“Violence vs Prince”
“Baiorensu bāsasu Purinsu” (バイオレンスＶSプリンス)
Yet another week of utter madness and hilarity and laugh-out-loud moments. The cast continues to expand, with a couple of new and ridiculous characters and it’s just awesome how they all seem to take to Sakura and she just goes with it like a champ.
Right off the bat Mikorin wants to introduce Chiyo to a real prince or a real bishounen as another character reference for Nozaki. This of course leads her to the farthest possible conclusion that he must be ‘cheating’ on Suzuki (Miyano Mamoru), the male lead Mikorin’s fictional – and female – character is supposed to be in love with. The fact that both Chiyo and Nozaki are completely betrayed by the notion that ‘Mikorin’ would cheat on his FICTIONAL boyfriend shows that neither of them have any concept of fiction and reality and it is just hilarious how silly they both are. That was definitely a stellar moment this episode. That’s of course when Mikorin introduces the two to Kashima Yu (Nakahara Mai), the ‘Prince’ of the school, the star of the drama club and most definitely female. She’s lovingly called Kashima-kun by all the female students, who literally treat her as if she were a boy. For reference, think of the Lobelia club from Ouran High School Host Club; they’re a pretty close match!
Just like in the previous episode with Seo Yuzuki, Nozaki was sadly let down by Kashima’s real personality, which is idiotic, hopeless and as silly as the rest of them and nothing like the ‘prince’ he expected. (I find it funny that he has absolutely no issues with his ‘Prince’ being female, but then he did write Mamiko around Mikorin, and used Seo to create his new male side-character so….). Kashima is constantly in trouble with the president of the drama club, Hori Masayuki (Ono Yuuki), who is constantly running after her and dragging her back to practice and telling her off for being lazy and shirking her duties. The two have a very strange relationship that I can only think of in terms of S&M as Hori is endlessly violent towards Kashima, who seems to relish in the attention he bestows upon her. It’s these moments that really up the humour, though, and I usually find these dynamics fun to watch. ^^
One evening, while Chiyo is helping Nozaki fill in the marked backgrounds, she notices two markings; a cat face and a crude picture of a pair of boy’s briefs. Nozaki tells her that she hasn’t met the other editor he’s enlisted to work on his manga and that they usually only come late in the evening, which sends Chiyo’s mind on a warpath of doubt and panic that her beloved Nozaki is spending time with a mysterious person she hopes isn’t a woman. She finds out pretty quickly, though, when she’s asked to help paint some of the props for the drama club as they’re short a few members. It’s on one of the backdrops that she sees the same marking and immediately confronts Hori with a question; “Do you like briefs?” After a few moments of Kashima’s panicked face and Hori’s stunned and horrified silence, Hori and Chiyo share a deep and soulful moment as they both contemplate their love of briefs – each for their own reason; Hori because he clearly loves briefs and has realised that Chiyo is helping Nozaki with his manga, and Chiyo because she doesn’t have a female rival to worry about. Ah, briefs~ No, really, this is the randomness of the show and it is amazing.
The Characters/Episode Highlights
I love how each and every one of these characters are just so likeable. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re parodies and are such caricatures in themselves. There’s little room for the generic, stereotypes who can often be annoying in their cookie-cutter typicality. These guys are ridiculous and blatantly so and that’s what makes them fabulous. Hori and Kashima were amazing additions to the already hilarious cast and I really like how everyone’s coming together because having the whole cast in a single scene would probably be the best thing ever!
Onto my favourite scene of this episode, it was near the end where Hori, Nozaki and Chiyo were working on the manga and Nozaki asked Hori and Chiyo to act out a script he wrote, doing his best to incorporate Kashima’s, or rather, her princely personality, into the male lead. Initially, Chiyo was shy and a little hesitant but Hori really showed his acting prowess when he read out his lines like the professional thespian he is. Chiyo realised that both Hori and Nozaki were really taking this seriously as it could really bring Nozaki’s script to life and…that was pretty much the end of everything as Chiyo really went for it. After a while it was less like a line-reading and more like an actual play and oh man but watching those two gave me stitches! It was even funnier when Mikorin was peeking in and wondering what the heck those two were doing until Nozaki shoved a script into his hands and asked him to play ‘the maid’. What ensued was some intense and violent coaching by both Hori and Chiyo, who were scolding him for his lack of enthusiasm and skill at reading his lines until finally, he let himself go and read it with a perfect amount of dramatisation. And the three of them were just so chuffed with themselves after getting it right. Funniest. scene. ever.
While the first episode was still THE BEST and the funniest so far, this made me laugh more than the second episode so I’m hoping they keep upping the ante and get back to the condensed humour of the start. Still, it was a really funny episode and there were so many awesome moments that had me laughing out loud. So many times you get side-characters are are either way more interesting than the MC(s) that you wish the entire show were about them, or just pathetically unnecessary. I really feel like the MC is the MC and Chiyo and Nozaki drive the plot forward while introducing us to brilliant characters who get enough screen time that you’re satisfied with their story without them overshadowing the MC(s). It’s rare that you get a balance this perfect in a show but I really think this series is doing well so far! ^^