Shugo Chara! – Episode 38June 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 27 Comments
Tags: fangirling, shipping
Um…if I call this the best anime-original episode ever will anyone disagree with me?
I was pretty hyped up all week, because I just knew this episode would be great. And I was right.
I think this episode actually surpassed my expectations (which were sky-high). And I was so excited about it that I had to write up my thoughts first and added my summary and the preview later.
The episode starts with Kairi giving a report to his sister about Amu and the Humpty Lock. So Sanjou tells Kairi to steal the lock, and Ikuto and Yoru on the roof behind them happen to hear. Ikuto acts like it has nothing to do with him and like he doesn’t care.
The next day in the Royal Garden it seems they’re all playing Old Maid (or some similar game) and Amu ends up with the Joker. Tadase makes a joke that it must be because she’s the joker and Rima gets mad because it’s a lame joke. Then everyone starts teasing Kairi. A short distance away Kiseki begins a world domination rant, but no one’s listening. Then he gets all mad at Eru because she’s no one’s chara I guess. But Eru points out that she can chara-nari with Amu, but Kiseki just says it’s because of the Humpty Lock and eventually he gets pelted with a baseball (no one gets to bother Eru!).
Later at Amu’s house, Eru asks about the Humpty Lock. Amu explains (through a flashback) and the charas add in that it’s sort of like their bond. But Eru seemingly gets bored by this and goes to sleep.
Then at the Tsukiyomi house the same woman from before comes to check on him in his room, but once again he’s on the roof. Ikuto looks at the dumpty key and thinks about that door opening stuff again.
Kairi is also at home and all worried about having to steal the Humpty Lock. Sanjou calls him up to ask if he has the lock yet and he replies no. She lectures him a little and then returns to what she was doing, involving a recording with Utau.
Then the lame filler scientist (or something) comes skipping along and Sanjou seems as annoyed by him as I am. They talk a little about the current project and then whispers a few things to him that Iru overhears. Kairi wakes up the next morning to find out his sister never came home.
Amu’s watching TV at home and the charas all decide to go out. Eru stops and looks at the Humpty Lock. Kairi decides to call Amu, Ami answers the phone and when Kairi asks to talk to Amu, Ami shouts to Amu that her boyfriend is on the phone. This causes Amu’s dad to just about have a heart attack and another attack when Amu says “Iinchou?” on the phone.
At the Royal Garden, Kiseki’s trying to make everyone train or something, but they’re all playing. And Amu meets up with Kairi and when he asks where the Humpty Lock is, Amu starts looking guilty. Kiseki gets fed up with everyone playing and yells at Eru some more. And Eru shows that she has the Humpty Lock, Eru thinks that they should be able to find the Emrbyo using the lock. She wants to find the embryo so everyone can be happy and she says that she’ll search with everyone else for the Embryo.
Amu explains that she doesn’t have the lock and that her charas probably took it. They make plans to go to the Royal garden to get it back when filler dude can hear them.
On that grassy hill we haven’t seen for a while, Ikuto’s hanging out with Yoru, who wants to play, but gets flicked away for being annoying. So Yoru goes off to play alone. Then Ikuto suddenly senses the Humpty Lock and looks at his key.
The charas are all about to go looking for the Embryo, but Iru shows up and even though Eru is happy to see her, Eru steals the lock. But Yoru steals it from Iru. And as Kairi and Amu arrive all the charas are in a big fight for the lock. Yoru attempts to leave with the lock, but Iru kicks it out of his grip and right into Eru’s. Iru tells her to give the lock to her (for Utau I’m guessing), but Eru knows it’s wrong because it belongs to Amu and refuses. Then they fight over the lock as Kairi appears, Iru knocks Eru out and runs away, but right after Kairi picks the lock up, he says he can’t do it, but filler dude shows up and takes it. Filler dude tells him who he is basically (that he works for Easter also) and leaves. Then Ikuto shows up and says something. Kairi obviously recognizes him and Ikuto basically says good job before leaving.
Ikuto watches filler dude get in a car from behind a tree and as Yoru is asking what they should do, Amu shows up. She thinks he took the lock again, but Yoru tells her where it is. So Ikuto does his chara-nari and chases after the car. Amu attempts to chara-nari with Ran, but of course she doesn’t have her lock do it fails.
Meanwhile, Ikuto catches up to the car and basically slashes the car’s side (and it’s tires). And once filler dude gets out of the car, Ikuto makes him faint from fear with just one threatening look. Ikuto undoes his chara-nari (when we can’t see) and takes the lock.
The lock glows suddenly because Amu arrives. So Ikuto immediately approaches Amu and reaches out for her chest (Amu’s like, “What…wait…” lol) and Ikuto puts the lock back on her chest and Amu starts having her perverted thoughts (like, “This is what a boy’s shampoo smells like…it’s different from mine and my father’s”). Ikuto asks if they should try it and Amu notices that he’s holding the Dumpty Key. Then he adds that it looks small and he wonders if it will fit.
And just as the key is about to go into the lock, it glows and the magical world of Amuto is created. Amu and Ikuto both pretty much wonder wtf is going on. Then they go back to what they were doing and Ikuto gets closer as he tries to put his key in her lock, but just as it’s about to happen Amu shouts, “No I’m scared!” and the key gets pushed back, the background fades and now the key won’t fit in the lock.
Ikuto says that the key hole is plugged. Then he looks at Amu and asks, “Why are you all red, kid?” And Amu says that she isn’t and calls Ikuto a “perverted old man.” Ikuto thinks that it’s not the right time. He tosses the lock back to her and calls her a pervered kid. As he starts to leave Amu asks why he gave it back since he’s supposedly after it. And he replies that it’s under her control (or something, I had trouble with that one). Amu asks what just happened and Ikuto says he doesn’t know and leaves. Now that everything’s over Amu gets mad at her charas for taking it in the first place.
At Easter, filler dude explains that he was attacked by a cat demon or something so he lost the lock. But Sanjou says they don’t lead the lock anymore. Their project is now done.
The first King is in his planetarium and talks about how the lock and key are getting closer again. And that the stars are moving.
At her balcony, Amu is wondering what happened earlier. She thinks that Ikuto felt it too (and adds “that world” or something else). Amu asks if her charas felt it, but since they don’t know what she’s talking about, Amu just says, “no it’s fine. Never mind.” Amu thinks about the Humpty Lock and the Dumpty Key and Her and Ikuto and decides that she wants to know more about Ikuto.
Elsewhere at some warehouse, there’s a band practicing and Utau is the singer with an ominous looking CD in the background.
I went all silly and fangirly just when I was looking at the screencaps on 2chan. That scene was in there and there was some awesome extra filler Amuto as well. And Ikuto transformed and got to be all awesome and actually use that weapon of his for once. Basically, I was so wrapped up in my Amuto that I completely missed all the Utau pictures until I saw the one from the end.
I have nothing bad to say about this episode. We’re just going with blind fangirl love here, okay? Insane blind fangirl love.
(BTW, I really overdid the screencaps)
OMG! It’s an Amuto episode and they’re not just shoving Ikuto into five minutes of a scene with him and Amu. Good. Because I’m sick of that. Utau and Ikuto get treated like secondary characters a lot of the time. Utau might be a secondary character usually, but this is her arc and everything too. And Ikuto…well on all the stuff for Shugo Chara! from Nakayoshi, Ikuto, Amu, and Tadase are always the most main characters so…yeah. Satelight pissing me off.
(BTW, I ordered my subscription to Nakayoshi yesterday~!)
Aw, this is the only time for Rima-tan love today. I wish she had another bucket so she could slam it on Tadase’s head for making a bad joke.
Aww, and Eru love points continue to go up. And now Kiseki love points go down! Stupid chibi king! No one can be even a little mean to my sweet chibi angel! But seriously though…can Eru do or say anything without being incredibly cute?
So, we’re pretty sure this is Ikuto’s mom now, right? Tough things going on at the Tsukiyomi house, huh?
Uh-huh…okay. What’s all this crap about a door? There was that one line from the manga that showed up in episode 28 about how a door can only be opened by a key. So we can just assume this all like…a metaphor or something? It’s wondering about what’s going to happen when the lock and key come together, right? Right…
Aww…poor Kairi. Well, assuming that this season follows the same pattern from last season, I’m guessing his freedom from spying might come soon.
GTFO of my Amuto episode you annoying piece of filler crap. I understand that they have to make all the filler kids morons, but wtf is with this dude?
Heh…I hope someday Amu’s dad gets to find out about Ikuto. Looking forward to that.
I totally forgot that Ikuto can sense the Humpty Lock in the anime. So random. That hasn’t come up since…what? Episode one.
Hey, but maybe that’s how Ikuto’s always able to find Amu (I’ve always wondered about that…how the heck did he find her house?).
More love for Eru~! She’s such a good girl. I love her. So cute~!
lol. This scene made me realize that no one ever meets Ikuto in the manga. Nadehiko and Kukai and…that’s it. I mean, there’s the battles where everyone’s there but…lol.
And also, Ikuto’s pretty much everyone’s enemy, isn’t he? He works against the guardians and whenever he can he works against Easter. Yup. Hope all of that is resolved soon in the manga.
First a smaller Amuto moment where Amu actually surprises Ikuto for once. It’s nice to see a change. She’s only popped in on him like…once. In episode 12. Been a while.
Ikuto transforms a lot more in the anime, doesn’t he? I mean the anime is longer, but it feels like whenever they get the chance the anime just makes Ikuto transform. At least in this episode it made a little more sense though.
Haha. That’s right. No Amulet Heart today. (Though I kind of wonder why Amu can’t transform without the lock…Rima can transform all on her own after all)
Yay! Ikuto actually used that thing for once! Finally…making him transform for a reason Satelight (and lol, I bet filler dude crapped his pants in this scene).
Yes!!! Serious Ikuto! I love my playful kitty boy, but I am so glad that the first thing he did after seeing Amu was go straight for that! Go Ikuto!
Go for it Ikuto~! And Look at Amu. Aha~! This is what I’ve been waiting ages for. Seriously people. This was in volume two! Volume two!!!
Amu’s perverted thoughts. And it’s nice to Amu in a nice calm pure love-love mode with Ikuto. I love my back and forth teasing, but the serious Amuto is so rare that I kind of enjoy it more. And Amu having pretty perverted thoughts too~!
OMG! He said it! He really did. I double-checked every word in both of the dictionaries I use because I wasn’t sure I heard everything right, but he said it. They actually had him say it.
Of course they didn’t have him say it in that certain way of his, but Amu got the underlying meaning, didn’t she?
What the fudge? Anime original? And the return of the Humpty Lock background? A sparkly shoujo Amuto background for Amuto? OHMYGOD! And corny music too?
Ohmygod! I’m a major shoujo fan and I know what all of these things scream! Especially when you add in 3d panning! This is all screaming, “Destined” and “OTP” at me! Does Satelight know something we don’t? I know sometimes manga-ka let the anime companies in on certain secrets. Or does this just mean they’re going for an Amuto ending in the anime? It certainly feels that way. I’m a happy girl either way (just the degree of happiness changes).
Ah, getting closer~! I’m pretty sure all the random shoujo-ness made this scene even better for me because even though I knew how it turned out I was still all dokidoki going, “What’s happening~!?”
Oh, you just know that Amu is so close to realizing what’s going on and getting her true feelings but…
She had to go and remind us she’s still a young girl and shouted to stop because she was scared.
I actually like this too, because it adds to that fan theory that the reason why the Humpty Lock won’t accept Ikuto’s key is because Amu’s scared and can’t accept her own feelings.
And so the magical world of Amuto fades away. Crap.
And things return to normal. Ikuto calls Amu a kid and the back and forth bantering and teasing returns. They both call each other perverts and the Amuto magic is gone. Awww…
Ikuto looks kind of disappointed and his words, (basically something like, “I guess it’s not time yet” if I remembering correctly) adds more to the theory that Amu needs to accept Ikuto and his key. Haha~! Yes~! Maybe that will happen in the manga soon~!
And one more Amuto moment for the road! He looks at her…
…and she looks at him. Still blushing too! And she’s got her shoujo emotional eyes going too! Ah! This episode is completely giving me Amuto overload!!!
And OMG! It’s the image from the pilot video! Nice! Now it’s super-canon! Yes!!!
And we leave off with Amu wanting to know more about Ikuto~! Haha~! Yes…everything is going perfectly.
And finally…Utau~! Though she didn’t even say anything in this episode. And she showed up twice. But it’s okay, because I get to see her awesome over-sized hat (and I like the glasses too). And next week we get to hear what’s on that CD! From the briefness we heard today, it seems like it might have a more rock-ish sound, which I totally love. I don’t have anything with Nana Mizuki singing with an electric guitar or anything.
Now seriously! This episode just screams OTP! It was everything I wanted and more! Because I was not expecting them to give us every single thing that all of us crazy Amuto fans guessed at from that one small scene in the manga.
For today, I am ignoring the manga, and just enjoying the wonderful shoujo background and corny music that tells me I’m shipping the right couple!
Sure this wasn’t as “OMG! HOT!” but I can trade hotness for destiny any day~! Especially when I still get some hotness (Ikuto actually said it!!!).
Ah…Satelight. I fucking love you today.
Also, on a purely selfish note, I had an easier time understanding this episode today! Yes!
Hey! It’s a return to the plot!
Yes! We get to hear the Black Diamond single, don’t we? Don’t we? Ah! I’m looking forward to it! Does anyone know when the actual single will be released in Japan?
And we get…
Oh my god. Gay.
Every time I think I’m used to Tadase being gay, he gays it up some more. Seriously. He’s winking. He’s winking in a cheerful way like Amulet Heart. If doing something a girl wearing pink does isn’t gay, I don’t know what is.
And also…his background isn’t pink. I’ll be sure to fix that in photoshop next week. The music better be pretty gay though. And the transformation sequence better be gay as well.
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