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Episode 7 of Masamune-kun’s Revenge was part boobfest and part horror flick. The ‘Tsunade Island Incident’ had all the characteristics of a classic slaughter party, girls and everything, minus the splatter elements. With a few episodes yet to go, and Makabe’s plan going forward in baby steps, it seems that the forthcoming resolution will come from unveiling the past and not from getting revenge in the present.
Japanese Title: 綱手島事件
Not many revelations were made in this episode. The one main hint that may prove pivotal in how the series will conclude came in a flashback from the new character, Yuisaki-san. Yuisaki-san is the secretary of Adagaki-san’s father. She is a big-breasted beauty who shares common ground with Adagaki-san: they both hate men. Yuisaki-san can’t seem to get in a steady relationship. She was dumped once in the beginning of the episode and once again in her flashback. She sees little Adagaki and her Cruel Princess persona as a way to get revenge on all the guys that treated her as a toy; Adagaki-san is for Yuisaki-san a form of indirect satisfaction. Although she acts cool in front of the group when Makabe declares that he is her boyfriend, inside she is boiling with rage that someone could threaten her revenge machine.
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In Yuisaki-san’s flashback, we see a small Adagaki crying for losing her little chubby friend. Is it possible that Adagaki-san didn’t in fact hurt Makabe’s feelings, but this was just a HUGE misunderstanding? I’m putting my two cents on that scenario.
In the end, Makabe’s careful plan (Even though it didn’t feel that his confinement to Yuisaki was part of his plan) managed to melt the cruel secretary’s heart. Has he gained another (indirect) ally in his quest for revenge?
We all go together: For whatever reason Adagaki-san decided to invite just Kojuuro to the island (probably just to get to Makabe) she gave Makabe the perfect queue to invite everyone along for a not-so-classic Beach Episode (see more in Themes & Trivia). Favorite moment: when Makabe-kun is surrounded by the rest and he waves his hand to invite the class rep to the mix.
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Just one boy: Do you think Kojuuro looks like a girl? I mean besides his starry eyes and weird haircut, I think I could still tell that his character illustration is closer to a boy than a girl. Yet, that makes it all the more hilarious when Yuisaki-san is baffled that Adagaki-san brough ONE boy with them. That face on Kojuuro afterwards was priceless. Kojuuro is a character I wouldn’t have minded learning more for.
I’m a boy as well
PERFECT BODY: The reverb put on Makabe’s voice as his own ego shines like little sparkling stars was amazing. As was the time the rest of the gang spent on admiring Makabe’s PERFECT BODY: none at all.
Horror Masks: Masamune-kun’s Revenge is using a lot of popular culture references in its episodes. Knowing them is not a prerequisite to enjoy the episode, but recognizing them always adds to the enjoyment. After all, human minds get a boost of dopamine as soon as they recognize a connection, part of nature’s plan to reward us for staying alive (not that references play any role to our survival). My favorite thus far was the neko ears Darth Vader helmet. In this episode, however, the creepy house on a remoted island cried out for a horror flick reference. We got three, two of which are very clearly defined: the mask that Yuisaki-san used is a reference to the one wore in the 1996 movie Scream (and in all the sequels). Ghostface’s trademark mask has been used extensively in popular culture and is one of the most recognizable in the horror genre. Yoshino on the other hand is wearing Jason’s hockey mask from Friday the 13th, one of the most recognizable movie names in horror and popular culture. Fujinomiya played a ghost, but I’m not sure if she was referencing something in particular.
Test of Courage: The Test of Courage is one of the most recognizable anime tropes. It is frequently seen in either a festival or a summer vacations episode (with many festivals happening in the summer, you may have both at the same time.) Called Kimodameshi in Japanese, a test of courage is similar to the haunted house in an amusement park. Teenagers come together and take turns in walking a predetermined path that looks as eerie and scary as possible. Although in amusement parks, an actor will usually be there to add that extra layer of scare, in kimodameshi that role is often assigned to one of the group. Unlike our own Truth or Dare or Scare Dare games, kimodameshi are usually organized beforehand.
Beach Episode: Once again, Masamune-kun took one cliché anime trope and managed to somehow incorporate it inside its narrative. Although the Beach Episode usually exists as either a filler or an excuse for some titillating fan-service moments, Masamune-kun no Revenge stayed true to its remote resemblance to a romance anime and took the chance to incorporate the trope’s elements into the plot. No unnecessary volleyball matches and watermelon smashing and stills with the girls splashing in the water, but the boobs were there. The boobs are always there.
As much as I would have wanted to sound all high and mighty and start criticizing the anime for its low standards in having a character as Yuisaki, I enjoyed the boobfest. I admit it. Yoshino was a bit sexy, Fujinomiya’s moles are enticing, Yuisaki-san’s humongous boobs were mesmerizing, and the focus on Adagaki-san’s figure was titillating. Even the class rep and Kojuuro had their moments. And I don’t even want to get started on Makabe’s ‘PERFECT BODY.’ I am usually more condemning when it comes to fan-service (I still remember the unnecessary scenes in Izetta the Last Witch) but this time the scenes were brief and didn’t interfere with the plot. In other words, if I recommend the series to someone in the future it won’t be for the boobs.
Probably this one episode is all the summer vacation we’ll see. I am expecting a festival episode coming soon, and Makabe-kun making a move to a yukata-wearing Adagaki. Since the series has proved that it doesn’t rely on tropes, but instead it’s using them to its benefit, I am very curious to see what the rest of Masamune-kun’s Revenge has in store for us.
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