It was going to happen sooner or later. Episode 4 of Demi-chan wa Kataritaiwas the first boring episode of the series. Not much development, plenty of fan-service… And the animation budget seems to have run out.
Japanese Original Episode Title:高橋鉄男は守りたい
This episode revolves around Yuki, the Snow Woman who got depressed near the end of the last episode because some classmates were talking behind her back. For some reason she thought seeking help from Takahashi-sensei would be the ideal reaction to her adolescent drama, and that’s how we find her joining the little gang of monsters Tetsuo has been putting together.
As a rather normal high school girl would, Yuki-chan is very preoccupied by her peers’ opinion about her, so she breaks down when her classmates talk behind her back. Takahashi-sensei offers his ham-sized arms as consolation. Hikari, who probably has nothing better to do other than stalk her hot-ass teacher, is spying on them, and thus finds out what’s been going on with the girls talking behind Yuki’s back.
In the meantime, Sakie, who seems to think that Tetsuo is the man who will finally fulfil her suppressed hormonal urges, offers herself to help him better understand the girls’ double nature. While she’s at it, we get to have a panoramic view of her bouncing breasts and a close-up of her panting mouth, right before a shot of Takahashi-sensei squeezing the life off of a ‘TOMETO’ juice carton, trying to contain himself. I ship them hard.
Hikari, who is not an ideal example of patience, decides to take matters in her own hands and starts screaming at the girls gossiping in the bathroom. She delivers a very dramatic speech about how people shouldn’t talk behind each other’s back and how she never does it because of something she once promised her sister… BORING. I do hate preachy anime scenes. After her departure, Yuki decides to face those girls too and apologizes to them for appearing arrogant. Whatever.
Tetsuo – who has now managed to put all the little abnormals under his command – calls a meeting and instructs them to support each other and seek out support from Sakie, who is an adult demi-woman, understanding their situation better than him. Awkward hugging occurs followed by a multitude of boob jokes.
Near the end of the episode, Takahashi manages to ‘conquer’ the last remaining character, Hikari’s sister. They come across each other when leaving school and over casual chit-chat on how comprehensive Tetsuo is about Hikari’s situation, Himari decides she can trust him.
Would be a nice plot twist if he turned out to be a massive pervert…
Themes & Trivia
Siblings: The brotherly bond, portrayed as affectionate and profound, has long tradition in anime, with the easiest of all examples being my personal favorite, FMA Brotherhood. And no, I can’t shut up about it.
Ecchi: Even though this particular show is classified as seinen, ecchi (which basically mean ‘pervert’) the style elements were quite obvious in this episode with all the boob jokes bouncing around.
Preachiness: Don’t we all hate it when the plot stops OR even worse is facilitated by some pointless talk about ethics? I sure as hell do.
Low animation quality, repetitiveness, blabbering… well I guess every show needs a filler to make some profit, and Demi-chan wa Kataritai is no exception. Tune in next week to find out some insights about Yuki, and for more original boob jokes.
Chris is an art student, usually confused and upset. She takes it out on food and the unfortunate people who exist around her. She enjoys complex storylines and hates unnecessarily prolonged action scenes. She firmly believes Naruto is everything that is wrong with humanity.