High school, it sucks. As if being locked up with large numbers of horny teenagers wasn’t enough, you are also expected to study and make important life choices that will probably scar you for the rest of your miserable life. Episode 8 of Demi-chan wa Kataritaiis about just that.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 亜人ちゃんは学びたい
The girls are struggling with their high school exams, Yuki likes to read raunchy old comedy manga, Saki is a judo-ka and Hikari holds a competition on whose arm tastes better. Fascinating.
Mid-term scores are up and Yuki with Hikari are checking them out. Himari seems to have scored second, closely followed by Machi, who apparently is some sort of modest nerd who doesn’t brag about their grades. I don’t understand these people. Do they even exist?
Takahashi-sensei tags along and praises Yuki for her grades, right before scolding Hikari for hers. Hikari’s insecurity intensifies. She decides she needs to learn how to study, and do some more with her life rather than just being annoyingly loud. As she gets that epiphany, she pushes Yuki and causes her to lose a snowflake-covered book out of her bag.
Saki finds it, and to her surprise (and to mine as well, I thought it was some sort of kinky sketchbook) she realizes it’s an old comedy manga. Turns out Yuki is very much into comedy manga and too embarrassed to admit it. I am quite proud of my otaku-ness so I once more find it hard to relate to the situation. She and Saki sit down and talk about comedy manga for a while and it seems like Saki is pretty excited about it too.
The best part of the episode is when we get a glimpse of Saki’s past, where she explains what it was like for her to go through puberty and have her aphrodisiac effects surface. It was quite the pleasure to watch her beat up the school bully as he screamed in pleasure. Makes me think of my currently non-existent sex life. Sigh.
From that point on the episode becomes completely uninteresting: the girls focus on studying and Machi jokes about how she should try scoring higher to earn Tetsuo’s affection. After a conversation with Tetsuo, Hikari holds the FIRST EVER (!) hand-tasting competition. The process is unbelievably dull, and ends up with the girls ganging up on Tetsuo for saying that probably Saki (who is not participating in the competition) tastes better than everyone. What a revelation.
The episode’s last scene shows Hikari reading the proficiency test scores, and Machi being on the very top. Hikari is jealous and her eyes lifeless. Better luck next time.
Themes & Trivia
Comedy Manga: The show references its own genre –it is (obviously) based on a comedy manga itself.
Students in Japan: Japanese students have to deal with competition on a daily basis and are some of the busiest in the world. Not only do they need to study hard, but they are also expected to excel in sports and extracurricular activities. They also clean their own schools.
Another day in the lives of half-human girls, with their exciting nature having very, very little to do with how the show is developing. Boring. I wish Yuki would kill someone, that would make so much sense.