Shugo Chara!! Doki – Episode 57November 8, 2008 at 1:04 am | Posted in Shugo Chara! | 39 Comments
Tags: ROFL, trap
Well…this was probably the best episode of Doki so far. It was really predictable, but I feel like it got some of the charm from the first season back. I’ll go ahead and say that it’s the two scenes of cross-dressing that made this episode a lot better. Even with it being all filler-y.
Though, the plot involving Ikuto’s violin popped up again in this episode.
Hm…basically this episode is making me feel a lot better about Doki after the “below no expectations” episode last week. I still think that the filler character in that episode was awful, but they handled the filler character better this time.
However! There is something we need to address first! I honestly don’t follow the Shugo Chara! news anymore and just watch the episode every week now. I only know what comments tell me. So is episode 59’s title on wikipedia right? “Hoshina Utau! New Departure!”
Because if so and it means what I think it does…consider me pissed off about something new. We have a bunch of time where there’s going to be nothing real going on, and Satelight is considering making Utau leave? That’s…messed up. That’s really, really messed up.
At the very least they better put the ramen scene in that episode. *sigh* I’m going to be really disappointed if Satelight tosses out one of the increasingly fewer reasons why some older fans are watching Doki. Utau is a really popular character and not utilizing her during any fillers seems like a really bad idea to me.
Yoru has his cats looking around the town for Ikuto’s violin, but it hasn’t been found yet. After Yoru says they’ll definitely find his important violin, Ikuto says that it’s not really important.
At school, Amu’s friends show her this new cute thing (which she pretends to be uninterested in), but people around them panic because no one was supposed to bring anything cute to school that day. A student from the middle school section was coming that day for the karate club and he hates cute things. He shows up then and gets all angry eyes after seeing the cute kitty toy, but Amu goes into Cool & Spicy mode and acts unafraid and such.
After school, Amu, Rima, and Yaya talk about it on the way to the Garden and Yaya explains about the student (he comes from a karate family essentially I guess, where they’re really strict and whatever). While they’re talking they find a cute little deer mascot, but (oh noes!) the older student sees them with it, goes scary eyes on them, and they all run away. And again, and again, and again as he basically ends up chasing them all over the school.
At the garden Tadase and Nagihiko are waiting for the others to show up when Kukai shows up to check up on Nagihiko. Kukai wants to teach Nagihiko more about being the Jack and has Tadase chara change. Apparently the Jack’s job is essentially taking care of the king (in such an odd and fangirl pandering way in Kukai’s case). Kukai explains that the Jack is supposed to keep Tadase’s king mode under control, because he tends to act spoiled in that form (Tadase’s would-be self is spoiled because he’s usually such a nice boy or something). Kukai then suddenly changes subjects by asking about how it felt to wear a skirt. A nice, scar aura surrounds Nagihiko as he tells him that he’ll let him find out. (Ohohoho~)
Amu, Rima, and Yaya are finally out of energy and the snepai catches up with them. Amu turns around to ask what’s so bad about cute things, before he can answer really, the karate club members all get in the way to try and stop him and Amu and the others leave again. They go to the garden, still talking, but stop when they suddenly come upon…this scene. They’re all shocked (but Yaya snaps out of it and starts taking picture of Tadase).
While walking home Amu and her charas talk about the tough day (though Amu was glad to see Tadase in a skirt), when scary-senpai shows up and tells Amu to come somewhere to talk with him. Amu’s freaked out at first, but after sitting for a while, they notice that he doesn’t seem to be all scary-angry. After a while of beating around the bush, scary-senpai says something that sounds like a love confession (causing an obvious reaction from Amu), but clarifies that he actually likes cute things (which causes Amu to freak out even more). After he goes on a while (about how he shouldn’t like cute things or something) and explains that the deer thing was his, Amu hands it over and after a few moments, leaves. (Oh yeah, and Lulu was behind a tree nearby.)
Amu thinks aloud about how it must be tough for him, she gets a surprise when Ikuto answers her. He was up in a tree nearby (lol, of course). Amu accuses him of eavesdropping, but Yoru tells her that they were there first. Because of the previous conversation, their conversation leads to the discussion of “important” things (Amu basically says Ikuto doesn’t understand what it’s like to lose something important when she doesn’t think he’s being sensitive to the situation or something). Yoru quickly steps in to say that Iuto’s “important thing” is in trouble (or something) and that they’re looking for it all the time, but before he can continue, he’s called over by Ikuto and they leave. Amu’s left wondering about the important thing.
Meanwhile at Easter, asshole director is watching stalker scientist do something with Ikuto’s violin (involving x-egg energy no!!!). Which explains what the data the scientists collected in episode 55 was for. Meanwhile, Lulu is being a stalker of scary-senpai and he’s her next target.
Scary senpai hears some things from his father and grandfather that makes him try to throw his cute little deer away (something about being a “man!” or something equally stupid). So Lulu comes in and does her ?-egg thing. The Guardians all get to the house (dojo or whatever) not long after and come in to see scary-senpai being scarily happy about cute things. So he chara-nari’s into…Punch Dream (lolwut?) and sends deers after all of them that make everything…cute. Then he does an attack on all of the boys which also makes them…cute (and by cute I mean crossdressing cute) which causes multiple reaction (fangirling from Amu, jealousy from Yaya). Rima reminds Amu to get down to serious business and they each transform (Amu transforms into Amulet Spade). After fighting a bit, they get cornered so Amu switches to Amulet Clover and creates some treat which the deers all go after. After they fight, Amu tells him to like whatever he wants to like because that’s what a real man should do (or something) and Amulet Clover gets to do her first ever Open Heart! With the egg healed, all the boys return to normal (nooooo!), Lulu is thwarted (and mad about it this time too), and all is well again. They all got out before scary-senpai woke up (and had his own head-clearing honto no jibun moment).
The next day both of Amu’s friends have their own cute kitty things, but scary senpai shows up again so they get worried. This time after doing his scary look, he just comments that they’re cute and you get to see that he has his own deer thing with him.
Well, like I said…better. There were some really great moments in here and it’s a lot more like the first season. With the major exception being Lulu who feels kind of unnecessary a lot of the time. She’s just wandering around.
Ikuto, you’re so stubborn~ Saying that it’s not something important to you even though you’re always taking such good care of it and carrying it around…almost 24/7 (except when it’s raining, because he doesn’t want it to get damanged~).
He’s a stubborn and proud cat-boy (just like real kitties can be. Cute~).
Did they even mention this kid’s name once or did I completely miss it? I missed it, right?
Anyway, as far as filler characters go…he’s successful. He caused something important for another character to be revealed or something so…yeah. Successful as a filler character.
He also gave us an awesome anime-original moment, so I’m happy about that.
KYAAA! Amu-chan! COOL & SPICY~!
Ah…it’s been a while. After so many disappointing Lulu moments, this scene was very refreshing.
I actually liked these scenes quite a bit. Mostly owed to chibi Rima. She had to be dragged around or her expression was just almost blank, and…Ah. Rima is cute. It’s that simple.
Kukai! You’re back! Yay! Of course, I already knew he would be, but it’s still cause for celebration. Kukai’s been appearing more often recently. I’m going to enjoy it while I can.
…Especially since Utau may be leaving us. *despair*
Oh Nagihiko, you really are the most level-headed in the bunch. That’s pretty much what my reaction was when I first saw the scene (though, I’m not level-headed…). But Nagihiko is just so smart and mature. We all love him, don’t we? And if you don’t…well then. I don’t think we have anything to discuss with one another ever because there must be something wrong with you.
If I remember correctly, isn’t this one of the scenes from the manga that converted some Tadase haters? After all, wanting to be spoiled because you’re too nice adds on a bit more to his would-be self outside of taking over the world.
…I can’t believe some people took the “taking over the world” stuff so seriously though. That was never my reason (I just took it as a joke).
Hehehehe. Kukai asked the million dollar question. Thank you Kukai. You may regret this someday, but I assure you, the rest of us (most of us really) will love you forever.
So the time has come to reveal with Nagihiko’s pleasant smile what this episode is really about…
Skirts! Of course!
(Oh, I love how Tadase even got forced into the girl’s guardian’s cape too…really completes it, doesn’t it?)
The reaction…is obvious.
And I just have to say, Welcome back Shugo Chara! We all missed you.
Except for Tadase and Kukai. They have successfully found their most embarassing moment in life. And it’s been caught on film!
Of course, the anime usually tends to be at its best with the manga moments, but they did a great job with the small changes in this one. All of the girls seeing it and Yaya getting pictures was great. Then we also get the icing on top of our trap cake later in this episode…
But poor Tadase. He really does look good in that skirt.
…Well, well, well. Look who’s the new number one stalker at Easter now.
You know, even though there was a ton of rage (and crack pairings) that set the fandom into crazed mode after Lulu first appeared…it’s pretty much quieted down completely (at least in my parts of the fandom).
I keep forgetting that she even exists. She’s kind of just like a plot device. I guess, it’s because the subs came out for 55 and I found the exact translation of her wish. She wants her mom to win more awards…how special and deserving (sarcasm should be obvious). Really…I think it’s because she barely even comes into contact with real characters anymore. So it feels like she just doesn’t matter. Even while her ?-eggs are causing trouble.
I got distracted by the skirts, so the fact that Ikuto had appeared kind of slipped my mind. So I honestly had a, “Ah…AH!!! Yay!” inner moment when Ikuto appeared. In a tree…like usual. ^_^ *is happy*
*is also happy* The Tsukiyomi grin! It feels like a while since we’ve really seen it…even though Ikuto’s almost always smirking. But nonetheless, yay! We got Ikuto and tsuntsun Amu. I’m good.
Of course, the scene with the discussion of “important things” is what I’m talking about when I said the filler character lead to development of important characters. This way Amu found out that something is going on.
Though I love how quickly Amu dropped her act when she heard that there was trouble (she’s so cute). Too bad it wasn’t really pointed out. Ikuto was too distracted by his chara being a blabbermouth (like usual).
Ah, but Yoru was cute when he got all startled. So it’s still okay.
But darn them! Why do they keep reminding us? I got Ikuto being Ikuto for a little bit and was quite happy before they reminded us with an ominous picture of what’s to come. With chains and everything.
…I hate you Satelight!!! Poor Ikuto… (and stupid manga…taking too long…)
Another thing I’ve been missing from Shugo Chara! for a while that we got again were the group reactions. Filler character gave us that too, so I’m relatively satisfied with him. Especially since we got not just one…but two! Wow! (as usual, Rima stands out…especially in the second one)
…Refer to Rima’s expession in the second group reaction picture for my feelings on this please.
I mean, it looks like he’s wearing a pink toilet seat around his head.
There…there are just no words to use.
This is even better than the skirts scene to me. I…I can’t say anything. There’s too much to say, and none of it even properly expresses the epicness of this moment. So I’ll say it simply: Good job Satelight.
I really hope that a better quality raw comes out soon so I can put together a better version of this image. (Tch, just one week late for a trap banner on this blog)
…Heh. We only saw Kukai in boxers before, so this is a fun surprise (and lol Daichi). It’s great to see Nagihiko back in girls’ clothes too. Especially with…bunny ears. It’s like they’re trying to break all the fanboys who fell for the Nadeshiko trap in the first place. Ah, like I said last week. Nagihiko is the best boy AND girl ever. He looks better than even Tadase (who in my mind is meant to where skirts). Without a doubt, Nagihiko is the best.
Of course, Amu and Miki seem to disagree with me for obvious reasons. Oh Amu. You’re such a fangirl. This absolutely solidifies it.
Wow, it didn’t take them forever to get to Amulet Clover. I’m relatively surprised.
But of course, I have my complaint anyway. Why did Amulet Clover’s skirt look twice its normal size? I mean, it’s usually big, but…honestly. I’m not the only one who noticed it, am I?
If I understoof this correctly…Satelight ripped off Ouran big time (unless Ouran ripped someone else off which is possible…in which case Satelight ripped them off too). I am completely reminded of Hunny-senpai’s story. Karate, cute things, just toss in the cliche of the senpai being all scary instead of cute and there it is. Wow.
Even if you’re running out of ideas, please try something someone can’t automatically connect with another anime. Especially a shoujo anime. Just a small tip Satelight.
Yay! Never before seen in either the manga or the anime, Amulet Clover did Open Heart! Hurray!
For some reason that always bothered me…that Amulet Clover didn’t get to do the same attack as the others (felt like it kind of separated that transformation too much for Amu’s others), so I’m happy we finally got to see it. Amulet Clover can use the Humpty Lock too!
But…when do we get to see Amulet Clover’s bubble attack?
And finally! Amu pissed of Lulu quite a bit and it’s making me smile. Oh, where’d that confidence go? Amu purified a ?-egg again, barely even breaking a sweat this time.
Hehehe. I’m happy for today. Amu pissed Lulu off, we got to see some real plot, and I got not one, but two scenes of boys in dresses and/or skirts. I am pleased.
Ami and the charas having an adventure at her school. It seems like it has the potential to be incredibly cute. As long as I’m in the right mood I’ll probably enjoy it (though I’d enjoy it more if Eru showed up). I can’t speak for others since I know chara episodes bother some people.
Hehe. This is my favorite poll so far. It’s the most fun.
My answer is obvious again I think. Traps were born to where girls’ clothes.
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