I don’t know about you guys, but for me having a teacher over at my house always seemed like a complete nightmare. In my head, teachers should stay in school, and if they do visit, it should be about tutoring, not having dinner. Apparently that’s not the case for the Takanashi sisters in Episode 6 of Demi-chan wa Kataritai who seem to be peeing their pants when Takahashi-sensei decides to casually come over.
Japanese Title: 小鳥遊姉妹は争えない
Takahashi-sensei is invited to the Takanashi sisters’ home by their father who wants to meet him. They tag along soon enough and start having petty arguments to the point where it gets irritating. What a jolly occasion; Tetsuo being eased into his students’ families, not creepy at all.
Tetsuo is at the Takanashi home, talking to the girls’ slightly creepy dad. That pointy moustache just screams ‘pedo’ to me, sorry. As they’re chatting, the girls come along one by one, Himari first. When they’re both there, it seems like there’s a lot of tension going around, maybe because they are constantly screaming about each other for crucial issues like hair, ice cream, and the placement of blood packs in their home. Their creepy dad asks Tetsuo to stay for dinner, and he gladly accepts the offer of free food. He and I have that in common.
Later on, the girls’ mom (labelled the ‘breadwinner’ of the family by Mr Takanashi) comes along and shares her minor concerns with Takahashi sensei. The girls keep arguing in the background. I don’t know what is wrong with their mom, but her presence makes me feel uncomfortable, as if there’s an incognito serial killer in the room. I was expecting her to be a vampire as well, so maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised. She and Hikari are about to drop to the store when Tetsuo tries to leave, but she insists that he stays. He looks uncomfortable, probably wondering if he is being part of some strange ritual, where Mr and Ms Takanashi will lure him into mating with their daughters so that they can acquire his hot/intelligent genes.
The next day he has somehow escaped and finds himself chatting to Himari in the library, about how she’s being SUPER STRICT with her sister and refused to help her do her hair this morning. He then proceeds to explain that potentially, the reason why Hikari needs help with her hair is because, as a vampire, she cannot see herself in the mirror. Taking folklore as a fact does not surprise me as much as the fact that they are talking in the freaking library. No respect whatsoever.
Himari loses it thinking she hurt her sister by denying her the crucial task of helping her with her hair and (does anyone still care at this point?) she starts running around looking for her sister, who, obviously can see herself in the mirror, is actually irresponsible, and was clearly not hurt by her sister’s behaviour. You would have thought that in all the years they live together, Himari would have noticed.
In the meantime, Machi is waiting to be picked up by her parents in Tetsuo’s office, because it’s raining and it’s inconvenient for her to hold an umbrella. Tetsuo finds her asleep and covers her with a blanket. She later wakes up and finds him lying on the desk. A very awkward scene occurs where Machi spends an uncomfortably long amount of time stroking her teacher’s hair, who is by the way not asleep as she thinks, but reading a book. This made me cringe so badly. Mr Takanashi appears to pick Machi up because her parents don’t love her anymore (or because we need to keep some new characters for later in the season) and he practices carrying her head while going to grab her backpack. Machi’s body stays with Tetsuo and as he stares in delight, she writes him a loving note of loving appreciation, thanking him for the blanket. By that time, I’m thankful the episode has finished.