One episode left until this season ends, and I have to admit, I can’t wait. Demi-chan wa kataritai ended up being so boring and trivial in content every single drop of my excitement has evaporated into the mediocrity of what this show was. Episode 11 was no exception.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 亜人ちゃんは支えたい
Tetsuo investigates how to help Yuki and Hikari spend the summer in comfort, due to their inconvenient nature. The school vice-principal decides to give him a piece of his mind and tells him to pipe down his relationship with the demis. Tetsuo goes into existential crisis mode, but at least he’s still hot.
So yeah Tetsuo, looking into demis as usual, how they can spend a comfortable summer because they have a low tolerance to sun and heat… just like every regular human being. I guess some of us enjoy the sun a little more than others, but last time I checked, yeah, methods for battling the heat include wearing less clothes, swimming, eating ice-cream, staying away from the sun and maybe wearing a hat, maybe one of these funky ones that have a solar powered fan, wish I had one of those, damn. But no, demis need a specific way to cool down, because they’re so different from everyone else. Their sweat and tear turns to ice, and they like drinking blood, and they can see from far away and… well that’s it. Looks like someone got his dissertation all set up, congrats Takahashi-sensei.
As Tetsuo turns down a couple of ‘normal’ students that ask him to join them in a ball game (see how I avoided that whole football/soccer conflict right there?) the vice-principal tells him that unfortunately, he’s not the queen of the demis and that he should be paying equal attention to all his students. Not just that, but his obsession with them might actually be a bad thing for the girls themselves, since they do not develop the ability to deal with their own problems anymore. All fair points, but Tetsuo, despite the size of his brain (and muscles) cannot find a comeback to the vice-principal’s remarks, so instead he goes to prepubescent passive-aggressive mode and hides away from the demis and starts to ignore them without any explanation. This, kids, is the right way to break up with someone. Forget about giving them an explanation on how it’s over and how they should move on; jump dump them and let them figure it all out. Trust me, it’s awesome, and it works every time.
Thanks to a group of students who witnessed the incident, Hikari finds out and –of course- takes matters into her own hands, like a very obsessive girlfriend. She forces the rest of the demis to shoot a video confessing their love and appreciation to Tetsuo. Saki even finds the courage to ask him out for a drink, you go girl. Tetsuo cries alone at the beach watching the video and that’s when Hikari spots him and tags along, making a speech about how awesome he is and screaming to the sunset. Tetsuo cries and she pats him on the head. Not dysfunctional at all.
In the end of the episode, a group of students, inspired by Tetsuo’s engagement with the demis, attempts to socialize with them, which causes the vice-principal to withdraw his previous comment and encourage Tetsuo to ‘keep up the good work’. Mind. Blown.
Themes & Trivia
Bullying from superiors: Tetsuo’s situation is not unique- being bullied by your superiors in Japan is a very common occurrence. Here’s a really long document on that.
Japanese beaches: I haven’t been to one… but they look amazing.
The reason I was more grumpy than usual while writing this is probably because I was looking at next season’s anime list and I am so, so disappointed. The homogeneity of the themes is so dominant, it is ridiculous.
Personally, I have always been advocating the quality of Japanese animation to non-otakus, and quite frankly, the contemporary anime scene is a bit of an embarrassment, to the point where it can be summed up to this: high school, cleavage, and super powers. Everything I watch is the same washed-up crap. How can the industry be taken seriously if all that comes out of it is superficial plots with sexual undertones?