At this point my kokoro (TRANSLATOR’S NOTE: KOKORO MEANS HEART) is closed to Kuragehime.
It’s probably not the worst thing this season, but the most sympathetic character is the villain. The protagonist is a spineless nothing, completely without agency.
Actually, my least favorite thing this week is what E Minor aptly characterized as “nerd cultural relativism.” When Koibuchi suggests Chieko sell her creepy doll menagerie to pay for the house, he’s violently repulsed by Banba, who claims that because Chieko treats the dolls like family, they basically are her family. This attitude of accepting the other party’s value system no matter how ass-backwards it might seem is ridiculous in real life and ridiculous in fiction. Obviously, it’s painful to lose anything with such personal attachment value, but there are more pressing issues at hand. She could unload some fucking toys to keep a roof over her head and the heads of all her friends, but won’t because she’s a big, old nerd.
In the end, it’s her junk to sell or keep, but the idea that Koibuchi and the others are required to look at the situation from only Chieko’s point of view is silly. “Being a doll nerd” isn’t even a culture; it’s just a hobby. When do we get to the part where the denizens of the Amamizukan grow the hell up?
Your moment of zen: