Quick note: There was a slight mix-up with Episode 10 (sorry everyone) but here’s my review – which also brings us all up to date in the series. I hope everyone is enjoying this anime as much as I am!
Despite all his cat-hating-grumpiness, I have to admit, Junpei is a really good guy. It’s no wonder so many girls like Kanako and Kaede are attracted to him. Oh yeah… and these two:
This episode is a delayed exposition of who Kotone and Akari are (other than the daughters of the local priest). It was mentioned upon their first meeting with Junpei that they had some magical abilities, but this is the first time we actually get to see them in action. Akari seems to be the only one with offensive capabilities while Kotone is more of a guide, tracking the enemy’s distance, movements, and energy levels. It’s unsure if they fight against all spirits, only cat spirits, or just this one particular spirit:
After Kanako failed her finals, she and her classmates (plus one athletic senpai and two twin-tailed kohai) help her research the town’s history for a make-up paper. As their guide, Kotone takes them to seven locations not including the temple, completing the tour with the aforementioned Cat of Fortune – or misfortune. Over-sized and placid by day, the statue is rumored to curse anyone who vandalizes it – a rumor proved to be true after Kanako draws whiskers on it and it returns in spirit form to attack her that night. She’s saved, of course, by the Kirishima Twins in their transformed evil spirit fighting outfits… and Junpei who was worried after that afternoon’s events.
Aside from the fighting aspect of the Twins, we learn that Akari’s solitary behaviour stems from her strong Spiritual Power which has caused her to unconsciously stay away from others, making it difficult for her to develop friendships. Kotone also, has been an obsessed individual since she was young; good luck, Junpei… I guess this justifies their existence and continual presence throughout the series, but I still can’t see them as a very important part of the storyline. Maybe that’s why they threw Chizuru in the end there, to prove that there are more useless characters than the Kirishima Twins. Just leave her out if she has nothing to contribute to the story! And no, the Shinigami Illustrated MewView at the end doesn’t count as proper contribution. From here on out, I’m going to say NO to Chizuru.
I won’t write this episode off as irrelevant, but it was a little ridiculous. I’m also wondering if there’s going to be a second season since apparently someone else has knocked over Jizou-sama’s statue which means someone else is cursed with the same fate as Junpei. I have no speculations as to who it is or how it will affect Junpei and the others but I doubt it’ll be resolved in a mere two episodes. (On the same note, there are currently up to twenty-one chapters in the manga, or at least that I could verify.)
But back to my original point: Isn’t Junpei nice? I quite like him as a main character: he’s funny, irritable (as in he easily gets irritated), and hopelessly in love. I like that he’s committed to Kaede considering how many other beautiful and busty women surround him. He cherishes Kanako as a childhood friend (he did say he kept that cat doll that she’d given him, though she didn’t manage to find it in his room last episode) and tolerates Nagi’s often untimely appearances. Despite Akari’s hostility – and her twin sister’s creepy advances – he’s observant of her behaviour (noting that she doesn’t have friends) and makes the effort to help her connect with others. Even in his dealings with cats, he can be quite gracious – though it’s not without some display of annoyance. Yup: I could do with another season of Junpei and his crazy gaggle of women and furry feline allergens. Question is whether or not I’ll get it.
And in spite of previews for Episode 11 where it seems Kanako owns up to her feelings for Junpei – and perhaps even goes as far as confessing (that would just be for my own dramatic satisfaction though), I’m still cheering for Kaede and Junpei. There’s something about them that’s just cute. I’m a little tempted to hit the manga to see what happens, but I think I’ll hold out at least until the end of this season. If there’s no follow-up season then you’ll know where I’ll be getting my Nyan Koi fix.