Strap yourself in for wild ride, ’cause while Nourin is as boring as ever, this week’s episode of ImoCho is a real doozy.
Nourin Ep. 9
A rather schizophrenic episode. Minami has never seen the ocean so our four friends make plans to go to the beach. Unfortunately, a typhoon hits Japan and as a result, they’re trapped indoors. When the typhoon creates muddy floodwaters, Minami goes nuts and dives into them as if she was diving into the ocean. Then everyone else joins her, and I guess this is supposed to be a subverted version of a beach episode. Unfortunately, like everything else about Nourin, this whole scene was neither funny nor did it actually subvert anything. Having the wind blow the beach ball away during a volleyball game isn’t, well, subversive. I mean, you have to have a point to your subversion. Otherwise, it’s just wacky random monkey cheese humor . Oh well.
All of a sudden, the second half of the episode gets (relatively) serious. It turns out the rice fields are in danger of being ruined by the typhoon, so the students all work together to protect them. This somehow involves driving a big bus in front of one of the fields to shield it from the powerful winds. Kosaku is afraid that he’ll be suspended for driving the bus without permission, but Ringo gives him a pep talk to give him the courage to save the day. As a result, the two of them share a moment:
But this scene doesn’t jive with the first half of the episode whatsoever. Again, Nourin is a schizophrenic anime that doesn’t really know what it wants to be.
Saikin Imouto no Yousu ga Chotto Okashiinda ga Ep. 10
Mitsuki starts off the episode by asking, “Honestly, Hiyori… Just who are you, and where did you come from?” Do we really care though? Do we? Especially Mitsuki of all people. If I was her, I’d just find myself an exorcist. After all, why should I pity a ghost that has been sexually traumatizing me for the past few months just so that she can get into heaven? The girl then scolds Hiyori for always having a blase attitude: “How can you be all right with forgetting everything from before you died, including the memories of the person you love?” Of course, Hiyori has the nerve to get mad at Mitsuki for daring to ask such a mild question. The ghost then calls Mitsuki a jerk and disappears, leaving behind only a note:
Yo… I think this calls for a celebration! The selfish, incest-loving rapist is gone! Holy shit, let’s break out the champagne!
But let’s face it… Mitsuki will eventually realize that she was a jerk (no, she wasn’t), and begin to feel bad for driving Hiyori away (no, she shouldn’t). Just you wait! Even though our heroine has all the reasons in the world to hate Hiyori, she’ll somehow end up apologizing to the ghost by the end of the episode. Even worse, she’ll even regret being so “mean” to the Hiyori because, uh… because they are BFFs now!
Meanwhile, Yuki stops by with yet another bag of caeki. One has to wonder how these characters manage to stay so slim. But nevermind that for now, because the real show is just about to begin!
“That’s right! I did go too far! How could I have said all those horrible things to her! I said… I said that she should try harder to recover her memories! Oh my god, that is the worst thing that has ever been uttered to another human being. I’m literally Hitler incarnate.”
Yo, maybe it’s just heartburn, you weirdo. But obviously, it’s not. She actually going to have an orgasm… again. Y’see, when she was reaching for the soy sauce, Yuuya was reaching for it as well. Uh oh… their hands touched, and we all know how sacred hand-touching is in anime! And just like that, the uber-sensitive girl is now doubling over from the pleasure coursing through her body. Naturally, Yuuya doesn’t have a clue what’s going on, so he proceeds to rub her back in order to make her feel better. Heh, she’s feeling better alright. And ever the protective oniichan, Yuuya then picks the poor girl up from her chair in order to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her, which… well, I’m sure you can guess how this will turn out:
When Mitsuki heads to the bathroom, she suddenly discovers that her chastithong is missing. Does this mean that Hiyori’s gone for good? Did she finally make her way into heaven? Of course not, but let’s see where this stupid fucking anime goes anyway. Somehow, this takes us to the supermarket where Mitsuki gets all sad when she sees a Christmas decoration:
Yep, she’s literally crying for Hiyori. Literally crying for the girl who’s put her through all sorts of humiliating, degrading shit. If this isn’t Stockholm Syndrome, I don’t know what it is. Being the gallant oniichan that he is, Yuuya then offers to help Mitsuki look for Hiyori. But remember, Yuuya doesn’t actually know he’s looking for a ghost. He actually thinks Hiyori is Mitsuki’s lesbian partner. Nope, if you’re reading these entries for the first time, I’m not even shitting you.
Yeah, sure. That’s why you started crying when you thought she was gone for good. Uh huh.
SHE LITERALLY RAPED YOU IN THE FIRST EPISODE. THOSE WEREN’T TEARS OF JOY IN YOUR EYES. DID YOU FORGET? HERE, HAVE A REFRESHER:
Oh look, Hiyori hasn’t disappeared after all:
Who would’ve guessed! Shortly afterwards, Hiyori bestows upon Mitsuki a new chastithong. That’s right! Since Mitsuki complained about the previous one, Hiyori went ahead and asked the powers-that-be (probably a bunch of divine chikans) for a different design. “How can this be?!” the disembodied narrator box exclaims, “The chastity belt she was so unhappy with has turned into something even fatter and more XXX!” Oh boy, I’m sure glad Mitsuki cried all those tears for Hiyori! But despite our heroine’s unhappiness with her latest chastithong, let’s not forget what this episode is all about. That’s right! It’s all about appreciating your rapist. Now appreciate! Appreciate harder!
I ain’t leaving till you apologize to your rapist right now, young lady!
And there we go. We’ve just contrived a scenario in which a rape victim apologizes to her rapist.