Shugo Chara! – Episode 49September 13, 2008 at 7:28 am | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 22 Comments
Tags: Finally!, kyaa!, tehe~!
Amuto, Amu singing while Ikuto plays his violin, the final scene to fix the “This sucks!” rage from episode 12 and 13. I pretty much would declare this a “must-watch” episode for most of the people coming to my blog specifically to see if the episode is worth watching.
Though the simple term, “amuto” should have let you known that already. Just be prepared for a lot of focus on a filler character too.
Ah~! This episode was the perfect thing after the recent drama that has befallen my cute little blog. Yes, my blog is cute. Ranka is in my header, so my blog is cute.
Though, I have to admit to a certain, “meh” feeling by the end of the episode. This time they pretty much did the opposite of what they normally do. Ikuto showed up in the beginning, but not much in the second half.
The amount of filler character time kind of ticked me off, but I’ll save complaints for later. Let’s just move along.
The episode begins with some Easter plotting. Yukari’s stalked and his fellow scientists came up with a machine that would take x-eggs from kids using the energy from another x-egg. They act like idiots when presenting it in front of the director, but he agrees to their plan anyway. While he’s walking away, he thinks that the only problem is Ikuto (because he won’t hand over the embryo or something I think. I’m not sure because I can only take listening to him so much).
Ikuto is at the park with Yoru who comments that they didn’t find the embryo that day. Ikuto agrees and Yoru asks him if he even looked, Ikuto asks how they should look anyway (Yoru doesn’t know). Yoru then asks Ikuto what he’d wish for when they find the embryo (and adds on something I understood, but can’t quite translate. Referring to a kid basically, and keeping it ambiguous). Ikuto flicks away Yoru instead of answering and picks up his violin to play instead.
Meanwhile Amu is late getting home from her meeting with the Guardians and is running past the park when she hears a violin playing. It gets her thinking so she follows the music and finds that it really is Ikuto. She recognizes the song he’s playing, so she starts to sing along. Ikuto notices her and stops (can’t follow the dialogue easily, sorry) after being teased a little Amu stubbornly says that it’s been a while and asks where he went. Ikuto replies as usual with a non-answer (as I like to call it) and for everything else you’ll have to wait for fansubs, because I’m either clueless or don’t feel like I’m right. But Ikuto starts playing again with Amu singing along until the violin string breaks. The charas joke that it might be because of Amu’s singing and Ikuto adds that it might be true.
Since Ikuto doesn’t have any spare strings he ends up taking Amu to a violin store (or just a place where they build them and fix them, I’m not sure) where Ikuto seems to be a regular customer. The shop owner asks Amu if she’s Ikuto’s girlfriend which she fiercely denies (which is pretty much ignored). The owner calls Kotone (his daughter I think) to get them some tea. Once she shows up, she puts the tea down and goes to happily greet Ikuto with a blush on her face, and promptly gets ticked off when she’s told to get the tea for Ikuto’s girlfriend.
Kotone becomes nice again once she finds out Amu isn’t Ikuto’s girlfriend. The owner then tells her about another customer that will come that day, Sayoko, who is apparently a famous violinist. Ikuto’s violin is fixed and he plays it (Yume no Tsubomi). Amu and Kotone talk about violins and how her father fixes them (and something about how violincs should last for 100 years or something) and how she wants to make violins last that long (or something). She doesn’t think she’s ready yet though. Then Sayoko comes in and talks with Kotone, eventually asking her specifically (not her father) to take care of her violin. Amu comes over to congratulate her for getting work. Ikuto leaves while they’re talking (girls get so excited talking to each other that they don’t hear him ^_^). Later, Amu asks Kotone if she can come again tomorrow, but she also goes unheard.
The next day, the Easter fools finished their prototype, stuff an x-egg in it and send it out.
After school Amu goes straight to the violin store where she greets Kotone, but once again gets ignored. Her father telsl Amu how she’s been working the whole time. Amu just sits and watches Kotone until she falls asleep. Once Kotone finishes, she notices Amu asleep and starts to feel tired herself. She falls asleep and spills the tea beside her and the violin gets caught in the spill. Amu wakes up, comes to look at the violin to see that it’s done and wakes Kotone up. Kotone picks up the violin and notices that it looks like it has a water stain and notices the tea she spilt. She gets depressed over it and when her father tells her that Sayoko will be coming to pick it up, she runs out of the store with the violin. Amu follows her.
The charas are able to lead Amu to Kotone because they can feel her egg becoming an x-egg and in the park, sure enough, hopeless Kotone’s egg gets x-ed. Amu sees the egg once she arrives, but Ikuto catches it first. Yoru complains that it’s not the embryo so it’s trash, but Amu tells them it’s Kotone’s egg which distracts Ikuto enough for the egg to slip away. Amu becomes Amulet Spade and starts a fight with the x-chara in the usual way. Ran and Su go over to tell Ikuto to help, but Yoru reminds them that they’re enemies. Amu prevails in her usual way anyway. The healed chara says thank you and the egg goes back inside Kotone.
Amu returns to normal and helps Kotone up so they can go back. The charas bring up fixing the violin with Su’s Remake Honey, but Ikuto tells them that they shouldn’t because unless Kotone does it herself it doesn’t have any meaning (or something along those lines). Kotone rushes back so that she can fix it herself and Amu looks back to find that Ikuto’s gone.
While Kotone is fixing it, her father shows up, she apologizes, but he gives her some fatherly peptalk. Sayoko comes later to pick up her violins and Kotone gives the violin to Sayoko and takes responsibility for what she did. Sayoko surprises her by saying she’ll be really good at it someday. Kotone asks to take the violin so she can fix it properly and Sayoko gives it to her again. Amu comes over to share her happiness and Kotone thanks Amu because she thinks Amu did something to help, though she thinks that might have just been a dream. She also thinks Ikuto did something for her and comments that he’s really nice and that she likes him. Amu looks at her with a sort of frozen expression, but Kotone quickly breaks the atmoshphere.
At Easter, the fool scientists find out that their machine is trying to steal real eggs (like…from a chicken) and their machine gets broken by a lady pissed off about her eggs being stolen.
Walking home, Amu decides that she has to be like Kotone about her dreams (or something) and do her best. Su asks what she needs to do her best, Miki slyly adds in, “For Ikuto?” and Ran gets her shouting “Fighto!” with her. Once Amu realizes what she’s doing she shouts that’s not it while her charas laugh.
(I had a lot of trouble with this because I couldn’t find my dictionary. Words that were familiar that would normally just take a refresher to translate left me completely in the dark. I’m looking for my dictionary and will edit stuff to make the summary better. Any help people can give to fill in the blank spots is appreciated though. Still, I know I’m awaiting the fansub of this episode.
Though somehow, even with my lack of understanding this summary ended up being long. Though, I’m guessing a lot of you won’t mind since you specifically come here for that.)
Well, right away I can say I really, really liked my Amuto part. Even though it didn’t live up to the manga. I still had a smile and it got the proper giggles and chuckles. Filler parts…mostly meh.
But I can absolutely say, I enjoyed this episode more than I’ve enjoyed most fillers. As expected, I totally overdid the Amuto screencaps. That is how it should be! (I’ll update with better screencaps once I have time to do so with a better quality raw)
First thing’s first. The asshole director. It seems to have become my habit to wish some new death (or possibly just incredible injury, though most things I wish sound like they’re almost impossible to survive). I don’t really do it on purpose. Once he appears on screen I start wishing I could shove him off of stuff and being my brother’s sister I get more creative from there.
This week…I wish someone would stab him in the arm, take him on a boat off the coast of California, shove him into the water with his open cut, and let the great white sharks find him.
Hmm, yeah. It’s gotten more violent recently.
Go…away. My god, when they first showed up I kind of rolled my eyes thinking, “Whatever. They’re trying to insert random plot again.” and I figured that would be how filler girl would lose her egg. But no. They were pointless. They took up time…in my Amuto episode. This time could have been spent on Amu being jealous or just more fluff with her singing. But no. No!
I hope the idiot stalker decides to stalk Yukari when she’s out on a date with Nikaidou and gets his face smashed into a petstore full of cats so he can wet himself while he has flashbacks of his trauma from episode 38. (Though that doesn’t seem like a real Nikaidou reaction…)
…I like wishing violence too much. I really think we should move past the annoying and focus on my fluff.
First off, the screencap for Ikuto being Ikuto! Yay!
Seriously though, I think this might be the first time it’s even been brought up with Ikuto and Yoru that they don’t know how to get the embryo.
Awww, Yoru’s being abused again. Heh, but I liked this because it was Ikuto’s reaction to what Yoru said (the thing I kept ambiguous on purpose). Ikuto’s pretty stubborn if I think about it (though this has all occurred to me before and I’m just mentioning it when it comes up).
Screencap because it’s Ikuto with his violin. (No seriously. This time there’s no other reason.)
Amu stop on her way home to find Ikuto even though she was late getting home. Yes~! Slightly off-topic now; Ikuto, Amu, their charas, and filler characters are the only characters we see in this episode. Thought it was worth a mention.
Lately the Guardians haven’t been getting the same screentime. They weren’t in episode 47 either (and just Rima in episode 46).
Oh Amu you’re so tsundere. Hey! Let’s play “caption the tsunderekko”, okay?
“I just came rushing over to see you because I had some business in the park anyway. As a matter of fact, it didn’t even occur to me that it might be you playing the violin in the same spot where I’ve already seen you playing the violin. It’s a complete coincidence.”
“…By the way where have you been? Even though I don’t care I’m just curious.”
Hmm…needs denial and stuttering. Someone else can do a better job.
Ah I missed this! I don’t think we’ve had teasing like this since episode 33. In episode 48 we had Ikuto calling Amu a perverted kid, but he wasn’t smirking and stuff. I missed the teasing where Ikuto just messes with Amu so easily.
Fellow fangirls…I do believe that we have an official Amuto song now. Add that to the ranking with our four splash pages and other wonderful things we have to have enjoy purely for Amuto and no other pairing.
Though the song definitely sounded familiar, so I looked through the Shugo Chara soundtracks on my computer. It’s most similar to track six on the first OST (I don’t know the name of the song), but that song gets rearranged for different background music a lot. But I’m sure everyone else recognized that familiar sound too. (I know it’s used in at least four other songs)
Finally! We got to hear Kanae Ito sing! I know I wasn’t the only one waiting for it! She’s been a seiyuu in a major role for…well really a full year now. I’m not really sure if we can call her a new seiyuu anymore. But anyway, up until now really haven’t been able to hear Kanae-san sing and all seiyuu sing. Kanae-san having become a favorite of mine, I really wanted to hear her sing.
And now I have. And I am satisfied. Especially since this wasn’t Kanae-san singing as a professional singer, but singing as a sixth-grader singing in a park. And she is still a new seiyuu as far as singing goes, so hell yeah she passes my test. Bring on the character singles!
Did anyone else notice how her singing started sounding better when they got the Amuto background aura going? I am positive it was on purpose. The song got better as it went along. (Of course, Amu’s still no Utau. WHo expects that?)
Ah that’s what I wanted! The smile! Though this moment still doesn’t quite capture what the manga had (come on, look how far away Amu and Ikuto were standing from each other), I’ll take what I get. Complaining that I didn’t get “enough” of what I thought I’d never even get is silly.
So 36 episodes later, you’re forgiven Satelight. Don’t screw up again.
Heh~! I loved this. Amu really is easy to mess with. This still makes me laugh (I don’t know why I find it so laugh/giggle worthy. Probably because I was already smiling). It’s definitely better if you undertand it on your own I think.
I found it adorable that Ikuto took Amu to the violin shop and that she came along…even though she was already late getting home. Convenient plot hole or more support for Amuto. I think we all know what answer we will be choosing.
This is the second time, Amu’s gotten mistaken for Ikuto’s girlfriend (first time was the drama CD). I’m glad this cute and silly reaction was added into the anime (though in the CD Amu got more embarassed and less “spirited”).
I also love how Ikuto just stayed silent while Amu was denying it. Ah, the small things.
Of course we knew this would happen at some point. Polls say 75-80% of Shugo Chara fangirls are also Ikuto fangirls (or at least like Ikuto the most), so for any sort of reality at least 75% of the girls who know Ikuto have to be like Kotone.
This looks familiar. Ikuto sure brings out the jealousy in girls. That Aura is almost enough to compete with Utau’s.
Hmm…wonder if Utau knows about this girl. I’d like to see that confrontation purely for curiosity’s sake. Even with Utau’s bro-con severity on the decline, I bet she’d still win.
lol, Poor Amu. The jealousy is always directed at her. Such are the pains of having your own reverse harem Amu. You must persevere.
As for Kotone outside of her fangirl status, there’s absolutely nothing interesting about her. I have to say, this is the laziest Satelight has been with a filler character’s story yet. It completely followed the most basic of outlines for a filler character’s story. She didn’t even have any little jokes or anything.
I’m not sure how to explain how generic her story is, but I definitely rolled my eyes and a few times at the obviousness of it all. Her personality too. Basic. The one thing that made her stand out among filler characters is already a trait owned by Utau.
Girls. *sigh* Getting too wrapped up in their excitement. I wasn’t ticked at the writers for doing this actually, because I know this is something that would have happened in real life. Even if it is Ikuto, if we’re already wrapped up in something…we are impossible to catch the attention of. Ikuto already seems aware of this fact, which makes him an even better guy than before. Amu will majorly miss out if she doesn’t realize stuff like that soon. Or at least stop denying that realization. Sheesh.
So lazy Satelight. It’s like they sat down and went, “Okay…right now we have a few episode without Ikuto. Even more without Amuto. If we don’t add something in soon we’re going to die.” “Well, we still have that scene with the violin saved up for an emergency like this!” “Good. But what do we do with the rest of the time?” “Filler character of course!”
And then from that point on they just threw together whatever they could think of. Seriously…she fell asleep in less then three seconds and spilled her tea? Can’t make it just a teensy bit more believable? I mean, you guys already have someone who just met Amu having their egg x-ed for no reason (can’t get less believable than that), so can’t you try in other areas instead?
Ikuto in a tree…because. Not since episode 33 again. And seeing the cat boy in a tree still amuses me (just like his catnaps on roofs).
Amulet Spade! And it was actually a real fight this time! And she appeared when she was supposed to! For music! You know what this means now? We can complain about Amulet Clover not appearing instead. (And we will still always complain about Amulet Heart appearing unnecessarily).
I loved Ran and Su going to tell Ikuto to get his butt out there and help Amu. But he’s still acting like they’re on different sides. Stubborn.
Of course, if Amu really needed help, then Ikuto would have stepped in. For once I am displeased with Amu being a capable mahou shoujo heroine. Dammit…where’s a building when you need it? If Amu had the chance to fall off something I know we’d have something there. Tsk.
I’m going to stop taking screencaps of these things now. They’re all basic. They all have little hairclips. I don’t care anymore. Moving on.
Stupid Satelight. I was even feeling grumbly during an Ikuto scene because I knew something like this was going to happen when I first heard of the episode. Ikuto wasn’t going to help Amu but he was going to give some sort of advice or something like that after. Boo Satelight! Making me predict something Ikuto was going to do! I don’t like that at all!
Another thing that felt weird about this episode. Amu became friends with Kotone way too quick. She comes back the next day and sits around so long during nothing that she falls asleep and then she gets so happy when things work out. If I watched just this scene and hadn’t scene Shugo Chara, I would have thought they’d been friends for a long time.
It didn’t make sense to me. Amu didn’t even become friends with Misaki that fast. Satelight was really lazy with the story-writing this episode. (Which writer was responsible this week?)
Oh well. Kotone and her generic story and personality no longer matter to me. I got what I specifically said I wanted last week.
Allow me to clue you into Amu’s thought process here: “She likes Ikuto? How well does she know Ikuto anyway? She calls him by his first name. She must have known him for a while. I wonder how often Ikuto comes by here. It’s no big deal though. I don’t care. Except…Kotone’s definitely not related to him…”
After that would be Amu’s usual, “Agh! Why should I care anyway? I don’t!” denial, but Kotone breaks it up for Amu with her “nante ne!” and the thought process is halted before it gets anywhere. Dammit.
Though you can definitely see it in Amu’s look. That’s a little bit of surprise, alarm, and curiosity all together. I’ll have to wait a little bit for the true jealousy though.
Nice Ran, Miki, and Su! I absolutely love how they got Amu going before she realized what she was doing. Seriously Amu, you should have been able to understand what they were saying to you. Silly girl, letting your subconscious get the best of you. It’s okay though. It gave me the giggles.
Ah. If you really just take this episode for what it is (A filler character episode with some Amuto development), it really is an enjoyable episode. Take it for what it is people and you’ll enjoy it I’m sure. It was pretty nice to have an episode with Amu and Ikuto being the only main characters in it actually. Any important development was given over to them.
Now as a quick little note, I wouldn’t object to Kotone being a repeating filler character Satelight. After all, I want real jealousy from Amu and she seems to be my best bet right now. So…bring her back. Or another girl to cause some jealousy. I’m fine either way.
It looks like some random little chara adventure that reminds me quite a bit of episode eight. Way back before I’d even started discussin Shugo Chara in my livejournal. But you gusy know the one. Where Ami goes off on a little adventure with the charas? Yeah. Like that.
As for me? I couldn’t care less about that. Maybe if Eru was around, but meh. I mean, they’ve done this before, so I don’t really see the point.
So, just a head’s up. Next week…prepare to see the worst of my laziness with summaries.
For more important things though. This episode got me back to wondering if they’re heading toward Ikuto’s arc again. Even though having Amu able to find him so easily make it feel kind of weird. Mostly, I’m wondering because of what the asshole director said about Ikuto being a problem. I’m keeping the spoilers out, but logically, if he’s seeing Ikuto as a problem, he’d want to fix that problem.
But then Ikuto has his violin and so it all just falls apart. No idea what next season will start with.
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