Shugo Chara! – Episode 51September 27, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 55 Comments
Tags: aww, fangirling, no wai!, shipping
…I have no idea what Satelight is doing with the second season. There’s still no details anywhere. But whatever. Enjoy what you get I guess.
This should be an episode to make both the Amuto and Tadamu fans happy…though we Amuto fans are a bit happier I’d say. We always are. And we better be, we’re the 70% majority.
All in all…they could have done worse. If there wasn’t a second season I’d probably have more of an, “ugh/don’t care/this sucks” attitude. But we have a second season, so I’m fine with the anime plot filler.
Yes. You heard me right. Plot and filler. Because this doesn’t add much to the overall plot, but it still brings up the plot.
So in this episode we have Amuto (yay!), Tadamu (shallow…), Kukai (woot!), Dia (surprise!), Rima adorableness (freakin’ cute), quick little peeks at Kairi and Utau, and even a scene from the manga involving Gozen. Pretty good stuff for an anime plot filler.
Yeah…I think this episode is worth a watch by people skipping fillers even though it has no real impact on the plot. I still think it was a pretty good episode.
Amu has a dream where she sees Dia and is asked what she’d wish for from the embryo. When she tells her charas they come up with wishes for her (getting married to Tadase, wishing for an outfit), but Amu’s own wishes are different (one of them is wanting to see Nadeshiko again); she has so many that she ends up confusing and frustrating herself. Then she sees Yukari and Nikaidou arguing while on a “date” which they both fiercely deny. After that’s over, Nikaidou brings up an e-mail he accidentally got from Easter (stalker scientist being a fool) talking about how they found (or will find) the embryo. Yukari then brings up Gozen and Amu asks about that person since Ikuto brought them up before. Nikaidou cheerfully tells her they don’t know who it is. They’ve never seen Gozen. Yukari adds that people working for Easter have to do whatever Gozen says, and that includes Ikuto (kind of guessing a little here).
Meanwhile Ikuto is in an elevator with the asshole director and they go up to see Gozen some secret room (Gozen is behind a curtain wall). (From here I’m guessing a lot because the director uses really formal language when talking to Gozen) The director explains their plans about getting x-eggs and introduces Ikuto (like I said, guessing). Then the same things as usual seem to come up (in other words, a-hole being an a-hole). After Ikuto leaves the director sets his sites on Amu because if she’s not around collecting x-eggs would be easier. Yoru, as usual, complains about Easter and Ikuto just agrees.
Later on the roof the Guardians are having a party (for some reason involving the embryo, but it’s not a very good reason) and they all end up talking about their wishes (Rima’s is the best). Then during the party Amu gets a message on her phone from Ikuto telling her to meet him someplace. Miki thinks it’s suspicious, but Amu leaves the party to go. The charas wonder where the someplace is, but Amu already knows (then some dude follows her in a car).
That place is, of course, the amusement park. She goes to the teacups for a quick nostalgic little memory. She wanders around, wondering where Ikuto is when her charas point out a greenhouse with the door open. Once she goes inside though, one of those stupid scientists locks her in. She finds out it was a trap (no wai!) and when she goes to open the door, she gets trapped by those machines the scientists made. The Guardians are worried about Amu because she’s late and then they spot a whole bunch of the machines floating nearby and they get turned on.
Amu tries calling someone on her cellphone, but can’t get service. So her charas suggest she try to chara-nari, but Amu left her lock at the party (never seen Ran, Miki, and Su so pissed). Elsewhere, Ikuto’s just sitting around watching the stupid Easter plan when the guy who trapped Amu drives up and starts talking to the stalker scientist on his phone about trapping Amu (and using Ikuto’s name). Ikuto appears in front of the guy and scares him into giving him the information about Amu. The guardian’s charas sense the x-egg energy and they become aware that it’s an Easter plan.
Amu and her charas talk about Easter’s current plans, wondering how to get out when Ikuto jumps through the glass and frees Amu. After Ikuto calls her stupid for getting caught in an obvious trap (paraphrasing) Amu goes all tsuntsun until Ikuto tells her that he had something interesting to tell her, but now he won’t.
Back with the guardians, the dumb Easter scientists can’t even control their own inventions. It gets so out of control that they all end up joining together into one big Frisbee thing. The scientists proceed to fail more and manage to explode the laptop after the director calls. The frisbee is doing a big muri attack like from episode 15 and Yaya gets hit and goes all LOLemo. Amu shows up in the nick of time and everyone does their chara-nari. With everyone attacking they manage to defeat all of the machines and heal the eggs pretty easily.
After the eggs are healed, Ikuto, who’s been nearby, sees the embryo among the eggs and everyone else sees it as well. Ikuto, then Amu, both race toward the embryo. As Amu is flying towards it, she thinks about granting everyone’s wishes as well as her own, but she stops because she still doesn’t have an answer to Dia’s question about what her wish is. Ikuto reaches the embryo as well and Amu wonders again what Ikuto’s wish is.
The scientists get a call from the director again and Stalker-san panics so much that he hits a button which ends up shooting some sort of missile at Amu and Ikuto. Ikuto manages to stop it and protect Amu, but after that they start falling (and the embryo has disappeared) and Amuto ensues. Tadase and Kukai manage to save the day (Amu ends up in Tadase’s arms, reminiscent of episode 1). After Ikuto lands nearby, Tadase declares to him that he won’t hand anything over to him (blah, blah, blah old news).
Everyone runs to greet Amu and she apologizes for not getting the embryo, but they’re just glad she’s safe. As they’re walking away, Yoru comments on how they didn’t get the embryo and Ikuto says they’ll just have to find it again (that’s right, Ikuto got enough from all that stuff with Amu~!). There’s an ominous shot of Gozen and…whatever. Epilogue time.
The next day the charas say it’s too bad they didn’t get the embryo. Amu still doesn’t know her true wish or true self, but her charas say that it’ll be fun trying to find out (like she can have fun along the way or something). They get Amu to agree and tell her that they believe in her shine~! The first king says something about a story (like always) and we get shots of all the characters in their daily life (except Nagihiko…). Then some stuff about kids’ true selves and whatever and the episode is over.
There was less translating this time, but the summary still ended up being long because a lot happened. I had a hard time summarizing a few things, but I’m pretty sure you can all get the gist of it.
Gah. They keep doing this now. Since episode 49 I’ve been getting regular doses of Amuto. And I love it. It probably stops next week, but who cares? I’m glad that we’ve gotten so much recently. Hmm…I think this is my favorite completely anime-original episode. Yup…definitely. It would piss me off if it really ended like this, but with a new season next week, this completely satisfies me!
Oh and as usual, when Amuto is around, I overdid my screencaps.
God Dia is so cute. Especially her voice. Kanae Ito definitely became one of my favorite seiyuu after I heard her adorable Dia voice. And Dia is definitely my second favorite chara, without a doubt (she would be number one, but no one can compete with Eru).
Anyway…I want that CD of Amu and her charas singing already. I want to hear Kanae Ito sing with the adorable Dia voice!!!
The description was misleading again. Amu didn’t think of herself marrying Tadase, Su did. Amu’s wedding fantasies involve four guys (she’s a polygamist~!) so I thought something was strange. One wedding fantasy is usually the limit for shoujo.
…And Su isn’t my third favorite chara anymore. She might even be fifth now. Not because Tadamu bothers me (though that’s part of it), but because what Tadamu fans do with scenes like this. It breaks my shipping rules. And Su gave them the ability to do so.
The best thing the anime has done differently than the manga is definitely all the Yukari and Nikaidou scenes (lol, I’m still calling Nikaidou by his family name even though I switched for Yukari). I love how often we get to see them. They make up that sort of dysfunctional couple I just can’t get enough (Yukari’s so tsundere sometimes too, and we all know that I love that).
It’s a glass elevator. You can see the outside. Someone should just shove him through the glass! Not Ikuto though…he’s too cool to shove people. That was established last week. But someone can do it!!!
Well, there goes the “gozen is Ikuto’s mom” theory. Not one I really thought was true, but whatever. Satelight obviously isn’t completely out of the loop with what’s going to happen in the manga (Tadase’s grandmother…remember?) so I think it’s safe to assume Gozen is probably a dude. Pretty sure Ikuto’s mom doesn’t sound like that.
That leaves the First King and Aruto (Or Alto, whichever) for the current theories. Or the taiyaki kid…but that would be weird.
Frowny Ikuto picture because I haven’t put up any Ikuto screencaps yet (blasphemy!).
That’s right you asshole. You better not talk about Amu until Ikuto is out of the room. Sneaky little asshole…
Seriously though…why is this dude always talking to himself?
I think the most common phrase from Ikuto has to be “sou da na” now. Every time Yoru talks to him, that’s his response.
…I don’t get Kukai x Yaya shippers. They really just act like friends or even siblings, so…I don’t get it. I’ll leave it at that though. A simple difference of opinion because Kukai x Yaya shippers are nice and polite.
Awww…Rima. Out of the Guardians, she’s the one who deserves the embryo the most. Stupid Tadase wants to become a good leader or something (do that with your own strength! That’s why you have Kiseki!), Kukai didn’t really want anything, and Yaya wanted candy. So yeah…Rima should definitely get her happy family.
Oh, but the fact that she’s still wishing for it means that she doesn’t have it yet, doesn’t it? So sad! Hang in there Rima! You still have Amu and your other friends! And perhaps a future trap boyfriend!
Rima~! She really is adorable. It feels like it’s been so long since I got to be all, “Aww~! Rima~!” so this episode made me happy.
A text from Ikuto? Honestly Amu? I don’t even think Ikuto has a cell phone. Or if he does, he never uses it (he’s too cool for even cell phones).
But we can just take it as Amu wanting to see Ikuto. Look how she rushed out of there!
>_< Aww~! Freakin’ cute. Amu and Ikuto have their own special place at the teacups and it makes me so happy~! (Spoiler: Amu is even willing to get hurt to keep that place safe~!)
I give massive points to Satelight for this. All these little moments just make me smile.
Amu really wasn’t at her best today. Walking right into a trap. I suppose we can just say that’s because she was too caught up in seeing Ikuto. It’s fine then.
O_O Whoa. They’re freakin’ pissed. Su looks especially deranged since she’s still smiling. Scary…
Ikuto, you are awesome. Just…awesome (and cool too). Fat scientist should know better than to kidnap Amu next time…especially using Ikuto to trap her.
Ah, Easter’s really in trouble. Their employees are more afraid of the company’s “puppet” than they are of their own boss.
Ikuto’s so cool. How many times do I get to say that this week? But yeah…busting in through a glass ceiling and freeing Amu in about a second. Freakin’ cool.
And Amu definitely agrees. (So cute, blushing~!)
Of course the moment doesn’t last long when they quickly return to their usual way of speaking with each other. Insults, teasing, and so on. (Amu totally deserved to be called stupid btw)
And on Amu’s end, tsuntsun time! It didn’t last long since Ikuto knows how to handle her, “Well, I was going to tell you something…” Amu just can’t win, can she? But it’s okay, that makes her cuter.
The guardians were so useless without Amu, it was kind of ridiculous. Rima should have been able to transform at least (plot hole).
ROFL. Awesome. Especially Rima’s pose.
After this the fight kind of stunk though. A lot of recycled animation. Except Kukai’s attack…that was cool.
Now I have to say, this episode got me curious about what Amu’s wish will be. In the manga right now, it hasn’t come up much, but we know that she doesn’t have a wish of her own yet. Now I’m curious. The common theory is that she’ll want Ikuto’s wish granted, but I kind of want Ikuto’s wish to get granted without the embryo (whatever it is).
The getting to the embryo stuff turned out pretty well, if not a bit corny. It was really well-animated. It was a little overdone (does time slow way down when you get close to the embryo or something?), but not so much to make me go, “This is stupid” like a certain series ending I could mention.
And in the preview we were all wonderring what caused Amu to make that expression. Now we know and it makes me a sad fangirl.
Considering Ikuto’s always calm and cool personality, this really surprised me. Not that I think it’s OOC or something, it’s just still surprising. Ikuto’s situation sucks. Hurry up and fix that Peach-Pit.
But before anything can happen, the Stalker Scientist accidentally shoots a missile at Amu and Ikuto. Yeah…a freakin’ missile. What the hell?
But it’s all good. Ikuto can even stop a missile.
I have to say this made me smile. Ikuto got hurt protecting Amu. That is something I believe most shippers want. Sacrifice for the sake of love~! Yeah.
As for the rest of the fall…yeah, this is one of those types of scenes I just love. I am a happy fangirl.
Tadase and Kukai saved the day in the end and Tadamu fans get one shot of Tadase holding Amu. Before I deleted some because I had too many I had about five shots of Ikuto holding Amu. We win. (Hell yeah it’s a competition. Shipping is srs bsns.)
To put things in better perspective, let’s take a look at the rest of the episode. There was a little fantasy of Amu marrying Tadase with one shot…and it wasn’t even her imagining it (it was Su). We got Amu going to see Ikuto and remembering the tea cups fondly and a little Amuto teasing…both taking up some decent time.
If someone who hasn’t seen Shugo Chara! asks me why I support Amuto over Tadamu, I’m just going to tell them to watch this episode. It’s really no competition unless you happen to be a really big fan of shota princes (or maybe if you like your love shallow), but I think most of us aren’t like that. (Remember~! 70%)
…In the anime we’re still at the point where Tadase is an intolerable little twit and I hate him. After this I had to remind myself about where we currently are in the manga so I didn’t go into a little rant.
That said…Tadase is issuing his challenge…now? Didn’t Ikuto already do that in episode 18 (and again in episode 33). Oh Tadase. Either your attempts are overshadowed by Ikuto, or you’re just way too late to the game. I’d feel bad for your supporters if they weren’t so annoying.
Luckily at the end I got the return to my friendship vibe from Tadamu. I really love the Guardians as a group. I wish we got to see Rima, Nadehiko, Kairi, Kukai, Tadase, Yaya, and Amu all together just once.
…I have to comment on it. I mean, wasn’t it just a Full Moon last week? Ah…silly.
Heh. Seeing Ikuto as a student still manages to make me laugh a little. It really doesn’t seem to fit him. I want to have a filler that has Ikuto at school. It would be fun~!
This…is all the Utau we get? Not enough!!! Dammit…there better be more Utau next season. She’s pretty much the most neglected character. Kairi may have gotten the least amount of episodes, but when he was around her got plenty of focus. More Utau! And definitely some Utau with Kukai (it’s a filler I can approve of).
Kairi! T_T I still miss you. It’s even worse than Nadehiko being gone because at least I know he comes back. But Kairi!!!
I’m a little ticked that Nadehiko didn’t get to appear in the little epilogue though. He better show up again soon.
And…the end! God, I would have been so ticked if this was the ending. Or rather, like I said before I’d just stop caring. But it’s not! Doki starts next week. With the new opening and ending, right? Though nothing else seems to be very new about it.
Ah…I’m almost disappointed that Doki was announced and started so early. I would have loved to see all the little fangirls getting pissed off about the ending. You know, the ones that don’t even know the manga exists. The ones who believe there is a “Shugo Char! creation team”. Yeah…that would have been fun to see.
But no, we charge right ahead next week…with no clear plot.
The episode count seems to be continuing like normal even though they call it Shugo Chara Doki!! so I have no idea how I’ll be titling next week’s post. I’ll decide after I watch the episode.
Now then to peek at the premiere episode of Doki…
…It appears to just be random chara stuff again, but…that seems like a pretty flimsy premiere episode (with the exception of Dia appearing) so I’m sure something else will happen. The episode is called, “meiippai no kirakira” or something (first time I actually had to translate some hiragana to get the title, so that might be wrong). As for what that means…I dunno. Someone else can find out.
I already tried to find out what “meiipai” (or rather めいいっぱい in case my romaji is wrong) might mean, but alas…anything I found seemed completely wrong, so I give up. I probably did something wrong or maybe the info just isn’t out there…but meh. Whatever.
Instead of thinking about how I know pretty much nothing about the next season (even though I managed to fill up two posts with information), I’ll just look forward to seeing Eru-run next week. Eru~!
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