Shugo Chara!! Doki – Episode 55October 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 30 Comments
Tags: fangirling, meh, WTF!?
You know, Doki isn’t that bad if you watch it with really low expectations and make fun of everything. I actually had quite a bit of fun this week. There’s nothing really new to be pissed about (except for the preview, which I’ll get to later).
But then they kind of threw a plot twist at us in the end of the episode which manga fans should recognize, but that’s sort of troublesome as well. Makes me wonder what anyone’s really supposed to expect.
I really did enjoy laughing at the episode, but the end of the episode leaves me feeling rather…eh. Every time I figure out what they’re doing, they do something else. Now rather than that making Satelight “tricky plot ninjas” it makes them “tricky messing-up the plot ninjas”. Lame sounding, but it’s true.
They left their first hint at Ikuto’s arc in this episode. Why? I don’t know. Maybe they want to get it out of the way early on so they can assure manga fans they will get to it. Which is fine. Or maybe they’re trying to start Ikuto’s arc in the midst of…this crap. Which is not fine.
I know a lot of my readers really want to see Ikuto’s arc, but I want to sit through 20+ weeks of crap episodes. Before anyone calls me crazy, let me explain why (it’s quite simple). I want to see Ikuto’s arc in its entirety and without distractions. To get that, the manga needs to get way ahead first.
The only reason why this stupid filler arc started in the first place was so they’d give the manga time to get ahead. People complain a lot about Satelight “ruining” the series, but up until now they never deviated that much from the manga. By the end of the first season any scene taken out was put back in (different order, but still).
Now then because of this I’d like to say I have some faith in Satelight that despite what happened at the end of this episode, they’ll keep things separate and won’t smush together two stories that don’t belong together, but…well, they did do Kamichama Karin’s anime. But thankfully, no key members of the staff seem to be the same…so there’s that.
This is just me stating possibilities though. Even with my pessimistic attitude about the series, I don’t think it will happen.
In the (asshole) director’s office at Easter, Lulu (and stalker scientist) are showing the results of the ?-egg to the director. Ikuto’s also in the office and is in charge of catching the embryo once it appears (whose bright idea was that?). Lulu introduces herself to Ikuto, but she’s barely acknowledged, causing Yoru and Nana to get into a chara fight.
Outside a store the charas are fighting over what to buy when a girl comes out. Her cell phone rings and Amu recognizes Utau’s new song, Heartful Song, so she brings it up to the girl (Hitomi) who turns out to be a really big fan of Utau. After talking a bit, the girl catches on that Amu might know Utau, which Amu confirms, so she asks to be able to meet Utau and gives her a way to contact her before leaving. Amu panics over her situation, but the charas are still talking about what they should buy for a snack.
Lulu is at her house with her french chef father and actress mother, who are quite odd (like Amu’s parents). Lulu’s mother is on a TV variety show they watch while they eat. In her room, Lulu looks at some pictures of her mother. She made a piece of jewelry that her mother always wears. It also seems that the reason Lulu wants to get the embryo is for her mother (as Nana says) and Lulu tells Nana that Easter will be kept their secret.
At home, Amu worries over how she can get Utau to meet Hitomi. She and her charas imagine two situations, both which have Utau slamming the door on her. The next day Amu is walking around and by some big coincidence sees Hitomi at her tennis practice (I honestly thought this was supposed to happen, but Amu’s surprised tone implies otherwise…). The two of them talk and Hitomi asks if Amu’s talked to Utau yet, but gets that she couldn’t so soon, but still looks forward to it. Amu changes the subject to how tennis must be hard. Hitomi says it is, but Utau song makes it easier (or something) and goes into fangirl mode before singing Heartful Song herself, Amu is incredibly impressed. Hitomi asks if she could even make her debut and wants Utau to listen to her song. She asks Amu to meet Utau and all that stuff again before running off again. Amu decides to help because she promised.
She goes to talk to Yukari and gets an immediate, “no” as a response. While Yukari explains why, Su gets distracted by the messy office and NEEDS to clean it. After they finish talking, Su’s finished cleaning the room and Yukari tells Su to be her chara. Su refuses (along with the other charas) because she wants to be a cute girl’s chara, not an old lady’s chara. So they all get thrown out. As they leave Amu meets up with Utau. Amu and Utau go somewhere to get a drink and Amu gets one of the responses she expected.
At her house, Hitomi gets really excited at the possibility of making her debut, but she also wants to play tennis. After more wondering about what to do, she sees Lulu outside her window and goes outside. After briefly talking, Lulu starts her usual ?-egg thing (because Hitomi wants to be “Utau”). The scientists notice all sorts of important powerful data and Ikuto just stands by looking disinterested.
Utau starts to leave because she has to go back to the office, but Miki senses a ?-egg, while Lulu transforms Hitomi’s egg into ?-egg. Miki tells Amu, and Utau asks what they’re talking about. Amu explains about Easter’s new plan and asks Utau to come, but Iru comes in and says that Utau doesn’t have free time to use on Easter. However, Eru hears Utau’s song and Amu and her charas figure it’s something to do with Hitomi.
Hitomi is back at her practice spot and singing Heartful Song to make everyone in the area fall asleep. The three idiot scientists and Lulu are watching nearby with headphones on (so they’re not affected). Lulu starts to tell Ikuto about the embryo (to catch it when it appears I suppose), but he can’t hear her (or pretends more like it I’d say). Amu and Utau appear so everyone hides. Miki tels everyone to cover their ears but it’s already too later for Ran, Su, and Iru. Eru’s still awake because she’s pissed about Utau’s song being used for evil.
Hitomi stops singing and turns to see Utau. She tells her about how powerful her song is and that everyone is moved, but Utau tells her they’re not (and basically tells her off, but I can’t translate exactly). This upsets Hitomi so she chara-nari’s into Singer Dream. Amu chara-nari’s with Miki. She uses Colorful Canvas, but Hitomi’s attack overpowers hers. While the Easter people are commenting on the power and Lulu is distracted by being all confident, Ikuto leaves unnoticed. Amu uses a new attack (prism music). Utau transforms into Seraphic Charm and uses Angel Cradle to make everyone in the area fall into a normal sleep. This makes Hitomi realize that she can’t be Utau and ? turns into an X, Utau tells her that her own song is fine and Amu uses Open Heart.
Afterward, the embryo appears again, Lulu turns to tell Ikuto to get it, and notices he’s gone. The scientists get all excited over their new data. Hitomi wakes up and gets excited over meeting Utau, but feels that its somewhat bitter or difficult. Utau tells her that her song isn’t bad, but she should sing the song in her heart. Hitomi says she wants to be like Utau, but Utau says she should sing her own song (or something, I suck at translating). Hitomi says that she’ll find her own song and will someday be on the same stage with Utau (who says she’ll look forward to it).
Ikuto walks down the street and sees a car drive away from his house. He rushes into his room and find that his violin is gone. It was stolen!!!
Super lazy today since I still don’t feel well (even what I understood I couldn’t properly put into words in English) and I just had a hard time caring about a lot of the stuff in this episode.
…God this anime is so uber mahou shoujo-y now. It was always pink and sparkly, but they cranked it up by like, 500 sparkle points (or whatever we measure our mahou shoujo crap in).
I’m starting to look at it as a completely different series. Not sure if that’s bad, but it’s definitely not good.
Oh this lifted my spirits as soon as the episode started. I thought we might get some sort of meeting between Utau and Lulu and thought Ikuto wouldn’t even appear. Sheesh, what’s up with you Satelight? Making Ikuto appear when no Guardians did again.
I like it. This time it was really just Amu, Utau, and Ikuto for real (main) characters which suits me just fine.
Hitomi, right? Well anyway, as far as filler characters go…she’s not awful, but she’s not exactly memorable either.
I think the big problem I have with filler characters is that none of them are…subdued. In order to be memorable and make the episode “different” they give each of them a really noticable personality trait (usually they;re outgoing), but that’s it. It’s really annoying. Outgoing characters are fine, but when they’re so…one-dimensional they piss me off. And there you have it, that’s my main problem with filler characters.
Considering that Utau is only ever seen with twintails, we sure see her with quite a few hairstyles, don’t we? Mostly it’s just some variation of braids, but still.
Okay, last week there was some vague feeling that Lulu felt kind of ripped-off of Amu herself too. This week gives us an exact example. Daughter with weird parents, trying to kind of ignore them. Bleh.
I don’t think I’d have such a problem with Lulu if I didn’t keep getting reminded of other characters. Taking parts of different awesome female characters and mixing them up in one girl does not make her an awesome character. Especially when she has some much less likable traits.
And this week we find out why she’s looking for the embryo. Somehow it’s for her mom. But her mom isn’t dying (which I said would be the only wish that would have a chance at seeming worthy compared to others). In fact, her mom seems to be doing just fine.
You’d think I’d be upset by this turn of events, but because it’s not what I expected, I like it better. I get the feeling that Lulu just isn’t thinking properly and will see her mom doesn’t need the wish or something later on. At least that’s the feeling I’m getting.
We also got a kind-of reason for why there’s that jewelry. Lulu makes jewelry and it seems to be part of her would-be self somehow. She has to chara change to use her jewelry and Nana has all that stuff on her dress. Probably should have picked up on it last week, but I was too ticked off.
Oh hey. Amu got new pajamas! (New, right?) …Why does everything need to have that crazy masking? What was wrong with Amu’s old pajamas?
Ah…and wait a minute…is Amu’s room slightly different, or is it just me? I mean, the diamond at least has to be new, right?
(one of) THE BEST CHIBI SCENE EVER!
Ah, I love how Amu is being all cutesy and still gets rejected by our tsundere queen (using an adorable chibi voice). Hell yes~!
lol…For some reason, the more I look at them I feel like they’re dolls in a doll house…
You know it’s really mean to make any other seiyuu sing a Nana Mizuki song. I mean, sitting through this I kind of thought that Amu could have done a better job (while the magical Amuto spotlight was on her).
But seriously…I don’t think she was good enough to get the sparkly eyes reaction from Amu, who’s heard Utau sing live. So…yeah.
Utau~! Ah, Utau. We don’t see nearly enough of her anymore. Since episode 47 darn it! There’s one thing that’s survived the changes made to this season and that’s the characters. So they should have the good characters show up more often.
Eru drinking out of a cup. Eru drinking out of a cup. Eru drinking out of a cup. Eru drinking out of a cup. Eru drinking out of a cup.
I’m going to make a tiny little cup to attach to my Eru figure…because that is so cute. (Almost anything that small has to be cute.)
Yay! Utau is having a drink with Amu! That’s right Utau! With Rima around all the time and Trap-kun coming back, you have to fight for the place of Amu’s best friend!
…Though I tend to think Amu’s just super best friends with all the main characters and the filler characters are all her normal friends.
(Oh and ha! Utau replied just like they thought she would. Minus Chibi voice and the slamming of a door)
“Oh wow. There’s a girl I don’t know standing outside my house and staring up at my room. I think I should go outside and talk to her.”
My second reason for hating filler characters. They are incredibly dumb.
Agh! Why are these guys still around!? Do something right you asshole director! Fire them!!!
Poor Ikuto is still subjected to their stupidity. I mean, it’s already mean enough to make him do crappy Easter work, but at least let him work in a moron-free zone.
Of course! The number one Utau fan can always hear an Utau song in up to a 10 mile radius! Why? Because Angels have super-hearing! It’s not a well-known fact (devils have super something else to make up for it I’m sure).
…Eru~ (God I love this chara)
You know, this was probably OOC or whatever, but I don’t care. Ikuto pissing off Lulu is good. As long as it’s made perfectly clear that Lulu < Tsukiyomi Siblings, I’m good.
So, Ikuto still hasn’t seen Utau which means Utau still hasn’t seen him. Which should mean that he still “hasn’t been home” but at the end of the episode he goes back to his house casually. Then again, I don’t think Utau should be living in that house anymore since she’s not a part of Easter, but she said that he hadn’t been home before which should mean he hasn’t been to the house they both live in.
…Which plothole is the right plothole?
Okay, the poses for Amulet Spade are fine, but the transformation looks really stupid now. It’s still the exact same transformation, just with Miki’s egg. They should really at least make Amu all glowy-blue or something like before.
My God, I think this one is uglier than last time. I mean, what part of wanting to be a singer requires a granny nightgown? Or crazy note wings…
I felt like I was watching a Disney movie. Like when they get into the singing and magic and stuff. Sort of like in Cinderella or…I don’t know, something else. But man…this felt…overdone (how many times will I get to use that word?).
Utau~! You know after they made Amu get the power-up and stuff, I wondered what was going to happen to some of the others. Specifically Utau because her power purified x-eggs (lots of ’em). But now her power makes the half-asleep people fall into a normal sleep. I like that.
Glad to see that they still make other people able to fight this crap instead of making it all about Amu (kind of like in the first 26 episodes). Of course, Utau is the second best girl with Chara-Nari-ing (well, yeah, she’s the most experienced) so she gets to be the first other person to be useful. Yay Utau!
Also, Utau is so nice when she wants to be. Ah…I love her. I still need to make my Utau puppet…
lulz. And now Lulu should finally have learned her lesson. Unless you specifically keep your eye on him the whole time, he’ll leave because he feels like it. Ah, I’m really enjoying this.
Now then…for a brief, WTF!? moment. Why the hell is Ikuto in charge of actually chasing and getting the embryo? It’s like they don’t even want it. The way Ikuto’s always doing things against them and helping Amu when he can, you’d think they’d get the idea that he probably would just keep it.
Eru and Iru make me smile. Especially srs Eru and pissed-off Iru. So cute.
Yup, this is what I was talking about in the beginning. Ikuto…
Ah. I didn’t expect to see it this soon in the anime so it came as a really sudden blow because, oh I know why they took it. Those idiots! I hate them! I want them to die! *dramadramadrama* You don’t mess with violin’s! Especially not Ikuto’s!
*sigh* But after Amu bringing up the violin as something important to Ikuto in episode 53, I should have expected this.
I’m stuck in a super confused pissed-off mode because of this. On one hand, I’m super pissed off at Easter (and specifically asshole number one) for stealing the violin. On the other hand, I have all that suspicion towards Satelight…because I know they can be stupid and I don’t trust them.
But ah…the violin. I was hoping we might get another Amuto filler with the violin, but now even those hopes are gone. They’ll have to figure out something else. What else is still in the wanter filler list? Ah…Alice in Wonderland filler. Make that happen Satelight. (Seriously, they’d have to be stupid not to make that happen to take up time when it’s something people actually want.)
Filler character. Boo.
Sheesh. What’s with Satelight and messing up the Jack entrances and exits? Kairi got a recap for his last episode and Nagihiko gets…rocket boy. Bleh. I’m hoping Nagihiko just shows up at the end so we can get his proper, full, spotlight entrance in episode 57. That would be nice.
Rima also gets so much-deserved screentime. They finally animated that tightrope attack of hers and included a scene from the manga. Rima shouldn’t take the backseat now just because her family situation is all out in the open. And now there’s no reason for her to because she can be suspicious of Nagihiko. Yay~!
Ooo, this week was difficult. I ended up with about five questions. I planned on a Lulu vs Utau poll, but since there was no real Lulu vs. Utau I decided to make it about what’s really on my mind instead.
Not even really a question now that I think of it…but it stays.
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