET" organization .

Totally wrong tone with his pessimistic thoughts but I couldn't help it.
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I did not see the Earthquake coming . It felt like something was coming. But I figured it would be a freak typhoon or something. What a tragic thing to strike at such a time. And all the scarier with Yuzu in a place like Tokyo and with her pregnant friend. All kinds of things to worry about.
From the Opening I got the impression Tokyo was going to be set on fire, but an Earthquake definitely shakes things up (pardon the pun) .
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Old 2021-12-10, 23:01   Link #73
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Ryou is not prostituting herself though. Her dad tried to but failed. I don't know if it was clear in the anime as much as it was in the manga. She's.mostly a theif and swindler.
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Ryou is not prostituting herself though. Her dad tried to but failed. I don't know if it was clear in the anime as much as it was in the manga. She's.mostly a theif and swindler.
It was clear to me. She was about to do it but her brother convinced her otherwise.
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It was clear to me. She was about to do it but her brother convinced her otherwise.
It seemed to me that she tried to prostitute herself, with or without her father's encouragement, due the impression she got from Yuzu that 'someone who has been sold can still be happy'. Was sexually assaulted, which is rather significant, and was saved by her brother who talked her out of doing something like that again. It wouldn't have been necessary for him to convince her, particularly by denying that Ryou could be happy as a prostitute (In the face of centuries of Japanese popular fiction), if Ryou had been entirely forced into it by her father, rather than making a decision herself based on the aforesaid impression. I didn't say or think she was still selling herself after that flashback.

Offering oneself for paid sex is also prostitution; it would have been worse for Ryou if things had gone as far as having paid sex or being raped, but things are quite pitiful enough for her. If her father encouraged her to prostitute herself in the manga, that was something the anime shouldn't have left out; I've already said issues like this deserve more consideration than a minute flashback. Although the different and significant interpretations made from limited information are interesting.

I have read the Wikipedia summary, but the Great Kanto Earthquake seems to have been one of the definitive events of the Taisho era. Taisho Baseball Girls, though an excellent series, notoriously ignored how most of the buildings mentioned in the opening musical number had been destroyed in the earthquake. Its also a key source of romantic drama in Haikara-san, which also seemed good, although the next story that mentions the anti-Korean massacres will be the first.

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Old 2021-12-17, 14:23   Link #76
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I guess it makes sense Ryo would want to go to Tokyo too to check on Ryotaro...she looks pretty good in a ponytail and hakama pants too .

That was really kind of Tamahiko to use his home as a temporary shelter for anyone in the village who lost their home and needs a place to recover. Hopefully that improves his standing in the village, especially when the kids all already love and appreciate him .

Ryo and Tamahiko travel to Tokyo, and the devastation...is pretty bad. Buildings collapsed, people desperate to find lost loved ones, and seeing shelter where they can. It really puts into perspective just how horrifying that must have been to live through .

I wasn't expecting Tamahiko's uncle or Tamako to turn up, but it was nice to see Tamahiko reunite with the good people in his family and get their support, especially since Tamako isn't going to just abandon her big sis Yuzu .

Oof...just imagine if you lost a loved one and their body was cremated before you even had a chance to confirm their death. I don't know if I could even live with that .

The pressure and possibility of Yuzu being dead finally hits Tamahiko and he starts thinking he could've live without Yuzu, but Tamako bawls her eyes out because she doesn't want to lose either Yuzuki or her big brother. And then she and Tamahiko have some really sweet and heartwarming sibling moments .

Tamahiko and Tamako stumble onto Midori thinking she's about to commit suicide when she was really just offering a prayer, but I'm glad she and the baby are okay. Too bad she and Yuzu got separated in the throng of people running away from the fire, but that's not her fault .

Tamahiko even meets up with Kotori and Hakaru, who are helping with the relief efforts! And it really puts into perspective for him how meeting Yuzu has opened up his life and allowed him to make friends and meet all sorts of people .

Tamahiko meets a brother and sister pair that are just trying to get by without their parents after being separated from them, and it's this chance meeting that leads him to an injured and unconscious Yuzu who had been taking care of the siblings on her own since the disaster. And all Yuzu's been saying in her sleep is Tamahiko's name...but at least they're finally reunited, and Tamahiko's getting her out of there .
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It occurred to me it might just be the first time I've seen an anime explore the Great Kanto Earthquake. And I've seen a lot of them. Either it was an extremely forgettable story of the Japanese don't really like to be reminded of that tragedy. I don't know much about it, but I believe some controversial stuff happened in the aftermath so that would explain it.

Back to the anime, I really liked Tamahiko and Tamako's bonding scene, with Tamahiko realizing that his sister is really just a 13 year old girl despite how strong she tries to make herself out to be.
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Ehhh, how old are Midori and her reporter boyfriend? It is a different era; Kyoume in Taisho baseball girls was about ten years younger than her fiance, which her father described as an 'ideal age gap'. Dear old Saburou made the very best of this situation, though, in hanging back and not interfering with Kyoume's hobbies, education or friendship. Which Tamahiko wasn't responsible for taking from Yuzu and can't do much to support, but he hasn't really acknowledged or mourned that he can't; as he hasn't acknowledged that is it Yuzu, not himself, who isn't ready to make the choice that's been forced on her. This ep was a sharp reminder that both Tamahiko and Saburou got something very essential right in not having sex with a 14-15 year old girl.

At least Midori's boyfriend was fervently apologising. Some more on the positive side, Tamahiko and Yuzu are cuter than ever with their pure and unfulfilled longing. The romantic core of this series is still very adequately justifying its existence.

Yuzu letting Ryou cook for Tamahiko shows again that she isn't worried about her beloved straying. Women can actually be attracted to boys with low self-esteem and/or disabilities for this reason; Tamahiko's need for Yuzu's care, and gratitude, could give a pleasant illusion of power to a powerless girl. This is a bit psychological for a sweet little fairytale, but there are a lot cultural values and psychology in fairytales. Anyway, it was a bit off of Ryou to meet Yuzu's trust with more teasing.
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Old 2021-12-17, 21:32   Link #79
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It occurred to me it might just be the first time I've seen an anime explore the Great Kanto Earthquake. And I've seen a lot of them.
That's funny, because I've been thinking, "Wow, that's twice in one year I've seen the Great Kanto Earthquake." It's a major plot point in Mars Red.
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That's funny, because I've been thinking, "Wow, that's twice in one year I've seen the Great Kanto Earthquake." It's a major plot point in Mars Red.
Not to mention a central event in The Wind Rises.

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