Luckily I did not pay attention to the title of Episode 10 of Demi-chan wa Kataritai, so its content was a nice surprise to me. Having lately been very much into what as a non-physicist call ‘science stuff’, listening to its application in the life of the Dullahans was the last thing I expected.
Japanese Original Episode Title: デュラハンは時空を超えて
After pissing him off, Machi offers herself as Tetsuo’s guinea pig one more time, in order to apologize for her irrational behavior. He obviously grabs the opportunity and takes her to his abnormal scientist of a friend to examine her.
Hikari is boasting to the gang of demis about how she managed to kiss Tetsuo on the cheek. While Saki moans about her inability to do the same, Machi considers the idea of kissing him as well, and pretend it’s a joke. This group is not dysfunctional at all.
Tetsuo is being politely forced to carry two massive boxes around the school by the annoying vice-principal (who seems to be keeping an eye on him). While he reflects on the pros and cons of being the only muscular teacher in school, Machi decides that now that he’s carrying all this weight is the right time to awkwardly follow him around and attempt to kiss him by holding her head up high and trying to reach him. As she’s going for it, Tetsuo seems to be freaking out and gets cornered against the wall. Machi’s hands slip and so does her head that starts flying towards the ground. Tetsuo freaks out even further and dives to catch it, only to fall flat on the ground, and stare blankly as Machi gracefully saves it from crushing down. Tetsuo is not impressed and screams at her for not being careful. For reasons I’d rather not look into, I found this quite hot.
Machi is crying her eyes out and –of course- Hikari decides it’s her job to sort the situation out, so she drags Tetsuo over to get them to talk. I couldn’t stand her for more than five minutes, honestly. Tetsuo apologizes for some reason, they all laugh awkwardly and the vice-principal stares from a distance, probably wondering why his own life is so miserable and how he could make theirs just as bad.
Machi wants to make amends for her stupidity, so she offers to assist Tetsuo learn more about her body. He excitingly takes her to his genius physicist friend, Souma, who is doing research in the local college. A pretty epic character, he seems to have only one facial expression, a blank stare and a smile, and even his own background music! He makes weird noises and his hair is tucked under his glasses (that’s my whole childhood right there, but unfortunately I wasn’t enough of a prodigy). He explains that his theory on Machi’s head is that her neck is a wormhole that connects her head to her body. He says the word ‘wormhole’ an awful lot and I’m wondering if there’s some sort of subtext there. He tries to touch her flame, but Tetsuo stops him explaining how distressing this is to her. Souma concludes saying that he wishes he could do more research, but ethics were in the way of him doing so. Machi is greatly influenced by him and stares into the sunset setting herself new career goals.
Saki’s opening sequence: Anyone noticed how Saki’s part of the opening is referring to John Henri Fuseli’s ‘The Nightmare’? Not exactly sure what the connection to her succubus nature is with the painting…
I’m not going to say how farfetched the connection between actual science and Machi’s neck is, I believe this is obvious to all. I think this is one of the things I find so disappointing about this anime – it’s just taking everything from such an uninteresting point of view. The girls are not really monster girls – they never use their abilities and they exist very casually, just like any students would, so their nature is unimportant to say the least. Machi’s detached head is the most exciting part of them being half human.