Shugo Chara! – Episode 42July 26, 2008 at 7:04 am | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 31 Comments
Tags: awesomes, cute~!, kyaa!
This episode was…AWESOME. But before I get into all of that, there’s a couple of other things I need to bring up.
This has certainly been a week full of Shugo Chara! stuff. But frankly, despite how excited a lot of this has made me, I’m pretty ticked off as well. The Shugo Chara fandom is starting to get too annoying…even for me. You can’t ruin the anime for me (I don’t care what people say when I’m just watching an episode), but you guys might ruin discussions for me.
First off, I’m sure you all know that Shugo Chara has been extended. There’s all the debate about whether more fillers are good or bad or whatever. It doesn’t matter though. There’s going to be fillers, a lot of them are going to suck, and there’s nothing that’s going to change that. You can chose to watch them or not. And if you chose to watch them, you can still complain about them anyway.
We all have a right to hate fillers and to stop watching an anime because of them. I’m continuing, because I don’t mind too much. That’s just me. I’m going to continue blogging this show too. And I’m going to complain about fillers anyway. Because that’s my right. You don’t like it, don’t read it.
I blog because I enjoy discussing things, even if it’s things that tick me off. If you’re offended by my opinions just because they aren’t the same as yours, then you’re too senstive. Toughen up, or get off the internet, because hate to break it to you, but I say things nicely compared to plenty of other people.
And for the record, Shugo Chara is not the best anime EVER. It’s that “belief” that’s making these fans so difficult to deal with. Shugo Chara! is a current favorite of mine, but it’s not the best. I like a lot of other anime too. It’s frustrating to deal with all these little fangirls who have a one-track mind.
I’m excited about more Shugo Chara because I can look forward to hearing some great scenes done by great seiyuu. The annoying fans just want it because it means more Shugo Chara which is the BEST THING EVER to them. And it’s annoying.
The fans that spend time arguing over which character is better like it matters, the ones who specifically make clubs and crap for characters that you hate, the ones that go around flaming people that disagree. All of you need more interests. Devoting time to hating a character, getting into an argument that’s pointless. It’s like you guys want one anime to encompass every part of your lives. You’re wasting time.
It’s fine to enjoy it and get excited for it, but there’s a limit. If you’re trying to get pissed off at someone for not liking Shugo Chara! as much as you or for not being excited, you’ve hit that limit. Grow up.
Now, I’m sorry to any of the regular readers who I know aren’t part of the problem if you read all that. It just needed to be said. Please ignore it.
The other thing I wanted to bring up was this picture I found when I was looking at the screencaps on 2ch:
You probably already know about the trading figures in the back. They’re getting released at the end of September (I already pre-ordered a box of 8), but there’s something new and interesting to note. The newer cuter figures!
It looks like they’re getting released in November and they include Amu, Amulet Heart, Utau, and…Ikuto~! And you can change their clothes. So cool! I want~!
Yeah, I don’t know much about all of this since it’s just an image posted in 2ch, but you’ll probably be able to get them from a store a lot easier than other SC! merchandise. The trading figures are easy to find right now, I assume the new ones will be as well. I know everyone wants their own cute Ikuto figures (Hell Yeah!), so I’ll post a link for pre-ordering once I find one. I know I want at least three of them (Amu, Utau, and Ikuto~!).
But now we can finally move on now that all of this stuff is out of the way. Sorry again to those who didn’t need to read it, but did.
The episode begins at Easter where Sanjou and the director are watching the Black Diamond video (Utau is just being Utau over by a window). The plan from there is to basically get the song tons of exposure, even through pirating, so more eggs get x-ed.
Sanjou and Utau are walking down the hall and Sanjou basically declares that they’ve won, Utau repeats it, but somehow doesn’t seem happy. It’s all thanks to Utau’s chara change with Dia, which Iru dislikes, so Sanjou plays with the little devil chara (and gets called oba-san for it), but Sanjou wins it by basically saying that Iru’s useless like Eru now (or something like that). Then after Sanjou and Utau leave, Iru goes after Dia who *gaps* speaks. Dia says some mildly “spooky” things and gets Iru thinking about Eru.
At Amu’s house her charas are trying to get her to be all energetic because she has to stop Utau the next day. After some more discussion about the next day, Ami comes in to suddenly be an Utau fangirl (because she heard them talking about Utau I guess). Then Kiseki appears outside the window and Tadase is waiting below to finally start revealing some stuff he’s kept secret. After a little bit of fangirling from Amu (in her head), Tadase starts to tell her about Utau. Tadase used to be friends with the Tsukiomi siblings.
Then there’s a flashback where Tadase and Utau are fighting over Ikuto. Tadase got a promise they would play and Utau wants a date. Ikuto being a smooth shota breaks up their fight by spending time with both of them, playing his violin while Utau sings.
Then Tadase (in the present) says some things about how it “ended” that reminds Amu of what Ikuto said when they were at the amusement park about how he used to play at the amusement park. Then Tadase says some things about how Amu and Utau are similar and how Amu can help Utau and how he believes in her and stuff. Then when the charas think something’s about to happen, Ami appears to go on about Utau’s concert, she calls Tadase a prince, and King Mode gets activated.
The next night Sanjou and Utau are getting ready to go helicoptering to America or some crap for the international debut. Utau is still feeling down because she’d be using the x-egg’s power. Sanjou gives her a peptalk. Then Utau wonders why she sings, asking herself if it’s for Ikuto’s sake, but she thinks that’s wrong (wha?). She wanted to sing for others to enjoy it (or something) and reflects briefly on what she’s doing now.
Then Amulet Angel appears with another mahou shoujo entrance. Utau doesn’t have the same, “GTFO” expression and just seems surprised (and Iru’s ecstatic to see Eru). Then all the other guardians show up and chara-nari. The guardians all stand together with some dramatic backlighting provided by Ran, Miki, and Su.
Kairi tries to talk to his sister about how she’s doing bad things and all that, but Sanjou doesn’t listen. Amu steps forward to talk to Utau and she goes into stubborn mode and says she won’t listen. Amu asks Utau if she’s really doing what she wants and Utau says she doesn’t know anything and turns the tables on her. Then Dia gets in the middle and tells Amu about how her heart is always wavering so she can’t shine (and other such things). Amu thinks that’s true since she has so many charas, and Dia asks why she’s ther e(or something), but Utau cuts the conversation short so she can fight with Amu. Amu still doesn’t want to fight because she likes Utau. Utau seems stuck again, gets frustrated and chara-naris with Iru.
Utau declares that it’ll be the last match and she attacks. She then pulls out her weapon (dream trident or something) and attacks Amu who blocks with her white flags provided by Eru. The guaadians are about to jump in to help Amu, but Ikuto appears and chara-naris to be their opponent with a transformation and everything and anime-only fans finally get to know the name of his chara-nari (Black Lynx).
After Ikuto attacks Tadase, Tadase asks why he’s getting in their way and Ikuto replies that it’s so Utau and Amu can fight one-on-one. The other guardians try to attack, but Ikuto handles them all single-handedly (Yaya gets pwned with just a smirk).
Amu’s distracted by her friends losing a 4-on-1 fight (lol) and Utau goes in for an attack after getting her attention. But Eru shouts for Iru and Utau is forced to stop. Eru wants to use both of their power to save Utau, Iru is calling her stupid, but Eru says the Iru also knows that the current Utau isn’t the real Utau. Ir undoes the chara-nari with Utau after Utau gets all impatient and Eru undoes hers with Amu and they go to reunite, with Iru even doing her fake-kick.
Then Iru goes to Amu so that they can now chara-nari into Amulet Devil. The other fight stops for a minute because they’re distracted by the recent turn of events. Now that Utau has been abandoned again she says she doesn’t need Iru either and chara-naris with Dia instead. Amu and Utau both attack and they’re both about equal, so Utau busts out a new attack which overpowers Amu and undoes her chara-nari.
Amu comments that Utau is strong and Utau goes on a little rant about her strength and how she won’t lose. Then Amu hears Dia’s voice talking about how Utau shines no matter what and that’s why she chose her. Then Utau tells Amu that she can’t shine (or something…I missed something in there). Amu talks about how she tries her best even if/when she loses, if she keeps trying and getting up that’s what matters, no matter what else is wrong with her. Amu ends saying she believes she can shine too.
Dia undoes her chara-nari with Utau and goes over to Amu and baically accepts her. Then much to everyone’s surprise, the Humpty Lock glows yellow. The x on Dia goes away and Amu and Dia are englufled by the yellow light as everyone wonder if it’s Dia’s chara-nari.
Wow. The budget for this episode must have gone way up. It was…amazing. Everything about it was great. It’s like Satelight purposely scheduled this episode to show up after the second season announcement so that when everyone went, “Why is there going to be more of this?” Um…yeah. This is why.
I don’t even care about fillers right now. I seriously don’t have a single bad thing to say about all of this.
The story too! The spoilers and scans alone didn’t quite get everything across. Though I will give some credit to the wonderful emotional ability of anime. No wonder Shugo Chara won the 2008 Kodansha award for best manga. Everyone is always distracted by the shipping, so I think we all tend to forget that Shugo Chara is a great manga. And despite filler crap, it’s a great anime now too. Best mahou shoujo of the 00’s confirmed now.
I can’t even stop liking this anime even if they piss me off with a non-amuto ending. And on that note, I know all the Amuto fans will disagree with me, but this is the best episode in this anime. It’s not even my favorite (I’m an Amuto fan too afterall), but this is the most well-done and overall best episode. No contest.
I was actually excited to watch it twice. And because there was so much content that was important, a lot of things got left out of my summary too. This episode was crazy good. I can’t even think of how to express that.
And…because of this much content, I have a lot to say too…and a lot of screencaps. Too many, but I don’t care.
Black Diamond PV is awesome. I’m all psyched to get both copies of my CD now. Yes, I’m getting both. I need both covers with Utau and Ikuto. I can’t help it.
Hmm…following the manga, Utau’s behavior in that room is definitely more than just “Utau being Utau”. I feel bad for Utau even having to be in that room with that loser. In case you didn’t know, I hate the director. Keep it in mind.
There’s my Utau! You’ve been coming and going during the last few episodes. Glad to see she’s thinking about her actions again. In the last episode, she didn’t even realize that Ikuto didn’t like what they were doing. Not like Utau at all.
Dia~! Your voice is so cute! We got to hear Dia say, “betsu ni” back in episode 39, but hearing her fully now just makes me so happy. Still don’t know who her seiyuu is though.
I have to take a deep breath every time I see this picture so I can contain fits of, “OMG!SOCUTE!”
Anyway, now we all know why Ikuto never reacts to anything, even his sister’s bro-con. He’s been dealing with everyone tugging at him since he was a little (incredibly cute) boy.
More cuteness~! Utau had such a cute voice when she was little. And more awesome points for Ikuto. He played so well when he was young. Manga-followers know why of course, but still…wow. I can’t wait until the next Shugo Chara OST comes out. This is just another of many songs I want to hear.
Tadase has been upgraded from rejected loser, to good friend. Yay. I still don’t like him (he gets so annoying), but he offers good advice like a good friend. He can even get his own girlfriend, but not Rima.
Ami-chan~! So cute! I’m looking forward to seeing you next week (hopefully). I’m not sure because Ami should have appeared twice this week, right? We didn’t see any mysterious traps walking around, did we?
That gives me a bad feeling about the fillers…but let’s not think about that anymore.
More of Utau reflecting on her actions. Her revelation kind of reminded me of something from the Full Moon manga.
And as a completely irrelevant note…I like Utau’s outfit. She’s the second best dressed girl in Shugo Chara. I’m glad this part is taking place in summer, because that outfit is a lot cuter than the puffy jacket.
Ah! So cute~! I’m sorry to anyone who disagrees, but Utau is officially the cutest little girl from Shugo Chara. Amu was cute, but she still wasn’t that cute. Utau’s cuteness is a whole new level of cute. She was so innocent and pure-hearted!
I mean she still is. Which is why I don’t take her bro-con seriously.
Amulet Angel~! Is it just me or is Amu not really that embarassed about it anymore?
Psh. Everyone thought the last episode had a lot of chara-naris. This episode had about nine different transformations. It was crazy. Even characters who never had transformation sequences before got them. So…much…
Nice rant Utau. Most of the episode I think Utau’s ranting was just showing her desperation, but this one is actually kind of justified. Amu doesn’t really know much about Utau. Though that is partially Utau’s fault for not opening up.
Dia’s speech about how Amu’s wavering kept Amu from shining got me smiling. It gives some more evidence of a popular Amuto ending theory that I’d love to see brought into realization. If you’ve heard it, you know the one~!
Booo…Utau doesn’t even take the time to be properly tsundere to Amu’s declaration that she likes her. She really is a desperate girl. Her stubbornness has gone overboard.
See? Amulet Angel is useful! She held her own against a scary pitchfork/trident thing. And with flags too! More love for Eru for being so undeniably adorable.
Tehe~! Yoru’s “WAIT!” was so cute. Yoru’s still my second favorite after all (I like the abused charas). And classic Ikuto entrance too. So forgive me from switching into Ikuto fangirl mode briefly here.
I don’t mind…but Ikuto’s already transformed into Black Lynx four times…why are we giving him a full transformation now? I liked the moon transformation from episode 13 better, but this one’s…fine too. There’s a certain part that got my indecent fangirl side giggling like crazy. But what part will be my little secret for now.
*fangirl squeak* (Yes, new fangirl reaction introduced)
This was in the manga and I so wanted to see Ikuto do his awesome cat-like stuff. I was so overwhelmingly pleased with his fight.
Ikuto’s good at being a villain too. Or maybe it’s just all that Tskuiyomi, “can’t lose” stuff kicking in. Either way, Ikuto was awesome. Four against one and he was so clearly winning.
Though maybe it’s just three against one, because Yaya didn’t do anything again. Ikuto didn’t even have to do anything to win against her.
Well, I guess we now know which side Utau’s tsundere-ness comes from. So…does this mean that her innocent bro-con side is from Eru?
…Heh. As much as people may argue with me about that, that actually makes sense.
Yay! Reunion! Even the devil chara Iru can’t resist Eru’s angelically cute charm. Iru is officially my third favorite chara. She’s got a tsundere side and she likes Eru. She can’t be any lower than third.
Amulet Devil’s chara-nari was cool. It’s too bad we don’t get to see too much of it. Especially since in the anime it actually looks appropriate so I can like it.
Nuuu! That’s not my Utau at all! Except for the fact that Satelight actually drew her twintails right.
Yeah, on that note…the animation was insanely good this episode. Not just the action stuff, but everything else too. The characters moved more and showed more expressions…like this. It really added to the drama and stuff. It was great.
And more love for Nana Mizuki and the benefit of watching anime. In the manga (spoilers or even reading), you just get the feeling that Utau’s being a bitch. In the anime, you could hear how desperate she sounded. She was rushed and agitated.
Everyone always thinks Utau’s just being a bitch, but she just got really desperate in this arc and was trying to hold onto a lot of things. It started with Utau going after Amu because of Ikuto and then because she declared that she wouldn’t lose, she kept getting more desperate to follow through on her declaration. I think somewhere along the way she kind of forgot why she was fighting Amu in the first place.
Amu’s speech was nice. It was good to see her stop being emo about Dia and stand up for herself and her beliefs. I’m reminded again of why she’s an awesome mahou shoujo heroine.
Yeah! She earned that really drawn out chara-nari! Shine Amu!
Dia~! Smiling~! And without her X! I’m really looking forward to seeing Dia’s true form in the next episode now.
But we just leave off with the promised chara-nari. If I didn’t already know it would be like this from the manga, I’d be kind of ticked.
Still looking forward to Dia’s chara-nari nonetheless. Hopefully it’ll kind of bring back the sequence used for Ran, Miki, and Su. Yes, I’m actually looking forward to stock footage.
Well, it’s called “Chara-Nari! Amulet Dia!” so…obviously there’s that.
Utau’s chara-nari with Eru too (Looking forward to that more than anything~!).
I don’t think next week’s animation will be quite as good, but I think it’ll still be above the average for this anime. This week was just crazy. Like…the best mahou shoujo action sequence ever, or really second to CCS’s second movie (that was awesome).
Well, thanks to Satelight for giving me reason to watch this anime through the future filler crap. If Ikuto’s arc is done even half this well, it’ll probably be worth it.
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